It’s time for the government to come down on Tesla and “Full Self Driving” before more people die

It’s time for some government intervention. Before I get accused of a being a bleeding heart liberal who wants government control of everything, I think there’s a time and place for government, but it also doesn’t need to be all up in my business all the time. One of the places where I think regulation […]

by Chad Kirchner
Former NHTSA Chairman compares Tesla “FSD” to the Boeing 737 Max debacle

A March 11 traffic accident in Detroit involving a 2021 Tesla Model Y and a tractor trailer has garnered a fair amount of attention as much for what occurred as what might have occurred.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched a Special Crash Investigation team to investigate the incident. Initial analysis of […]

by Eileen Falkenberg-Hull
Tesla shuffles pricing of various models

Overnight, Tesla adjusted pricing on some of its models. The price adjustments vary from as little as $500 to as much as $10,000. Here’s what we know. The Model Y Long Range is now starting at $49,990 before destination, which represents a $1,000 increase. The Model 3 Standard Range Plus is up $500 to $37,490 before […]

by Chad Kirchner
Tesla’s “Full Self-Driving” City Streets function will continue to be a SAE Level 2 driver assistance program

To equip your Tesla with “Full Self Driving,” you must spend $10,000 to enable the functionality. But the functionality isn’t there yet. You might be thinking, “There’s a ‘FSD’ beta out there right now for city streets. Surely that’s basically what Waymo is doing?” Wrong. PlainSite obtained documents between Tesla’s legal department and California’s DMV […]

by Chad Kirchner
2021 Tesla Model Y Standard Range vs. 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV: Which one should you get?

Utility vehicles are getting electrified left and right, and Chevrolet has added an affordable one in the form of the 2022 Bolt EUV, which is a more rugged relative of the Bolt EV. Aimed directly at the Tesla Model Y, the Bolt EUV builds on what made the Bolt EV by adding more appeal and […]

by Stefan Ogbac
What you need to know about federal tax incentives for EVs

At the start of February, House Democrats introduced a new version of the GREEN Act which aims to revise the federal tax incentives for electric vehicle purchase, among other tax code revisions. If approved, the 2021 GREEN Act will open Tesla and GM to federal EV tax credits again.  Currently, qualifying electric vehicles are eligible […]

by Rebecca Bellan
Alternating Currents: Don’t make your car your entire personality

Choosing what car you drive says a lot about who you are as a person and what things you value. Maybe you chose your car to be a unique extension of who you are. Maybe you chose your car because you wanted to flex on fools or show off your wealth or because it was […]

by Bradley Brownell
Understating electric vehicle range doesn’t help just as overstating range doesn’t help

This week it was discussed that with some conservative independent testing, the Porsche Taycan 4S is capable of approximately 100 miles more range than stated on the sticker. In that same testing, none of the Tesla models tested reached the stated range. Obviously overpromising and underdelivering is not a great way to sell cars. Electric […]

by Chad Kirchner
Testing indicates that the Porsche Taycan 4S is the range king: Report

Manufacturer claimed ranges and EPA claimed ranges of electric vehicles often differ from real world experiences. While that’s also true in ICE vehicles, sometimes the differences in EVs can be quite stark. That’s why places like to independently test EV range and consumption. The folks at Edmunds did just that, and the results are a […]

by Chad Kirchner
Upcoming $25,000 Chinese-made Tesla to be sold globally: Report

With Tesla‘s big manufacturing push in China, the company is expected to launch an electric car that sits below the Model 3 in the lineup. Being dubbed the Model 2, it should have an entry-level price point of $25,000 in U.S. currency. While we know the $35,000 Tesla Model 3 existed briefly, off books, for […]

by Chad Kirchner