Plug Your Ride Tesla Podcast

Episode 57 - Roadster Launched!

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Did you see the Falcon Heavy launch? Whoa! And those rockets landing? INSANE!

News

The Tesla app has been updated to add features like warming up the car and defrosting while you stay toasty in the house. Update yours now!

Remember that LA to NY trip where the Tesla would completely drive itself? Elon says it could be happening sooner than later with new data collected for Enhanced Autopilot.

Tesla is now using Mobile Service vehicles for 30% of its service calls. This will help as more Model 3 hit the road and will also help Tesla expand further from their existing Service Centers.

Tesla is coming to Home Depot! Starting in the first half of this year they'll have Tesla employees selling Powerwall and solar panels in the stores.

Model Y could be coming in March 2020, according to suppliers who have been asked for quotes. The crossover will make the lineup sexier, completing the S-3-X-Y line.

Tip of the Week

US Congress has retroactively reinstated some tax credits, including one for building EV charger infrastructure. You can claim 30% of the cost (up to $1000) if you installed a home charger during 2017. The credit had expired at the end of 2016 but is now available for installs made in 2017. 

 

 

Episode 56 - I Want My Flamethrower!

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Here's that CNBC article Tesla responded to: CNBC

Here is Russel Wong's LONG comparison between his Model 3 and Model S: Facebook Post

Tip of the Week

A LONG post about how to get the most range in cold weather: Tesla Motors Club

Episode 55 - WHERE’S MY ALCANTARA?

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HEATED debate going on over at the Tesla Owners Worldwide Facebook group. A guy is ticked off that his Model 3 will be coming with a fabric roof liner instead of Alcantara. Many, like me, don't get his rage and comedy ensues. 

News

People shorting TSLA stock have lost $1.1 BILLION since the beginning of the year as the stock price continues to rise. Non-believers. 

Former GM Vice-Chairman Bob Lutz says Tesla is going out of business. And the Model S is a great car. You should buy one, as it will become a collector's item.
Read more at Mashable

A video has surfaced showing a test run of the Tesla Semi. IT IS AWESOME! 

Switzerland is getting its first non-Tesla Supercharger. And Tesla is none too happy about it.
Read more at Electrek

Tesla is doing another giant battery for an energy company, this time in New Zealand.
Read more at Electrek

Tip of the Week

Man there is some cool Tesla stuff on Etsy! T-shirts, hoodies, coffee mugs, 3D printed charger holders... everything! 

Check out the Tesla stuff on Etsy

Episode 54 - Model 3 Road Trip

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Had a great time at the Denver stop of the Tesla Model 3 Road Trip! You You Xue was a great ambassador for the car and it was great meeting so many fellow Tesla owners. 

Follow the Road Trip here as it heads to Europe

News

The state of Rhode Island has green lighted Tesla sales in the state.
Read more from the Providence Journal

Looks like a lot of Supercharger expansion coming in 2018.
Read the CleanTechnica article here

Faraday Future will not die!
Read more at Technode

Tip of the Week

Try Chill Mode for winter driving. Some drivers are reporting that the more gradual acceleration makes the car handle better on slippery roads. Try it. Let us know what you think!

Episode 53 - Drive-In or DRIVE-IN?

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Getting excited to meet You You Xue on the Tesla Model 3 Road Trip. Denver stop was pushed from Sunday 2 pm to Monday at 11 pm. Let's hope they aren't too late! 

Follow the trip here

News

Model 3 production is up 900% in Q4! Reservation holders in all states are now getting the email to configure and order thier 3!
Read more at Seeking Alpha

2012-2016 Model S are impacted by the Takata airbag recall.
See Tesla's Safety Update here

It's CES week and we have a new EV prototype! Check out the $45,000 Byton. And its 49 INCH screen! 

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 Read Wired's Story here

 

Is it a Drive-In? Or a Drive-In??

 

Tip of the Week

Got a new Model S or Model X? Make sure the Supercharger cable fits before it's critical that you use it! 

Episode 52 - Tweetstorm

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Note to Elon Musk: When you tweet a thank you, if you end with "what can we do better?" you will get 16,000 answers! We talk about some of the suggestions he responded to. 

News

The Verge gave Tesla a C- on their 2017 Report Card.
Read more at The Verge

AUTOMATIC WIPERS ARE HERE! AUTOMATIC WIPERS ARE HERE!
Read more at Electrek

China bans 553 car models for excess emissions.
Read more at Left Lane News

Does Elon need a COO to help relieve some of his workload? Or would he let ANYONE do the things he has his hands on now?
Read more at Forbes

Tip of the Week

You MUST follow Model 3 Road Trip on Facebook! These guys just picked up a Model 3 and are driving it ALL OVER the country. Find out when they will be in your town and stop by to see them! 

TESLA MODEL 3 ROAD TRIP Facebook Group

 

OH! And here is Vern Troyer taking delivery of his new Tesla...

Episode 51 - 5-0

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MERRY CHRISTMAS! 

Did you get the 2017.50 update? Some new, useful features. But the most fun... the new Christmas Easter Egg! My car is now a sleigh!

News

Elon tweets that a major navigation update is coming in early 2018

Tesla is the NUMBER ONE car manufacturer for customer satisfaction according to a new Consumer Reports survey! Read more at USA Today

Tesla is now the number one selling car in Norway. Read more at Electrek

UPS has ordered 125 Tesla Semis... the largest order yet. Read more at Electrek

Tip of the Week

Update your Tesla app on iOS or Android. There are new features, including the ability to precondition your car on freezing days, allowing you to heat the battery using your home's power and extending your range. 

Episode 50 - FIDDY!

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Wow! I can't believe it's been a year since the first Plug Your Ride podcast! THANK YOU for your support and, mostly, your emails and Facebook messages.

So, after I spend $800 on an Eddie-powered folding bike for the Tesla, Tobe & Sergio email to tell me about a great ELECTRIC folding bike they got for their Tesla. Fit's perfectly in the back AND helps with those uphill rides. FOR UNDER $500! 

Here's the link if you wanna check it out
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News

PepsiCo has now placed the largest order to date of Tesla Semi trucks! They ordered 100 this week bringing the total orders to 267. Read more at TechCrunch

It looks like Model 3 production is getting back on target. Tesla has notified suppliers that they will need parts to build 5,000 per week in December. Read more at Electrek

It looks like the $7,500 EV tax credit has survived the Republican tax bill. That's good news for those planning to purchase a Tesla in the coming months. Read more at Jalopnik

Tesla has updated its Fair Use Policy for Superchargers. If you drive for Lyft or Uber or deliver for Amazon, you need to charge at home or elsewhere. Read the new policy from Tesla

Great news if you need a new Mobile Charging adapter. The price of the new Gen 2 chargers, now standard with all new Teslas, is 40% less than the previous version. The new charger is only $300. Check it out at the Tesla Store

Tip of the Week

The problem with Christmas gifts for Tesla owners is everything is so expensive. The blog Cars With Cords has put out a (short) list of some gift ideas, some as low as $10. I mean, I would LOVE to get Tesla logoed valve stem covers. Seriously! 

Check out the list here


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Episode 49 - Trip Planner Showdown

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Made the annual Festivus road trip this weekend and decided it would be a good test for the trip planning options. 

The winner: 
Of the two sites, EVTripping came closer to predicting the needed charge. My old favorite, EVTripPlanner didn't plan enough energy reserve and, on one leg, didn't even recommend enough charge to make the leg! But, my favorite planner is now... the Nav planner in the Tesla. Just put in the destination and charge until the car says go! It's pretty accurate but I find that I lose about 5% immediately after getting back on the road. So, if you want to arrive with 15% let it charge to 20. 

News

Anheuser-Busch has ordered 40 Tesla Semis! That brings the total to over 200 orders.
Read more at Electrek

Forbes has named Tesla Model X 100D as its Car of the Year.
See the best and worst at Forbes

A UK insurance company has begun offering a discount for Teslas with Autopilot enabled.
Read more at Popular Mechanics

Things are looking up for Model 3 production with several indicators that more reservations are being converted to orders.
Read more at Motley Fool

Tesla has won a court battle that allows them to return to the state of Missouri.
Read more at Electrek

Tip of the Week

Have you used Camper Mode? Did the sun get in your eyes? Here's a great hack! 


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Episode 48 - Roadsters In Space

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Got a road trip coming up this weekend! Excited to spend about 15 hours in the Tesla! 

News

Oh Elon's tweets...

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Looks like the Boring Company is going to pitch for a Chicago Downtown to O'Hare loop. 
Read more at Electrek

Elon Musk has two fo the top 5 places to work in the tech industry!

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Motor Trend got its hands on a Model 3 and ran its comprehensive tests on it. 
Check out the details here

Panasonic is stepping up battery production, which should speed up Model 3 production.
Read more at Electrek

More bad news at Faraday Future as they lose ANOTHER executive. The Verge reports no one is even showing up for work anymore!
Read more at The Verge 

Meanwhile, over at Lucid they are moving into beautiful new offices. Follow the link to check out some nice pics of the new digs. 
Read more at Electrek

Tip of the Week

Put on a holiday show with your Model X! 

  • Press and hold the Tesla “T” for 5 seconds
  • When the “PLEASE ENTER ACCESS CODE” prompt appears, enter the code “holiday” or “ModelXmas” and press “OK”
  • A prompt will appear that reads “The show will begin after you exit the car, close all doors and press the lock button on the key. The show requires 6 feet of space above and around the vehicle.”
  • Step out of the car and enjoy the show!

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