Talking Tesla

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

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

Freedom 5000, Donate to


Ep 93 - Model 3 Has Arrived

Tesla introduces new performance enhancements to Model S and Model X

Tesla Driver’s Accelerator Snaps Off While Driving

Model three spotted it in New Zealand, winter testing?

Porsche changes its mind on electric vehicles, plans 50% of its production to be electric within 6 years | Electrek

Mission E will be equipped with a 800-volt charging system able to charge up to 80% in about 15 minutes

Hybrid ferry improves efficiency and protects the environment | Electric Vehicles Research

New London Taxi TX5 to make dynamic debut at Goodwood | Auto Express

Cadillac Challenges Tesla With the Super Cruise Self-Driving System

Kangaroos and auto driving 

"We've noticed with the kangaroo being in mid-flight when it's in the air, it actually looks like it's further away, then it lands and it looks closer," per Volvo’s Australia technical manager

$7.5 billion Kemper power plant suspends coal gasification – Ars Technica

Is There Really Such a Thing As Clean Coal?

Here’s how many pounds of CO2 our various fuels generate per million Btu units of energy produced, from greatest to least. PLUS What’s the CO2 output from mining/extraction and transportation???

  • Coal (anthracite) — 228.6 Lbs of CO2

  • Coal (bituminous) — 205.7 Lbs of CO2

  • Coal (lignite) — 215.4 Lbs of CO2

  • Coal (subbituminous) — 214.3 Lbs of CO2

  • Diesel fuel and heating oil — 161.3 Lbs of CO2

  • Gasoline — 157.2 Lbs of CO2

  • Propane — 139.0 Lbs of CO2

  • Natural gas — 117.0 Lbs of CO2 METHANE > ½ the CO2 output of Coal

  • Photovoltaic panels (I  recognize there’s CO2 output from Mfg & transportation)

  • Wind Turbines  (I  recognize there’s CO2 output from Mfg & transportation)

  • Sulfur dioxide that causes acid rain.

  • Nitrogen oxide that creates smog, and can burn lung tissue, make asthma worse, and leave people more susceptible to chronic respiratory diseases.

  • Particulates, or haze-producing soot or fly ash, that are a source of chronic bronchitis, make asthma worse, and which can even result in premature death.

Mercury, a heavy metal that causes brain damage and heart problems. Half the man-made mercury in the U.S. comes from coal.

Air Pollution & Dust Cuts Solar Cell Energy Output By Over 25% In Some Parts Of The World, Study Finds | CleanTechnica  

How bad for the environment are gas-powered leaf blowers?

A Swedish study released in 2001 showed that one hour of using a gas lawn mower releases approximately the same amount of air pollutants as 100 miles of driving.

Where to plug in? Lack of charging options is a big barrier to electric car adoption in California

SpaceX Scrubbed Sunday’s Launch of the Intelsat-35 AT T-9 SECONDS!

Want To Charge Your Electric Car From Two, 110-Volt Sockets? Think Again

Ep 92 - Elon's Double Double

Challenging The Idea That Electric Vehicles Are For The Rich

Poor people spend more of their income on gas and transportation and their neighborhoods often are more exposed to air pollution.At the EV Roadmap Conference in Portland Tuesday, experts discussed how electric cars could help on both fronts.

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill - from the Queen of England  The Queen is Green

allows the government to require the installation of charge points for electric vehicles at motorway service areas and large fuel retailers, and to require a set of common technical and operational standards. This will ensure charge points are convenient to access and work seamlessly right across the UK

Tesla Music Service

Shorting Tesla Stock

The little EV that could

The Bolt is safe too!

New Model 3 photos surface, pointing to 300+ mile range and interior details

The aero wheels look much better than the version they sold on the MS (8/2013), I wonder how much more range they net you? The old wheels cost $2500 and provided a 3% boost ( )

Autonomous Driving

In the absence of any federal oversight, California, Nevada, Michigan, and other states wrote their own rules. Each takes a different approach

Batteries, Gigafactory, Energy Storage

Tesla is ‘actively talking to other automakers’ about opening up its Supercharger network, says CTO JB Straubel

last time that the possibility of Tesla sharing the network was brought up was back in September 2015 - in Germany, Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed that Tesla is in talks with “some [auto] manufacturers” about sharing the network.

Tesla has also joined the CCS charging standard association, which means that they plan to take steps to promote the system, which could, in turn, mean broader compatibility at their Superchargers than their current proprietary connector.

SpaceX & Aerospace


Watch a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch 10 satellites into orbit (part deux)


SUNDAY the second of two launches are part of Iridium’s plan to create a large constellation of 66 telecommunications satellites in lower-Earth orbit called Iridium NEXT. It will deliver mobile voice and data coverage all over the planet, including over the ocean and at the poles. The first 10 satellites were launched aboard a Falcon 9 rocket in January; today’s launch will bring the number of satellites in space to 20. When fully completed, the constellation will also be used to provide a minute-by-minute tracking system for airplanes

This particular rocket previously flew in January, when it was used to put 10 satellites into orbit for communications company Iridium.

NEXT SpaceX Launch is 7/4/2017 4:35pm

Links from LETTERS:

Light post charging. Here's your light post charging :-)

Ubitricity a German company:



There is an interesting press release from the CSEM (Swiss research center) at about combining photography and photovoltaic panels; basically the ability to print an image on a photovoltaic surface.



Steven Peeters - New world record longest distance

Ep 91 - Crash That X

TESLA Stock price is - 370.62 -


Tesla Model X the First SUV Ever to Achieve 5-Star Crash Rating in Every Category

If you really are a crash test fanatic there is a 21 minute youtube with all the camera angles represented -


 Goldman Sachs invests in wind power and will help other big brands meet their green goals

2018 Karma Revero First Drive Review

0.313 coefficient of drag (Model S has 0.24 per )

Did you know there’s an even slipperier car on the road?


First look at Tesla’s latest Autopilot 2.0 ‘smooth as silk’ update

James Hansbert received the firmware version 8.1 (17.22.46) last weekend - made a vid (13:41)

Lyft says all of its self-driving electric cars will be powered by ‘100% renewable energy’

A new book ranks the top 100 solutions to climate change. The results are surprising.

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming - $13 on Amazon (paperback or in a low carbon form: Kindle)

In a nutshell: “map, measure, and model” global warming solutions. It’s basically a reference book: a list of solutions, ranked by potential carbon impact, each with cost estimates and a short description. A set of scenarios show the cumulative potentialPaul Hawken is a legend in environmental circles. Since the early 1980s, he’s been starting green businesses, writing books on ecological commerce. President Bill Clinton called Hawken’s Natural Capitalism one of the five most important books in the world. With the help of a little funding, he and a team of several dozen research fellows set out to “map, measure, and model” the 100 most substantive solutions to climate change, using only peer-reviewed research

Take a look at the 100-solutions:

Australian grid operator to add 250 kW Tesla Powerpack for “demand response” and blackout prevention

We did it!  10% GO USA!! Make America MORE RENEWABLE, please!

Unlocking Our Nation’s Wind Potential - Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

App & Media Pick of the Week

Tesla Used Inventory site

Ep 90 - Who Needs Mel?

Tesla Surpasses BMW to Become the 4th Most Valuable Car Company in the World

Project Loveday submissions deadline was 6/5/17

 Link below to a list of the submissions (on reddit)

A continuous feed of the 48-videos listed: 

Hyundai to increase Ioniq Electric production by 50% after higher demand

Tesla joins the Fortune 500


Autonomous cars (no human backup) may hit the road next year - from Joel Sapp (via twitter)

Vehicle-To-Grid Discharge, Even At Constant Power, Is Detrimental To EV Battery Performance, Study Finds

Prince (the artist) Was a Patron of Solar Power  

Sørkjosen Norway which will become the world's most northern supercharger site and has enjendered it’s own reddit page:

SpaceX & Aerospace

Earth's Sister Moons

Here's What Emergency Medicine Will Look Like for Astronauts in Space

App & Media Pick of the Week

1st-Ever High-Speed Footage of Lightning Striking a Building  

Masters of Scale - entertaining podcast interviewing 50/50 tech leaders and I heard many enjoyable


Name: Aaron Snyder

Subject: Cali and China


Name: Trent Eady

Subject: HyperchangeTV: amazing Tesla videos

I want to recommend a little-known YouTube channel, HyperchangeTV, that makes amazing videos about Tesla from a financial perspective. My favourite: Thought the Talking Tesla nation might enjoy these videos as much as I do.  The URL:


Ep 89 - Robert's Model 3 Encounter

Elon Musk says he’ll leave White House councils if Trump quits Paris climate deal

Three US states rebel against Trump's Paris climate agreement withdrawal

Robert tells us all about the model 3

you can see most of the Photos here: and on Teslarati:

Bundling and the End of the 90

Chinese automotive parts  supplier: Yeonghwa starts shipping parts for Tesla Model 3

Hyundai’s new electric bus has 180 miles of range and fully charges in an hour

These busses will cover all nine Porterville Transit routes, plus the company is installing 11-charging stations.

Looks cool:

AAA High Claim Rate

Elon at the factory

Rooftop Solar Panels Are Great for the Planet—But Terrible for Firefighters

Tesla chief drops plans to visit Korea (but superchargers galore!)

SPACE X Launch

Paul Allen just rolled out the world’s largest airplane, and he is ready to take on the rocketmakers

Image of this beast hoisting a crewed space vehicle:

Hyperloop & Tesla’s Boring Tunnels

Mel Found His Boat

SMART Flower

Ep 88 - S vs. 3

Model 3 vs. Model S

So many sightings of Model 3


Tesla Model 3: what battery cost/kWh is needed for vehicle profitability?

Tesla Investors Push June-6-vote Overhaul Company Board Structure

Nvidia is now the brains of the TESLA autonomous driving


Thanks to Kyle Day for tearing apart his Model S!

NVIDIA’s most advanced Data Center GPU is called the Tesla v100!

Tesla to release in-car app for solar roof/Powerwall monitoring, says Elon Musk

BMW Now Charging EVs via Light Poles

94 percent of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launches have been successful

Ep 87 - Robert Talks To Elon

Supercharging For All ??   

Toyota and EV’s

Tesla Gigafactory 2 readies for production of solar products to begin this summer

Renewable Energy Is Unstoppable, Declares Financial Times (The Big Green Bang: How Renewable Energy Became Unstoppable)

China Completes Largest Floating Solar Power Plant

LEGO 100% Renewable!

Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts | Environment | The Guardian

Cremated Remains to the Heavens on SpaceX Rocket launch at Vandenberg

Hyperloop & Tesla’s Boring Tunnels


Mars-like soil makes super strong bricks when compressed (what about subterranean Los Angeles soil?)

Autonomous robot 3D printers like this could help build homes for us on other planets

Watch People With Accents Confuse the Hell Out of AI Assistants

Links from Listener Letters:

Name: Andy Kremer

Subject: Some very interesting info on renewable energy sources and the future of mankind

Name: Alan Benson

Subject: The beer does stay colder with the power on - Solar & Storage WA farmers Guardian article

Article from the Guardian...

Name: John Ford

Subject: Babcock Ranch - town going 100% solar

Name: Pat

Subject:Solar Shading

Here is a link with more details about how they work:

Ep 86 - Drag Racing Your Tesla Loaner Car

Sad news - Gruber motors fire - the TZero was a rare EV that inspired Elon to make EV’sSix roadsters & an S were also lost.

The Solar Roof

TESLA should announce a PICK-up TRUNK

Model 3 Margins

Boring Company

Batteries, Gigafactory, Energy Storage

From Letters:

Name: Ryan Elson

Subject: Trees/snow vs. a solar roof


Name: Bobby Pomerleau

Subject: Pandora's Promise - Media Suggestion

Trailer link:


Name: Joshua Leonard

Subject: Nissan Leaf cold weather range follow up

Take a look at the spreadsheet here:


Name: Joel Sapp

Subject: Supervolcanos and Eclipses

Check out this article on the affect (or is it effect) of the next eclipse on the US grid


Ep 85 - Junk In The Frunk (Q1 Earnings Call)


  • Production increased 64%

  • 25,051 deliveries

  • $2.7 billion in GAPP revenue

  • Burn $623 million in cash

Name that Boring machine Twitter parade:

Tencent of China Takes 5 Percent Stake in Tesla

Perth Australia FULLY autonomous Bus: