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Ep 123 - Over And Out

The Talking Tesla team are going on hiatus. After two and a half years of bringing all of the news and stories of EV land to the Tesla nation, it is time for the team to take a well deserved break. We will be back soon to crush Tom's ICE car, and you will hear from us for upcoming events before too long. Thank you for all of your support. Email us at


Ep 122 - Model 3: Users Interfacing

Tom and Robert bring you this weeks Talking Tesla news! This week's show focuses on the Model 3 user interface. They walk us through the Model 3 screen interface and explain the centre screen in detail. They have also just returned from the Los Angeles Tesla Owners Club event and they have much to report, including this week's Tesla, Autonomous driving and Space X news.


Ep 121 - 2018: A Space X Odyssey

Mel joins the guys for a quick conversation this week. Then much discussion ensues about the dubious rumors in articles this week about the fate of a top-secret spacecraft, known as Zuma. The guys talk about truckers and the future of automation- after reading a NY Times article about the "Death Of The American Trucker". They talk about solar in California, and the economics of public utilities. Plus all of the usual Tesla, and Supercharger news and updates.


Ep 120 - Model 3 QC?

Tom gives us a first hand report on his Model 3! What has his experience been thus far? Also, the Tesla Model 3 Easter Egg, Tesla news, Robert's big Supercharger report, and Space X news.


Ep 119 - The Year Of The 3 Begins!

A huge week in Talking Tesla nation! Happy 2018! Mel has his MODEL 3! Robert and Tom are surely not far behind!? Tom and Robert bring you all of the news of Tesla nation.


Ep 118 - For A Good Time Call Elon!

Happy Holidays to everyone! Lots of fun to report this week. Tom and Robert return from their big adventure up to Vandenberg for the Space X Falcon 9 launch with stories to tell. Elon Musk accidentally tweeted out his personal phone number! Lots of Supercharger goodness this week, and plenty of listener letters. Robert interviews the first Non-tesla-employee-or-person-with-tesla-connections to receive their Model 3! Also Mel gives us a little update about what has been going on in his world....


Ep 117 - Space Out With Robert And Tom

Robert and Tom talk Model 3 Deliveries, including the delivery of Model 3s to non-Tesla employees! Big news for EV's in China this week, apparently by the end of 2017, Shenzhen's entire fleet of 16,000 buses will have shifted to electric. Also another big week of Supercharger announcements, and Robert and Tom invite you to come meet up with them at the Vandenberg SpaceX Launch!


Ep 116 - Model 2 Out Of 3 Ain't Bad

Both Tom and Mel have configured their Model 3s! Alas, Robert is still awaiting his email. This week Tom and Robert bring you all of the tesla news, including some exciting Boring Company plans. News about VW, the US Postal service, and London Black Cabs. Also Tesla Semi receives another large order of 50 electric trucks from Sysco and some investors in exchange traded funds are taking another look at the long term future of energy companies focused on fossil fuels.


Ep 115 - Much Ado About Batteries

Tom and Robert bring the Tesla news to Tesla nation this week. Lots of focus on batteries, with switching on of South Australia's new Tesla lithium battery, the Hornsdale Power Reserve. In other exciting news, the reported total orders of the Tesla Semi trucks including WalMart, Loblaws, Ryder & J.B Hunt is up to around 200! The guys cover the ePrix, Elon's Roadster in space, the supercharger update, and the wonderful letters from our listeners.


Ep 114 - Manual Leakage

Mel is back in the studio this week! He and Tom talk the Model 3. This week the Model 3 Owners Manual was leaked in full, and Tesla opened up Model 3 orders for regular reservation holders to configure! Exciting times. They also speculate about the Tesla Semi and its cost, batteries and more. Robert reports from NYC about this week's Supercharger updates.


Ep 113 - Semi vs. Roadster

THE SEMI EVENT! Tom and Robert have so much to report this week...and they have a special guest in the studio: Dr Mel Herbert! The team are back together and they are talking Trucks and fast cars.


Ep 112 - Reveal This

Tom and Robert are in the studio and they are gearing up for the big Tesla Semi Truck event later this week. In the mean time they bring us all of this week's EV, Tesla, Solar, Space X, and supercharger news. Mel chimes in about charging infrastructure, and the ideal EV range. Join us this Thursday for our livestream commentary (we'll shoot out a link via twitter and the show notes) of the Tesla Semi Truck event.


Ep 111 - Elon's Inferno

This week Robert and Tom focus on the Tesla Third Quarter 2017 Earnings Call. In this 2017 third quarter, Tesla delivered the 250,000th Tesla, and they experienced an order of magnitude increase in five years. Elon said they were experiencing a “mad growth rate”. This being said, there was also discussion about the Battery issue, and the Model 3 delays. The guys deep dive, and unpack the earnings call.


Ep 110 - Model 3 Deep Dive

This week Mel and Robert go deep into the Model 3. They have a friend, Carl Gustave-Rydberg, standing in for Tom this week. Much discussion about the Model 3 trunk, the cupholders, the seats and the screen ensue! Also, they talk about Tesla installing Powerpacks at a Children's hospital in Puerto Rico, some Space X news and Elon Musk’s Gigafactory Campfire!


Ep 109 - A Lot Of Hats

Thanks to a sale of some 4,000 hats, The Boring Company has raised an additional $80,000 in funding! Tesla is launching new all-electric service vehicles, used to replace service vans next year. They also plan to build a manufacturing plant in China. Talking all this news and so much more from the guys this week. Also...join us on Patreon and lets #crushtomscar!


Ep 108 - 1 Trillion Dollar Idea

This week the guys speculate on the financial potential of Space X's broadband constellation plan, based on Gwynne Shotwell's talk "The Road to Mars". They also discuss the 11,000 recalls of Model X, Hyperloop One - now called Virgin Hyperloop, due to The Virgin Group investing in Hyperloop One, and Mel and Robert give their latest opinions on AP 2.0 v AP 1.0. They talk about what it would it take for Tesla to Fix Puerto Rico and Supercharger news.


Ep 107 - Model 3 Misfire

This weeks episode focuses on the Model 3 production schedule. It seems that Tesla has missed production by 85%, according to the goals for delivered vehicles by September. The guys discuss what this means, and why this happened. Level 5 autonomy is also a hot topic this week, after Director of autonomous vehicle integration for General Motors, Scott Miller questioned whether Tesla's hardware is capable of Level 5!


EP 106 - Elon's BFR

This week's episode focuses on the big Mars and Earth news from Elon's presentation at the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia. Specifically, Elon announces Space X's 'BFR', the largest rocket ever! Also, Talking Tesla has exclusive audio of Elon unveiling the progress on the world’s largest battery, in South Australia (thanks to Brad Clark). Another huge week in Supercharger news, and lots of other EV news and fun.


Ep 105 - A Lot Of Junk In The Model 3 Trunk

Tesla has released a configurator for employees, so the guys discuss whats next. There is much talk about how Tesla is expected to introduce more options for the vehicle, like the non-premium interior and the standard battery pack. Lots of other EV news from Jaguar and Infiniti. Some rumors about Tesla battery packs, news about Gigafactory 1, and a huge week for Superchargers. Another exciting week in Talking Tesla nation!


Ep 104 - Baby Driver

Much discussion of the effects of climate change on coffee. And of course, some Emmy's talk. But there is plenty of actual EV discussion to follow! Nissan, Renault ad Mitsubishi are all ganging up to make EV’s. Elon has been tweeting about the Tesla Pick up. Gigafactory 2 is ramping up officially manufacturing solar roof tiles. Discussion about the power outages during Irma, and how some houses kept the lights on with Solar and batteries. And so much more.


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