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

Life with Tesla Model S: replacing the drive unit (aka 'the funny noise')

Life with Tesla Model S: replacing the drive unit (aka 'the funny noise')

Back in 2014, Tesla had a spate of problems with the drive units in early-production versions of its Model S electric sedan. (The drive unit is essentially the car’s power train: electric motor, inverter, and gear box.) High-profile multiple failures occurred in long-term test cars driven by...

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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


 
2016 Tesla Model S

2016 Tesla Model S vs original: how do they compare in value?

I’ve owned my 2013 Tesla Model S for more than three years, and put 66,000 miles on it now. It still runs great, and it makes me happy every time I drive it. I plan to... read more July 1, 2016


 
2015 Tesla Model S 70D in new Ocean Blue color

All-wheel-drive Tesla electric cars rated more efficient, but how?

One of the myriad advantages of electric propulsion, we’re told, is the efficiency of all-wheel drive. The AWD versions of the Tesla Model S, for example, are rated as... read more April 14, 2016


 

 
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