So, it seems that that reason #736 the EVs will cause the fall of western civilization is that, because “free-loading” EV owners don’t buy gas, they don’t pay gas taxes that funds infrastructure improvements, thus literally causing the collapse of society as bridges fall and roads crumble. I think everyone […]Read More
How Long Will Batteries Last?
A common question about electric vehicles is about how long the EV batteries last. Folks are genuinely curious about lifespan and, as the battery pack is typically the single most expensive component in an EV, it’s a good question to ask. While the dinosaur juice crowd will paint a dystopian […]Read More
EV Impact on the Electrical Grid
Once you get past the long tailpipe argument against electric vehicles (EVs), you’ll often run into the assertion that a flood of EV adoption will threaten to bring the US electrical grid to its knees. It certainly sounds scary, but how much truth is there to it? While the transition to […]Read More
EV Emissions: Yes, They Are Better for the Planet.
A commonly repeated myth about EVs is they really don’t have lower emissions because the run electricity from dirty sources (the long tailpipe), are more resource intensive to build, or similar comparison. An intellectually honest answer to this would involve doing whats called a well-to-wheel analysis of EVs and gasoline-powered cars. […]Read More
Benchmarking the Model 3
Update 08 Jul 2018 Tesla tweeted this chart to show how the Model 3 is doing against its peers: This is a follow-up to an earlier post on how Tesla is shifting the conversation on EVs. At the time, I proposed the Model 3 would eliminate the EV penalty as […]Read More
Lies, Damn Lies & the Internet
A couple of weeks ago there was a breathless news cycle on how Tesla did on the most recent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing. Based on the headlines, you might think the cars are rolling coffins, so, curious, I decided to do a bit of digging. The headlines spawned […]Read More
When Cheap Gasoline Really Isn’t
Recently, an automobile exec said something along the lines of “With gas at $2/gallon, I am not worried about electric vehicles.” It was a bold statement that piqued my curiosity. There are lots of good reasons to buy an electric vehicle from reducing green house gases to getting access to […]Read More
Considering an Electric Vehicle?
If this is your first time considering an electric vehicle (EV), there sure seems like a lot of things to learn. The truth is there is a bit of a learning curve, but the good news is, unlike Elon Musk’s other venture, its not rocket science, and you have a great […]Read More
Prepare for Your New Tesla
While it might seem like its going to be forever before your car shows up, there are a few things you can do to prepare for its arrival and to help pass the time. 🙂 Is it Here Yet (Things to do While You Wait)? Charging Get you home charging […]Read More
The First Drive in Your New Tesla
Driving a Tesla, or any EV is pretty much like driving the gasoline-powered cars you are used to, with a couple of exceptions related to how the car behaves and re-fueling (charging), which I will cover here. Before you Drive Regenerative Braking One of the defining features of EVs is […]Read More