Preliminary Report Released On Spontaneous Tesla Battery Fire

Cause still unknown.

Back in June, a Tesla Model S caught fire while, seemingly, just driving down the street minding its own business. There have been a few other fires involving the premium electric sedan in the past, but those typically involved some sort of collision — usually a very violent one in which the battery pack’s integrity was compromised. This one, though, was different and it raised some eyebrows.

Chelsea Handler, who is apparently a celebrity, tweeted (embedded below) out a warning that early owners should beware, saying she would not drive hers again (she later said she traded her car in). Chevrolet, sensing the opportunity to do a good deed/get some press, offered the owner of the Car-BQ a loaner Bolt. Finally, the National Transportation Safety Board announced they were sending a specialist over to observe the automaker’s examination of the vehicle, though at the time also said it wasn’t launching a formal investigation into the situation. This has changed and they have now released a preliminary summary of the incident.

The report details the sequence of events, from the time the driver of the Model S was flagged down until it was taken to a Tesla facility, had its battery removed, drained of charge, then reassembled. It also states that, “The NTSB was provided with information from the initial inspection and participated in the subsequent inspection.”

As it is a preliminary report, the NTSB is careful to point out that the information is “subject to change and may contain errors.” If you were hoping for the satisfaction of learning the probable cause, you will have to wait a bit longer. The agency goes on to say, “It will be supplemented or corrected during the course of the investigation. No determination of probable cause is made in this report.”


Source: NTSB

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Tesla’s growing pains are starting to be felt by Model 3 buyers as delivery delays pile up

With the Model 3 production ramp up, Tesla’s delivery volume is increasing at an incredible pace that is resulting in delays and customer service issues.

Electrek talked with several Model 3 buyers who have experienced significant delivery delays and frustrating radio silence from Tesla’s customer service.

Tesla says that it is “expanding its logistics and scheduling operations” in order to address the issues. more…

Source: Charge Forward

Tesla Roadster Delights Us In New Images: Wallpaper + Video

Tesla Roadster – white or red. Can’t go wrong with either.

Tesla, in parallel to its European presentation of the Roadster at the Grand Basel in Switzerland, released a few more new photos of the electric hypercar.

As the car looks stunning in all sceneries – canyon, mountain and at home – we present it in high-resolution, just right for your desktop.

New Tesla Roadster specs include:

  • 7,376 pound-feet of torque
  • 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds
  • 0-100 mph in 4.2 seconds
  • Quarter mile in 8.8 seconds
  • 250+ mph top speed
  • 620 miles of highway range

*Images can be enlarged to 2,560 x 1,700 or greater

Tesla Roadster (wallpaper 2,560x – click to enlarge)

Tesla Roadster (wallpaper 2,560x – click to enlarge)

Tesla Roadster (wallpaper 2,560x – click to enlarge)

Additionally, here is the preview video from Grand Basel:

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U.S. BMW Plug-In Electric Car Sales Up In August

In August, BMW sold more plug-ins in U.S. than in July.

BMW Group‘s electrified vehicle sales, which includes the BMW i3, BMW i8, BMW 330e, BMW 530e, BMW 740e, BMW X5 xDrive 40e and MINI Countryman plug-in-hybrid, amounted in August to 1,836, which is 6.2% more than a year ago.

That’s not bad, especially when one of the top models – the i3, noted a 17% decrease to 418 units.

Overall, plug-ins accounted for 6.7% of total sales volume for the group.

After eight months of this year, BMW Group delivered in the U.S. 15,710 plug-in electric cars, which is 34.6% more than a year ago, However, something needs to be done to not to squander increases (in July sales decreased by 7.2%, while in August sales increased by only 6.2%).

BMW plug-in electric sales in U.S. – August 2018

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The Tesla FUD Machine Is Unstoppable: How ‘Bout A FUD Tracker?


Tesla’s vehicles are the three top-selling EVs in the US market. Model S has been consistently outselling every competing large luxury sedan for years, and it appears as if Model 3 will similarly dominate the small sedan segment. The company continues merrily producing 5,000 Model 3s per week, and teardowns by two sets of auto industry experts (Munro & Associates and a group commissioned by German automakers) have concluded that the new EV should deliver a healthy profit margin.

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

Above: An anti-Tesla bias is showing up in media outlets everywhere utilizing carefully crafted FUD campaigns (Twitter: Vincent)

Most of this would probably be a surprise to those who get their news from the mainstream media (by which we mean media outlets that do not focus on the electric vehicle industry). These days, the prevailing image of Tesla in national newspapers and popular websites is of a company struggling for survival, led by a flamboyant and unstable celebrity billionaire.

As Peter Forman (aka Papafox), writing in CleanTechnica, explains, this is a carefully crafted narrative, assembled from grains of truth, cherry-picked facts, speculation, innuendo and appeals to peoples’ existing prejudices. For the media outlets that create it, it’s calculated to produce the maximum possible number of clicks. For others working behind the scenes, it’s intended to move the TSLA stock price.

The recent New York Times interview of Elon Musk, which CleanTechnica calls “The Billion-Dollar Tesla Hit Piece,” was a great success for the anti-Tesla crowd – the day after it appeared, Tesla’s stock price dropped by over $30 a share, resulting in “a single-day transfer of wealth of over a billion dollars from Tesla’s investors to the stock’s short sellers.” As Forman sees it, Musk was probably hoping to explain how difficult his job at Tesla has been, considering the relentless negativity of the media. “Instead, he fell prey to what can best be described as a journalistic ambush.”

The interview generated a huge amount of press coverage of press coverage – despite the fact that it was basically a recap of information that Elon had already discussed elsewhere – and different media outlets spun it in opposite ways. (One headline quoted Elon saying, “the worst is over,” while another quoted him saying, “the worst is yet to come.”)

One of the many commentaries on the infamous interview was an essay from executive coach Jonathan Rotenberg, who sees Musk as belonging to a rare personality group that includes Steve Jobs, Nikola Tesla, and Albert Einstein. According to Rotenberg, high achievers of this stamp are “very intense, deep people who typically think ~1000X harder than most people do about the problems of humankind, and how they can best be of service to humanity over the course of their life.” He adds, “They feel such a profound sense of personal responsibility for their lifelong missions, they often cannot allow themselves to rest if they feel their work is in jeopardy or could have negative consequences for others.”

Above: Click to spin for the latest anti-Tesla arguments churning through the FUD machine (Source: Wheel Decide via Reddit __Tesla__)

It’s common knowledge that Elon Musk wants to Change the World. However, those who recently tuned in may be unaware that his master plan to transform the world’s transportation system consists of three phases: three vehicles, and three existentially risky “bet the company” situations, as Elon told the Times.

As Mr. Forman explains, “While conceptualizing the new vehicle and building prototypes, cash needs are relatively low, but as the production line is built and then labor is added, the negative cash flow is at its highest. Finally, after revenues start arriving from the sale of the new vehicles, the cash flow situation improves until we see positive cash flow at Tesla again. It’s been this way for Model S, for Model X, and it will be this way for Model 3 as well, but the scale of Model 3 is so massive that the swings between negative cash flow and positive are much more dramatic.”

The general public, ignorant of Tesla’s master plan, hears about million-dollar losses and assumes that the company is circling the drain. Forman believes that most short sellers must also be falling into this error, otherwise, they wouldn’t be betting so aggressively against the company.

“Unfortunately for Tesla, many shorts are not passive investors,” Forman writes. “The trading by shorts on a regular basis is so huge that regular patterns of manipulating the stock price are regularly observed by investors. The net result is that rallies are marginalized and dips exaggerated. The shorts communicate regularly with each other in online forums such as Seeking Alpha and formulate the next big reason why they believe Tesla’s stock will go down.”

The shorts use the mass media to communicate their prophecies of doom to the public. “When an analyst who is bullish on Tesla appears on a business news channel such as CNBC, that analyst is grilled by the hosts with the short seller themes du jour in a manner that assumes the shorts are right. In reality, the shorts are wrong so often and the staggering losses they experience every year are so consistent that you’d think the media would figure it out by now.”

Above: The “Tesla FUD Tracker” website has a leaderboard for FUD-happy journalists, media outlets, and articles (Source: Tesla FUD Tracker)

Alas, in our society there’s a tremendous appetite for “turd in the punchbowl” stories – anything that makes an admired or prominent person or movement look bad is assured of a ready audience. As Michael Barnard writes in another CleanTechnica article, “Tesla and Elon Musk are having a terrible time getting basic, neutral, balanced press coverage. In a normal world, [Tesla’s] string of successes would lead to incredibly positive coverage. But this isn’t a normal world. Media outlets of all types are disproportionately covering every negative story, distorting the narrative around neutral stories and reporting any rumor about Elon Musk they can find.”

Barnard believes that the media Tesla-bashing is being turbocharged not only by short-selling interests, but by anti-electric car PR campaigns organized by supporters of the fossil fuel industries. Before you say “conspiracy theory” and stop reading, let’s point out that the enemies of Tesla fall into several different categories, and there’s no evidence that these groups are working together. However, it’s no secret that there are oil industry-funded groups (yes, including the sinister Koch brothers) working to delay the advent of EVs.

A network of fossil fuel CEOs created an advocacy group called Fueling U.S. Forward in 2016. Two of the group’s leaders were Koch board member James Mahoney and fossil-fuel industry lobbyist Charlie Drevna. The group’s anti-EV efforts included targeted events in black evangelical communities (as reported in the New York Times) as well as faux news articles and YouTube videos. The organization’s disinformation campaign has been documented by ElectrekDeSmogBlog, and CleanTechnica.

Fueling U.S. Forward shut down after a year or so, but the tide of oily FUD continues to flow through Koch-affiliated think tanks and political advocacy groups, including the Institute for Energy Research, the American Energy Alliance and Americans for Prosperity.

The anti-EV FUD (and many other negative narratives that permeate the media these days) is enabled by the parlous position of the press. “Media outlets are doing what they can to survive,” Barnard writes. “They are laying off seasoned journalists with strong fact-checking instincts. They are laying off fact-checkers. They are laying off editors. They are rethinking how they write headlines. And that means that aggressive and sophisticated PR campaigns…have fertile soil into which to sow their disinformation. The media are desperate for content, desperate for sources, desperate for ‘breaking’ news, and desperate for headlines that sell eyeballs. And Tesla and Musk are big eyeball grabbers.”

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Above: Zac and Jesse of the ‘Now You Know’ youtube channel take on the sore subject of Tesla FUD (Youtube: Now You Know)

While the FUD machine thrives in today’s media morass, it isn’t unstoppable. The click-chasing cynics at Business InsiderSeeking Alpha and CNBC are counterbalanced by more EV-friendly journalists at ChargedElectrekCleanTechnicaInsideEVsTeslarati, the Sierra Club and of course, your beloved EVANNEX blog. And when the metaphorical presses roll, The Media isn’t really biased against EVs or Tesla – it’s biased in favor of a good story, preferably one involving somebody’s downfall and destruction. If it bleeds, it leads. Later this year, if Tesla can achieve profitability, it may be the short sellers whose ruination provides the blood sport we can enjoy with our morning coffee.


Written by: Charles Morris; Source: CleanTechnica

*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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Green Deals: Ryobi Electric ONE+ 12-inch Chainsaw $149 (Reg. $199), more

Home Depot offers the Ryobi ONE+ 12-inch 18V Electric Chainsaw with Battery for $149.25 shipped. Regularly $199, today’s deal is $10 less than our previous mention and the best offer available. It can be a pain to manage gas and oil when it comes to chainsaws, opt for this electric option when it comes time to clean up this fall. Rated 4.8/5 stars by 180 Home Depot reviewers.


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Harley Davidson doubles down on electric motorcycles with new Silicon Valley R&D center

Harley-Davidson has been dangling its electric motorcycle concept in front of us for years, and has confirmed a 2019 release for the project.

While some have speculated about how committed the company is to an electric future, Harley-Davidson may be assuaging some of those concerns with news of their new Silicon Valley research and development center.


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Tesla Model 3 Sales Hit Epic Volume In August

Raise the roof. Or rather, pop the top off of that tent.

In both May and June, Tesla Model 3 sales exceeded 6,000 units, but that’s tiny compared to the explosion of sales in July, which amounted to 14,250.

Think that’s a big number? Think again.

The moment of electric car lift-off has arrived with the Model 3 obliterating all previous marks by leaps and bounds.

August will be one to remember, that’s for sure. And it’s not just Model 3 sales that took off for Tesla.

Ready for them epic sales numbers? Aren’t we all…

By our estimations, Tesla sold an epic 17,800 Model 3s in August. Shocked? Of course, that’s the highest ever for sales of a single plug-in electric car in any month, beating the old mark set by the…Model 3.

The Model 3 now stands alone as one atop the sales chart for the year with no other plug-in electric car capable of catching it. The YTD tally so far stands at 55,882. And untouchable figure. The highest volume of sales ever for an electric car in a single year was back in 2014 when LEAF sales hit 30,200. With four months of sales still remaining in 2018, the Model 3 sits at nearly double the LEAF’s record.

Moving on to the Tesla Model S and Model X...

These two plug-ins were outdone by Model 3, but that’s expected.

For August, we estimate the following for sales of these two Teslas:

  • Tesla Model S – 2,625 units in August
  • Tesla Model X  – 2,750 units in August

Both of those figures are more than twice as high than in July when our estimates put both cars at a volume of 1,200 for the Model S and 1,325 for the Model X.

Tesla holds a commanding lead in plug-in electric car sales for the year and will not be challenged by any other automaker for the YTD win. Trust us, no automaker can match Tesla for the year, so let’s call it right now. Tesla is #1 in U.S. plug-in electric car sales for 2018 and the margin will continue to grow as the year progresses.

Perhaps it’s time to give Tesla proper props for its plug-in progress.


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2. Tesla Model 3
Range: 310 miles; 136/123 mpg-e. Still maintaining a long waiting list as production ramps up slowly, the new compact Tesla Model 3 sedan is a smaller and cheaper, but no less stylish, alternative, to the fledgling automaker’s popular Model S. This estimate is for a Model 3 with the “optional” (at $9,000) long-range battery, which is as of this writing still the only configuration available. The standard battery, which is expected to become available later in 2018, is estimated to run for 220 miles on a charge.

Tesla Model 3 charge port (U.S.)

Tesla Model 3 front seats

Tesla Model 3 at Atascadero, CA Supercharging station (via Mark F!)

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

The Tesla Model 3 is not hiding anymore!
Tesla Model 3 (Image Credit: Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs)

Tesla Model 3
Inside the Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3 rear seats

Tesla Model 3 Road Trip arrives in Tallahassee
Tesla Model 3 charges in Tallahassee, trunk open.


Tesla Model 3 Performance - Dual Motor Badge

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Tesla Model 3 Performance
Tesla Model 3 Performance
Tesla Model 3 Performance
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Tesla Model 3 Performance - Midnight Silver Tarmac Motion
Tesla Model 3 Performance - Midnight Silver Tarmac Motion (wallpaper 2,560x – click to enlarge)

Tesla Model 3 Performance - White Interior - Wide
Tesla Model 3 Performance - White Interior - Touchscreen

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Move over motorcycles – Yamaha is now selling electric bicycles in the US

Much better known for its motorcycles, Yamaha Motor Corporation is entering new waters in the US as their electric bicycles have now reached retailers in the country.

The company is offering four different styles of mid-drive electric bicycles that are meant to cover a wide range of riders and riding styles. more…

Source: Charge Forward

Jaguar reportedly signs important 5 GWh cylindrical battery contract with Samsung for upcoming EVs

Jaguar is planning to launch new electric vehicles and it could be in a much bigger way than with the new I-Pace.

The British automaker has reportedly signed an important 5 GWh cylindrical battery cell contract with Samsung for upcoming electric vehicles. more…

Source: Charge Forward