Tesla

How Much Electricity Does It Take to Charge a Tesla Model S?

Today we wrap up our series on energy usage by taking a look at how much electricity it takes to charge a Model S from Tesla. When it comes to advancing all-electric vehicle (EV) technology, possibly no other car has done more for the cause than the Model S. When it debuted in 2012, critics wondered if Tesla’s flagship sedan would be a game-changer or a complete bust. Seven years and hundreds of thousands of units sold later, we have our answer. I like the way Car and Driver put it: “When the Model S launched in 2012, it was the first long-range, widely desired electric vehicle, and mainstream automakers have been struggling to catch up ever since. The Model S is still impressive—it now has an EPA-estimated 370 miles of range in its Long Range variant—but for all its focus on a...

How Much Electricity Does It Take to Charge a Tesla Model X?

In continuing our series of looking at different all-electric vehicles (EVs) and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs), today we take a look at how much electricity it takes to charge a Model X from Tesla. Before we get to the meat and potatoes, let’s take a look at the history of the Model X… The Tesla Model X first unveiled in 2012 and first produced for sale in 2015 and has received much fanfare since. As Car and Driver put it: “The Tesla Model X might be the greenest—and one of the fastest—way to tote up to seven people over hill and dale. As the crossover cousin to the brand’s iconic Model S sedan, the X is actually practical, with all-wheel drive, a high-tech cabin with room for up to seven, and striking but fussy Falcon Wing doors. Two models are offered, ...

How to Reboot Your Tesla Model X

We’ve covered procedures for rebooting your Tesla Model S and Model 3 in the past. If you haven’t had a chance to do so, I would encourage you to click here and here for these tutorials. Today, we cover Tesla’s only SUV to date and take a look at a few different ways to reboot the Tesla Model X. The Model X is a special car. From the innovative body design to the space-age (and somewhat controversial) falcon doors, the Model X is unlike anything else the auto industry has ever offered. I especially like the various “Easter Eggs” that have been discovered by owners. There’s something fantastic and nerdy about them that really appeals to me. I think this holiday lightshow “Easter Egg” is my favorite: Computers, Computers, Computers The Model X ...

How Much Electricity Does It Take to Charge a Tesla Model 3?

As I’ve written before, we here at enrg.io are big fans of all things Tesla. Tesla’s newest and most affordable car is of course the Model 3. Since its debut in 2017, the Model 3 has become Tesla’s most popular offering, leaving the Model S and the Model X in the dust with respect to sales. The model 3 was the number one best selling plug in car in 2018, both world wide and in the United States. With a 5-passenger seating capacity, sleek design, and a range north of 220 miles on a single charge for the base model, it isn’t hard to see why the model 3 is so popular. I like the way the folks at Kelly Blue Book put it: “The Model 3 is Tesla’s rendition of the long-prophesized electric car for the masses. This sleekly styled, compact 5-seat sedan dazzles with cool...

How to Open a Tesla Door – Ultimate Guide For All Models

  All three Tesla models currently available have slightly different door handles so you or your passengers may wonder how to open a Tesla door. This ultimate guide for all models breaks it down. Introduction When the Tesla Model S hit the scene in 2012, many things struck those introduced to it. For many, it was the huge center touch screen. For some, it was the unfamiliar quiet. Still others wondered how the heck you open the door. In the early days of my own ownership, nearby drivers would roll down their windows to ask me. Even today, picking up friends often results in confused looks. The door handle on all three Tesla models is completely flush with the door when not in use. On a Model S, every handle is mechanical. On a Model X, entire doors are mechanical. For the Model 3, mot...

The Best of Tesla Trunk or Treat!

It’s that time of year again. I do so love Halloween. The costumes, the candy, the parties, it’s all so much fun! Halloween also means it’s time for another family tradition of ours: Trunk or Treat! The day that I will clean out the trunk of my car, decorate the hell out of it and yell at rambunctious kids not to touch it. The day that I will threaten small children with violence if they take more than one piece of candy. Okay, so maybe not violence but I will at least threaten to tell their parents. While my Nissan Leaf is going to look pretty sharp and spooky, it won’t hold a candle to any of the cars you are about to see. Today we honor the brave souls who dare to allow children around their beautiful Tesla automobiles and bring you the best of Tesla Trunk or Tre...

How Long Does It Take to Charge a Tesla Roadster?

Ah, the Tesla Roadster. I’ve yet to see one in person but I’ve spent more time than I care to admit ogling it on the Internet. I hope my wife isn’t too jealous. At any rate, the car that I often joke about selling kidneys to buy will be here in 2020. This absolute beauty (pictured above) will go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in under 2 seconds and reach a top speed of 250 miles per hour. This means that it will be the fastest street legal car to date! In addition, it will be able to travel around 600 miles on a single charge. This car is a game changer. The base model will sell for roughly $200,000 which means I won’t be owning one anytime soon. For those of you out there who will I have two things to say: 1. Please be my friend and let me ride in your car. 2. Here...

How to Clean and Protect Alcantara in Your Tesla

I have mixed feelings about genuine leather when it comes to car seats. My gas-guzzling Ford SUV has black leather seats. Easy to clean but hotter than Hades during the summer. My little Mercedes coupe that I’ve mentioned a few times before had faux leather seats, more specifically “MB-Tex” seats as the company referred to them. I liked the way they felt and didn’t notice a huge difference from the genuine leather. If you’re lucky enough to own a Tesla, chances are that the interior of your car is equipped at least in part with a material known as alcantara. Today we take a look at how to clean and protect alcantara in your Tesla. What is it? Quite simply put, alcantara is just a synthetic microfiber fabric and not some exotic material as the name suggests. Th...

Tesla Powerwall Specs: What You Need to Know

We here at enrg.io love everything Tesla as we’ve stated before. While we can’t all be lucky enough to own one, I think it’s fair to say that anyone with any interest in all-electric vehicles (EVs) can appreciate the excellent work Elon Musk and his company have done. Tesla has advanced EV technology significantly and I dare say made owning one “cool.” Let’s face it, as great as my Leaf is, it doesn’t scream style and sophistication like the Model S does. In addition to vehicles, Tesla is also in the battery storage game. Development of Tesla Powerwall began in 2012 and was officially launched in 2015. Even though this project hasn’t received as much fanfare as the various Tesla automobiles, it is certainly no less important. What Is It? Tesl...

How Tesla Owners Become Brand Ambassadors

Tesla owners are an interesting bunch, as seemingly disproportionate amount of them become unofficial brand ambassadors. That is, they volunteer their time to further the Tesla Mission. Tesla’s mission, for those unfamiliar, is not to build the most popular electric vehicle. It’s not to be the most profitable. It’s not to put Ford, Chevy, or BMV out of business. Simply put, Tesla’s mission is “to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.” In 2006, the company published a “Secret Tesla Motors Master Plan” that boiled down to: Build sports car Use that money to build an affordable car Use that money to build an even more affordable car While doing above, also provide zero emission electric power generation options Don’...

Tesla PUP (Premium Upgrade Package) – What’s Included and Is It Worth the Cost?

Deciding which options you can’t live without is one of the toughest parts about shopping for a new car. Do I need the spoiler? The 24 inch rims? The undercoating to prevent rust damage? Probably not. Still, selecting options can be a whole lot of fun. It can also be an exercise that results in spending way too much money. In an effort to help you strike a balance between getting what you want and not breaking the bank, here we take a look at the Tesla Premium Upgrade Package (PUP) – what’s included and is it worth the cost? Models S and X The good news is…if you’re buying a new Model S or X, you are getting the PUP whether you like it or not. Congratulations! The PUP packages used to cost $5,000 and $6,000 for the S and X respectively. Last year Tesla decided...

How To Reboot Your Tesla Model S

There is something to the question “have you rebooted your machine?” despite it being the butt of every joke about an IT help desk. Computers are complex machines. A simple reboot may be just the ticket to correct unusual behavior. If you have been wondering how to reboot your Tesla Model S, look no further. First, let’s consider some reasons why you may want to reboot your Tesla Model S and what exactly that means. According to the Model S owner’s manual, rebooting the touch screen is appropriate if your touchscreen becomes unresponsive. Similarly, this is a good option if your touchscreen is exhibiting unusual behavior. Many owners refer to this action unofficially as a “soft reboot” or “soft reset” as it is intended to restart the touch sc...

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