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: assessing my new 100D vs old 2013 electric car

Life with Tesla Model S: assessing my new 100D vs old 2013 electric car

About two years ago, under the influence of an eager Tesla representative, I briefly considered trading in my trusty 2013 Tesla Model S 85 for a new Model S 90D. But after a 24-hour test drive, the advantages of the 90D—40 miles more range, all-wheel drive, and Autopilot...

September 18, 2017
 
2013 Tesla Model S electric sport sedan on delivery day, with owner David Noland

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... read more May 26, 2017


 
2013 Tesla Model S owned by David Noland, Catskill Mountains, NY, Oct 2015

Life with Tesla Model S: out with the old, in with the new

Over the first three years of driving my 2013 Tesla Model S, there wasn't a single time when I looked at another car and said, “You know, I’d really rather be... read more May 5, 2017


 
2013 Tesla Model S owned by David Noland, Catskill Mountains, NY, Oct 2015

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... read more April 24, 2017


 
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, road test, California coastline, Sep 2016

Chevy Bolt EV tested by Tesla Model S owner: his assessment

Fleeing my home in New York’s Hudson Valley for California during February and March has a number of charms. Currently at the top of the list: reading about Winter... read more March 16, 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


 

 
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