Episodes
A whole slew of great new software updates are coming your way soon, the Tesla mod experts at Unplugged Performance find out whether or not the new Model 3 Performance seats can fit in the old Model 3, a randomly parked Tesla’s Sentry Mode helps catch a shooting suspect, and more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support my efforts, please check out my Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/teslapodcast and consider a monthly pledge. Every little bit helps and there are stacking...
Published 06/09/24
Tesla’s 2023 Impact Report has lots of compelling data in it that you can use to help squash any electric-car FUD anyone might throw your way. Plus: the Tesla Semi visits Europe, Giga Mexico’s construction continues, the Bargersville Police Department gives an update on its Model Y police-vehicle pilot program, and more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support my efforts, please check out my Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/teslapodcast and consider a monthly pledge. Every...
Published 06/02/24
Tesla debuts another new paint color for Model S and Model X, and fans of the old Silver Metallic are going to love it. Plus: wheel updates to Model Y and Cybertruck, good news for 2024 Model 3 Performance buyers, bad news for the first-ever known Cybertruck thief, and more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support my efforts, please check out my Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/teslapodcast and consider a monthly pledge. Every little bit helps and there are stacking bonuses in...
Published 05/26/24
Tesla CEO Elon Musk details the next couple versions of FSD (Supervised), and I’ll tell you why these are going to be major updates. Plus: some Supercharging team members get rehired, there’s been another price adjustment on the new Model 3 Performance, and more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support my efforts, please check out my Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/teslapodcast and consider a monthly pledge. Every little bit helps and there are stacking bonuses in it for you at...
Published 05/19/24
Cybertruck adds two significant new options in the Design Studio for Foundation Series buyers, Tesla appears to be prepping a Siri-like voice assistant for the fleet, more big companies get their hands on the Tesla Semi, and more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support my efforts, please check out my Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/teslapodcast and consider a monthly pledge. Every little bit helps and there are stacking bonuses in it for you at each pledge level, like early...
Published 05/12/24
On this week’s episode of Ride the Lightning: The Tesla Unofficial Podcast, the Cybertruck gets a massive software update that adds a ton of new features, I’ll give you my first impressions of the new Model 3 Performance, more terrible Tesla layoff news as the entire 500-person Supercharging team gets dismissed, and more (including some big Model Y news that broke in the middle of my recording session; listen for that after the main news block). If you enjoy the podcast and would like to...
Published 05/05/24
Tesla held its quarterly earnings call and we got some major announcements, such as a new low-cost vehicle that’s coming sooner than you think, a big price reduction for the purchase price of FSD, the long-anticipated launch of the new Model 3 Performance, and much more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support my efforts, please check out my Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/teslapodcast and consider a monthly pledge. Every little bit helps and there are stacking bonuses in it...
Published 04/28/24
New details on the imminent Model 3 Ludicrous are scraped from Tesla’s own website source code, plenty of new features and improvements are on the way to the Tesla fleet in the upcoming Spring software update, a big round of layoffs unfortunately hits Tesla, and more. If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support my efforts, please check out my Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/teslapodcast and consider a monthly pledge. Every little bit helps and there are stacking bonuses in it for...
Published 04/21/24
A new report from Reuters says that Tesla has canceled its ultra-high-volume $25,000 car in favor of going all-in on the robotaxi. Could it possibly be true? Plus: Cybertruck will soon get a boost to its Supercharging speed, the FSD subscription price gets cut in half, the Plaid Model S gets sporty new seats, and more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support my efforts, please check out my Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/teslapodcast and consider a monthly pledge. Every little...
Published 04/14/24
Tesla releases its production and delivery numbers for the first quarter of 2024, so were all the demand levers effective? Plus: the Model 3 Ludicrous’ formal unveiling appears to be imminent, a professional contractor discusses his experience as one of the world’s biggest Tesla Solar Roof installers, and more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support my efforts, please check out my Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/teslapodcast and consider a monthly pledge. Every little bit...
Published 04/07/24
Tesla rolls out a fleet-wide one-month free FSD Beta trial in an effort to show everyone how good version 12 is. Plus: another fun new bit of information about the forthcoming Model 3 Ludicrous, Tesla is reportedly considering getting into the van business with Italy, and more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support my efforts, please check out my Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/teslapodcast and consider a monthly pledge. Every little bit helps and there are stacking bonuses...
Published 03/31/24
Tesla is now offering a particularly unique limited-edition Loot Box referral prize, Elon Musk drops a fun new tidbit about the next-gen Tesla Roadster, another new detail about the new Model 3 Ludicrous has been revealed, and more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support my efforts, please check out my Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/teslapodcast and consider a monthly pledge. Every little bit helps and there are stacking bonuses in it for you at each pledge level, like early...
Published 03/24/24
Would-be Cybertruck resellers are finding out exactly how serious Tesla is about their no-resale-for-a-year policy. Plus: long-time Tesla shareholders have a chance to get a Cybertruck early, FSD Beta is finally gearing up to come to other countries, and more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support my efforts, please check out my Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/teslapodcast and consider a monthly pledge. Every little bit helps and there are stacking bonuses in it for you at...
Published 03/17/24
Fresh rumors about the new Model 3 Ludicrous give us its alleged release date as well as its specs! Plus: Tesla is sweetening the deal if you take delivery of a new car this quarter, Tesla executives Franz von Holzhausen and Lars Moravy visit Jay Leno’s Garage, and more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support my efforts, please check out my Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/teslapodcast and consider a monthly pledge. Every little bit helps and there are stacking bonuses in it...
Published 03/10/24
Elon Musk gives an enthusiastic new progress update on the long-awaited next-gen Tesla Roadster, the new Model 3 Performance’s final look has been spied at a promotional video shoot, an unexpected buyer has purchased the three “barn find” original Tesla Roadsters, and more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support my efforts, please check out my Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/teslapodcast and consider a monthly pledge. Every little bit helps and there are stacking bonuses in it...
Published 03/03/24
The Cybertruck’s so-called “rust” issue has been explained and solved. Plus: Cybertruck gets more official customization options, LG gets ready to start adding to Tesla’s 4680 battery cell supply, and more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support my efforts, please check out my Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/teslapodcast and consider a monthly pledge. Every little bit helps and there are stacking bonuses in it for you at each pledge level, like early access to each episode at...
Published 02/25/24
I give you my full review of the Cybertruck after living with it for three days. Plus: the last big domino falls in the quest for universal NACS adoption, the new largest Tesla Supercharger in the world is under construction in California, and more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support my efforts, please check out my Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/teslapodcast and consider a monthly pledge. Every little bit helps and there are stacking bonuses in it for you at each pledge...
Published 02/18/24
Tesla brings back FSD transfer as well as lifetime Supercharging transfer in an effort to drive demand in the historically slow first quarter of the year. Plus: Giga Berlin hits another major production milestone, the Cybertruck fleet got its first software update, and more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support my efforts, please check out my Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/teslapodcast and consider a monthly pledge. Every little bit helps and there are stacking bonuses in...
Published 02/11/24
A Foundation Series Cybertruck owner joins me to discuss his thoughts on the stainless steel beast so far, the new Model 3 Performance has a reported production window, Elon Musk’s shareholder-approved compensation package gets retroactively rejected by a Delaware judge, and more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support my efforts, please check out my Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/teslapodcast and consider a monthly pledge. Every little bit helps and there are stacking...
Published 02/04/24
Tesla held its quarterly earnings call for Q4 2023, and as always I’ve got highlight clips from Elon Musk and the Tesla executive team as well as analysis of what everything on the call means. Plus: the new Model 3 Performance is coming soon, and more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support my efforts, please check out my Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/teslapodcast and consider a monthly pledge. Every little bit helps and there are stacking bonuses in it for you at each...
Published 01/28/24
Cybertruck has a big physical improvement coming soon via an over-the-air software update. Plus: Panasonic is cooking up improvements to Tesla’s stalwart 2170 battery cells used in the Model 3 and Model Y, the paint colors on the Model S and Model X are no longer free, and more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support my efforts, please check out my Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/teslapodcast and consider a monthly pledge. Every little bit helps and there are stacking bonuses...
Published 01/21/24
The new Model 3, formerly codenamed Project Highland, has now officially launched in North America. Plus: new builds of Model S and Model X get a welcome improvement, Foundation Series Cybertrucks started getting delivered to regular, non-Tesla-employee customers, and more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support my efforts, please check out my Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/teslapodcast and consider a monthly pledge. Every little bit helps and there are stacking bonuses in it...
Published 01/14/24
Tesla posted its Q4 production and delivery numbers – and thus its overall 2023 figures – and I’ve got reactions and analysis to the data. Plus: New paint colors for the Model Y, our first piece of information on Autopilot Hardware 5, and more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support my efforts, please check out my Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/teslapodcast and consider a monthly pledge. Every little bit helps and there are stacking bonuses in it for you at each pledge level,...
Published 01/07/24
A new year means it’s time for my annual tradition of making a bunch of Tesla predictions for 2024 – and I’ll see how I did last year while I’m at it. Plus: a new report on Model Y’s upcoming Project Juniper refresh, an update on FSD Beta version 12, and more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support my efforts, please check out my Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/teslapodcast and consider a monthly pledge. Every little bit helps and there are stacking bonuses in it for you at...
Published 12/31/23