Talking Tesla

Mel Herbert, Tom Wolfson and Robert Rosenbloom talk all things Tesla.

Ep 113 - Semi vs. Roadster

Robert's Videos from the Tesla Semi and Roadster Event:

SEMI -  aka. BAMF

  • 500 mile range w/ 80,000 lb load (Max legal limit)

  • 400 mi of range charge in 30 minutes - roughly 1.6 MW charging or about more than 10 times more powerful than Tesla’s current Superchargers.

    • Speculation:

    • Double the voltage to 960V

    • 6x the amperage via 4x larger charge port

    • I expect they’ll have to cool the cable & handle

  • Single seat was what they showed us with 2-screens

  • $1.26 per mile, compared with $1.51 per mile in a diesel truck, and when platooning 3-trucks $0.85/mile “cheaper than rail transport”!

  • 4 independent electric motors on rear axles – enabling insane torque for a 0 to 60 mph acceleration with a full load (80,000 Lbs) in 20 seconds.

Roadster (the original)

  • First versions (Roadster 1.5, 2 & 2.5) began deliveries in 2008 - Tesla sold about 2,450 Roadsters in over 30 countries - According to the U.S. EPA, the Roadster can travel 244 miles - US$112,000 - Tesla produced the Roadster until January 2012

  • Tesla ordered 2,500 gliders from Lotus - Where are those 50 gliders? Being held for parts - used for testing?

  • Roadster 3.0 (Summer 2016) was an upgrade/refresh package


  • included a new 80 kWh battery (increased the original 240 mi range -> 340 mi), aero body kit, change of tire type for decreased rolling resistance


Roadster Deux, more accurately 4.0 is due out in 2020, aka. Next Gen Roadster, #NGR

  • 1.9 sec 0 - 60 MPH & 1 - 100 MPH 4.2 sec  = WHIPLASH, seeing stars, syncope!

  • Lower coefficient of friction than a Bugatti Chiron

  • Top speed 250 MPH (402 kPH)

  • 620 miles (1000 km) of range

  • 200 kwh battery in a small footprint. Floorboard is higher than the original roadster, opinions are that Tesla has stacked 2-100 kWh battery trays

  • $250,000 for founders - 1000 limit “specs will exceed those announced” but they were not specific. Emile, the demonstration driver, said “this never gets old”.

  • $200,000 for standard super car - no limit announced

  • $250 million $$ interest free loan from founder’s deposits

How long till they announce it is sold out? They won’t say much till then

Next Gen Roadster rides were given to those who placed $5000 deposits, >60 rides were given! I heard of numerous others placing orders online Thurs. night.


How big a battery &

Wal-Mart Joins Retailers Planning to Try Out Tesla Truck

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Places Order For "Multiple" Tesla Semi Trucks | CleanTechnica

BMW two issue stop sale and voluntary recall for all US i3

Go to Kettleman City & Have The Barista Pull You an Espresso & Supercharge

100 Women: The women who sew for Nasa - BBC News

Hyperloop Startup Arrivo Has Plans For High-Speed Colorado Tube Train Network - Forbes

The EPA is rewriting the most important number in climate economics - Calculating behaviour

Ep 112 - Reveal This

Tesla quietly adds native Siri integration to remotely control electric car with iOS app

The Tesla Parking Lot Instagram Page is BACK!

Ford inks $765 million deal to build electric vehicles in China

China is considering a relaxation of the partnership mandate in order to woo more stubborn EV makers like Tesla.

Daimler unveils its first all-electric school bus, hits production in 2019 with over 100 miles of range-Robert

Lion, a Quebec-based school bus manufacturer, also offers an increasingly popular electric school bus.

The Long Road to Safer School Buses

Workhorse CEO: $300 million in preorders for plug-in hybrid pickup trucks-Robert


Recall the funny/cute looking “pod car,” without a steering wheel or pedals, retired YouTube: & another from Feb:

Tesla deploys new computer vision capability as it increases Autopilot data-gathering effort

Biggest lithium mining operations could be in Australia-Robert

Tesla Energy Will Be Supplementing Another Island’s Power Grid - Nantucket

Supercharger - Kettleman City-







Ep 111 - Elon's Inferno

This is the time to TAKE ACTION, contact your Member in the House of Representatives and have all all voters concerned with climate change and access to EVs and American Industry (just not the oil & gas industry) to call or write in with your concerns. Find your Representative’s contact information here:

Tesla 2017 Q3 earnings Call

How to approach buying a Tesla or any electric car with the proposed end of $7,500 tax credit next month

Trump administration releases report finding ‘no convincing alternative explanation’ for climate change

The timing of report will put the American delegation in a sticky spot at an annual United Nations climate change conference beginning Monday in Bonn, Germany, given President Trump’s decision to walk away from the 195-nation Paris climate accord.

Robert's Media Pick - Here’s an amazing media pic, the last 20 minutes of this CBS 60 minutes episode about a guy who spent time in a federal penitentiary and is now a Georgetown University law professor. A really inspirational story:

Ep 110 - Model 3 Deep Dive



Model 3 Owners Club 1 hour video of the model 3


Tesla installs Powerpack and Powerwall batteries at hospital in 🇵🇷

Elon Musk’s Gigafactory Campfire Is the Hottest Event of the Year


8/17/2017 Case Dropped

  • 8/15/2016 by The Wagner Firm

3/28/2014 Case Bao v. SolarCity Corporation et al  

Then SSC fought back:
SolarCity Seeks $663K In Fees After Investor Suit Dismissal

City-Size Lunar Lava Tube Could House Future Astronaut Residents

SpaceX Launch - Falcon 9

500 Yards Done

Ep 109 - A Lot Of Hats

Ep 108 - 1 Trillion Dollar Idea

Ep 107 - Model 3 Misfire

Model 3 Delivery Misfire

Tesla replaces Model 3 headlights, battery, seats, and more while going through ‘production hell’

Get your fix of the Tesla Model 3 via Video Tour by OCDetailing 

Hidden Interior Features:

Hidden Exterior Features:

BYD Expands Factory to Ramp Up Electric Bus Production

GM Says TESLA cannot do level 5 with current hardware

World Solar Challenge goes live: Solar cars racing from north to south across Australia

Ep 106 - Elon's BFR

Watch Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveil progress on world’s largest battery


Tesla aids Puerto Rico in relief efforts, sends Powerwall systems to help restore power

The BIG MARS and EARTH Announcement

WIRED why TESLA plan might work but probably wont!

Lockheed Martin trumps SpaceX Mars plans as Elon Musk cancels press conference

Tesla Model 3 test drives bring laughter at the Gigafactory as deliveries are going east

Is Coast to Coast in an Electric Car Currently Viable?

BMW 530e iPerformance will come with wireless charging in 2018

Toyota and Mazda are making a new company to develop electric cars

Ep 105 - A Lot Of Junk In The Model 3 Trunk

Model 3 Configurator is eminent

Tesla is working on customer-facing Model 3 design studio as it expands deliveries

Tesla had constructed a configurator for employees:

Model 3 range > 334mi!

Jaguar I-PACE all-electric SUV 2018 announced

Infiniti To Debut Performance EV At In Detroit This January, Arrives In 2019

Tesla is reportedly developing its own chip with AMD for self-driving cars | The Verge

Tesla Gigafactory 1: new aerial shots and drone video

Townsville is a logical location for new factory | Townsville Bulletin

How solar power can protect the US military from threats to the electric grid - Robert

Shanghai Home To World’s Largest Tesla Supercharger Facility

First seen on

Tesla’s charging stations turning into convenience stops, say CTO JB Straubel

Elon Musk at IAC 2017 in Adelaide

Mars Facts, Fun or Otherwise - (Robert)

Ep 104 - Baby Driver

Coffee vs. climate change: The news is not good – Ars Technica

Robert’s Media Pick: Wind River with Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen

Nissan, Renault, Mitsubishi Collectively Reveal Future Plans, Including 12 Pure EVs

Tesla increases Model 3 deliveries to employees and insiders ahead of customer deliveries


Mobile Swap Again?

Tesla Turns off Automatic Emergency Braking in Some Newer Models &

Batteries, Gigafactory, Energy Storage

Tesla starts solar cell production at Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo, raises annual capacity goal to 2 GW

During Irma’s Power Outages, Some Houses Kept The Lights On With Solar And Batteries

Four Radical Plans to Save Civilization From Climate Change

China 1000 superchargers

MARS here we come, and the game plan for SpaceX

The SpaceX Mic Drop-2018 SpaceX Hyperloop Competition

HOLY CRAP!! This is a big battery









Ep 103 - Superchargers And Powerwalls For Everyone

National Drive Electric Week is going international. Celebrate and learn more about EVs at an event near you  

Nissan Leaf EV enters 10,000-mile Mongol Rally

All in all an amazing accomplishment


Former FEMA chief: It's not about climate change anymore, 'it's about climate adaptation' | TheHill (Robert)

China's Fossil Fuel Deadline Shifts Focus to Electric Car Race

Chinese EV supercar maker is prepping an all-electric SUV

Tesla updates Model S interior with new back seats | Electrek

krtrice RedIt contributor provided pics of his MS delivered in Chicago 3d ago
& here are more photos:

LG Chem Investing $387 Million Into Europe’s Largest EV Battery Factory (In Poland)

A Tunisian Energy Company Wants to Pipe Electricity from the Sahara to Europe

Fully Renewable Possible? (NPR Science Friday, a cool show!)

A German medium-sized company is fully committed to electric mobility and plans on the A8 a gigantic e-car filling station. Thousands of cars should be able to be loaded every day

SpaceX squeaks in another launch and land ahead of Hurricane Irma

Elon Musk Adds $5 Billion to His Fortune After SpaceX Soars - Bloomberg

Here’s Elon Musk’s Vision for the First Manned SpaceX Flight

2,300 MPH Hyperloop!


Chemical spills that happened in Houston which support our ICE habit:

Ep 102 - Needed: Half Price Model 3!

Dual Motor and Air Suspension

300,000 miles on a Model S! (Mel)

Model 3 charging news - Tesla Online Store

Solar Car!

Electric Truck beats TESLA to Market?

Aston Martin to go EV

Tesla to Add Dashcam Functionality ‘Soon'

Tesla unlocks 'Level 2' prize: drive an electric tunnel boring machine with The Boring Company

New AI Director

AMAZON New Jersey Rooftop Solar Array

TESLA SOLAR ROOF - will it work

** $6 Billion Nuclear Plant will now be Solar

** Deployment of patented rigid sail and solar power system | Electric Vehicles Research

Began Construction: 9 (4-US, 1-Ireland, 1-Australia, 1-Switzerland, 2-UK)  This includes the Baker 40-stall Supercharger! Construction pictures compliments of OCRyan at

** Exploding Space X

Elon Breaks the Speed record

** Pollution-Free Buses Increasing Statewide (1/2 way down the page)

Ep 101 - 5 Million Teslas

check ‘Your Model 3 Delivery Estimate’ at




Model 3 Battery Pack

Model 3 Depreciation

Tesla Model 3: Exclusive first look at Tesla’s new battery pack architecture


  • Expect model Y late 2019

Autopilot -

Kill all the Animals!

Tesla’s Push to Build a Self-Driving Car Sparked Dissent Among Its Engineers

NT Government signs Memorandum of Understanding to build lithium battery plant in Darwin | NT News

Space X -

The Boring Company Green Light

SpaceX’s Hyperloop Pod speed competition winner tops 200 MPH

Watch the Pod POV video:


VW engineer gets prison, $200,000 fine in diesel scandal

Virginia is Getting a Little TESLA Action

Electric Ships



From Elon about Subsidies


Ep 100 - Eclipsing 100!

Model 3 Wheels

Tesla installing chargers for you

Germany all in on EV’s

Parity by 2018!

Hyundai 300 mile EV

Chanje V8070 — Another Level Of Electrification | CleanTechnica

Solar Panels go Green, actually Green

South Australia at it again!

How efficient will panels be in 10 years

CRS-12 follow up:

SpaceX Launch Lots of Ice Cream to NASA Astronauts Today

Here’s a cool Mod by the man who brought us the book: Tesla Model S, best car ever! Frank ( ):

More EV chargers than Gas Stations by 2020 in UK

Ep 99 - Hardware 2.5, really?

Tesla has been working on a backup plan in case its self-driving promises fail

Money: Tesla reportedly raised $600 million within hours after investor meeting

Bond investors give Tesla a $1.8 billion endorsement

New Tesla Model 3 details revealed by EPA: ~80 kWh battery pack, 258 hp, and more | Electrek

Bollinger B1 electric utility truck: 6,000 signups in two weeks

New all electric SUV - Bollinger Motors

Bollinger unveils new minimalist and badass-looking all-electric truck with up to 200 miles of range | Electrek

The New Leaf

Model Y

GM's Cruise Launches Self-Driving Car Service for Employees

AI movie pick

AI and Elon

Taxing solar panels

The Rise of Storage in Oz

Monday resupply launch (Monday 8/14 at 10:31 PDT)

California closes the Steve Jobs license plate loophole – Ars Technica

I’m a Google Manufacturing Robot and I Believe Humans Are Biologically Unfit to Have Jobs in Tech - McSweeney’s Internet Tendency

A million out-of-state travelers expected to pack Missouri roads for solar eclipse

Ep 98 - Burning Cash For 3 And Y

Model S Goes over 1000 KM (621mi)

Model 3 versus Competition*

Have we seen a GREAT view of the trunk?

And the gas powered competition*

Tesla lowers price of Model X, saying margins improved*

Tesla Model 3 is equipped with a driver-facing camera for Autopilot and Tesla Network*


Eviation Aircraft (Israel), at last week's Paris Air Show, showed a prototype 11-seater all electric airplane

  • Like Tesla it’s designed from the ground up as an EV it’s sexy

  • 980-kWh, lithium-ion battery pack

  • Range 600 mi at 250 MPH

roughly the same size as the Beechcraft King Air (260 MPH, 1600 mi range $3.6M)

Falcon Heavy Launch coming soon-Twitter/Instagram Post VIDEO


Elon Musk reportedly planning to build his own Hyperloop for tunnel system

Musk Teases Plan to Whisk Riders From New York to Washington in 29 Minutes

Hawthorne Mayor Alex Vargas hangs with Elon Musk to talk physics and tunnels

11 Proposed Hyperloop Routes That Aren’t NYC-DC

Elon Musk says Hyperloop route up to Tesla Gigafactory 1 would be ‘great’ to curb ‘gigantic’ logistic cost | Electrek

SpaceX’s first crewed NASA launches remain on schedule for 2018*

Top Fuel monsters put on notice: 5,000-hp electric dragster has 8 world records in its sights*

Ep 97 - All Model 3, All The Time

Tesla Model 3 Information:

So what have we learned post-delivery event then?

What are the early reviewers saying?

The Verge Model 3 review: Tamara Warren

“The premium model of the Model 3 caught me off guard. After hearing so much hype about this car, I was surprised that my first reaction was a profound sense of delight. It wasn’t bland, nor sterile, nor cheap feeling. Here was something different. Here was an exercise in minimalism. Here was the car Elon Musk promised to make 14 years ago.”

Will the production cars maintain this same sense of good carness? It’s hard to say if Tesla can deliver on its ambitious promises, but it certainly surprise delivered on making a good impression on me.

Driving a Model 3 is Pretty Damn Awesome

We finally know what the inside of Tesla's Model 3 looks like, and it's stunning

Tesla Model 3 ditches fob for key card and Bluetooth smartphone access

Hyper Scoop: Motor Trend gets the first extended drive in a Tesla Model 3

Ep 96 - Model 3 Launch: T Minus 3 Days And Counting

Ep 95 - Elon's AI-nxiety

Architectural Digest Test-Drives the Tesla Model X P100D

Tesla Model Y Suitors Will Meet Elon Musk Today at Governor’s Meeting

  • A Nevada government report on the Gigafactory projects 6,500 jobs with an annual payroll of $369.7 million, plus 16,200 jobs and $955.3 million in payroll from businesses that support the Gigafactory, by the end of next year.

Faraday Future abandons plan to build $1 billion electric car factory in Nevada amid cash woes | The Verge

Navya To Begin Production of Fully Autonomous EVs In Michigan In Q4 2017

Koch Brothers Launch Attack to Kill Electric Cars

Rolls-Royce is skipping hybrids and going straight to electric cars

  • Rolls-Royce is not looking into expanding its portfolio of vehicles with hybrid technology. Instead, the marque will pursue electric cars. No Rolls Royce is not making an EV, but they will (see pic: Rolls Royce Phantom Experimental Electric 102EX  but when will it be out?

If you can't wait for driverless cars to hit the roads, you can help train them how to drive now.

Take Two® | California is changing its roads for self-driving cars | 89.3 KPCC

Google's People + AI Research Initiative Sets Out to Solve Artificial Stupidity 2-3 more US based gigafactories coming soon

Tesla Gigafactory uses nearby university for temporary employee housing

An exclusive look at Tesla’s plan to build largest EV charging station in the world with 40 Superchargers | Electrek

Porsche’s First 350-kW Charging Station Now Ready In Germany, 2nd To Be Installed In Atlanta

Moon Express Unveils Lunar Mission Architecture - SpaceRef Business

Aerospace guru explains why SpaceX reuses rockets – and it’s not to save money

Hyperloop One completes full-scale test run

Ep 94 - Any Color, As Long As It's Black



TESLA’s crashing stock

It Drives And Has CRAZY Acceleration!  - Lotus Evora Electric Car Projec...

Volkswagen wants robots to help you charge your electric car - Roadshow

'We can stop Tesla': Volkswagen has big electric car dreams

All Volvo models to become electrified from 2019 | Autocar

also confirmed it will launch five fully electric cars between 2019 and 2021, three of which will be Volvo models and two of which will be high performance electrified cars from Polestar, Volvo Cars’ performance car arm

Incentives for Plug-in Hybrids and Electric Cars |

Electric car goals prompt push for more rebates in CA | The Sacramento Bee

Tesla win this bid for 100 MW battery installation - THE OFFICIAL TESLA ANNOUNCEMENT


The Big Australian Battery Bet

Joe Hockey tilts at wind turbines | Environment | The Guardian

Rick Perry Touts Renewable Energy, Pulls Squirrel Trick On Trump

Elon Musk Named Keynote Speaker at 2017 International Space Station Research and Development Conference, Washington, D.C.

Elon spoke at the conference in 2015:

The Takeover Begins: Vegas Opens Up First Bar Run by Robots

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