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: coast to coast in a new 100D (and how it differed from my old 85)

Life with Tesla Model S: coast to coast in a new 100D (and how it differed from my old 85)

One of the reasons I traded in my 2013 Tesla Model S 85 last summer for a new Model S 100D was to get extra range. The newer car’s 100-kilowatt-hour battery gives it an EPA-rated range of 335 miles—70 miles more than the old car’s rating of 265 miles. Over four-plus years and...

February 13, 2018
 
2013 Tesla Model S, in July 2017   [photo: David Noland]

Life with Tesla Model S: beware Extended Service Agreement fine print

A couple of years ago, as my 2013 Tesla Model S approached the end of its 50,000-mile warranty, I debated long and hard whether to opt for Tesla’s extended warranty... read more August 4, 2017


 
Lucid Air electric luxury sedan prototype  [photo: David Noland]

Lucid Air electric luxury sedan: a Tesla Model S owner's take

It’s a cool spring morning in Menlo Park, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley. In a two-story concrete-and-glass building on Constitution Avenue, just down the... read more July 12, 2017


 
2013 Tesla Model S, in July 2017   [photo: David Noland]

Life with Tesla Model S: the challenges of selling her at last

It was time to let her go. She is my 2013 Tesla Model S, serial number 003662, in dark green, now with 76,000 memorable miles. The best car I’ve ever owned, by far. She... read more July 10, 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


 

 
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