Plug Your Ride Tesla Podcast

Episode 43 - Solid

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Warning: I had a bad day trying to listen to podcasts so this is a bit of a rant. But, seriously, how crappy can that center screen be???

News

This guy has documented all the issues he's had with his Model S. Now, I may have had some of those issues but he is pretty picky. What do you think?? 

Over 2,500 Model 3 VINs have been issued by NHTSA. 
Read more at Teslarati

UAW has filed a complaint against Tesla. 
Read more at Fast Company

Europe's largest Supercharger is being built in Norway. 
Read more at Electrek

An update on Puerto Rico relief efforts and how Tesla is helping. 
Read more at Yahoo

Tip of the Week

Tesla $1,000 referral discount ends on October 31st!


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Episode 42 - 10K Each?

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I've decided that if I want to stay up to date with ALL the changes Tesla makes to ALL the models, I need one of each. If each of you sends $10,000 I can buy them. Or. more likely, I'll just keep reading a lot. 

News

Tesla has reached an agreement with the Chinese government to build a giant factory in Shanghai.
Read more at The Verge

Tesla lashes out at Consumer Reports after they give Model 3 an "average" rating without even testing the car. CR lashes back. Tesla lashes again. Lots of lashing. 
Read more at USA Today

An over-the-air update on AP 2.5 cars raises automatic emergency braking speeds from 50 mph to 90 mph. 
Read more at Electrek

Your 75D may be eleigible for a free upgrade that shaves a second off your 0-60 time. But you gotta ask your Service Center is your car is eligible. Get your VIN ready and hit them up!
Read more at Electrek

Tesla confirms... there is NO free Supercharging included when you buy a Model 3. 
Read more at Electrek

Imagine... you're watching the football game on Sunday and your Tesla runs out to drive people around for money! It could happen. 
Read more at Reuters

Tip of the Week

We got a letter from a Model S owner whose wallet got lost in the center console. 

I've been using a combination wallet/iPhone case and it's great. If you lose your wallet, it has Find My iPhone on it! You can find them pretty cheap on Amazon. 


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Episode 41 - Employee Reviews

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Hundreds of Tesla employees were fired this week after employee reviews. Tesla made it clear that they were fired for performance issues and not as a result of any reduction in force. Indeed there are 2,500 open positions on Tesla’s website.
Read more at CNBC

All Model X vehicles are affected by a recall announuced this week. It stems from a possible issue with the seat release cable. No parts needed, just an adjustment.
Read more at TechCrunch

If you thought buying a Model 3 and flipping it would be a good idea, you are right. The first used Model 3 went up for sale on Craigslist with 2,000 miles at a price of $150,000!
Read more at Electrek

Camper mode is no longer a hack. It is included in a new over the air update coming soon.
Read more at Electrek

North Carolina has banned test drives and ride alongs at their Charlotte gallery. Ugh.
Read more at EV Review

Meanwhile the Dutch government announced that they are banning all gas and diesel vehicles by 2030.
Read more at Electrek

Tesla fails miserably in their attempt to make insurance affordable. InsureMyTesla gave me a quote just about THREE TIMES as expensive as Progressive. Try it online now

Tip of the Week

SHOP AROUND. No insurance company cares about you. Why be loyal to them? Shop online and get the best rate before your next renewal. I saved hundreds a year by dumping State Farm... after 20 years!

 

Episode 40 - Tweet Me Gov

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News

Could Puerto Rico's entire electrical grid be rebuilt by Tesla? Well, it's broke now and the Governor and Elon are chatting. 

The Tesla team has done this for many smaller islands around the world, but there is no scalability limit, so it can be done for Puerto Rico too. Such a decision would be in the hands of the PR govt, PUC, any commercial stakeholders and, most importantly, the people of PR.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 5, 2017

 

The Tesla semi-truck launch event has been pushed back a few weeks, citing Puerto Rico and Model 3 delays.
Read more at SeekingAlpha

General Motors will stop making gas and diesel vehicles! That's HUGE!
Read more at NBC News

200 mile range on a 6 minute charge? Yes, please!
Read more at Futurism

Tesla has applied for a patent for a new pano roof. Looks cool. And complicated.
See it at Electrek

Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl does his Rolling Stone interview in his P100D. And shows off Ludicrous Mode!
Read more at Clean Technica

Tip of the Week

You can leave that plastic Chargepoint card at home! You can now set it up for "tap to charge" if you have an iPhone, Android or Apple Watch. 
Get the setup instructions here


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Episode 39 - Abe Froman, The Sausage King

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You should dress nicely when you drive your Tesla to a fancy restaurant.

News

Tesla continue to send aid to Puerto Rico with more Powerwalls and employees headed that way. Read more at Fortune

California is planning to join France and China in banning polluting vehicles. No time frame for the plan yet.
Read more at Bloomberg

Travel anywhere on earth in under an hour? Yep, in Elon's BFR... Big Fun Rocket!
Read more at Engadget

The 100 day countdown clock has started on the world's largest battery in South Australia. Elon has said if it's not done in 100 days it's free!
Read more at ArsTechnica

Mercedes answers Elon's challenge! 

Good

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 25, 2017

Tip of the Week

Help educate people that they shouldn't PARK in CHARGING spots. Rather than a snarky note, this website sells pads of 50 "informative" notes for people who park in charging spots. They're cheap, look good and aren't too snotty. 

EV Charging Rules


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