David Noland

David Noland is a veteran journalist and electric-car nut. He currently owns a Chevrolet Volt and a Tesla Model S, both powered by a hydroelectric generator he installed on the creek that runs by his house in New York's Hudson Valley. After getting a master's degree in journalism from Stanford, Noland wrote and edited for two private-pilot magazines, Aviation Consumer and Air Progress. (Though not currently an active pilot, he has about 1500 hours of flying time.) After climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in 1988, he turned his focus to adventure travel, writing numerous articles for National Geographic Adventure, Outside, The New York Times, and other travel publications, as well as a book, Travels Along the Edge. More recently, he returned to the technology beat as a regular contributor to Popular Mechanics. He is currently drifting into semi-retirement and teaching his 17-year-old daughter how to drive the Volt.

Articles

Tesla Supercharging: happy days are here again (charge rate unchanged, still free for me)

Tesla Supercharging: happy days are here again (charge rate unchanged, still free for me)

Last week, I was in a bit of a Tesla funk. That’s not normal; my four-plus years of Tesla Model S ownership have been a mostly giddy ride, with the few bumps minor and temporary. But last week I was facing the prospect of two long-term permanent downgrades to my personal Tesla World, both...

May 26, 2017
 
Tesla Supercharger site in Newburgh, New York, up and running - June 2015

Tesla's Supercharger pricing: one owner reacts to new fees

It’s a new era in Teslaworld: the end of unlimited free Supercharging. Starting on January 15, anybody who orders a new Tesla Model S or Model X will receive an annual... read more January 18, 2017


 
Map of Tesla service center locations in the U.S., December 2016

Waits for Tesla service get longer as more electric cars are sold

My 2013 Tesla Model S is now approaching 75,000 miles on the odometer. That happens to be the mileage benchmark for my next scheduled Tesla service. So I called my local... read more December 27, 2016


 
2013 Tesla Model S at Supercharger station on NY-to-FL road trip [photo: David Noland]

Tesla to charge for Supercharger parking if charging is over, sometimes

Last Friday night, I arranged to meet my wife for dinner in Newburgh, New York, at a restaurant that has a Tesla Supercharger. Even though the battery in my Model S 85 was... read more December 19, 2016


 
Tesla Autopilot

Tesla's own numbers show Autopilot has higher crash rate than human drivers

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Tesla’s claim that its Autopilot driver-assistance software is safer than a human driver. After a fatal Autopilot crash last May... read more November 10, 2016


 
Tesla Autopilot

How safe is Tesla Autopilot? Parsing the statistics (as suggested by Elon Musk)

One of the tools Elon Musk and Tesla Motors have used to defend the safety of its Autopilot software is the dark and perplexing art of statistics. After a fatal... read more October 13, 2016


 
Tesla Autopilot

CA to restrict use of term Autopilot: Tesla-owning pilot weighs in

A recent news item from California aimed directly at Tesla's Autopilot system has me musing on words, meanings, and life and death. Last week, that state's Department of... read more October 6, 2016


 

 
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