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Episode 22 - Strap On iPad

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Happy Memorial Day! Road tripping season begins!!

News

We got a pretty up-close look at a Model 3 dash this week. Man it looks stupid... like an iPad stuck on the dash! Seriously, I feel like a kid could pull it off! Hope they use strong straps.
Read more at Teslarati

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says Tesla is the kind of company that will be driving the future. He says if you make things you'd like, people will like it. And that's what Elon Musk does.
Read more at CNET

A pretty scary thesis on Tesla Autopilot's inability to recognize bikers. A robotics specialist cites a 1% recognition rate and that is scary to cyclists. Notably, there have been no incidents with cyclists and Teslas using Autopilot. That would be ZERO.
Read more at Fortune

Model S is outselling basically all other luxury sedans combined.
Check out the graphs at Elecktrek

Faraday Future Fell Frough (sorry, ran out of F-words) and they need ONE BILLION dollars. I'm still not convinced they'll ever get a car to market after that laughable presentation at CES this year.
Read more at Inside EVs

Tip of the Week 

OK, this is just a silly Easter egg. 

Click your Autopilot stalk 4 times quickly and you are on the Rainbow Road from Mario Kart!

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Episode 21 - Free Supercharging

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A major update to the Supercharging policies for current owners and an updated referral program that includes free Supercharging! 
Electrek has a great overview to get you through the confusion! 

News

A smoother Autopilot and... could it be... a browser update?? Say it ain't so Tweeting Elon! 

Excited about the Tesla Autopilot software release rolling out next month. New control algorithm feels as smooth as silk.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 22, 2017

We may be able to use our car's connectivity with devices in the car. But it may not be free. 

@shazm01 We could add that function pretty easily from a technical standpoint. Just need to add in the billing software.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 22, 2017

Probably our best look yet at the differences between Model S and the upcoming Model 3. 

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Some disturbing stats coming out of Tesla's Fremont factory. Lots of workers falling ill from working so hard. 
Read more on CNBC

A couple of stories this week with other auto manufactures tipping a hat to the way Tesla is doing things. 
Volvo Credits Tesla on Electrek
Toyota CEO Talks Tesla on Electrek

Tip of the Week

Just started using this one but it looks cool. A Facebook bot that controls your Tesla!

TeslaBot allows you to send a message on Facebook and it will pass the commands on to your car. Very convenient for controlling your car from a browser. Just send a FB message to the bot and it does what you ask. 

WARNING: using the bot requires giving your Tesla login info to the bot. If they are bad guys they can control your car. Use at your own risk.

To use TeslaBot, send a Facebook message to @teslabotai

Get more details here - https://teslabot.ai

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Episode 20 - Bolt is a Chevy

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24 hours with a Chevy Bolt. Oh, and a 100 mile limit for driving. So... wanna look at it in the driveway? LOL 

News

A battery with a 300 mile range that recharges in FIVE MINUTES? Can it be true? If so, it's a game changer. An Israeli company says they've cracked the code. 
Read more at The Drive

Ooh... a RED Model 3?? 

Spotted in the wild! #model3 #tesla #teslamodel3 #teslanewmodel #electriccar #teslamodels #gigafactory

A post shared by Govind Lingam (@gobi.man) on May 11, 2017 at 5:45pm PDT

A new survey shows 23-50% of EV drivers say their next car is a Model 3! And over NINETY PERCENT of Tesla drives say they'll buy another Tesla! 
Read more at Clean Technica

Fasten your seat belts for a preview ride in a Boring Company tunnel! 

[Warning, this may cause motion sickness or seizures] This is a test run of our electric sled that would transport cars at 125 mph (200 km/h) through the tunnels, automatically switching from one tunnel to the next. Would mean Westwood to LAX in 5 mins.

A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on May 12, 2017 at 5:48am PDT

How much with that solar roof REALLY cost you? IF you're keeping the house for 30 years you may actually make money. But be prepared to cough up 50 grand or better for the installation! Find out how much it would cost for YOUR house here

Tip of the Week

Don't slam your trunk!

Turns out the aluminum bends easily so be careful. It's outlined on page 11 of your Owner's Manual but if you haven't read it here's the deal. Close it gently. Then press firmly on the green spots. Don't push the red areas... it could crease the metal! 

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Episode 19 - Buy Low

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Another week with big Tesla news as the stock tumbles on poor financial news for Q1. What happened to being more valuable than Ford two weeks ago?? Fickle market!

News

An update started pushing over the weekend. Finally has HW2 cars almost at par performance with HW1 and a 90 mph limit for Autosteer on the highway. 
Read more at Electrek

Will you let Tesla look at your camera video to improve self-driving? Why not! Nothing to see here folks!
Read more at Electrek

On his earnings call Elon Musk announced that the Model Y crossover would be an entirely new platform, which will cost more. But it will be different! WOOT! But we've got til 2020 to pay for it, right? 
Read more at TechCrunch

IF you charge predominantly at Superchargers or using Chademo DC fast charging you may find your charge throttling. It's built in to protect your battery. Tesla says only 1% of drivers will ever be affected. This guy has charged almost 300 times at SC and Chademo! 
Read more at Electrek

However, new tech could almost eliminate charge loss. How about 95% capacity after 300,000 miles?!? It could happen if Tesla switches to the same battery type they are using for Powerwall. 
Read more at Electrek

Wonder how a Model 3 is gonna feel size-wise? Check this chart from Auto X.  

More corrupt auto dealer group shenanigans in STUPID CONNECTICUT. Yup, another state that won't let Tesla participate in the free enterprise system. But these clowns actually paid people to go in and try to buy Teslas so they could narc on them! Seriously?? Maybe why not spend time trying to make a decent competitor rather than rely on your crooked oil-financed government to level the playing field!?
Read more at Jalopnik

Tip of the Week

OK, not something you'll use often but... be careful when parking near radio station and TV transmitters. Apparently the high wattage RF interferes with the car's systems and you may not be able to unlock the doors! Some interesting stories here... 
https://teslamotorsclub.com/tmc/threads/be-careful-parking-near-a-radio-tower.90083/

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Episode 18 - Elon Talks

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Elon Musk does a 40 minute TED Talk and covers it all... sleeping while you drive, the Tesla semi truck and boring tunnels under LA! 

News

Here is the entire TED Talk. Enjoy! 

Am I the only one that thinks this is COOL AS HELL?

HW2 owners should be getting an update if they haven't. Adds Automatic Emergency Braking. 
Read more at Hybrid Cars

 

I LOVE the look of the Model 3. I WANT ONE!!!

Sighted a @teslamotors #model3 during a late night supercharger stop in Cincinnati. Didn't think I would get to see this car in person for at least 6 mos or more... a rare treat! Geeked out and finally started recording but when I went to walk around the front of the vehicle they drove off.

A post shared by Jordan Hart (@jordanhart88) on Apr 28, 2017 at 9:13pm PDT

 

How cool is the Tesla SEMI?!?!

How cool is the Tesla semi!!

Tip of the Week

So, the power goes completely out. How do you get out of the car when the door latches are electrically operated??