Kyle Field, Author at EV Obsession

Author: Kyle Field

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The Truth About Tesla Battery Lifespan: An Owner Data Analysis

The largest single chunk of the cost of a Tesla is the battery, which also poses a single point of failure risk for Tesla owners. Buyers are typically not worried about an event-based failure, even though fires could certainly be a concern, but rather about the degradation of the battery over the life of the vehicle. With EV drivetrains expected to last much longer than their fossil fuel–fired counterparts, the life expectancy of the battery becomes a looming maintenance expense waiting to hit and has everyone asking, “How long will it last?”

May 22nd

Hands-On: 24 Hours With A 2017 Chevy Bolt (CleanTechnica Review)

Many electric vehicle designers felt the need to stand out, to create a design that flies a bold flag to everyone around that proclaims “I’m modern and different!” While this is great for individuals or businesses looking to make a bold proclamation, most people are looking for a car that looks normal, that drives like a normal car with cool features inside that make day-to-day life just a little bit easier.

May 19th

Rimac Aims To Become World’s Leading EV OEM Supplier

Croatian electric supercar manufacturer Rimac has built a name for itself as a designer and builder of insane 1000+ horsepower electric hypercars, but it has been hard at work behind the scenes on a different strategy altogether — to become the world’s leading OEM supplier for all things electric.

May 9th

Tesla Rep Explains Supercharger “Idle Fee” Logic

Tesla’s free Superchargers have been a hotly debated topic since they first went live for the Model S. People complained about how it wasn’t scalable, how the stalls would all fill up because of local freeloaders when it was designed for people taking long trips…suffice it to say that it has been a point of contention for the company…but at the same time, one of Tesla’s key differentiators.

February 9th

#ElonTweets: Tesla Not Likely Going Over 100 kWh For Model S/X, Model 3 Not Getting 100kWh Battery, & More

As he tends to do, Elon Musk went on a Twitter rampage, responding to questions from the Twittersphere. In doing so, and as he’s also in the habit of doing, he shed light on some rather interesting details about the Model S and X battery size, Model 3 battery size as limited by the physical footprint of the vehicle, and a few tips on stripping down a Tesla for maximum performance.

February 9th

The New Chargepoint Express Plus Family, Unpacked

The Chargepoint Express Plus solution is really the foundation of the DC fast charging system, operating between the utility and the charging adapter, and the adapter itself is really nothing more than a bolt-on to that foundation. Taking the next logical step, I asked about adding on wireless charging which would, in and of itself, make it possible to charge autonomous vehicles without the need for a complex ‘snake’ charger.

January 31st

Tesla Model 3 Battery Cells — What We Know So Far

Originally published on CleanTechnica. A recent post over at TMC kicked off a worthwhile discussion on the type of cells that will be used in the Model 3. Though it started with an incorrect assumption, it arrived at some fun conclusions. As the primer for the discussion, Elon had mentioned way back in 2012 on the […]

May 10th

Tesla Benefits That Don’t Get Enough Love — Simplification Throughout

Originally published on CleanTechnica. The Simplification of Vehicle Ownership Vehicle ownership is a piece of life that many people have come to accept as a necessary evil. Not many people enjoy getting a tune-up, having the oil changed, or filling the car up with gas … that’s just the way we’ve always done it. Until […]

May 10th