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 fatal crash rate with Autopilot could still be no better than with human drivers

Tesla fatal crash rate with Autopilot could still be no better than with human drivers

Since Tesla’s Autopilot was introduced back in October 2014, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has made extravagant claims about its superior safety. Last month, reacting to what Musk considers sensationalized media coverage of Tesla accidents, the company released the first of its promised quarterly...

November 16, 2018
 
2020 Tesla Roadster

Life with Tesla Model S: musings on new Tesla Roadster

Like almost everyone else, I was blown away by Tesla’s surprise introduction of a second-generation Roadster at the recent semi-truck reveal event. Zero to sixty in 1.9... read more December 1, 2017


 
Renault Twizy rented in Bermuda, October 2017     [photo: David Noland]

Life with Renault Twizy: electric bopping around Bermuda

I well remember the first time I saw a Renault Twizy. Wandering along the Champs Elysees in Paris in the spring of 2012, I happened upon a Renault showroom hosting an... read more November 15, 2017


 
2017 Tesla Model S 100D   [photo: David Noland, owner]

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... read more September 18, 2017


 
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


 

 
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