Tesla Model X – The Ambassador of Lignite

OCT 30, 2019 – Right about the time we moved from October into November 2019, the Lignite Energy Council’s all-electric Tesla turned from 9,999 miles to 10,000. That’s often a major milestone for a car and the car owner. I remember when the Tesla Model X arrived. It was a cold and blustery January 29, 2019. It came from Minneapolis …

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Taking the Tesla to “Plug In to the Future”

AUG 28, 2019 – I was fortunate to take WATTS, Lignite Energy Council’s Tesla X, for 24 hours on a road trip to Minnkota Power’s “Plug into the Future” electric vehicle event and came away with more information than a Wikipedia page about EVs, their owners, infrastructure and perceptions. The first thing I learned was a syndrome common among EV …

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Putting the Tesla to the long-distance test

JUNE 18, 2019 – I have taken the Tesla around the Bismarck/Mandan area a number of times, but I had never taken it for an extended trip out of town. Last weekend was my first adventure in doing so, as my husband and I headed to Fargo. We left from the Lignite Energy Council office with 293 miles estimated battery …

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Relying on someone’s charging station

MAY 21, 2019 – Normally, I’m a pretty boring driver when it comes to the Tesla. I live in Mandan and work in Bismarck, so the seven-mile commute is nothing out of ordinary. But I broke out of my comfort zone on May 14 when I drove the Tesla Model X up to Minot to watch our sons play softball …

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Experiencing the Tesla Model X…

MAR 21, 2019 – My first experience with the Tesla Model X was riding as a passenger with co-worker Dave at the wheel, or NOT at the wheel. It was a cold winter day, but the interstate was free from ice and snow. As we were cruising down I-94, Dave turned to me with this glimmer in his eye and …

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My first week with the LEC Tesla Model X

MAR 4, 2019 – My first week with the LEC Tesla Model X – Powered by ND Coal DAY 1: Thursday: After downloading the Tesla App and logging in, I first noticed that the previous pilot left me with only 30 miles remaining before empty (under normal operating temperatures). However, being that the temperature was -25 F, I really only …

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A Tesla’s Comfort in Extreme Cold

FEB 25, 2019 – After driving the Tesla in extreme cold weather and discussing the battery range, I wanted to spend some time focusing on comfort during the recent extreme cold weather. For comparison, here are our other vehicles: My daughter’s Fiat, my son’s Suzuki Esteem (yes, like Saul Goodman), my wife’s Jeep, a Suburban and a Chrysler Pacifica. Of …

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My Approach for Driving the Tesla in Cold Weather

FEB 25, 2019 – If you have a @Tesla or other EV, you have seen this article about range during cold snaps. Luckily, I had two extreme cold events where I could test out the Tesla.  First, this is a big deal as it relates to getting EVs saturated into our lives.  I also feel like Tesla is pushing back …

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