Tesla Model 3: Quick Thoughts

Assuming you haven’t been living under a rock, you’re probably aware that Tesla Motors recently unveiled their “car for the masses” recently.  This is a big deal for many reasons, most of which I won’t bother to rehash here.  As a current Tesla vehicle owner, however, I wanted to provide my friends, family, and followers with my quick thoughts on this car, why it may be relevant to you, and hopefully answer the most common questions I’ve been getting.  Enjoy!

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VIDEOS: Tesla Model S with Version 7.0 Software – Autopilot Autonomous Driving

Today marks the release of the latest over-the-air software update from Tesla Motors.  With the release of their 7.0 software comes a huge overhaul to the user interface, as well as a slew of autonomous driving capabilities.  Here are some videos and a quick write-up about the experience.

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COMPARISON: Our 2012 Nissan Leaf vs our new 2014 Tesla Model S85

My title may read a bit like David & Goliath, but don’t worry there is no religious story here.  In fact, this article is less about a victor between these two strange opponents, and more about the pros/cons of each vehicle in real-world practicality.  We recently added a 2014 Tesla Model S85 to our stable to sit alongside the 2-year veteran 2012 Nissan Leaf SL that we have been leasing.  Check out my full post to learn about how these two seemingly different cars have more in common than just their classification.

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COMPARISON: Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (EVSE) – Leviton EVB40-PST versus Schneider EV2430WS EVlink

Electric vehicles are all the rage these days, as well as their hybrid counterparts.  Beyond the big player that is Tesla Motors, auto news is rampant with excitement about the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf.  And let’s not forget the new BMW i3 that just came out, too, to join ranks with the Mercedes B-Class, Kia Soul EV, and others.  All of these vehicles share a common need for electricity, and our home now hosts two such vehicles.  Due to our second EV joining the stable we recently upgraded our electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) at home, allowing me to write a fun comparison as we migrated from a Schneider Electric EV2430WS EVlink to our new Leviton EVB40-PST.  Check it out!

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Detroit Auto Show – NAIAS 2014 – My Recap

Every year I make an effort to visit Detroit for the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).  This year my wife tagged along, we had amazing BBQ for lunch, and hit the show for nearly 5-hours of fun.  As usual the show had over-done concept cars and obnoxious paint choices.  Check out my thoughts here!

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