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Can You Buy a Tesla Golf Cart?

A short thread on the Tesla Motors Club forum got me thinking recently…can you buy a Tesla golf cart? Well, you definitely can’t from the company because they don’t make one. Ok, that was easy. Everyone go home. But seriously folks, would it be a decent business idea? Elon Musk is known to be a risk-taker, and there’s certainly no shortage of golfers who would be in the market for a Tesla golf cart. These users of the Tesla Forums website (this is the company’s official forum and is not to be confused with the Tesla Motors Club forum) seemed to think it’s a pretty lousy idea. When the question was posed asking if it were a good idea for Tesla to begin making golf carts, user reed_lewis made the following statement: “Seems like a solution in search ...

The Best Way to Replace Your Tesla Emblem

Car emblems. Everyone loves them. From the iconic Mercedes-Benz emblem to Ford’s logo which can be found not just on cars but clothing, stickers, and even coffee cups, there’s just something about car company emblems that car lovers of all stripes find attractive. This is especially true for the Tesla Emblem. In 2017, Tesla founder Elon Musk confirmed a long-standing rumor: that Tesla’s logo is a depiction of the cross-section of an electric motor. More specifically, the electric motor invented by Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla in the 19th century. While the fine folks at Tesla have made a few tweaks to the long gone genius’ invention, the basic technology remains the same. How cool is that? So, what happens when the emblem on your beloved Tesla gets damaged...

Buying a Salvage Tesla – What You Need to Know

What would you say if I told you that you could buy a 2018 Tesla Model 3 with 6516 miles on it for $16,500? Would you call me liar? Would you beat me up and take my lunch money? Well you can, (and I would certainly hope you wouldn’t try and assault me). The practice of buying and restoring a salvage Tesla has gained some traction in the past few years. If you’re brave enough to try, here’s what you need to know about the process. What Makes Tesla Different Tesla’s business model differs from other car companies’ in that they have integrated all services surrounding their vehicles. For example, I can have my Ford worked on by an independent mechanic and I fill it up with gas at a gas station. Tesla owners (in most situations) are required to have their vehicles...

How To Charge Your EV With A NEMA 14-50 Outlet

A favorite among early Tesla owners, installing a NEMA 14-50R outlet (“NEMA 14 50” for short) for home charging is an economical and flexible solution. The outlet itself can be had for about $9.00. Springing for a wall plate to finish the look will set you back another $3.00. Starting earlier this year, an adapter to charge your Tesla on this outlet will have to be purchased as an accessory for $35. Cost of installation The cost of installation will largely depend on your locale, permitting requirements and how far from your electrical panel the outlet will be installed. The latter point is perhaps the most important consideration, as the appropriate gauge of copper (#6), comes with an added cost per foot. Installing through walls, particularly exterior home walls, adds complex...

Best Place to Find Certified Pre-Owned EVs

We covered the pros and cons of buying a used Model S last week. While I’m pretty sure that 99 out of 100 people would prefer to buy a new car, the reality is that most of us can’t or don’t want to afford to. In addition to (most of the time) being a bad investment, buying a new car can be a stressful experience. If you’re okay with a certified pre-owned EVs, Carmax, EV-CPO.com, and Craigslist are three excellent ways to buy. Carmax I’m going to get flamed in the comments section for this but there are some major advantages to buying from Carmax. In addition to a rather pleasant, stress-free experience, Carmax does have an excellent selection of used EVs to choose from. They conduct a “125 point inspection” on every vehicle (that sounds impressive ...

Can You Upgrade the Battery in Your Tesla in the Future?

Range anxiety among those of us who own all-electric vehicles (EVs) is a real phenomenon as we noted here. While today’s crop of EVs are able to achieve decent ranges on a single charge, the limitations are still a challenge. The various models manufactured by Tesla Motors are hands down the industry leaders when it comes to range. That being said, battery improvements are constant and range capabilities keep getting longer and longer. This has led many current owners to ask: will a Tesla battery upgrade be available in the future? The Good News In late April 2019, Tesla announced that its new model S long-range version would now be capable of traveling 375 miles on a single charge. The company also announced that the new model X long-range version would be capable of achieving 325 m...

5 Ways To Get A Discount On Your Tesla

We here at enrg.io love all things Tesla. We love the cars. We love the mission. I (can’t really speak for my fellow writers) love the fact that Elon Musk went on the Joe Rogan show and caused the company’s stock to tumble by smoking a joint. I thought it was hilarious. Then again, I don’t own any Tesla stock. At any rate, if you feel like we do you want to drive a Tesla. There’s just one simple problem: they’re expensive. While the company has done a good job of developing and releasing less expensive models, even these aren’t cheap. If you’re in the mood for a Tesla but your wallet is a bit light, here are five ways to get a Tesla discount. 1. Buy Used We discussed the pros and cons of buying a used Tesla Model S here. We noted that in addition t...

How do Tesla Model X Doors Work?

When the Tesla Model X debuted in 2015, just about everyone had an opinion on the new car’s falcon wing doors. Personally, I thought they were kind of cool. Road and Track’s Chris Perkins was not so impressed at the time as he later mentioned here. I respect Mr. Perkins and his opinions, especially because he is willing to admit when something isn’t all bad. After covering the Model X in New York he wrote the following: “When I was taking photos of this Model X P100D in a hip part of Brooklyn, every time I raised the doors, people stopped. Attendees of a nearby music festival stopped and took selfies. Toddlers and parents alike looked on in amazement at the bizarre mechanical symphony of the doors going up and down. I wasn’t expecting this. The Model X has bee...

The 5 Best Tesla Mods 2019 | Performance Upgrades

Over the course of the last decade, the cars from Tesla have established themselves as serious performance machines. They’ve been tearing up drag strips from coast to coast for years and, more recently, have been setting some pretty competitive times at road courses during the TeslaCorsa events. As such, a number of companies have been trying to come up with aftermarket add-ons and baubles that promise to enhance the cars’ already stunning performance, thereby getting a piece of Tesla’s motorsporting glory (and, yes, “motorsporting” is a word now). With all these great products coming to market almost as fast as Teslas are making it to the track, we felt like it was high time to put together a definitive list of the best Tesla mods available in 2019. Keep in m...

Volkswagen ID.R Smashes Tianmen Mountain Record

“China Challenge” mastered – Volkswagen’s fully-electric prototype sets new benchmark on Tianmen Mountain Romain Dumas conquers the 99 hairpins on the 10.906-kilometre “Big Gate Road” in less than 8 minutes ID.R is the sportiest representative of the electric ID. family of products Another day, another motorsports speed record taken down by the all-electric Volkswagen ID.R and French driver Romain Dumas. And, believe me, I know that the story is starting to feel a little bit repetitive– but you haven’t taken a look at the scenery for this one. This particular record fell at Tianmen Mountain pass in China– a place that’s also been called “Heaven’s Gate“. “With the record set on the dramatic Tianmen road, we have mastered another challenge in o...

Buying a Used Tesla Model S – Pros and Cons

I bought my first new car in 2003. It was a two-door Mercedes and it was beautiful. I had been in my first “real” job for about six months and figured, why not? I’m single and making decent money, I can buy a new car! While this technically may have been true, I later decided to research the phenomenon of value depreciation in cars. It was quite the rude awakening to learn that I lost about $5,000 in the car’s value as soon as I drove it off the lot. After this, I swore I’d never buy new again. I would scour the Internet for the best deal leaving no digital stone un-turned before buying! In reality, I would just end up buying from CarMax as they made the buying process just too easy to pass up, (you can tell me what a sucker I am in the comments below). My reg...

Do Teslas Take Gas?

Believe it or not, there are people out there who are unfamiliar with Tesla Motors. There are people out there who have never heard of Elon Musk and his plan to take humans to space and put solar panels on the roof of every home. These people may ask questions that a lot of us may find kind of funny like, “do Teslas take gas?” Instead of making fun of these people, we are just going to answer their question clearly and concisely: ehh…sort of. There are no Teslas on the road today that run on gasoline. All Tesla models are all-electric vehicles (EVs) and not hybrid gas/electric cars. That being said, there are gases being used in Teslas such as the freon in the air conditioner. Several users on this form for Tesla owners complained that their insurance companies didn’...