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How Much Can the Tesla Cybertruck Tow

One of the most anticipated questions before last night’s Tesla Cybertruck unveiling was: How Much Can the Tesla Cybertruck Tow? We now know there are three answers. The single motor RWD variant of the truck can tow 7,500 pounds. The dual motor AWD version can tow 10,000 pounds and the beast of the bunch – the tri motor AWD build – can tow 14,000 pounds. But what does all this mean? What weighs that much? How does the Tesla Cybertruck tow capacity compare to today’s best selling pickup trucks? Let’s explore. Background The Society of Automotive Engineers International, SAE International for short, is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries, according to the...

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...

Where is the 12 Volt Battery in a Tesla and How Do I Replace It?

We discussed the different types of batteries found in all-electric vehicles (EVs) here and here. We discovered that  all EVs have two batteries: a powerful lithium-ion battery that makes the car go, and a smaller 12 volt battery that powers the electrical components in the car. Being a true EV, Tesla’s line of cars are no exception to this rule. In an effort to assist our readers with their questions involving all things Tesla, here is where you can ind the 12 volt battery in a Tesla and how to replace it. Calm Down, Nervous Nellie A nervous poster by the name of “VK859” recently posted the following to the official Telsa Motors forum: “So my Model S P100D is giving me an error message “12V Battery Needs Service – Replace 12V Battery Soon”. Its wi...

Best Ebike Beach Cruisers

We’ve made a few posts about electric bicycles (ebikes). If you haven’t done so already please check them out here and here. As I mentioned before, growing up in California it was almost mandatory to own a beach cruiser. I purchased mine for 50 bucks from the used bike store and rode that thing until both the wheels and the handlebars literally came off. Today’s beach cruisers are much more hi-tech and durable than the ones that were around when I was a kid. Several models even come with motors, making them true e-bikes. Here are a list of the best beach cruiser ebikes that you can buy right now. As per usual, we are going to define “ebike” as a bicycle that gives the writer the option of using an integrated electric motor to assist with propulsion. Ocean Curr...

5 Affordable Amazon Gifts For the EV Owner in Your Life!

I wrote about 5 gadgets that Tesla Model 3 owners might want to consider last month here. After doing so, I realized how left out other non-Tesla Model 3 all-electric vehicle (EV) owners must have felt. In order to atone for this, I’ve come up with a list of not-so-expensive items found on Amazon that any EV owner can enjoy! Full disclosure: I don’t currently own any of these items but will be purchasing several of them soon, (please don’t tell my wife). 1. EV Charger Holster I’ve been an EV owner for a little over two years now. It just dawned on me today that anytime I unplug my car, I just throw the charger on the ground, (which is annoying to walk over and probably not too good for it). This simple charger holster from BougeRV comes with a hook to hang the charg...

Volvo Turns to Blockchain for Conflict Free EVs

“Cars are driven by people,” reads Volvo’s corporate mission statement. “The guiding principle behind everything we make at Volvo, therefore, is and must remain: safety.” That means the safety of Volvo’s passengers, the safety of the cyclists and animals that they share the road with, an– increasingly— the safety of the people who manufacture Volvo Cars. That’s why Volvo is turning to blockchain technologies in order to ensure that its hybrids and EVs do not rely on conflict minerals or child labor. In an emailed statement sent Friday, Volvo Cars explained that it had completed its first trial of blockchain tracking using recycled cobalt in China. “It tracked cobalt from a Chinese recycling plant to Volvo Cars Zhejiang over a two-...

Bentley Celebrates 100 Years With an Electric Super Coupe

Bentley celebrates its 100th anniversary this month, and it’s been quite a century. From racing glory and “the world’s fastest lorries” at LeMans to what amounted to a rebadged Rolls-Royce in the 1970s and on to a turbocharged renaissance in 1980s, Bentley has had its share of ups and downs. Through it all, however, the Flying B remained a symbol of conspicuous wealth– but Bentleys will have to be more than expensive to survive another hundred years, and Volkswagen (Bentley’s parent company) knows it. That’s why the car that Bentley built to celebrate its first century and carry it into its second is what it is. Meet the Bentley EXP 100 GT, the most sustainable Bentley ever. I know, I know– that sounds a bit absurd on the surface of it. But, ...

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...

Why Electric Bikes Are Exploding in Popularity

If you live in a major city, you’ve likely caught a glimpse of at least a few people riding electric bicycles to get from one place to another—even if you didn’t realize what you were seeing. Though rates of adoption vary wildly based on city, the popularity of electric bikes (or e-bikes) is increasing at an astounding rate, forcing lawmakers to reconsider how the vehicles should be classified, and encouraging e-bike manufacturers and distributors to provide the world with more e-bikes. So what is it that’s managed to skyrocket the popularity of these inventive new vehicles? More Than a Bike But Less Than a Car Let’s start with the basics. In case you aren’t familiar, an e-bike is a type of modified bicycle; it looks and functions just like a traditional bicycle, and if a user desires, the...

Could You Win a Tesla for the Holidays?

Global climate change is increasingly recognized as one of the most serious threats to our safety and wellbeing. The UN has warned of potentially irreversible damage to our biosphere and way of life if we do not take drastic action to move our economies away from fossil fuels. Accelerating this transition is Tesla’s mission, and a small non-profit based in Boston has a plan to make it happen in the United States. Climate XChange has spent the past five years modeling, researching and advocating for a carbon pricing scheme in the state of Massachusetts. Carbon pricing is a proven and effective policy tool to decentivize fossil fuel consumption, improve the health of our communities, and mitigate climate change. In order to make this a reality, they need your help – and you might win somethi...

The Benefits of Short Term Car Leasing in Winter & How to Stay Safe in Your Vehicle

The chances of having a car accident increases significantly throughout the winter months. This is due to a variety of reasons from driving in icy conditions to traveling during times of poor visibility such as darkness and/or during a snowfall. Failure to minimize risk during this time can result in time off the road, injury or even death. However, drivers can mitigate potential road accidents by short term leasing an appropriate car during the winter months. The Right Car for the Job It is important that the car itself is suitable for winter conditions. Many high-end cars perform fantastically during the summer months, but can prove almost useless when conditions take a turn for the worst. Rear wheel drive cars are a prime example of this. Some short term car leasing companies can offer ...

Win a Tesla Model X from ISEA in their 2018 Raffle

Get ready to zoom into the green energy future! The Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) has raffled off an electric vehicle for the last six years – and they are doing it again this year with the Grand Prize of a 2018 Tesla Model X! This year only 2,500 tickets will be sold: each ticket is $100 or you can grab a discounted set of four tickets for $300. (This raffle is only open to residents of the 48 contiguous US states.) Enter at the ISEA store to get your ticket! ISEA is a nonprofit organization that focuses on solar education and advocacy. They provide solar resources to everyone: from homeowners interested in going solar, to professionals who are looking for more training opportunities, to legislators who want to know what solar is doing for their constituents. The funds from the...