Watch Tesla Model 3 RWD Get Tested in The Snow

With winter coming, we’re all interested in how well the Model 3 Rear Wheel Drive performs in the snow.

Winter has arrived in most parts of the Northern Hemisphere in recent days. And that means snow & ice in most daily driving situations. While most newer Tesla Model S and Model X owners can rely on the dual-motor AWD (All Wheel Drive) powertrain, for Model 3 owners, it’s a bit different.

Thanks to the way the Fremont based carmaker rolled out different versions of the Model 3, there are a lot more owners that ordered the Model 3 with the RWD (Rear Wheel Drive) option – when compared to its bigger siblings. And that puts them in a rather interesting situation, usually reserved for the mid-range models from the German carmakers.

Certainly, winter tires are the most crucial aspect of winter conditions driving safety. However, advanced traction & stability control systems in the cars themselves play a premium role in modern cars as well. The video below, done by DaxM, gives us a rather thorough test of winter driving conditions. The author – coming from Canada – seemingly tested all the possible scenarios his Tesla Model 3 RWD could find itself in.

While the first part of the video showcases general, uneventful driving in slushy conditions on a general public road, the latter part of the video is shot at a snow-filled parking lot. A perfect proving ground for the winter capabilities of this Model 3 RWD. The videographer showcases several modes in which he starts with his Model 3. Ranging from a slow 1/2 throttle start without the no chill mode and slip start, all the way to full throttle and slip start modes. Overall, the Model 3 fairs excellent and its traction control mode is seemingly without flaws.

Grab a detailed look at the winter test drive up above.

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Watch Tesla Model 3 Navigate On Autopilot Versus Dreadful LA Traffic

Even Mad Max is no match for the gridlock that is LA’s daily traffic grind.

A setting above Tesla’s Mad Max mode should be called Los Angeles Traffic Mode where the car shoots into the ever-so-tiny gaps.

The latest v9 over-the-air software update upgraded Tesla’s Autopilot system by adding a new feature Navigate on Autopilot (Beta). It enables the car to change lanes, as well as enter and exit highways automatically.

The driver first needs to set navigation, engage Autopilot and allow Autopilot to do so, which requires reading a disclaimer. Settings allow for changing lanes without confirmation (yes/no) and, separately, speed-based lane changes (disabled, mild, average, mad max).

The video above features a Tesla Model 3, but the system is found on the Model S and Model X, too.

Video description:

Mix of stop and go, and congested, but flowing traffic.

In general, I feel Musk’s joke of a setting above Mad Max mode being “Los Angeles Traffic Mode” may need to be a thing. To be more effective, Nav on AP needs to be more aggressive on lane changes, and go into smaller gaps.

To be fair, this is the first public deployment of Nav on AP, and it’s best to be cautious, putting more emphasis on safety than on efficacy. Thinking like a drug trial, this is Phase I, the safety trial. Later we’ll see improvements in efficacy, hopefully.

I also found it best to confirm the lane changes when you are or about to be clear to change lanes. Otherwise, the car may slow down and wait for a gap, severely slowing down your lane.

This is with a Tesla Model 3, running v9 / 2018.42.2.

Bonus video below where Navigate On Autopilot attempts to take on the “Curve of Death.”

Video Description:

Tesla autopilot v9 (2018.42.3) is able to handle very tight (20 mph) cloverleaf interchange curves like never before.

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Albuquerque Plans To Reject And Return BYD Electric Buses

Albuquerque will return BYD buses and order… ICE.

The City of Albuquerque, New Mexico wasn’t satisfied with the 60-foot all-electric buses received from BYD and it seems that the deal will end up in court.

Mayor Tim Keller lists tons of problems with BYD buses, ordered for by the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project. According to the article, so far 15 buses were delivered (out of 20 ordered) with a significant delay.

The biggest problem was range – just about 177 miles instead of the expected 275 miles. The city says that batteries were overheating in the summer, the charging infrastructure wasn’t installed and even brakes were found not working in one case. Together with other issues, it all sounds miserable:

“Last month, Keller announced a hold on the project pending inspection of the buses, citing brake failures and other equipment malfunctions discovered during driver training and testing.

“When we started running the buses on test runs, we found major problems with the battery range, the brakes and some electrical issues,” Keller said. “They seem to be things that were already on the ‘to be fixed list,’ but they started getting worse.””

“ABQ Ride mechanics discovered last month that the center and rear brakes on buses had zero air pressure, yet the vehicles still were able to move, relying on front brakes alone.

Other problems include: the lack of undercarriage protection, buses that wouldn’t stop when emergency doors were utilized, cracking on bus exteriors, mirrors not set up correctly, wiring problems, and of great concern – the electric handicap chair lock becomes unsecure when the driver turns on the air conditioner.”

The city plans to reject and return all the electric buses.

Because no other manufacturer was willing to produce 60-foot buses to Albuquerque’s specification, the city will try to order 10 conventional buses, but the time it takes to get those is another 18 months.

““No one will make an electric bus to our specifications because they say it’s not possible,” Keller said. “No other company will do it. There’s no option for electric. We’ll go with a version of clean diesel or gas, then we’ll look to phase in electric once the technology catches up.””

We are not in a position to judge whether BYD really does not meet the requirements, so let’s wait and see how those 60-footers work for other agencies.

Hat Tip to Spoonman!!!


Source: Electric Vehicle News

Video: Tesla Model 3 Performance Versus BMW M3

In this day in age, comparing products on YouTube is a thing.

Of course, that can become a bit annoying. Certainly, the Tesla Model 3 Performance is a spectacular battery-powered machine. However, there’s more to things than straight-line acceleration and sheer speed off the line. Although entertaining, these videos are slowly getting old.

We all know the Model 3 specs. For some, the current BMW M3’s specs can be recited even in our sleep. In turn, it would be a bit more educational if YouTubers started doing more in-depth videos that really get our blood flowing.

The outgoing generation BMW M3 is powered by a 3.0 liter BMW TwinPower Turbo engine. It delivers 425 horsepower and 486lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 7-Speed DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) system, allowing for speedy gear changes and impressive power delivery. The M3 can sprint from 0-60mph (0-97km/h) in just 3.9 seconds with some journalists even achieving even lower acceleration times. Overall, the M3 is the benchmark in its price category, as this is one of the best handling cars that money can buy.

On the other hand, the Tesla Model 3 Performance is an electric performance machine. It’s powered by two electric motors, featuring a Dual Electric Motor setup, allowing the Model 3 to sprint from 0-60mph (0-97km/h) in 3.3 seconds. The battery pack will afford the owner with a 310-mile range and the Model 3 will make things interesting both on and off the track.

The video above does stray away for a bit from the usual 0-60 comparisons. However, if we’re being perfectly honest, the BMW M3 and the Tesla Model 3 Performance need a more thorough comparison. One that’s made both on and off the track. A comparison which goes deeper into the gist of things, sans the usual pricing, straight line performance and how they look in certain areas. Even though Tesla is trying to put the driver out of the equation, for most of us, driving a high-performance machine ourselves can be the most fun thing in the world.

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Smokin’ Sundays: The Teslonda Edition

Light ’em up!

Sure, it’s Sunday: a day for relaxing and meeting friends; maybe taking stock and counting blessings. Here at InsideEVs, though, we like to keep it in (metaphoric) high gear every day of the week. So, click on the video above and join us in a quick celebration of electric power sans traction control as the Teslonda does the wild thing on some anonymous American road. No doubt the car and its owner were in need of a little excitement after chillaxing on the floor of the SEMA convention for a few days recently.

Faithful readers may recall this Frankenstein of a conversion from earlier this year. Part Honda Accord, part Tesla Model S, part Chevy Volt, and all crazy, it first came onto our radar in February doing a quick acceleration run without the big smoke show. It made a sophomore appearance in April after some reworking of the hardware and software got its zero-to-60 time down to 2.48 seconds.

Since that time it has had some additional work done to it, including the installation of a proper roll cage. Considering its raw power, physics, and its seemingly high center of gravity, we feel this was an excellent decision.

As an extra little bonus, we’re throwing in a video below from a late summer drag race against a *checks notes* 1975 Cadillac Eldorado convertible. Enjoy!


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People Will Pay More For A Tesla Model 3 Due To The ‘Tesla Stretch’


The Tesla Model 3 is turning out to be an electric car that’s seducing car buyers across multiple market segments. According to CleanTechnica, “45% of current electric car drivers plan to buy a Tesla next.” Okay, that’s understandable. Non-Tesla EV drivers might be interested in a Tesla. That said, it’s extraordinary how many gas-powered car owners, from vastly different auto segments, are transitioning to Teslas.

*This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Matt Pressman. The opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs.

Above: Tesla’s Model 3 (Image: CleanTechnica)

Bloomberg reports, “When Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk first revealed the Model 3 at a late-night party in March 2016, the vehicle was expected to compete in the premium sedan market against the likes of Audi, BMW, Lexus and Mercedes. Instead, owners of mass market cars like the Honda Accord and Toyota Prius are opening their wallets for the sedan, signaling that the vehicle is pushing Tesla beyond its luxury niche and more into the mainstream.”

“For Earl Banning, getting behind the wheel of a Tesla meant spending more than he ever had on a car. The 43-year-old Air Force neuropsychologist from Dayton, Ohio, ponied up $54,000 for a Model 3, figuring he would save on gas and keep the car for a long time. It was almost double what he had previously paid for a fully loaded Honda Accord,” reports Bloomberg.

Above: The most common cars traded in for a Model 3 according to Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk (Chart: Bloomberg)

Banning says, “I call it the Tesla Stretch — everyone I’ve met who owns a Model 3 is willing to spend more to get into a Model 3.” For example, a former Nissan Altima owner, 36-year-old Eric Snapat, spent nearly $60,000 on his new Tesla. And 26-year-old Robert Preston actually charges $155 a day to rent out his Tesla on Turo to help pay for his new Model 3. “Every weekend I have someone renting it,” Preston said.

“Tesla recently said that more than half the trade-ins for the Model 3 were from vehicles priced below $35,000. And there are signs that the sedan’s popularity is adding [some] pressure on rival carmakers… In October, sales of cars such as the Accord and Prius continued to slip as deliveries of the Model 3 ramped up,” according to Bloomberg.

Above: A Tesla Model 3 charging in Washington, DC (Image: Wikipedia via Mariordo (Mario Roberto Durán Ortiz)

“Tesla has captured lightning in a bottle,” said Jeremy Acevedo, manager of industry analysis at researcher Edmunds. “It’s hard to even benchmark the Model 3 against other cars because it’s broken the mold in so many ways.”


Source: BloombergCleanTechnica

*Editor’s Note: EVANNEX, which also sells aftermarket gear for Teslas, has kindly allowed us to share some of its content with our readers, free of charge. Our thanks go out to EVANNEX. Check out the site here.

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273,000 Passenger Electric Plug-In Cars Sold In Europe: Q1-Q3 2018

The plug-in car market in Europe is growing.

According to the latest data from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association, in the first nine months of 2018, total passenger plug-in car registrations (including a tiny number of FCVs) in the European Union and EFTA (Norway + Switzerland) amounted to 273,702 (up 35.4%).

  • PHEV – 140,758 (up 33.6%)
  • BEVs – 132,944 (up 37.4%)

Compared to total registrations of 12,304,711 cars, it is about 2.2% market share (however share in particular markets highly varies).

The third quarter shows more balance between BEVs and PHEVs, as PHEVs were hit by WLTP certification requirements:

  • PHEV – 45,555 (up 13.2%)
  • BEVs – 44,687 (up 34.9%)
  • Total– 90,242 (up 23.0%)

We noted that conventional hybrids in Europe were growing faster in Q3 – to 154,624 (up 34.6%). In Q1-Q3, registrations amounted 459,825 (up 34.3%).

Passenger plug-in electric car registrations (ECV) in Europe:

The top markets in Q1-Q3, that account for over 82% of total sales, are:

  • Norway – 52,038 (up 20.7%)
  • Germany – 50,245 (up 36.1%)
  • UK – 44,883 (up 21.8%)
  • France – 31,113 (up 17.0%)
  • Sweden – 19,949 (up 56.8%)
  • Netherlands – 17,349 (up 130.5%)
  • Belgium – 10,508 (up -1.9%)

Here is the full report for Q1-Q3 that shows us also the proportion between BEVs and PHEVs in particular markets:

BEVs, PHEVs and FCEVs (negligible number)


PHEVs and FCEVs (negligible number)

Source: Electric Vehicle News