Ride the Lightning: Tesla Motors Unofficial Podcast


Tesla Motors enthusiasts looking for a show about the latest news and analysis on the all-electric high-performance vehicle company need look no further. Ride the Lightning: Tesla Motors Unofficial Podcast is a weekly show made for Tesla fans and owners by Tesla community veteran Ryan McCaffrey. Each week we'll cover everything happening with the Model 3, Model S, Model X, Gigafactory, and more!

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Tesla Motors enthusiasts looking for a show about the latest news and analysis on the all-electric high-performance vehicle company need look no further. Ride the Lightning: Tesla Motors Unofficial Podcast is a weekly show made for Tesla fans and owners by Tesla community veteran Ryan McCaffrey. Each week we'll cover everything happening with the Model S, Model X, Model 3, Gigafactory, and more!
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PeterPlan Not an EV owner (yet), but greatly interested in the topic and enjoying your podcast! Many greetings from Germany! 9.12.2018


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13.01.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/0/2/7/f/027f1d5306ca681b/RTL-2.jpg

Episode 180: You Will Believe a Roadster Can Fly

Elon Musk talks up the SpaceX package on the 2020 Tesla Roadster, Tesla breaks ground on Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai, the 75kWh Model S and X are going away, and more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support it, please check out my Patreon at ...
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Episode 179: Tesla’s Huge 2018

Tesla releases impressive production and delivery numbers for 2018, progress continues on Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai, notes from my return road trip in my Model 3, and more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support it, please check out my Patr...
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Episode 178: New Model 3 Wheels + Tesla Predictions for 2019

I try to do a bit better in my Tesla predictions for the year ahead than I did last year. Plus, new wheels are on the way for Model 3, Tesla does right by customers with regard to the tax credit that’s about to phase out, and more! If you enjoy the pod...
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Episode 177: Easter Eggs for Christmas

Tesla rolls out a few fun new Easter eggs just ahead of the holidays, The Boring Company has an unexpected Tesla tie-in, The Performance Model 3 looks like a heck of a deal in China, and much more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support it,...
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Episode 176: Elon on CBS’s 60 Minutes

Elon Musk is interviewed on 60 Minutes, and the interview was talked about all week afterwards for reasons that are bound to have CBS executives sweating. Plus: an update on when we might see the Tesla pickup truck, an update on EV incentives in a coup...
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Episode 175: European Model 3 Orders Begin

European orders for Model 3 have begun, and back in the United States, the Model 3 is putting up some very impressive sales numbers. Plus: a Tesla you probably wouldn’t guess wins a 24-hour EV race, and much more! If you're buying any new Model S, Mode...
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Episode 174: Tesla on ‘The Simpsons’

Elon Musk discusses his difficult 2018 on HBO, The Simpsons uses a Tesla in a funny bit, Autopilot usage hits a major milestone, Elon offers a potpourri of updates via Twitter, and more! If you're buying any new Model S, Model X, or Model 3 (yes, ANY v...
25.11.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/0/2/7/f/027f1d5306ca681b/RTL-2.jpg

Episode 173: V3 Superchargers and New Model 3 Wheels

Elon Musk talks more about the V3 Supercharging plans, the Performance Model 3 gets a new wheel option...in China, some great news for Ontario residents who canceled their Model 3 orders earlier this year in the wake of the tax rebate’s sudden disappea...
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Episode 172: Big Changes For Model S and X

Tesla finally makes good on their promise to remove some interior options on Model S and X, and the changes are more sweeping than expected. Plus: Tesla goes to great lengths to try and ensure as many U.S. customers get the full federal tax credit as p...
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Episode 171: Tesla’s New Patents + New Chairman

Tesla selects a new Chairman of the Board in the wake of Elon Musk’s SEC settlement, Tesla files a couple of interesting new patents, Track Mode arrives, and more! If you're buying any new Model S, Model X, or Model 3 (yes, ANY version of the Model 3 n...
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Episode 170: Navigate on Autopilot Impressions + Elon’s Latest Interview

Navigate on Autopilot – the latest and arguably biggest step forward for Autopilot in quite some time – has arrived, and I’ve got some initial impressions. Plus: Elon audio clips from a new podcast appearance, Summon is about to go full Knight Rider, a...
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Episode 169: Tesla Is Profitable!

Highlights and analysis from Tesla’s critical Q3 earnings call. They were profitable, and not only that they blew away Wall Street’s expectations. Plus: some end-of-week kerfuffle about the pricing on the Performance Model 3. Tons to talk about this we...
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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...
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Episode 168: A Cheaper Model 3 Arrives!

Tesla makes major changes to Model 3’s options, including a brand-new, cheaper option in the form of a “mid-range” battery. Plus: a new Senate bill could renew the federal EV tax credit for Tesla, the million-mile Model 3 motor gets one step closer to ...
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Episode 167: ‘Safety’ Is Model 3’s Middle Name

The Model 3 is officially the safest car the United States government has ever tested, the Tesla community (including me) reacts to software version 9.0, Tesla’s Gigafactory in China inches closer, and more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to s...
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Episode 166: Tesla’s Record-Setting Q3

Tesla sets a company record with Q3 production and deliveries, Elon Musk settles – and then spars – with the SEC, a police officer sees a Tesla for the first time during a traffic stop, and more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support it, p...
30.09.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/0/2/7/f/027f1d5306ca681b/RTL-2.jpg

Episode 165: V9 Software Details + SEC vs. Elon

[UPDATE: Sorry I couldn't update the show with Saturday's SEC settlement news after recording, as usual, on Friday night. I volunteered at Tesla Fremont all day Saturday and had no energy or time left to re-do the show by the time I got home. I'll anal...
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Episode 164: Five Stars in Every Category

The Model S has a record-setting day at a legendary track, Model 3 gets its much-anticipated US government safety rating, another price increase on a certain option, software version 9 is getting a big new feature, and much more! If you enjoy the podca...
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Episode 163: Tesla Eliminates 2 Paint Colors

Tesla takes two paint colors off the menu. Can you guess which two? Plus: another Dual Motor Model 3 price increase, executive team changes at Tesla, a new way to buy Model 3 for a select group of reservation holders, and more! If you enjoy the podcast...
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Episode 162: Joe Rogan Interviews Elon + V9 Software Preview

Elon Musk did a two-and-a-half hour interview on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast. I’ve got all the Tesla-relevant highlights. Plus: good news for Tesla owners who didn’t order Enhanced Autopilot with their cars, a sneak preview of Tesla’s version-9 so...
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Episode 161: Tesla Defeats (Doug) Ford

Tesla wins a legal battle against the Ontario government in Canada, another case brought by Tesla shareholders gets thrown away, Tesla has a new product they’re selling, and more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support it, please check out ...
26.08.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/0/2/7/f/027f1d5306ca681b/RTL-2.jpg

Episode 160: Tesla Stays Public + Jay Leno’s Roadster Ride

Tesla decides to remain a public company, it also sues the Canadian province of Ontario over the abrupt cancellation of the electric vehicle rebate program, Franz von Holzhausen gives Jay Leno a ride in the new Roadster, Gigafactory 1 is getting bigger...
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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 po...
12.08.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/0/2/7/f/027f1d5306ca681b/RTL-2.jpg

Episode 158: Elon’s Private Tesla Plan

Elon Musk drops an absolute bombshell, announcing his intention to try and return Tesla to being a private company. Plus: Road and Track hits the track – with Track Mode – in a P3D, price increases hit Tesla vehicles across the board, and more! If you ...
5.08.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/0/2/7/f/027f1d5306ca681b/RTL-2.jpg

Episode 157: Q2 Earnings Call Recap and Analysis

Tesla just held what was perhaps its most important earnings call ever. I’ve got clips of all the best quotes from Elon Musk and the Tesla executive team, plus lots of analysis, as well as news of an interior refresh for Model S and X, and much more! I...
30.07.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/0/2/7/f/027f1d5306ca681b/RTL-2.jpg

Special Bonus Episode: Delivery Day!

Delivery day of my Model 3 finally happened! I took the suggestion of several listeners and decided to do an "emergency" bonus episode to tell you all about my big day yesterday. This way you can hear about it sooner, ignore it if you only want to hear...
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Episode 156: “Hi, My Name Is VIN. I Have a DELIVERY For You”

I've got first impressions of the Jeda Wireless Charging Pad for Model 3, Model S and X get a price and features adjustment, white interior is no longer exclusive the Performance Model 3, Tesla is working on addressing their bottlenecks in the service ...
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Episode 155: Model 3 Profitability + P3D Test Drive Impressions

A few new nitty-gritty details about the Performance Model 3, the Wall Street Journal gets the first test drive and reports their impressions, Sandy Munro, in his words, “eats crow” about the Model 3’s profitability potential, and more! If you enjoy th...
15.07.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/0/2/7/f/027f1d5306ca681b/RTL-2.jpg

Episode 154: US Federal Tax Credit Phase-Out Begins

The US federal tax credit situation has been finalized. I’ll give you all the details on how much longer it’ll last. Plus: Tesla officially names Shanghai as the site of its third Gigafactory, Elon Musk gives me an update on Performance Model 3 deliver...
8.07.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/0/2/7/f/027f1d5306ca681b/RTL-2.jpg

Episode 153: 7,000 Teslas in 7 Days!

Tesla reaches their big goal of producing 5,000 Model 3s in one week, a new bill could restore the $7500 federal EV tax credit for the next decade, UK Tesla fans get their first official chance to check out the Model 3, and more! If you enjoy the podca...
1.07.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/0/2/7/f/027f1d5306ca681b/RTL-2.jpg

Episode 152: Cheaper Performance Model 3 + Tesla Pickup Details

The Performance Model 3 gets a surprising and substantial price drop. Whoa! Plus: Tesla’s always-on cellular connection will no longer be free for new buyers, Gigafactory hits a major production milestone, first details on the Tesla Pickup, and much mo...
24.06.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/0/2/7/f/027f1d5306ca681b/RTL-2.jpg

Episode 151: The First Performance Model 3 Is Born

Elon Musk posts a picture of the first-ever Performance Model 3, and it looks a lot like mine! Plus: Tesla zeroes in on a location for its future European Gigafactory, Model 3 gets a couple of long-awaited new features via a software update, and more! ...
17.06.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/0/2/7/f/027f1d5306ca681b/RTL-2.jpg

Episode 150: Roadster’s SpaceX Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction

Tesla makes the difficult choice to lay off 9% of its workforce, Elon Musk details the next-gen Roadster’s unbelievable SpaceX option package, Immaculate Reflections’ Jeff McGoveran stops by to talk about detailing and paint protection, and more! If yo...
10.06.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/0/2/7/f/027f1d5306ca681b/RTL-2.jpg

Episode 149: Shareholder Meeting Recap and Analysis

Elon Musk answers many interesting questions at Tesla’s annual shareholders meeting. Plus: tons of Elon tweets and more on a huge show! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support it, please check out my Patreon at www.patreon.com/teslapodcast a...
3.06.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/0/2/7/f/027f1d5306ca681b/RTL-2.jpg

Episode 148: Consumer Reports Affects Positive Change for Model 3

Consumer Reports helps affect positive change for all Model 3 owners, Model 3 may get an optional key fob a la Model S and X, the Performance Model 3 gets an upgrade before it’s even released, and much more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to s...
27.05.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/0/2/7/f/027f1d5306ca681b/RTL-2.jpg

Episode 147: Elon’s Latest Tweetstorm: Model Y, Superchargers + More!

Elon Musk drops a ton of new info on Twitter about a bunch of different things, including an upgrade to the Performance Model 3, a big update to Tesla’s remote Ranger service, v3 of the Superchargers, the Model Y reveal, and more! If you enjoy the podc...
20.05.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/0/2/7/f/027f1d5306ca681b/RTL-2.jpg

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...
13.05.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/0/2/7/f/027f1d5306ca681b/RTL-2.jpg

Episode 145: Performance Model 3 Release Date Confirmed!

Elon Musk finally reveals availability timing for the Performance Model 3, Tesla becomes part of the storyline on another HBO comedy, Model S and X get a new interior option, and much more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support it, please ...
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Episode 144: Q1 Earnings Call Highlights and Analysis (aka Mr. Musk’s Wild Ride)

It’s my favorite episode to do every quarter: the earnings call analysis! I’ve got highlights and my insights on everything that was said by Elon and the rest of the Tesla executive team on the Q1 conference call. Buckle up! If you enjoy the podcast an...
29.04.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/0/2/7/f/027f1d5306ca681b/RTL-2.jpg

Episode 143: Model 3 Goes Global

Canada gets hit with a huge wave of Model 3 Design Studio invites, Tesla loses a key department head, the Model 3 gets showcased in China, and more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support it, please check out my Patreon at www.patreon.com/t...
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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 t...
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Episode 141: Model 3 Dual Motor Update + Model Y Update

Elon Musk made a lot of Tesla news this week, including giving a long-awaited update on the availability of Model 3’s Dual Motor version and giving an interview on Model 3 production to CBS This Morning. Plus: a touchscreen performance update for the r...
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Episode 140: Model 3 Ramp Makes Progress in Q1

Tesla releases their Q1 delivery numbers and shows good progress on their production ramp while ultimately falling short of their projections. Plus: an update on the fatal Model X Autopilot crash, Elon Musk’s April Fool’s Day prank, and more! If you en...
1.04.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/0/2/7/f/027f1d5306ca681b/RTL-2.jpg

Episode 139: Performance Model 3 Hits the Track?

A Performance Model 3 may have been spotted at a California racetrack, it may be possible to upgrade your old Model S or Model X MCU after all, FedEx becomes Tesla’s latest big-name customer, and more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support...
25.03.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/0/2/7/f/027f1d5306ca681b/RTL-2.jpg

Episode 138: Model 3’s First New Option Is...

Model 3 20-inch wheels officially go on sale, a big Autopilot update has Tesla owners filled with glee, the Tesla Semi goes on tour, Canadian pricing is revealed, and much more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support it, please check out my...
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Episode 137: Elon Speaks at SXSW + a Big Model S/X Upgrade

Elon Musk conducted a Q&A at South by Southwest and I’ve got all of the best Tesla-related sound clips from the event. Plus: Model S and X get a high-impact upgrade, Supercharger prices have been raised almost everywhere, and more! If you enjoy the...
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Episode 136: Goodyear Working on a Better Tesla Tire

Goodyear introduces a new tire that’s specifically aimed at electric cars, Elon Musk drops a few little updates regarding car software on Twitter, Tesla puts their Semi trucks to the test, and more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support it...
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Episode 135: Model 3 Line-Waiters’ ‘Something Special’ Revealed

The “something special” for Model 3 line-waiters is finally revealed, I stumbled upon a Dual Motor Model 3 in San Francisco, Porsche throws a little shade in the direction of Model S, and more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support it, ple...
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Episode 134: Non-Owner Model 3 Invites Arrive!

Non-owners finally start getting invited to configure their Model 3s, we get a good look at a white-interior Model 3, how you can win a Musk-owned Model 3 by donating to a charity, and more! If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support it, please...
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Episode 133: More Model 3 Driving Impressions

More Model 3 driving impressions for you this week after I got some additional time behind the wheel of the in-demand vehicle. Plus: the Model 3 design studio gets a minor update, a New Mexico lawmaker wants to legalize Tesla in his state, and much mor...