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WATT’s Up?

Charging infrastructure gets a boost North Dakota to get 17 DC Fast Chargers (Level 3) via Volkswagen Settlement fund grants. The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality released the first round of grants generated by the multi-billion-dollar federal government settlement with Volkswagen. Bismarck Tribune story Tesla will install a total of 32 Superchargers along I-94…

Tesla Service Experience – LEC Tesla Model X – Powered by ND Coal

MAY 30, 2019 – We had been experiencing a problem with the falcon doors not fully opening and sensing objects near the door, this made it difficult for a rear seat passenger to enter or exit the Tesla. This issue went on for about a month with Tesla support directing over several days and several…

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…

Electric vehicles can be amazing, but they are still a work in progress

AUG 21, 2019 – The Cloud Crashed my Tesla on the wrong side of town.  Luckily, I had lots of guns and ammo. One of my complaints about Tesla is that if there is a low-tech way to do something vs. a high-tech way to do something, Tesla will force the high-tech way on you,…

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…