Nico Nevolo quit his job at Tesla to live in his Model X – and he’s loving it

May 16, 2018 by  
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Van life can be a creative way to lessen one’s impact on the planet, but many van dwellers are still riding in gas-guzzling vehicles. Nico Nevolo, however, has broken away from that trend and become one of the pioneers of a new paradigm: EV van life. A former Tesla employee, Nevolo quit his job in March of this year to share his experiences living in his Tesla Model X under the name TeslaVanLife , and so far he says it’s been the best decision of his life. Inhabitat caught up with Nevolo to hear more about his journey and vision for TeslaVanLife. Nevolo worked at Tesla for just over three years, beginning in customer service and then moving to headquarters, where he worked as an analyst. He started living in his Model X last October, but the infamously expensive Bay Area rents were only one factor in his decision to live in his car. “It’s experiencing life in a different capacity, and a capacity at which I think is bringing me more happiness as I’ve grown older and seen how I want to live my own life,” Nevolo told Inhabitat. Related: Living out of a van has never looked this good He quit his job to take his Tesla love on the road. “I did love working behind a computer for Tesla, I really did love it, but there was something missing,” Nevolo said. “I hadn’t really seen anyone living in an electric vehicle , let alone a Tesla, and I recognized I had a very interesting experience…I’ve seen the electric vehicle industry grow before my eyes, so I wanted to tell that story.” In his Model X, he can store things in the front trunk and a rear compartment beneath his bed. He didn’t want the inside of his van home to look cluttered, so he doesn’t store anything on his bed. During the day, he folds up his bed and puts his seats up. Nevolo said people always expect him to say one of the hardest things about van life is bathing, but he’s found that facilities are readily available. What is tricky is food. He can keep food cold in an ice chest for around a week, but keeping it at a temperature where it won’t spoil is only possible for about two days. “Managing long term meals is definitely the most difficult thing I’ve encountered,” he said. “Something I’m really going to start experimenting with — and I used to do it even when I lived in an apartment — is buying food and cooking for a day or two. I would just buy enough food for a day or two, which unfortunately doesn’t save you the most money, but you’re getting fresh food.” Battery charging can be another consideration for EV van living, but Nevolo hasn’t found it to be too difficult in California , where he’s spent a large amount of his van life. Supercharging his Model X is free, and he said the Supercharger network is growing exponentially. Also, with the exception of some desolate areas, he found the network connected across the United States on a cross-country road trip to surprise his grandfather in New Jersey with a Tesla Model 3 . The flexibility of van living has opened up new possibilities for Nevolo. “The best thing is honestly being able to say yes to absolutely anything,” he said. “There is no one way of living.” Nevolo took his time taking the Model 3 to his grandfather and traveled around the country for about a month, so he could compare the experiences of living in a Model X versus a Model 3. “The technology in the Model 3: mindblowing,” he said. The Model 3 can charge more quickly because of advanced battery technology . But for long-term van life, the Model X seems to beat out the Model 3. “In the Model 3, you have to bend over like a normal car, it’s very low, and you’re like kinking your back,” Nevolo said. “With the X, I almost have a faux sense of being able to stand up in my home because the door opens up above my head and I actually have two inches of clearance when the door’s all the way up, and I’m six foot one. It feels like I’m in a bedroom.” You can stay tuned for his Tesla adventures by subscribing to TeslaVanLife . Nevolo said, “I want to shed light and entertainment and insight on a whole bunch of communities I’m very interested in, like van life, Tesla, or even music festival communities.” + TeslaVanLife YouTube + TeslaVanLife Patreon + TeslaVanLife Instagram Images courtesy of Nico Nevolo

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Tesla reports first profit in two years, up nearly $22M for Q3

October 27, 2016 by  
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It’s a no-brainer that Tesla churns through capital as if there were no tomorrow, but for this high-tech company led by one of the world’s favorite evil geniuses , the future is bright. For the first time in two years, Tesla reports turning a profit . With the California-based company’s latest financial release to shareholders , CEO Elon Musk and his team revealed Tesla earned a tidy profit of $21.9 million for the third quarter of 2016. While many businesses would be considered a failure if they didn’t make a profit within the first two years, Tesla’s expensive research and development ventures put them in a different category. After all, this is not just another car company. Musk leads the company into worlds of wild innovation: fully electric and autonomous luxury vehicles, a giant sustainable battery factory in Nevada, and soon a solar rooftop venture developed in partnership with SolarCity. Related: Elon Musk plans to unveil solar roof and Powerwall 2.0 on October 28 Tesla’s recent profits aren’t a fluke, though. The company seems to be doing very well in all aspects of its business. The report also boasts record production numbers, deliveries, and overall revenue, including a 59-percent sales bump for the Model S year-over-year last quarter. Tesla’s letter to shareholders also reported that orders for the Model S and X were up 68 percent over the same period last year. The company is still on target to produce 50,000 by the end of 2016, and is on track to begin delivering the new Model 3 in late 2017. Musk will be back in the spotlight Friday to unveil the Tesla/SolarCity solar roof , which he promises will be “really great.” Via Engadget Images via Tesla

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Air Shepherd drones hunt poachers using cyanide to poison Zimbabwe wildlife

October 27, 2016 by  
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An elephant is slaughtered every 14 minutes in Africa , according to a group called Air Shepherd that is utilizing drones to fight this horrifying trend. Their drones can obtain information at night when it’s hard for rangers to work, and monitor large swaths of land to search for animal poachers poisoning watering holes with cyanide. Not content to rest on their laurels, however, Air Shepherd is currently raising funds through their Indiegogo campaign to boost the volume of their drone flights. Air Shepherd, which is sponsored by the Lindbergh Foundation , harnesses technology to protect elephants and rhinos that are being poached with unprecedented regularity. Collaborating with the World Wildlife Fund , Air Shepherd flies drones in Zimbabwe ‘s Hwange National Park, covering more ground than rangers can on foot. If they see suspicious activities, they report it to rangers who can then go in on the ground and stop would-be poachers. The drones can fly at night, when poachers sneak in to poison watering holes, but when it’s difficult for rangers to operate effectively. Related: Could printing synthetic GMO rhino horns help save real rhinos from extinction? Air Shepherd’s head of drone operations Otto Werdmuller Von Elgg said in a statement, “Historically, there has been little ability for anti-poaching operations to work at night. You can’t see tracks, it’s difficult to see people, and it’s dangerous because the anti-poaching teams can walk onto elephants, rhinos, or buffaloes. Our night-time operations change the game in favor of the elephants and in the case of Zimbabwe we are in a unique position to help monitor the park during the day to spot poachers who are using cyanide.” Death by cyanide is agonizing for elephants, and often poachers come in to hack off their tusks before they are dead. But it’s easy for poachers to obtain cyanide, which enables them to kill a large quantity of animals in silence. Air Shepherd’s drones work to end the slaughter, and they’re hoping to send out even more teams to accelerate their work. Through money raised in the Indiegogo campaign, Air Shepherd hopes to outfit two new drone teams. Their initial goal was to raise $50,000, and they’ve already raised over $60,000. Their new goal is $200,000; you can back the campaign here . + Air Shepherd + Lindbergh Foundation Images via Air Shepherd Facebook

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Tesla recalls the Model X due to defective seats

April 13, 2016 by  
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Tesla has announced the recall of 2,700 Model X crossover vehicles in order to fix an issue with the third row seat, which can fold forward and unlatch itself during an accident. Tesla discovered the issue during internal testing and thankfully it hasn’t received any reports of injuries or accidents due to the faulty rear seats. Read the rest of Tesla recalls the Model X due to defective seats

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Tesla customers are finally getting their Model X SUVs after years of patient waiting

December 18, 2015 by  
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Some Tesla fans are gearing up for exceptionally happy holidays, as signature series Model X   deliveries are being scheduled for possibly hundreds of customers. The news emerged quietly, as drivers—who shelled out $40,000 a few years ago to score one of these all-electric SUVs—began posting about their delivery dates on social media. Tesla launched the Model X just a few short months ago, at first delivering the Founders Series models to insiders who worked on the car’s development. Although consumer deliveries for the Model X weren’t expected to begin until 2016, some have reported delivery dates as early as this weekend. Read the rest of Tesla customers are finally getting their Model X SUVs after years of patient waiting

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The Tesla Model S can now drive, park and brake without relying on a human driver

October 15, 2015 by  
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Tesla is finally rolling out the long-awaited “self-driving” update for the Model S software today (15 October), giving the electric vehicles the ability to drive, park, and brake without relying on a human driver. It’ll probably be best if you don’t hop into the backseat just yet, though, since Tesla’s self-driving feature is still intended to assist the driver, rather than take over the car’s operations completely. CEO Elon Musk  promises this is just the first of many self-driving updates that will give Tesla cars expanded capabilities in the coming months and years. Read the rest of The Tesla Model S can now drive, park and brake without relying on a human driver

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Tesla’s Elon Musk tweets, but quickly deletes, about a new Model Y

October 7, 2015 by  
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It’s only been a week since Tesla officially revealed the Model X crossover and the automaker is already in the news again. Tesla is reportedly working on a smaller crossover and CEO Elon Musk might have just revealed its name on Twitter. A few days ago Elon Musk posted on Twitter that the company is working on two new models, the already confirmed Model 3 and another model called the Model Y. But then he quickly deleted the tweet. Read the rest of Tesla’s Elon Musk tweets, but quickly deletes, about a new Model Y

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Watch the Tesla Model X unveil live here

September 29, 2015 by  
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After years of making us wait, Tesla is finally about to launch the Model X – the company’s very first SUV – at a live event in Fremont, California. Starting at 8pm PT tonight, Tesla will be live streaming the big reveal and you can watch it all unfold right here. Not only will you be able to get a look at the much-anticipated all-electric vehicle, and witness the very first Model X deliveries to customers, but CEO Elon Musk never disappoints during his speeches, so you definitely won’t want to miss this. + Tesla

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Elon Musk says Tesla could have a 600-mile range electric car by 2017

September 28, 2015 by  
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Currently the Tesla Model S surpasses any other electric vehicle on the market with its 265-mile driving range, but the automaker isn’t stopping there. Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk recently announced that Tesla may be able to increase that range to 600 miles as soon as 2017 and by 2020, the driving range could climb even higher to around 725 miles on a single charge. Read the rest of Elon Musk says Tesla could have a 600-mile range electric car by 2017

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No, Tesla doesn’t lose $4,000 every time they sell a Model S

August 12, 2015 by  
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Since Tesla’s second quarter earnings report, catchy headlines have been popping up saying the company is losing $4,000 for every car sold. That figure has been arrived at by some simple math: Tesla reported an operating loss of $47 million for April, May, and June, and in that time, they sold 11,532 cars. Divide the loss by the number of cars sold and you arrive at a $4,000 loss per car. Except, as any Chief Financial Officer will tell you, companies are far more complicated than that. Read the rest of No, Tesla doesn’t lose $4,000 every time they sell a Model S

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