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The Tesla Show – A Tesla Podcast

A podcast about Tesla as viewed through the lens of two technologists.

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101 – Autonomy Investor Day

We unpack Tesla’s recent Autonomy Investor Day held at their Palo Alto HQ. We discuss the new FSD computer, their Neural network advancements, what’s coming up with the FSD feature set and more.Slides from Tesla’s Presentation – https://theteslashow.com/tesla-autonomy-investor-dayIf you are buying a Model 3, Model S, or Model X please consider using our referral code: https://ts.la/caleb80748

1hr 18mins

11 May 2019

Rank #1

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47 – Tesla’s AC Induction Motor

We discuss the history of Tesla’s AC induction motor, which is the basis for the electric propulsion system in the S, X, and soon Model 3. As well as how the AC induction motor works, why it’s used in electric cars, and its inherent benefits to the vehicles and Tesla’s particular innovations on motor technology. 

55mins

8 Mar 2017

Rank #2

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99 – $35,000 Model 3

Tesla has made the $35,000 Model 3 available for purchase. We unpack all the changes Tesla has made, what’s in the Standard interior and how Tesla was able to achieve this milestone. We also discuss what the decision to sell online only and close many of their stores means for Tesla going forward. Autopilot and Full Self Driving have gotten a shakeup and we discuss Elon’s latest comments about the roadmap for FSD. And lastly we give our predictions for the March 14th Model Y unveil event.

1hr 32mins

4 Mar 2019

Rank #3

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91 – 2,000 Model 3’s per week

We unpack Tesla’s Q1 vehicle production and deliveries report as well as Elon’s recent interview with CBS This Morning. We cover where Tesla is at with the Model 3 ramp, some of the troubling revelations about automation and the Fremont factory systems, and where we think Model 3 production is heading.If you are planning to buy a Model S or X please considering using this referral code to help support the show and get free Supercharging for life: http://ts.la/anuarbek5816

1hr 6mins

18 Apr 2018

Rank #4

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81 – 1,000 Miles with Model 3

We do a deep dive into living with the Model 3 for two weeks and over 1,000 miles. Caleb drove the Model 3 from Palo Alto to LA and back and lived with it for two weeks. We discuss everything about the vehicle from Autopilot, to the interior, to ergonomics to the UI, and more. If you are planning to buy a Model S or X please considering using this referral code to help support the show and get free Supercharging for life: http://ts.la/anuarbek5816

1hr 36mins

29 Nov 2017

Rank #5

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34 – Neural Networks: Part 1

We dig deep into neural networks and AI as it pertains to Tesla. Neural networks have been in the news with Tesla’s full self-driving announcements. We discuss the history of neural networks, deep learning and AI. The advantages of neural networks and why they have come into more prominence recently. And we talk about our own efforts to build a car detection neural network. See our results here: http://theteslashow.com/neural-network-images

45mins

30 Nov 2016

Rank #6

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92 – Q1 2018

We unpack Tesla’s Q1 2018 earnings letter and call. We cover the high level financials, Tesla’s path to profitability in the coming quarters, where they are at with Model 3 production, the machine that builds the machine, Tesla Network and more.If you are planning to buy a Model S or X please considering using this referral code to help support the show and get free Supercharging for life: http://ts.la/anuarbek5816

1hr 36mins

8 May 2018

Rank #7

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67 – We Drove in the Model 3, Twice

We were fortunate to be invited to the Model 3 delivery event and were given test rides. We run down our experience at the event and our time inside Model 3, and what struck us most about the Model 3 in person. This is a must listen episode. Take a look at our photos from the event: http://theteslashow.com/model-3-delivery-event/

1hr 25mins

2 Aug 2017

Rank #8

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44 – Past the Half-Way Point

We discuss the news that Tesla will be pausing production to prepare for Model 3 production. We then discuss what we know about Model 3 – the factory ramp, the Gigafactory progress, Autonomy, the interior, and performance stats. 

57mins

15 Feb 2017

Rank #9

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28 – Full Self-Driving Announcement

Our immediate reactions to Tesla's announcement of full self-driving hardware shipping on all new Model S and Model X, as well as the forthcoming Model 3. We discuss the new capabilities described in Enhanced Autopilot and Full Self-Driving mode. And the new details around the Tesla Fleet.

32mins

20 Oct 2016

Rank #10

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90 – Model 3 Delivery Experience

We discuss Caleb’s recent trip to the Tesla Fremont delivery center to experience the Model 3 delivery experience. We cover the timing from configure, to VIN assignment, to delivery date. Then we discuss the nitty gritty details of the experience of picking up a Model 3. And we conclude with our experience with such a recently manufactured Model 3 and how it compares to our experience a few months ago with an early Model 3.If you are planning to buy a Model S or X please considering using this referral code to help support the show and get free Supercharging for life: http://ts.la/anuarbek5816

57mins

5 Apr 2018

Rank #11

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33 – SolarCity is Misunderstood

We discuss the SolarCity acquisition and its implications for Tesla. SolarCity has been pretty misunderstood due to their unique business model, so we unpack how their business works and why it’s special. We also discuss the origins of the company and why the two companies are a great fit for each other.

51mins

23 Nov 2016

Rank #12

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104 – Q3 2019

We unpack Tesla’s Q3 2019 results including their record production, record deliveries, positive free cash flow and return to GAAP profitability. We also discuss what’s going on with Model S & X and their future, the expected exponential growth for Tesla Energy, the soon to be unveiled Tesla Cybertruck, Model Y being ahead of schedule, the importance of Gigafactory 3 in China, and the latest roadmap for Full Self Driving.If you are planning to buy a Model 3, S, or X please considering using this referral code to help support the show and get 1,000 miles of free Supercharging, http://ts.la/caleb80748

1hr 38mins

11 Nov 2019

Rank #13

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103 – V10

We discuss Tesla's newly released Version 10.0 software update. We cover all the new features, what it says about Tesla's future and deep dive into Smart Summon and the future of FSD.If you are planning to buy a Model 3, S, or X please considering using this referral code to help support the show and get 1,000 miles of free Supercharging, http://ts.la/caleb80748

1hr 19mins

8 Oct 2019

Rank #14

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53 – Apple Car

Apple was recently approved to test autonomous vehicles on the streets of California by the DMV. The long rumored Apple car project has been picking up in the recent months. We discuss the puzzle of what Apple could be working on and how they could bring a car or transportation service to market, and the difference in strategy compared to Tesla.

1hr 7mins

19 Apr 2017

Rank #15

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40 – Bolt EV Test Drive

We took a field trip to test drive the Bolt EV, Chevrolet’s new all-electric 238 mile range $30k (after US Federal rebate) vehicle. We share our impressions about every aspect of the vehicle. We also took photos which we reference during the episode, photos here: http://theteslashow.com/bolt-ev-test-drive

1hr 22mins

18 Jan 2017

Rank #16

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52 – I Spy a Model 3

Caleb saw a Model 3 release candidate in person near Tesla HQ, and managed to take 25 photos of it up close. We discuss the sighting and impressions. And we also discuss the market the Model 3 is going to be competing in, the compact luxury sedan market against the BMW 3 series, the Audi A4, the Mercedes C-class and many others. Our spy shots: http://theteslashow.com/model-3-spy-shots/

1hr 16mins

12 Apr 2017

Rank #17

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16 – Master Plan, Part Deux

We share our immediate take on the Master Plan, Part Deux unveiled today. We discuss the news of Tesla Semi, the new bus concept, the pickup truck, full autonomy and the milestones Tesla sees there, the 10x improvements in manufacturing efficiency, and the new Tesla Sharing system that will challenge Uber and Lyft. 

1hr 3mins

21 Jul 2016

Rank #18

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49 – Batteries: Part 2

In Part 2 of our battery episode we continue our discussion with Bernard Kim. We cover all sorts of topics. Why does capacity and thus range go down over time? Why can you brick a Tesla? What are the limits to the speed you can charge a battery? Does the rumbling from a Tesla cause any issue for the batteries? How can we know a battery will actually last for 10 years or more? How new developments in precise measurement instruments impacts the ability to iterate on new chemistries. As well as what is coming next in lithium ion batteries, how much innovation is chemistry limited, vs. manufacturing capability limited. 

43mins

22 Mar 2017

Rank #19

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35 – Neural Networks: Part 2

We continue our conversation on neural networks and deep learning. We dig into the major automotive players who are using neural networks and deep learning in their approaches. We cover what Comma.ai is up to, Mobileye's point of view, Nvidia and their OS for self driving cars and how Tesla is already using them to power Autopilot and will be integral in Enhanced Autopilot and Self-Driving. 

57mins

7 Dec 2016

Rank #20