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Tesla + Atari = TeslAtari? (No console required)

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Tesla Touch Screen - Atari 7600 (Console merely sitting there and not connected)

Elon Musk had tweeted back in August about Atari games coming as “Easter Eggs” in the Tesla v9.0 update. The over-the-air update started rolling out on October 5th, our vehicle was queued up on October 13th. The games that are part of this update are Asteroids, Centipede,

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Initial Atari games released on Tesla software update v9.0

Elon also mentioned the possibility of Pole Position which would be controlled through the Tesla steering wheel, it didn’t make it into the initial v9 release, but perhaps in an upcoming minor version update.

More to follow including game play footage.

LEAF battery in an S-10


Putting Nissan LEAF Battery Modules Into A Chevrolet S-10 Truck – Video

Inside EV’s featured an article on an S-10 built by Jay Summet who retrofitted his S-10 which was previously converted to an electric vehicle and upgraded the previous 20 lead-acid batteries with 48 lithium-ion modules from a wrecked Nissan LEAF.

Tesla Model 3 – Motor and Gear Box High Endurance Test


Elon Must recently tweeted about a 1 million mile test conducted on the Tesla Model 3 motor and gear box.  I assume this was a fatigue test done in a lab, but the limited details seem impressive…

Tesla Model X Buying Experience – Steps and What to Expect

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One of our first supercharging trips after purchasing our Tesla Model X.

Fluctuation in Pricing

The Tesla Model X is a vehicle a friend of mine introduced me to back around 2014 when it was only available for pre-order.  Back then, you could put a pre-order in on the vehicle and it would have an estimated starting price of $49,999.  By the time it hit production the starting price actually came in at $99,999. With some changes to options and a few price reduction, the price dropped down to $79K (starting out), and with the premium package now becoming standard is currently $82,850 before any federal or state tax credits or incentives.

Financing a Tesla

Most banks give a 30-day quote.  Our Tesla Model X production was set for an estimated 6 weeks, this certainly isn’t ideal in securing a loan.  Plan ahead for this.  In some cases you may need to have your credit ran twice.  I opted not to until the vehicle was ready, which quite honestly was a bit nerve racking not knowing for sure if we would be approved for a loan.  Previously, our largest car loan was less than half of the purchase price.  If we weren’t, this would have resulted in us forfeiting our deposit.  More on the deposit in a bit.

Federal Electric Vehicle Tax Credit

A big factor in us deciding now was the time to go through with our Tesla purchase was the expiring US federal tax credit.  Once any car manufacturer delivers 200,000 electric vehicles within the US, the $7500 federal tax credit will be cut in half to $3750. Tesla was expected to deliver their 200,000th vehicle in Q3 of 2018, and they did in July.  However, it now appears anyone who takes delivery of a Tesla by December 31st, 2018 will still be eligible for the full $7500 tax credit.  For more information on this federal tax credit, check out this link: https://www.energy.gov/eere/electricvehicles/electric-vehicles-tax-credits-and-other-incentives

Tesla Free Lifetime Supercharging

Another perk that was expected to soon run out was the free, lifetime supercharger referral.  Tesla has a referral program that has different promotions, and the long running free lifetime supercharging was expected to end, which it did on September 18th.

Test Drive and Order

We scheduled a test drive on May 5th, 2018 and upon return from the drive we went back into the showroom and decided to put our $2500 down payment to place our order.  The down payment amount has varied, and seems to be going up.  Currently on Tesla’s website it shows that a $10,000 down payment is required.

Production Update

On May 9th I received an e-mail that the interior of our X would be upgraded.

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Interior Upgrade Notification E-Mail

Loan, Taxes, and Delivery!

Initially, we were told by our delivery manager that our vehicle was expected to be delivered on June 20th.  We started working on financing and actually found a lower interest rate going outside of Tesla Financing, so it might be worth shopping around – but we were approved!  One thing we were not expecting is that we had to pay the taxes on the vehicle at delivery, we could not have them part of the loan – I’ve never experienced this before and I’m still not sure why, but it is certainly something to inquire about so you know what to expect.

Fast forward, delivery was pushed out a week, but the delivery experience was great.  Our delivery was scheduled at the Tesla Service Center in Bellevue, WA.  After picking up our Tesla, we immediately drove to Carmax to sell our 2015 GMC Acadia after not having any luck selling it through online sites over the last 2-3 weeks.

And now, the Tesla Model X ownership journey has begun.  If there’s any questions you have regarding our experience thus far that you’d like us to try and answer, feel free to leave them in the comments box below!


Porsche Mission e Concept – Serious electric performance


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Porsche currently has hybrid offerings, however the Porsche Mission e will be their first venture into an all electric car.

Classic Porsche Lines and DNA

Taking design queues from the Porsche’s from the 1950’s and 1960’s, as well as the Porsche 918 Spyder and 919, here’s an early look at the upcoming Porsche Mission e.

Interior Features

The interior boasts several high-tech features including facial and eye detection recognition.  This would be an interesting feature to experience first hand, as the menu navigation is controlled by eye tracking.

I’m not sure if this counts as an interior feature, but in lieu of exterior mirrors the Mission e uses cameras that are displayed inside, it’s exterior mirrors without mirrors.

You will also find all-new, racing inspired bucket seats for both front and rear seating.  A curved driver  cluster can be programmed and features 5 digital instruments that used OLED technology.

Performance Specs

These are some of the spec’s listed on Porsche’s website:
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) < 3.5 sec
Acceleration 0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) < 12 sec Top speed > 250 km/h (155 mph)

Power > 440 kW (> 600 hp)

Range > 500 km (300 Miles)

System voltage 800 V

Charging time 80% in < 15 min
Source: https://www.porsche.com/usa/aboutporsche/e-performance/

Other sources have claimed the production version of the Mission e could arrive as early as 2019.  On their website, Porsche also has information on a Porsche Mission e Cross Turismo version.

Porsche Mission e Updates

If you’re interested in receiving updates regarding the Porsche Mission e, you can do so from their website by signing up for the Porsche Email Newsletter.

Nissan Teatro


The Nissan Teatro is a concept packed with technology.  As vehicles seemingly continue to pack in more and more technology, it may not be that far off before we start seeing vehicles equipped with some of these types of features.

Fully Charged Goes on a Tour of a Sustainable City in Dubai


Not just a Sustainable City, it’s called The Sustainable City.  This small city has a goal of net zero energy development. The homes incur no service or maintenance fees which are offset by revenue generated by the plaza.  

Tesla, Before Elon


This video from Business Casual talks about the early days of Tesla, before Elon Musk’s involvement in the company.  A brief story about Martin Eberhard, the founder of Tesla and his business partner  Marc Tarpenning.  The duo went from selling off an e-book reader company to starting what is today the most synonymous name in electric vehicles, Tesla Motors.

The Teslonda: An Older Honda Meets Tesla Power


Utilizing a Tesla motor(s), Chevy Volt battery pack, 0-60 in 2.45 seconds this is definitely a sleeper car you might not even hear coming up on you.

Tesla + Honda = Teslonda.

Tesla 2018


Tesla posted a video highlighting some of what they are doing so far in 2018 including some shots of the production factory and a test drive with passenger reaction in their 2020 Tesla Roadster.