Alex Roy’s Digest: 5.5.16.2: Charging, Gumball 3000, Ford, Tesla, Porsche, Satan

5 May

Gumball 3000

I was arrested, then kidnapped during the Gumball 3000. How amateur. Actually, wait. I was too. Once. Article coming.

A map of Electric Vehicle charging sites from 1914. Thanks, pluginsites.

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Alex Roy’s Digest 5.5.16: Tesla Crash, Sex, Idiots, Rail, CDL

5 May

 

Tesla Crash

Hooning a Model S? Looks like five German kids who survived this Tesla crash got off lucky. I wonder what would have happened in my E39 BMW Polizei M5.

Authorities are worried that sex behind the “wheel” in Self-Driving Cars is dangerous. Which makes no sense.

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Chevy Jolt Is The Tesla Model 3 Competitor GM Should Build, But…

4 May

Chevy Jolt

The Chevy Jolt is the Tesla Model 3 competitor GM should build, if only it wasn’t a hoax. Our friends at electrek just found this brilliant hoax page that looks just like the real thing (except for the typos), and lays out precisely how GM could own Tesla:

An all-electric sports car offering an estimated 230 miles of range per charge for an affordable price is finally here. Designed utilizing Chevrolet’s new EV platform from the ground up, the Jolt EV delivers: from the sport sculpted proportions to its distinctive technology, efficiency and performance are combined to make driving the Jolt EV an experience like never before.

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Alex Roy Digest 5.4.16.2: Google is Colossus, China AD, Tesla

4 May

Colossus

GM ditched Google over data control? Add their coming big AI, and Google is Colossus. Or will be. Does that mean Ford is OK with Google’s data control? What does this say about BMW and Daimler’s rejection of Apple’s terms? Did Apple want what Google wants? Is Google already an adolescent Colossus?

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Alex Roy’s Digest 5.3.16: Chris Harris vs. Gumball 3000, ISIS, Gumpert, Textalyzer & More

3 May

Gumball 3000 Gumpert Apollo Crash

The Gumpert Apollo may disappoint, but the Gumball 3000 never does.

Speaking of the Gumball 3000, Chris Harris really stepped into the line of fire with his anti-Gumball 3000 tweet, and boy did things get nasty when rapper Bun B shot back. Harris’ Instagram is now filled with foul language…or worse.

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Alex Roy’s Digest 5.1.16: Electric Ferrari, Charging Stations, Tesla Skeptics, Self-Driving Civic

1 May

Alex Roy's LiveDriveRepeat: Electric Ferrari 308

An electric Ferrari 308? Be still my beating heart. This speaks to me on so many levels. Magnum, P.I. is the obvious one, but 32:07 is the other. A red Ferrari similar to this one set the Transcontinental Driving Record in 1983 on the U.S. Express, and will always be the quintessential Cannonball car. Except for a certain E39 BMW M5.

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My Tesla Model S P90D Ludicrous Quick Review

29 Apr

Alex Roy Tesla Model S P90D Ludicrous review

The Tesla Model S P90D Ludicrous is the perfect car. Except for the interior. And the electronic glitches everyone says are inevitable. And the GPS that’s always lying. OK, maybe it isn’t perfect, but it exists in a different and better universe than everything else.

To what, then, does one compare it? It’s a $120,000+ electric sedan with the acceleration of a new Porsche 911 Turbo S, the range of a mercilessly flogged 1977 Mercedes 450 SEL 6.9, and the interior of a 1990 Lexus LS400 that’s been converted for taxi use. It’s a surreal package of supercar performance and price-point engineering for a luxury price point. It’s a work of genius that forcibly redefines how cars are classified.

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Alex Roy’s Daily Reading 4.28.16: Porsche, Drivy, Turo, Traffic Theory, Tesla, Amateurs

29 Apr

Alex Roy: Porsche 928 Reborn As A Ferrari 488 Killer?

A new Porsche 928? A Ferrari 488 fighter? Please. Let it be both.

I appeared on the Untitled Car Show Podcast. have 99 minutes to kill? We talk Autonomous Cars, Cannonball, Morgan 3-wheelers and scarves.

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How The Tesla Model S P90D Ludicrous Proves Tesla Is the New Apple

26 Apr

Alex Roy Tesla Model S

Writing a Tesla Model S P90D Ludicrous review is a waste of time. The car is amazing: 762 horsepower; 0-60 in 2.8 seconds; 270 miles of range. The world’s best electric powertrain and autonomous driving features. Sure, the interior could be better, and reliability issues persist. But owners don’t seem to care, and I loved the thing.

Now, let’s review what you really get for $120,000+, which is the idea of owning a Tesla—which is really, then, the idea of Tesla itself.

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Alex Roy’s Daily Reading 4.25.16: Maps Lie, Tesla X, BMW, Audi & Infotainment

25 Apr

Alex Roy's Daily Digest

Maps lie.

My Tesla Model X Review is doing colossal traffic. Colossal. And still climbing.

Not sure about #5. Vox: “Five big challenges that self-driving cars still have to overcome

Which DC Fast Charging Standard Will Become Dominant? CHAdeMO, CCS, Tesla?

BMW adds GoPro intregration to M Laptimer app. Meanwhile, dashcams remain 3rd-party devices. Why aren’t dashcams factory options?

Infortainment still sucks? I know. I know. Autoblog thinks it can fix it.

New TT RS faster and more powerful than a new Cayman? Still wish it looked like the Gen 1 TT.