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Ride the Lightning: Tesla Motors Unofficial Podcast

Ride the Lightning: The Tesla Unofficial Podcast is the world's longest-running weekly Tesla show, made for Tesla fans and owners by Tesla community veteran Ryan McCaffrey. Each week we'll discuss and analyze everything happening with the Cybertruck, Model 3, Model S, Model X, Model Y, Roadster, and more!

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Episode 200: My Elon Musk Interview

What better way to celebrate episode 200 than an interview with Elon Musk himself? Yes, it actually happened! Elon and I discuss Tesla’s past, present, and future, covering a lot of topics in the one-hour conversation. I hope you enjoy it!

1hr 5mins

2 Jun 2019

Rank #1

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A Tesla Beginner's Guide: Buying and Owning Model 3, Model S, or Model X

New to the world of Tesla? Hopefully this podcast will help answer all of your questions and inform you with advice for ordering the car, preparing for delivery, taking delivery, and ownership. Here are the topics covered, with the time codes listed in case you'd like to skip to a particular section:  0:00 - 0. Introduction 5:08 - I. Tesla Car Overview 19:31 - II. Ordering 32:00 - III. Before Delivery 10:10 - IV. Taking Delivery 42:27 - V. Charging and Supercharging 49:33 - VI. Autopilot 57:51 - VII. Maintenance 1:01:24 - VIII. Cleaning and Detailing 1:09:12 - IX. Misc. Tips and Tricks 1:13:29 - X. Future Cars 1:19:23 - XI. Conclusion If you're buying any new Model S, Model X, or Model 3 (yes, ANY version of the Model 3 now applies – even the new Mid-Range Model 3!), please use my referral code in order to get 6 months of unlimited Supercharging for your new vehicle! https://ts.la/ryan73014 If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support it, please check out my Patreon at patreon.com/teslapodcast and consider a pledge. Every little bit helps!

1hr 23mins

28 Oct 2018

Rank #2

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Episode 159: Jason Calacanis Interview + Elon Musk’s Busy Week

I interview angel investor Jason Calacanis to discuss his long history with Tesla and Elon Musk. Plus: highlights from Elon’s two big interviews this week, an update on Elon’s efforts to make Tesla a private company again, and more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support it, please check out my Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/teslapodcast and consider a pledge. Every little bit helps! Don't forget to leave a message on the Ride the Lightning hotline anytime with a question, comment, or discussion topic for next week's show! The toll-free number to call or Skype is 1-888-989-8752. And if you're buying any new Model S, Model X, or a Performance Model 3, use my referral code in order to get free unlimited lifetime Supercharging on your new vehicle! https://ts.la/ryan73014

1hr 28mins

19 Aug 2018

Rank #3

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Episode 105: More Model 3 Details Revealed, Model Y Update + More!

More details about Model 3 trickle out, plus Elon Musk gives a lot of new information on everything else (including Model Y) in this week’s Q2 investor call. I’ve got all the best clips for you, plus a bunch of your outstanding phone calls! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support it, please check out my Patreon at www.patreon.com/teslapodcast and consider a pledge. Every little bit helps! Don't forget to leave a message on the Ride the Lightning hotline anytime with a question, comment, or discussion topic for next week's show! The toll-free number to call or Skype is 1-888-989-8752. And if you're buying a Model S or Model X, use this referral code in order to get $1,000 off your car (plus free unlimited lifetime Supercharging) and give me a chance to win a Tesla! http://ts.la/gordon1872  

1hr 50mins

6 Aug 2017

Rank #4

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Episode 03: Model X Shoe Sizes and how Tesla is Like the Model T

Plenty to talk about this week! We have our first winner in the Model S referral game, the Model X’s shoe size is revealed, more Anti-Tesla FUD from the media, Tesla temporarily loses a key executive, how Tesla is charting an eerily similar historical course as the Model T, and more! Stories mentioned this week: AP reporting Reuters reporting Bjorn's thank-you video Tesla tracking like Model T (note: I accidentally credited this to the Washington Post on the show, when the credit should have gone to Bloomberg. My apologies for the error.)

24mins

16 Aug 2015

Rank #5

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Episode 04: Everything is Not Always Black or White

Another busy week of Tesla news! Model Xs in new colors are popping up in the wild, Aston Martin goes electric but takes a shot at Tesla along the way, and Forbes names Tesla the most innovative company in the world. Also, don't miss the Forbes article mentioned on the show, here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/innovatorsdna/2015/08/19/teslas-secret-formula/?utm_campaign=teslaweekly.com&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Tesla_Weekly_50

31mins

23 Aug 2015

Rank #6

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Episode 101: Model 3 is Ready + Model S Gets Upgraded

Model 3 gets an official release date, Model S gets some serious performance upgrades, South Australia partners with Tesla to transition to sustainable energy on a large scale, and more in what is an historic week for Tesla! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support it, please check out my Patreon at www.patreon.com/teslapodcast and consider a pledge. Every little bit helps! Don't forget to leave a message on the Ride the Lightning hotline anytime with a question, comment, or discussion topic for next week's show! The toll-free number to call or Skype is 1-888-989-8752. And if you're buying a Model S or Model X, use this referral code in order to get $1,000 off your car (plus free unlimited lifetime Supercharging) and give me a chance to win a Tesla! http://ts.la/gordon1872  

56mins

9 Jul 2017

Rank #7

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Episode 05: Breaking Records and Review Scales

This week on the world's #1 Tesla podcast: Tesla adds another high-profile award to its Model S trophy case, a Tesla superfan (not me) breaks the world record for furthest distance traveled on a single charge in an electric vehicle, Elon Musk heads to late night television, and I take your phone calls. If you'd like to call into the show, the toll-free number is 1-800-606-0697, invitation number 15469. Links to this week's topics: Dave T's Tesla Weekly newsletter covers all of the news topics Visit NerdStyles.com for awesome video game- and geek-inspired T-shirts I made Follow me on Twitter at @DMC_Ryan

35mins

30 Aug 2015

Rank #8

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Episode 106: 20-Inch Model 3 Wheels Are Back + Autopilot Hardware 2.5

The 20-inch wheels from one of the Model 3 alpha prototypes may be returning, Autopilot hardware gets another upgrade, a Model S once again breaks the world record for furthest distance traveled in an electric vehicle on a single charge, and more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support it, please check out my Patreon at www.patreon.com/teslapodcast and consider a pledge. Every little bit helps! Don't forget to leave a message on the Ride the Lightning hotline anytime with a question, comment, or discussion topic for next week's show! The toll-free number to call or Skype is 1-888-989-8752. And if you're buying a Model S or Model X, use this referral code in order to get $1,000 off your car (plus free unlimited lifetime Supercharging) and give me a chance to win a Tesla! http://ts.la/gordon1872  

57mins

13 Aug 2017

Rank #9

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Episode 97: Elon at the Shareholders’ Meeting + Model Y Teaser Image

Elon Musk gives updates on just about everything at the annual Tesla shareholders meeting, including Model 3’s Design Studio, Model Y, Autopilot, the semi truck, and much more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support it, please check out my Patreon at www.patreon.com/teslapodcast and consider a pledge. Every little bit helps! Don't forget to leave a message on the Ride the Lightning hotline anytime with a question, comment, or discussion topic for next week's show! The toll-free number to call or Skype is 1-888-989-8752. And if you're buying a Model S or Model X, use this referral code in order to get $1,000 off your car and give me a chance to win a Tesla! http://ts.la/jeff2311 

1hr 23mins

11 Jun 2017

Rank #10

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Episode 14: Model S (The ‘S’ Stands for ‘Superman’)

Autopilot saves an Uber driver from a moron, Model S saves a family from a falling tree, the P90D Ludicrous dazzles Motor Trend, and more. Call the podcast toll-free, anytime, at 1-888-989-TSLA (8752). Please leave your name, where you're calling from, and try to keep it to 30 seconds or less. Here's a link to photos of the tree that fell on the Model S: http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/showthread.php/56122-Woman-and-child-saved-by-the-Model-S-in-a-landslide Here's a link to the video of Autopilot saving the Uber driver: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9X-5fKzmy38

31mins

1 Nov 2015

Rank #11

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Episode 09: ‘Twas the Night Before Model X...

More (and unexpected) Model X seating news, P85D owners get Ludicrous, Tesla opens a new factory in Europe, and more. Plus: I'll be at the Model X reveal event this week!

30mins

27 Sep 2015

Rank #12

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Episode 35: I Rode in the Model 3

Model 3 is here, and I got to go see it and ride in it! I’ll tell you about that, plus audio clips from my brief chats with Tesla representatives, my reservation line camp-out experience, some of YOUR reservation line experiences, and so much more! What do you think of Model 3? Like it? Love it? Got any good line stories? I'd love to hear them for next week's show! Leave a message on the Ride the Lightning hotline anytime with your stories or any other question, comment, or discussion topic. The toll-free number to call or (better yet) Skype is 1-888-989-8752. Also, if you're about to buy a Model S, visit http://ts.la/peter6387 to get a $1,200 credit towards a home charging installation. Hurry, the referral program ends soon!

1hr 35mins

2 Apr 2016

Rank #13

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Episode 98: More on Model 3 Tires + Model X Crash Test Rating

We get an up-close look at Model 3’s near-final wheels (and tires!), Model X finally gets its crash-test rating from the US government, Elon gives a hint about what the next-gen Tesla Roadster will be capable of, and more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support it, please check out my Patreon at www.patreon.com/teslapodcast and consider a pledge. Every little bit helps! Don't forget to leave a message on the Ride the Lightning hotline anytime with a question, comment, or discussion topic for next week's show! The toll-free number to call or Skype is 1-888-989-8752. And if you're buying a Model S or Model X, use this referral code in order to get $1,000 off your car (plus free unlimited lifetime Supercharging) and give me a chance to win a Tesla! http://ts.la/jeff2311 

57mins

18 Jun 2017

Rank #14

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Episode 142: Elon Musk Gets Serious About Model 3 Production

Elon Musk outlines his plan to run a much tighter ship at Tesla as Model 3 production ramps up. Plus: good news for Tesla in China, more good news about the long-term battery health in Tesla vehicles, and more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support it, please check out my Patreon at www.patreon.com/teslapodcast and consider a pledge. Every little bit helps! Don't forget to leave a message on the Ride the Lightning hotline anytime with a question, comment, or discussion topic for next week's show! The toll-free number to call or Skype is 1-888-989-8752. And if you're buying a Model S or Model X, use this referral code in order to get free unlimited lifetime Supercharging (which is no longer available otherwise), and the first person to use it also gets a $500 credit towards service or accessories! http://ts.la/patrick5008 

1hr 15mins

22 Apr 2018

Rank #15

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Episode 07: The Calm Before the Storm

The Roadster’s new battery pack is finally on its way, Los Angeles makes a huge EV investment (including a P85D squad car!), Elon Musk is one of Stephen Colbert’s first guests on The Late Show, and more.

26mins

13 Sep 2015

Rank #16

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Episode 146: Model 3 Performance Price and Specs Revealed!

Pricing and specifications for the Dual Motor and Performance Model 3 are here!!! Plus: Model 3’s first big safety rating comes in, production is ramping up nicely, the P100D S and X get cooler, Tesla wins a dealership battle in another state, and more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support it, please check out my Patreon at www.patreon.com/teslapodcast and consider a pledge. Every little bit helps! Don't forget to leave a message on the Ride the Lightning hotline anytime with a question, comment, or discussion topic for next week's show! The toll-free number to call or Skype is 1-888-989-8752. And if you're buying a Model S or Model X, use this referral code in order to get free unlimited lifetime Supercharging (which is no longer available otherwise), and the first person to use it also gets a $500 credit towards service or accessories! http://ts.la/patrick5008 

1hr 28mins

20 May 2018

Rank #17

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Episode 110: Model 3 MPGe Numbers Revealed

The Monroney sticker for the Model 3 has been spotted, revealing some very impressive energy efficiency (MPGe) numbers. Plus: the US government takes a step forward on approving self-driving, Tesla digs in in Michigan, and more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support it, please check out my Patreon at www.patreon.com/teslapodcast and consider a pledge. Every little bit helps! Don't forget to leave a message on the Ride the Lightning hotline anytime with a question, comment, or discussion topic for next week's show! The toll-free number to call or Skype is 1-888-989-8752. And if you're buying a Model S or Model X, use this referral code in order to get $1,000 off your car (plus free unlimited lifetime Supercharging) and give me a chance to win a Tesla! http://ts.la/gordon1872 

49mins

10 Sep 2017

Rank #18

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Episode 112: All-Wheel Drive or Bust for Model S

Tesla puts the brakes on rear-wheel drive Model Ses, a few Supercharging-related updates from around the world, Tesla reportedly partners with AMD on self-driving processing units, and more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support it, please check out my Patreon at www.patreon.com/teslapodcast and consider a pledge. Every little bit helps! Don't forget to leave a message on the Ride the Lightning hotline anytime with a question, comment, or discussion topic for next week's show! The toll-free number to call or Skype is 1-888-989-8752. And if you're buying a Model S or Model X, use this referral code in order to get $1,000 off your car (plus free unlimited lifetime Supercharging) and give me a chance to win a Tesla! http://ts.la/patrick5008 

53mins

24 Sep 2017

Rank #19

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Episode 15: Q3 Results and Analysis

A busy Q3 earnings report bring plenty of news, the Model S referral program gets renewed with a new prize up for grabs, Gigafactory gets closer to being operational, an owner has *fun* tracking her stolen Tesla with the car’s app, and more. Call the show and leave a message anytime with your question, comment, or discussion topic! Call toll-free to 1-888-989-8752. Please include your name!

33mins

8 Nov 2015

Rank #20