Tesla Outsold All Of These Brands In U.S. In August

The Tesla brand has now become one of the biggest in the U.S.

Thanks to record sales result in August, estimated by InsideEVs at 23,175 (up 509% year-over-year), Tesla is now among the top-selling car brands. It’s not yet at the level of Toyota or GM (not even close, actually), but Tesla already is beating premium brands.

The most recent results for Tesla were driven up by the Model 3:

  • Tesla Model S – 2,625 (up 22%)
  • Tesla Model X  –  2,750 (up 75%)
  • Tesla Model 3  –  17,800 (up 237 times)

Here we have a list of selected brands that were below or slightly above Tesla in August (U.S.-only):

  • Volkswagen – 32,255
  • Lexus – 28,622
  • Mazda – 25,816
  • BMW – 23,789
  • Tesla – 23,175
  • Audi – 20,907
  • Mercedes-Benz – 20,339
  • Acura – 15,072
  • Chrysler – 12,219
  • Infiniti – 10,796
  • Volvo – 8,970
  • Mitsubishi – 8,416
  • Porsche – 4,083
  • Jaguar – 2,469

Tesla sales in U.S. (estimated) – August 2018

Tesla already is selling more than 100,000 all-electric cars in 12-months (107,000 to be precise).

Tesla sales in U.S. (estimated) – August 2018

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Electrek Review: These Swagtron sub-$500 mini e-bikes are seriously good bang for your buck

I’ve tried a pile of electric bicycles over the years. Probably over a hundred different models – it’s a perk of working in the industry!

But I think of all the electric bicycles I’ve ridden, these two might be some of the best bang-for-your-buck electric bicycles I’ve ever used. The $479 Swagtron EB-1 and $499 Swagtron EB-5 are surprisingly awesome little e-bikes that are capable enough to meet the needs of the majority of riders without breaking the bank.


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New Tesla Semi Video Shows 26 Cameras, Sleeper Also Coming


Recently, a few lucky Tesla enthusiasts spotted and filmed the Tesla Semi in Colorado revealing some intimate details about the electric hauler.

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

Source: Erik J. Martin / @soundanswer

The state of Colorado is at least 1000 miles (~1600 kms) from the Gigafactory and Tesla seems to be testing the Semi for longer trips besides Gigafactory, NV to Fremont Factory, CA cargo trips which have been documented previously.

Erik J. Martin first spotted the Tesla Semi at the Brush, Colorado Supercharger Station (video below) where the truck driver, engineers and staff were more than happy to answer questions regarding the electric truck.

The Tesla Semi currently uses the existing Tesla charging infrastructure and needs to plug into at least four Supercharger stalls to power up its battery pack(s) — ultimately the Tesla Semi will have its own Megacharger network to support fast charging for this beast.

The video also reveals that the Tesla Semi prototype currently has 26 cameras onboard. This set-up is used for experimenting with optimal camera positions. The staff there also revealed to Erik that Tesla is going to build the ‘sleeper’ feature soon — probably by extending the cabin toward the rear end.

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Youtube: soundanswer

Erik posted the following new details about the Tesla Semi (via his video description):

This version is a “Day Cab” with a 300 mile range and it takes 30 min to recharge when it has adequate power. Currently it is using the Supercharger Network, but will utilize its own MegaCharger Network when it hits production. Tesla will be its own first customer and the initial truck sales will be to itself to relieve the financial burden in transporting materials from the Gigafactory.

This one-off Alpha prototype is made of carbon fiber. It has approximately 26 cameras around it for Autopilot, which will be a lower number once the truck design is final. This one has extra cameras so they can experiment with camera placement for optimal use in its driver assistance suite.

It’s also important to note that the Tesla Semi will not be ‘full self-driving’ for a long time outside of utilizing the radar and camera functionality for Autopilot use on the highways. At this time, the Tesla Semi will require a ‘driver’ inside to perform certain tasks. Therefore, it doesn’t appear (at this stage) to be a threat to semi truck driver jobs.

Another detailed video of the Tesla Semi was shot by Sean Mitchell (of Model 3 hypermile record fame) which shows close-ups of the cameras, door handles and more as he got a better chance to film the truck while it was isolated and stationary.

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Youtube: Sean Mitchell

It turns out that the Tesla Semi’s door handles are designed in the same manner as the Model 3’s door handles. In addition, the Tesla Semi also uses the same motors as the Model 3 and most likely the same 2170 cells via the battery pack as well.

It was thought that there were around 600 pre-orders placed for Tesla’s Semi Trucks as per public knowledge. However, Elon Musk revealed in the 2018 shareholder meeting that the internal count was closer to 2,000 Tesla Semi pre-orders at that time.

The opportunity to reduce costs for the trucking market has proved attractive for many corporate customers. Nevertheless, it’s also refreshing to see companies like Anheuser BuschUPSWalmart, and Bee’ah take a keen interest in the zero-emissions Tesla Semi for the sake of the environment and cleaner air for future generations.


Written by: Iqtidar Ali via X Auto

*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.

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Watch Bjorn Test Out Kia Niro EV

Only the camera rolls in this first video.

Bjorn Nyland has gotten his hands on the 2019 Kia Niro EV. As the best-known electric vehicle YouTuber in all of Norway (perhaps the world),  he’s well-acquainted with the handful of all-electric crossovers about to hit showrooms. He recently had a first drive in the Jaguar I-Pace and has also raced the Hyundai Kona Electric for 600 miles. He even owns a Tesla Model X which serves as a sort of benchmark for what the other brands are bringing. All that to say, he is well qualified to sit in this car and judge.

Now, this footage is limited to a non-driving review — an on-the-road-report is on the way — but that’s ok because it gives our host plenty of time to go over all the details in the cabin of the Korean car. He checks out the quality of all the surfaces, runs through many of the menus on both the middle console and the driver’s display, revealing many cool features. It’s not all about the driver too, as he spends time in the back seat as well as the behind the rear hatch.

It’s here that his familiarity with the Hyundai Kona Electric pays off. The two vehicles are built on the same platform, and though the Kia is a separate brand and the Niro EV a slightly larger vehicle, they still seem to share a number of physical elements as well as software. This dual usage across brands is something that really pays off for owners, as the synergy of the brands leads to lower cost, which in turn allows for better pricing.

Overall, you can tell Bjorn is quite pleased with the new Niro EV, even ahead of the driving experience. If you were considering the Kona Electric, it may even give you pause. It should be interesting to see how they compare when the rubber hits the road.


Source: YouTube

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Green Deals: Sun Joe 6A Electric Leaf Blower $12 (Reg. $25), more

Amazon offers the Sun Joe 6A Electric Leaf Blower for $11.99 Prime shipped. Also at Home Depot and Walmart. Regularly $25, today’s deal is over 50% off the regular going rate and a new Amazon all-time low. Rated 4.6/5 stars. This is a solid budget-focused option for cleaning up leaves and more this fall.


Source: Charge Forward

Tesla Model 3 Sales Starting To Track Original S-Curve… and LOL-Curve

Tesla Model 3 surges onto the S-curve.

There are two graphs showing Tesla Model 3 sales results in the U.S. – monthly sales and cumulative. The first one (below) seems to be the S-curve type, because after the initial slow growth, sales are now rapidly rising to the point of saturation in the future.

According to Rodney Tanner via Twitter, the progress of the Model 3 is close to mathematical S-curve.

The second, cumulative sales graph (above), is one of our personal favorites and we call it the LOL-curve, as it’s ridiculous compared to other models.

The Tesla Model 3 already is at Ford Fusion Energi levels (57,654 Model 3 and 58,179 Fusion Energi) and within two months it will overtake the Toyota Prius Plug-In.

We can’t yet guarantee that the Model 3 will be 1st by the end of this year, but it would be real show to the automotive industry as a whole, especially since the old stance was that consumers don’t want electric cars. Seems far from the truth now, doesn’t it?

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Ford electric SUV image, Volvo 360c concept, and electric cars steal hybrid sales: Today's Car News

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