Shaq Gives His Pre-2016 Tesla Model S A New Look

Model S: Da Return

So you have a perfectly good 2012, 2013 or any Tesla that you love. Maybe you’re not too crazy about that nose cone. Or perhaps you just want to give it a new look. One option is of course to trade in for the newest model. But why get rid of a car that you’ve grown attached to? Why not just give your Tesla a face lift?

That’s what former basketball player, actor, rapper, and Shaq-Fu master Shaquille O’Neal decided to do with his Tesla Model S. Instead of replacing his Model S, Shaq turned to Unplugged Performance to update the front fascia, side skirt and rear spoiler of his trusty Tesla.

Shaq's older Model S with nosecone

Shaq's older Model S in the Unplugged Performance shop

Shaq's older Model S upgraded fascia

Curious about the upgrades he went with? Check out the embedded video above to watch the transformation.

After the customization was complete, Shaq seemed pleased with the final result:

Shout out to my man Ben from Unplugged Permormance! Got me riding right with this Tesla boy!

Video Description via Unplugged Performance on YouTube:

Shaquille O’Neal’s Tesla Model S gets modified by Unplugged Performance. Shaq loves his old Tesla and he wanted to make it feel new again, so naturally he reached out to us. Here’s the story of what happened next!

Unplugged Performance Parts Referenced In the Video: Refresh Front Fascia: Side Skirt Set: Rear Under Spoiler/Diffuser Set with optional fins:

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Is Tesla Starting To Register Model 3 VINs For Europe?

Apparently, Tesla registered a batch of Left Hand Drive Model 3 VINs for the European Union

According to the watchdog group @Model3VINs, who revealed the information on Twitter, Tesla appears to be laying the foundati0n for a huge European Union push for the Model 3. This comes as part of an ongoing initiative by the U.S-based car maker to produce the Model 3 at an industrial, global scale.

The information is connected with the EU customer region due to several references suggesting the target area. The registrations come part of the latest batch of 1,481VINs registered for brand new Model 3 vehicles.

The 19 VINs that are part of the latest batch of registrations come  with a different code (“7”) for their “Restraint System.” In the past, the code 7 for the Restraint System has been used by the company when denoting a Model S configured for the EU.

“The first 19 VINs (108730-108748) contain a new code (‘7’) in the 6th position, which represents the “Restraint System” for the vehicle. Although the code is not incl. in the decoder submitted to NHTSA, it appears to be used in Model S to denote an EU car.

While the push is great news for all Model 3 customers who are awaiting their vehicles, this doesn’t bring a lot of sunshine to the land of right-hand drive Tesla Model 3 pre-orders. The release of the region’s highly anticipated RHD version of the sedan is still most likely due in the Elon Musk estimate of mid-2019. Furthermore, the VINs only feature the Model 3 vehicles that are RWD and AWD. No Model 3 Performance – the “4” in the 8th digit of the VIN – have been registered for the EU just yet.

While the apparent ramp up in both production and delivery for the European Union is great news, we’re still a long way from seeing the Model 3 in substantial numbers over there. Furthermore, customers from the United Kingdom will have to wait a bit longer to actually receive their vehicles. But, judging by the recent customer reviews, the Model 3 is on a good path of winning over even the most cautious supporters of the EV revolution over. It just remains to be seen how many of these can Elon Musk actually deliver in the following months.

Source: Teslarati

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Big Auto Still Spends Big Dollars Promoting Gas Cars, Not Tesla Killers


Okay… guilty. I just used the clickbait term “Tesla Killers” — the media’s catchphrase to hype EVs destined to destroy Team Elon. But are Big Auto’s electric cars really a threat to Tesla? As the press gets swept up in electric concept cars, press releases, and buzzy announcements from legacy automakers, efforts surrounding their existing EVs are kept quiet. More on that in a minute.

*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: BMW hypes their ‘electrified’ line-up at car shows but shy away from big ad campaigns to promote them (Image: Motor Sport)

First, some background. Electric cars from legacy automakers tend to be compliance cars with strategically low production output. Nonetheless, they still deserve kudos for producing pure electrics. Critics call Big Auto’s EVs nothing more than window dressing and greenwashing. But that’s unfair. These EVs still represent an important step in the transition to cleaner transport.

That said, there’s a troubling new trend — confusing, tricky terminology. News flash: Big Auto’s so-called electrified cars often still use… surprise… gasoline. Are they really committed to a future without fossil fuels? The data shows otherwise. Big Auto’s corporate execs are spending big bucks on gasoline-powered cars (and trucks) with rich investments in their respective ad budgets. Meanwhile, what’s their ad spending on EVs? Those ad budgets pale in comparison.

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Above: Understanding the differences between electric and electrified vehicles (Source: CNN Money)

Gina Coplon-Newfield (via Sierra Club) writes, “automakers are doing the bare minimum to advertise and sell electric vehicles — often, even less than the minimum. A recent study commissioned by the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) shows that six major automakers in the U.S. (General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Nissan, Volkswagen, and FiatChrysler) are spending almost nothing to advertise their electric vehicles.”

Furthermore, “The report, which looks at 2017 automotive ad spending, shows that in California and Northeast markets as well as in nationwide ads, FiatChrysler didn’t advertise the electric Fiat 500e at all, and Volkswagen didn’t advertise the eGolf at all either. When examining data from California and the Northeast, Nissan, Toyota, and Ford also spent NOTHING on ads for the plug-in Leaf, Prius Prime, Fusion, and C-Max Energi, respectively.” Check out the charts below for more.

Comparing Big Auto’s Gas vs. Electric Ad Spend:

Source: Data above was shared with Sierra Club by NESCAUM, via CompetiTrack, a company that tracks auto advertising activity 

To be fair, Tesla doesn’t spend on traditional advertising either. However, they don’t need to — the Silicon Valley company is dominating market share for both its premium offerings and its lower-priced Model 3. And, Model 3 reservations are in the hundreds of thousands. That said, if “Tesla Killers” are really coming, you’d expect legacy automakers would want to advertise to take back market share. But if Big Auto’s current crop of EVs serve as any indication, that won’t happen.


Source: Sierra Club

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Audi Surprised By Formula E Team Win

Allan McNish says he would have “thought you were mad” to suggest his Audi team would win the 2017/18 Formula E teams’ championship after its early-season reliability problems.

The manufacturer’s first season as a works FE outfit was blighted by reliability issues with its e-tron FE04’s inverter, which particularly impacted on 2016/17 champion Lucas di Grassi in the first four races.

After a double retirement at the fourth round of the season in Santiago – di Grassi retired due to the inverter problem while Daniel Abt’s race was ended by accident damage – Audi was ninth in the teams’ standings, on just 12 points.

But Audi turned its season around by securing four wins and 11 podiums in the final eight rounds of the season to beat Techeetah to the teams’ championship by two points.

“We’d have said you were mad,” McNish told regarding the suggestion that Audi would go on to win the teams’ title after its early results.

“No way did I believe when I was walking out the paddock in Santiago that we’d be in with a chance of this, never mind actually being able to do it. Where we were trying to get to honestly was fourth or fifth, it certainly wasn’t third or second and then it wasn’t ‘Ooh we’ve got a sniff of this’.

“But we did and we went after it, and sometimes fortune favours the brave.

“It feels a bit surreal, it feels very enjoyable, a huge relief, but [I’m] also very proud because we’ve been able to have one of the best fightbacks that I’ve experienced within Audi, and I’ve experienced a few – but this was definitely one of the best.”

The 2017/18 season was triple Le Mans winner McNish’s first as a team principal.

When asked what he now understands about being an FE team boss that he didn’t know at the beginning of the season, McNish said: “That it was going to be as hard as it is.

“It is not about the car performance on its own, because that only gets you so far, it is about maximising every area of this championship, and you can’t control every area.

“That’s the thing, you can only control very small parts of it and some of it is designed to be uncontrollable and the qualifying set-up is exactly that. It’s a bit of a gamble where you were in qualifying with different bits and pieces, but those are the factors that are equal for everybody.

“And as much as my Audi brain doesn’t like that, my fan brain does.

“My racing brain tells me that if we still do a better job than everybody else, we’ll win and so the champions at the end of the year – and JEV was a brilliant drivers’ champion this year – they deserve it.

“[Champions] really do deserve it in this championship, because I tell you what, it is not easy by any stretch of the imagination, not at all.”

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Tesla Semi Shows Up In Iowa At Ruan HQ

Tesla demonstrated the Semi to Ruan

Tesla continues its Semi tractor-trailer tour through the U.S. using the Supercharger network and one of the most recent stops was at Ruan, the transportation company that reserved five Semis.

Tesla Semi at Ruan in Iowa (source: Ruan)

This week, representatives from Tesla Motors visited with Ruan team members and several customers for a viewing of the new, wholly electrically powered tractor-trailer.

Ruan would like to purchase the Tesla Semi as part of its sustainability efforts, but also notes Tesla’s promise of a payback period of just two years (the price to be $180,000 vs about $100,000 for the diesel) because of low energy costs and high reliability. Not less important is its ability to recharge in 30 minutes for another 400 miles (in case of the 500-mile versions) at Tesla Megacharger stations.

Visiting customers as far as in Iowa, which is not that Supercharger dense, shows that the Semi runs just fine. Hopefully, we will not wait long for the second, redesigned version that is expected to enter production within two years.

James Cade, vice president of fleet services said:

Ruan CEO Ben McLean with Tesla’s wholly electrically powered tractor (Tesla Semi). (Source: Ruan)

“We are excited to have an opportunity to experience the new electric semis. The reservation of these vehicles is part of Ruan’s sustainability efforts and commitment to providing our customers and professional drivers with the best technology available,”.

“We will continue to be involved with the team at Tesla Motors as they introduce the trucks to the market. We will work with them directly to ensure the vehicles will serve us and our customers to the level we both expect.”

Source: Electric Vehicle News

In Which U.S. Cities Is It Least Expensive To Drive Electric?


Sure, charging a Tesla is cheaper than filling the gas tank of a BMW. However, that savings can vary depending on where you live. Jim Gorzelany (via Forbes) reports, “Just as the price of gasoline varies from one part of the country to another, so too does the cost of running an electric vehicle.”

*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 S (Image: Tesla)

It turns out that Crescent Electric recently conducted a study of electricity costs in the 52 largest cities in the United States. So where is it least expensive (based on the typical daily commute) to drive an electric car? According to the study, here are the top five cheapest cities to drive an electric car

1. New Orleans, LA: $54.03/year

2. Salt Lake City, UT: $59.47/year

3. Louisville, KY: $60.70/year

4. Seattle, WA: $61.50/year

5. Cincinnati, OH: $64.00/year

Gorzelany notes that “the above estimates are limited to an average resident’s daily commute, which can vary by city. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, it’s a national average 15 miles each way. Those estimates don’t include weekend driving, running after-work errands, and such, so the aggregate savings of owning an EV can be greater depending how much it’s driven.”

Above: According to the study, New York City is the costliest city to drive to work each day for EV drivers, at an average $157.16/year (Image: Teslamondo)

In contrast, paying a hefty price for fossil fuels at the Shell station can hurt. Compare that with an inexpensive infusion of electrons at the EV charger. Many Tesla owners actually get free lifetime supercharging. And this trend holds true with other EV vs. gas guzzler comparisons. Gorzelany compared an all-electric Chevy Bolt with an all-gas Toyota Corolla using the EPA’s fuel cost calculator. Sure enough, the Bolt was estimated to save about $4,000 over a five-year ownership period when compared to the Corolla.

And, it’s not just gas costs that can save you cash as an electric vehicle owner. Gorzelany says, “Electric cars can further save an owner money with lower maintenance costs. Driving an electric car means being able to avoid oil changes, cooling system flushes, transmission servicing and replacing the air filter, spark plugs, and drive belts. Regular service visits are typically limited to rotating the tires and checking brake pads and other components.”

And then there’s the “$7,500 federal tax credit [which] remains in place to help sweeten the deal for EV buyers… However, because these credits are limited to a set number of units sold per automaker, they’ll begin phasing out this year” for models sold by Chevrolet and Tesla. So if you’re interested in the best-selling electric cars (see below), it’s best you snap one up soon.

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Above: The top 5 best-selling pure electrics in the U.S. as of July 2018, ranked according to numbers from InsideEVs (Youtube: Roadshow)

Regardless, whenever you get your first electric car, you probably won’t miss that ATM-like feeling at the gas pump. Sliding in your credit card before you pump gas can leave you feeling queasy. After all, that regular trip to the gas station allows Big Oil to drain your bank account every week. Save that money by driving electric instead. Your wallet will thank you.


Source: Forbes

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Co-Creator Says Keep Your Eyes On BYTON

Watch This Space: BYTON

Individualism in shared mobility; They can coexist and it’s about time…

Recently, the most colorful bikes I’ve ever seen have bloomed like flowers in the world’s densest cities including in my city, San Diego.

Millions of colorful urban flowers planted in soils of asphalt…all a fantastic color, however all the same generic hue. The post-bloom, unfortunately, has been an unsustainable apocalyptic hell of discarded industrial bikes for San Diego and other cities to deal with. We must do better.

A dead flower enriches and nourishes the soil onto which it falls. Let’s learn that fundamental lesson from nature.

Are we headed towards a “generic transportation hell” so to speak in our fast past race towards shared mobility? Dystopian, wasteful, longer commutes, more congestion, more vehicle trips? Queue Johnny Cab in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Total Recall. I think my head just exploded.

The answer as always is yes…or…no. It depends on our decisions and how we use the technology.

10 years ago in 2008, three years before the J1772 plug standard was implemented and six years before BMWi sold it’s first electric car, a fortunate small group of us began collaborating with BMW in the BMW MINI-E Field Trials. In my case, three of the BMW Mini-E’s entered service in the city of Encinitas Ca.

Our endeavor in 2008, automotive, civic, and personal was singular. To usher in electric mobility and all its benefits…and to make it stick this time. My personal reasons driving my BMW Mini-E named SUNGAS, was because I was locked in a quest to see if I could sustainably drive on the sunshine harvested from my roof powering both our home and electric cars in the garage.

If I could, then others…Today over 125,000 San Diego households power their home and/or cars by sunshine.

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Last month I traveled to Munich Germany at the invitation and expense of BYTON. I was invited as a “Co-Creator” a group of 15-20 individuals from all over the world, two of us from the USA including my fellow pioneer and visionary from the prehistoric days, Tom Moloughney. As I traveled to Munich my mind was racing with equal parts of past lessons learned and anticipation of listening and learning from the other co-creators and the BYTON team.

What surprised me greatly was that for BYTON, electric, shared, and connected was a given. Move on.

The two-day BYTON Co-Creator workshop singularly explored the field concerning the value of time and optimizing utilization in an ever-increasing autonomous vehicle. User not driver, shared not owned, helpful not hurtful.

Not so much about horsepower or 0-60 times, range, or torque and certainly not about electric drive, but about precious time and meaningful social connections that in the past the car has ripped us apart from. Can the vehicle be used differently when autonomous? What does that look like? How will it benefit the driver? How will it benefit our community? How will it enrich a person’s life? How will it give you more time and improve your time while on the road commuting?

Let’s be real, in a perfect world, a staircase commute or a brief commute is the best, but as our cities get denser and as our population increases around these cities, the trend of longer commutes at stop and go speeds is, unfortunately, going to increase for many. Uggh!

Good land use planning along with a local jobs-housing balance can reduce vehicle miles traveled. New modes of mobility connecting seamlessly with each other and a greater appreciation and valuation of time spent with loved ones or on a personal hobby, or in your community, will also help shorten commutes.

However, we all make decisions and not the same decisions. Nor do we all value the same intangibles. Thankfully we’re all not the same.

Driving in a car can be an awful – repetitious – stress inducing behavior. A prison of sorts that separates us as an individual in a metal box from others. A solitary confinement.

Driving can also be enjoyable. The future, and prevailing thoughts and actions from mobility companies like BYTON, can be extremely helpful, sort of an eraser on a blackboard of past automotive sins.

Clear the air, reduce congestion, make our cities better, give us valuable time by letting us be productive while commuting and partner with nature on as many levels as possible. This is the future I’m excited about.

In my view, BYTON is the smart mobility company talking about this, about five years from now, about what we value most as humans, each other.

Watch this space. I hope to be able to share with you future progress reports as a BYTON Co Creator of a better, not worse transportation future for our cities and for ourselves.

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Tesla misses Model 3 production goal of 6,000 units per week, but on track for overall Q3 goal

Tesla has been aiming for a production rate of 6,000 Model 3 vehicles per week by the end of August and an overall production of 50,000 to 55,000 Model 3 vehicles throughout the third quarter.

Electrek has learned that the automaker missed the 6,000 unit production rate goal, but Tesla is nonetheless on track for its overall third quarter goal. more…

Source: Charge Forward

Formula E develops new off-road Extreme E racing series

Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy race car dynamic debut during 2018 Formula E Berlin ePrixFormula E, the first all-electric worldwide racing series, plans to expand beyond street racing to remote parts of the planet with a new series. Called Extreme E, the new series would use SUV-like race cars to tackle the wilds of lands such as the Arctic and the Himalayas. Formula E CEO and founder Alejandro Agag confirmed the new series to…
Source: Hybrid and Electric Car News and Reviews Conducts Car Seat Test On Tesla Model 3 says despite the Tesla Model 3’s “dazzling design and technological wizardry,” it’s ordinary as far as car seats are concerned.

We should be clear here that the word “ordinary” is not used to say that the Tesla Model 3 is a bad choice for car seats. In fact, is simply saying that the car is “normal,” much like many other family sedans when it comes to car seat tests.

According to testing, the Model 3 fits two car seats in the second row. A previous video that we shared shows a family with three children in car seats in the second row (above). This really comes down to what brand and size the seats are. Like many vehicles of this size, you’ll likely be able to get three seats in the Tesla, so it’s up to you. However, we’d feel much safer going with Cars’ recommendation of two car seats since the publication has years of experience with testing.

The test results are as follows:


  • Rear-facing convertible, grade A: This seat had ample room and it was easier to connect to the Latch anchors with the convertible’s chunkier connectors than it was with the infant seat’s thin, hooklike connectors.


  • Latch, grade B: The two sets of lower anchors aren’t set too deeply into the seat bight, but the upholstery is stiff so accessing the anchor required a bit of muscle to connect when installing the infant seat with its skinnier, hooklike connectors. With the convertible seat’s thicker, more rigid connectors, it wasn’t a problem. The three tethers on the rear shelf are clearly marked for easy connection.
  • Infant, grade B: This seat had ample room, but we needed to use a bit of muscle to connect to the Latch anchors.
    Forward-facing convertible, grade B: This seat installed easily, but the fixed head restraint pushed the car seat forward on the seatback, which is not ideal. It should be flush against the seatback.
  • Booster, grade B: The fixed head restraint didn’t interfere with how the booster fit on the seat. The buckles are flush with the seat-bottom cushion, however, which could make them tough for kids to find and use.

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These car seat tests are performed using a Graco TurboBooster seat, a Britax Marathon convertible seat, and a Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 30 infant-safety seat. Follow the link below for more information related to the grading scale and methodology.



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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!)

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Tesla Model 3

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

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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 - Midnight Silver Tarmac Motion
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Source: Electric Vehicle News