At Tesla’s Autonomy Investor Day, Elon Musk had a show-stopping moment when he proclaimed that by the end of 2020, there would be one million Tesla “robotaxis” in service, providing owners with the potential to make $30,000 a year. Was it realistic? That truly doesn’t matter. Here’s what the robotaxi does for Tesla: [Read more…] about Is It Financially Insane to Buy Any Car Besides a Tesla?
We’ve all known people who sell their cars before they turn past 100,000 miles.
That was probably a wise move back in the 1980s, but today’s vehicles can live well past that mark, even doubling or tripling it with proper care.
Diesel engines can go even farther, routinely cruising past 500,000 miles.
The longevity of gasoline and diesel motors are ultimately limited by all the moving parts and heat generated by the process of turning liquid fuel into energy. Pistons, valves, injectors, gaskets, and more are subject to eventual failure, thereby limiting how long a motor can last.
Electric cars don’t have those parts and are sometimes advertised as needing less maintenance. But just how many miles can an EV go? Continue reading >>>
There are some perks to Tesla ownership that customers believe are vital to the experience of owning one of the premium electric vehicles.
One of those perks is free access to the company’s network of superchargers. Another is quick and responsive maintenance and repairs.
Both of those perks seem to be fading away as Tesla grows. Customers are beginning to complain of long wait times for service and, at the same time, Tesla has announced that unlimited free charging access will soon be a thing of the past.
Is the novelty of Tesla ownership wearing off?
One of the joys of shopping for a new car is knowing that the price you see on the window sticker is just a starting point for negotiation.
It’s exciting to see how far under that MSRP your sharp negotiating skills can get you. Two thousand dollars? Four thousand? More?
Of course, the flexibility of the dealer depends on a lot of factors. Is the car in high demand or has it been sitting on the lot for months? What kind of kickbacks does the manufacturer offer? Is the vehicle a high-priced luxury pickup or an economy car?
Whatever the vehicle, consumers rarely find themselves paying the full MSRP.
That is, of course, unless they’re buying a Tesla.
Last night may be remembered as the night cars and technology officially became one.
In the hours leading up to Tesla’s unveiling of the Model 3, CEO Elon Musk sent out a series of Tweets saying that online orders would be opened up an hour before the unveiling event kicked off. The company also announced via Twitter that orders would be welcomed from India, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Slovokia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Ireland, in addition to the United States, but that a 2 car-per-household limit would be in effect.
It sounds more like a tech unveiling than an auto event, but the hype evidently worked. As of last night, more than 133,000 people put down at least $1,000 each to reserve a car.
But enough about that. This is the car that’s been hyped for about a decade and could change EVs as we know them.