Tesla

Supercharging for Sport

Tesla announced its one-of-a-kind, long distance, fast charging network in late 2012. Since then, the network has become so vast and far-reaching that it is nearly impossible for any one person to catch them all. Yet that hasn’t stopped some Tesla owners from trying; at least for all the chargers on their respective continent. While Tesla certainly envisioned the network becoming a complex web of inter-connected routes, they couldn’t have possibly foreseen the game it would become. As of today’s publication, there are 1,533 unique supercharger locations worldwide. There are 759 in North America, which includes the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Andy, who goes by the name Bighorn, has been to nearly all of them and is the current leader in this friendly competition. He...

Watch a Nissan LEAF Plus Outrun a Tesla Model S

The Nissan LEAF is such a mainstream car, I often forget it’s electric. That’s a shame, really, because it’s actually a pretty great little electric car, with just a touch more range than the more popular Tesla Model 3 at a lower asking price. Compared to the bigger, even more expensive Model S, the LEAF not only seems like it’s playing in a different league– it’s playing a different game. That’s why it was so surprising to see a Nissan LEAF Plus barrel past a Tesla Model S on the 11th lap of an all-electric car race. You read that right, kids: the Nissan LEAF Plus will catch– and pass!– a Tesla Model S in a circuit race. Especially if that circuit race involves twist, turns, and (apparently) more than ten laps of action. That’s b...

TeslaCorsa 4 vs. Laguna Seca – Massive Gallery

Say what you will about Elon Musk and Tesla Motors— whether you think he’s the living incarnation of Tony Stark or a sad, angry nerd who got lucky with PayPal and is now in deep over his head– the man makes some seriously quick cars. The cars’ performance is a huge part of what justifies their price premium over, say, a Nissan Leaf or Kia Soul, so it’s only natural that Tesla owners would want to stretch their cars’ legs now and then and experience their awesome ludicrous performance for themselves. Thus was born TeslaCorsa. Billed as “the world’s first, Tesla-only racetrack experience,” TeslaCorsa invites owners to private racetrack outings to push their cars– and themselves!– to the limits of performance. Last weekend mark...

Tesla Sees Highest Ever Sales in Q2 2019

Shares of Tesla Inc. spiked this week on news that the company had set a record for quarterly deliveries. The news came as a crushing rebuke to critics who had been questioning whether or not there was sufficient demand for the company’s luxury electric cars. Tesla continues to be silent on overall profits for the quarter but investors seem bullish on the company which has seen its share of ups and downs in recent months. Before this latest increase in price, shares of Tesla were down by roughly a third since the beginning of the year. Tesla also said that orders exceeded deliveries during the second quarter of 2019, a good sign for any automotive company. In spite of the federal tax credit for electric vehicles being slashed from $7,500 to $1,875 earlier this week, sales of Tesla...

Lucid Just Snagged Tesla’s Head of Production

Lucid Motors has come a long, long way. Not that long ago, the company was dismissed by many– including me!– as vaporware. When the company secured more than a billion dollars’ worth of funding from Saudi investors, though, that view started to change. Earlier today, it was announced that the former head of production in charge of Tesla’s Fremont, California factory, Peter Hochholdinger, would be taking up a similar role at Lucid. And that, dear reader, is what it looks like when a company gets real. Hochholdinger is hardly the only Tesla alum at Lucid. After all, the company was founded by Peter Rawlinson, who was the chief engineer on the Model S. “We are delighted to welcome Peter to the Lucid team,” explains Rawlinson, in a statement about his new pr...

5 Best Electrified Supercars You Can Buy in 2019

The future of transportation is definitely electric, but there are still a few gear heads who can’t (or won’t) wrap their brains around the idea that electrified cars can be just as fast as their gas-guzzling, big-cube, V8 counterparts. Or, in many cases, much, much faster– at least in a straight drag race, that is. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of five furiously fast electrified machines. So, sit back and enjoy the list. Feel free to like and share this collection of go-fast hybrids and EVs with the coal-rollers and petroleum pumpers in your life whenever you find it appropriate, and let us know if you think we missed any EVs and hybrids worth sharing. Enjoy!   Volvo Polestar 1 | 591HP + 738TQ I’m seriously partial to Volvos, Saabs, and other...

10 Clever EV License Plates

Once upon a time, (and some even now) other drivers on the road had no idea that the car beside them was fully electric. A clever license plate can tell you as much, make you laugh, or maybe even leave you scratching your head. It seems EV owners, and Tesla owners in particular, have a knack for thinking up clever license plates. Here are some of my favorites: 1.) The future is electric. Whether this Tesla owner thinks EVs in general, or Teslas in particular are the future, no need to guess what this plate is trying to say. 2.) Four’s a Crowd. The only thing better than a Tesla at home is…. 4? This super fan collects both Teslas and great plates for them. 3.) Tell us how you really feel. This owner definitely doesn’t miss trips to the gas station.   4.) So how do you...

Vorsteiner Joins the Ranks of Tesla Tuners

Tesla’s excitingly fast lineup of electric vehicles has certainly gained the attention of the environmentalists of the motoring world in recent years– but performance enthusiasts haven’t missed the boat, either. Companies like Unplugged Performance and T Sportline have catered to the Tesla crowd by offering distinctive products to customize and enhance the already awesome EVs. Now, you can add another famous tuning house to the growing list of Tesla tuner and tweakers: Vorsteiner. “Vorsteiner is a company that was conceived through the imagination of creating the highest quality parts for the most discerning vehicles and clientele,” reads the company’s ABOUT page. “Our relentless pursuit of advancement and perfection is seen not only in our unmatch...

Top 10 #TeslaMoment Posts

Instagram account @TeslaMoment invites users of the highly visual social media platform to tag and share their best Tesla photos and videos using the hashtag #TeslaMoment. The posts do not disappoint. They contain a wide range of share-worthy moments including those that pair Tesla vehicles with nature, dogs, and even Instagram favorite, an inflatable flamingo float. Sharing photos and videos of the popular automaker’s vehicles is nothing new. A handful of YouTube accounts dedicated exclusively to Tesla have over 100,000 subscribers and Tesla’s own Twitter handle has nearly 4 million followers. The company’s CEO, Elon Musk, has a stunning 27 million followers, many of whom tag him directly when tweeting about Tesla. Yet there is something special about this particular col...

Video: Electric Porsche Taycan Spied

The upcoming, all-electric Porsche Taycan super sedan is set to make its formal production debut at Geneva this September, but a pre-production prototype was recently caught refueling by a YouTuber that calls himself “DrGumoLunatic”. Once launched, the Taycan will be powered by two permanently activated synchronous motors (PSM) generating more than 600 HP. They’ll be able to accelerate the electric Porsche from 0 to 60 miles per hour in well under 4.0 seconds on their way to (what is expected to be) a 155MPH top speed. The Tesla Model S competitor will also offer a consistent level of power that Porsche says is, “unprecedented among electric vehicles: multiple launches in a row will be possible without a loss in performance, and the vehicle’s maximum range will be o...

Tesla Accused of Violating Labor Laws, Firing Unionizers

Tesla has been battling the business shortcomings of Elon Musk’s personality on several fronts over the last few months, but now it seems like the company may have crossed the line separating unsavory activity and illegal activity. According to unfair labor practice charges against the company filed to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) by the United Steel Workers’ Union, Tesla allegedly engaged in coercive actions such as surveillance and illegal firing at its Gigafactory plants in New York and California. The United Steel Workers aren’t the only ones involved, either. The USW is acting in concert with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers to organize the Tesla facility’s employees and bargain for improved benefits and working conditions. If su...

Saab Will Never Die: NEVS Gets Massive, $23 Billion Investment

It’s called Evergrande, and– as China’s second-largest developer with developments in over 170 cities– it’s one of the largest real estate companies in the world. Impressive as that is, it seems to be just the beginning of Evergrande’s story. That’s because the company just invested twenty-three billion (with a “b”) dollars into building manufacturing facilities for electric carmaker NEVS, with plans to build 1 million electric cars and 500 GWh of batteries per year. “Evergrande aims to invest 160 billion yuan in Guangzhou’s Nansha district to set up three major bases for new energy vehicles,” according to a statement the Nansha local government sent to the Global Times last Wednesday. “One of the bases will have the c...