Plug Your Ride Tesla Podcast

Episode 13 - Tiffin Box

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News

An analyst says the Model 3 will be 10X safer than normal cars and have "Superhuman" driving abilities. 
Read more on Electrek

There will be no traditional dashboard for the Model 3, according to a tweet from Elon Musk. 
Read more on Electrek

CONFIRMED! It's supposed to spell SEX

Model 3 was going to be called Model E, for obvious dumb humor reasons, but Ford sued to block it, so now it is S3X. Totally different :)

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 24, 2017

An analyst is throwing some shade at the Chevy Bolt, saying the discounts being offered prove it is "dead on delivery." Oh, and that it looks like a "tiffin box." (I had to google it)
Read more on CNBC

Tesla will start taking orders for roof tiles next month, according to an Elon tweet!
Read more on Engadget

Tip of the Week

Check your air conditioner before it gets hot. There is a 5 page discussion on the Tesla Motors Club forum from owners who have had issues with their AC the first use of the season. Seems to be only older Model S cars but go ahead and try yours before it's so hot it's vital.

Read the thread at Tesla Motors Club

Episode 12 - Cold Coffee

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News

Lucid Air - now accepting deposits

Lucid Air - now accepting deposits

Another cool competitor in the EV space as Lucid Air is announced to be priced at $60,000. First glance looks like it's very similar to the Model S but with more emphasis on luxury. They even say Tesla isn't their chief competitor... BMW, Mercedes and Audi are. 
Read more at TechCrunch

Tesla is all over the finance page, raising $1.2 billion this week.
Read more at Fortune

Tesla is discontinuing the Model S 60 and 60D on April 16th. That will make 75 kWh the entry level Model S and give a little breathing room between the top of the Model 3's and lower end of Model S.
Read more on Electrek

Want your Model X to look like a Bentley on the inside? Got $180,000?
Seriously... red? A little gaudy for me.
Read more on Electrek

Now THAT is a RED interior!

Now THAT is a RED interior!

Tip of the Week

A new trip planning website! You know I am a big fan of EV Trip Planner and this serves the same function. But it looks different and has some different features you may like. Check it out, it's free. 

A Better Route Planner

Episode 11 - No ICE Please

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I had a long road trip last week and decided to rent a car instead of putting the miles on my Tesla. The verdict: I love taking road trips... in my Tesla. The cost difference was about a wash but I did save about 6-8 hours in charging stops. And boy are those habits strong! Here's the scorecard:

  • Forgot to start the car before putting it in drive = 1

  • Left it running when leaving the vehicle = 4 times, once completely

  • Turned on wipers to put it in drive = 3

  • Forgot to lock the car when exiting = EVERY time!

News

New video is out showing a Tesla Model 3 on the test track. 
Watch it on The Verge

Autopilot 2.0 gets a small speed-limit bump. 
Read more on Electrek

Many Tesla owners have experiences months long delays when their cars in the body shop. Tesla promises that will change and the will even monitor the progress and fire their-party body shops that are causing long delays. 
Read more on CNBC

Tesla is looking at opening stores and repair centers in Russia this year. 
Read more on Valuewalk

Luxury car maker Bentley shows off a new high-end all-electric vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show. And it is HOT!
Read more on The Verge

Tip Of The Week

A user on Tesla Motor Club forum asked about keeping his leather seats clean. The best auto care products I have found are from the Zaino Brothers. From exterior polishes and tire treatments to leather cleaner and conditioner, their products really are fantastic. 

Check out Zaino here

 

Epsiode 10 - Rides With Strangers

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Did your mother tell you "don't take rides with strangers?" Man it's hard to say no if it's a Tesla! I totally picked up strangers and gave them a ride at Chik-Fil-A the other night. And it was fun! 

News

Model 3 goes into production in July. And some say, with no prototype even seen yet, that is too soon. What do you think? Can Elon pull it off? 
Read More On Jalopnik

Tesla's CFO has bailed after just 15 months with the company. I'm certain it's a high stress company and not for everyone! 
Read More On Bloomberg

How much would it cost to make Supercharging as easy as hitting the gas station? Over SEVEN BILLION DOLLARS! But the criteria is pretty stiff... you need to always be less than 4 minutes away from one. I can handle a little more a drive. How about you? 
Read More On CNBC

Thank you for the lovely letter. That sounds like a great idea. We'll do it! https://t.co/ss2WmkOGyk

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 2, 2017

Tip Of The Week

Not really a tip. Well, yeah, watch this video. It's interesting! There's your tip!