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Ride the Lightning: The Tesla Unofficial Podcast is the world's longest-running weekly Tesla show, made for Tesla fans and owners by Tesla community veteran Ryan McCaffrey. Each week we'll discuss and analyze everything happening with the Cybertruck, Model 3, Model S, Model X, Model Y, Roadster, and more!

Ride the Lightning: Tesla Motors Unofficial Podcast Ryan McCaffrey

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Ride the Lightning: The Tesla Unofficial Podcast is the world's longest-running weekly Tesla show, made for Tesla fans and owners by Tesla community veteran Ryan McCaffrey. Each week we'll discuss and analyze everything happening with the Cybertruck, Model 3, Model S, Model X, Model Y, Roadster, and more!

    Episode 391: Q4 Earnings Call Highlights and Analysis

    Episode 391: Q4 Earnings Call Highlights and Analysis

    Tesla held its Q4 earnings call, and as always I’ve got the highlight clips from Elon Musk and the Tesla executive team as well as analysis of all the big news from the event, and more!
    If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support my efforts, please check out my Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/teslapodcast and consider a monthly pledge. Every little bit helps and there are stacking bonuses in it for you at each pledge level, like early access to each episode at the $5 tier and the weekly Lightning Round bonus mini-episode (AND the early access!) at the $10 tier!
    And don't forget to leave a message on the Ride the Lightning hotline anytime with a question, comment, or discussion topic for next week's show! The toll-free number to call or Skype is 1-888-989-8752.
    P.S. Get 15% off your first order of awesome aftermarket Tesla accessories at AbstractOcean.com by using the code RTLpodcast at checkout. Grab the SnapPlate front license plate bracket for any Tesla at https://everyamp.com/RTL/. Finally, pick up a 128gb or 256gb Sentry Mode/Dashcam kit at http://www.puretesla.com/rtl 

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Episode 390: Tesla Takes #1 Luxury Car Ranking in the USA

    Episode 390: Tesla Takes #1 Luxury Car Ranking in the USA

    Tesla has zipped past all of its competitors to become America’s best-selling luxury brand. Plus: some takeaways from my Franz von Holzhausen interview last week, Tesla has cracked Brand Finance's list of the World's Top 25 Most Valuable Brand rankings, and more!
    If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support my efforts, please check out my Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/teslapodcast and consider a monthly pledge. Every little bit helps and there are stacking bonuses in it for you at each pledge level, like early access to each episode at the $5 tier and the weekly Lightning Round bonus mini-episode (AND the early access!) at the $10 tier!
    And don't forget to leave a message on the Ride the Lightning hotline anytime with a question, comment, or discussion topic for next week's show! The toll-free number to call or Skype is 1-888-989-8752.
    P.S. Get 15% off your first order of awesome aftermarket Tesla accessories at AbstractOcean.com by using the code RTLpodcast at checkout. Grab the SnapPlate front license plate bracket for any Tesla at https://everyamp.com/RTL/. Finally, pick up a 128gb or 256gb Sentry Mode/Dashcam kit at http://www.puretesla.com/rtl 

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode 389: Special Guest Franz von Holzhausen Talks Cybertruck, Roadster, and More!

    Episode 389: Special Guest Franz von Holzhausen Talks Cybertruck, Roadster, and More!

    Tesla Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen joins me for his second interview on this show! Our almost hour-long discussion covers the Cybertruck, next-gen Roadster, the new Model S, and much more! Plus: after the interview I analyze Tesla’s huge across-the-board price cuts that happened this week as well.
    TIMECODES:
    0:47 Podcast intro
    3:02 Franz interview begins
    3:29 Petersen Auto Museum's Tesla exhibit
    6:51 Was the Cybertruck inspired by the DeLorean?
    8:39 Removing scratches from the Cybertruck's stainless steel finish
    10:54 Customizing the finish of a Cybertruck?
    13:56 Cybertruck Easter egg
    17:51 Did Franz expect the reactions to the Cybertruck's design?
    20:38 No other car company would greenlight something like the Cybertruck
    22:06 Will there be a Cybercar?
    22:58 Is the Cybertruck design done?
    24:15 The Cybertruck's doors
    24:49 Yoke steering on the Cybertruck
    25:23 Are there features on the Cybertruck we don't know about yet?
    26:39 What Franz thinks of the other EV pickup trucks
    28:08 Next-gen Roadster status update
    29:59 Constantly working on the Model S
    31:14 How long was the Model S refresh in the works?
    33:09 The new steering wheel option on the Model S and Model X
    34:08 The recent design change to the back of the Model S and Model X
    35:55 Cybertruck don't need no stinking badges
    36:19 Franz on the capacitive touch buttons on the yoke
    37:22 New Model S's much lower drag coefficient
    39:30 How many times has the Model S been completely redesigned under the skin?
    40:24 Franz on Tesla seats
    41:38 How full autonomy changes Franz's thought process
    42:55 Vehicle paint colors
    45:30 Will the stalks get deleted on the Model 3 and Model Y too?
    46:26 Franz's thoughts on the Model Y likely becoming the world's best-selling passenger vehicle
    48:25 Franz on Tesla vehicle safety
    49:36 Franz's relationship with the Berlin and Shanghai Design Studios
    50:40 Shortening the time between design and production
    52:09 How has Franz's skillset grown in his time at Tesla?
    53:29 If Franz could start the Model 3 over, what would he do?
    54:40 Model 3 moving to the 4680 battery cells and structural battery pack?
    55:32 What does Franz want his legacy to be?
    56:49 What did Franz work on today?
    58:15 Non-interview news: Tesla slashes vehicle prices across the board
    1:12:37 Outro

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Episode 388: Q4 Production Analysis + Model S/X Get a Steering Wheel

    Episode 388: Q4 Production Analysis + Model S/X Get a Steering Wheel

    Tesla’s Q4 production and delivery numbers are in, and I’ve got reactions and analysis. Plus: Tesla announces its first event of the year, Hertz’s big Model 3 investment is already paying off, the Model S and X get a steering wheel option as well as a few other tweaks, and more!
    If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support my efforts, please check out my Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/teslapodcast and consider a monthly pledge. Every little bit helps and there are stacking bonuses in it for you at each pledge level, like early access to each episode at the $5 tier and the weekly Lightning Round bonus mini-episode (AND the early access!) at the $10 tier!
    And don't forget to leave a message on the Ride the Lightning hotline anytime with a question, comment, or discussion topic for next week's show! The toll-free number to call or Skype is 1-888-989-8752.
    P.S. Get 15% off your first order of awesome aftermarket Tesla accessories at AbstractOcean.com by using the code RTLpodcast at checkout. Grab the SnapPlate front license plate bracket for any Tesla at https://everyamp.com/RTL/. Finally, pick up a 128gb or 256gb Sentry Mode/Dashcam kit at http://www.puretesla.com/rtl 

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Episode 387: My 2023 Tesla Predictions

    Episode 387: My 2023 Tesla Predictions

    I make my annual New Year’s predictions for all things Tesla as 2023 gets started, including predictions on Cybertruck, Model 3, and Roadster. Plus: Tesla hits an important production milestone for the 4680 battery cells, California will no longer allow Tesla to market Full Self-Driving as Full Self-Driving, and more!
    If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support my efforts, please check out my Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/teslapodcast and consider a monthly pledge. Every little bit helps and there are stacking bonuses in it for you at each pledge level, like early access to each episode at the $5 tier and the weekly Lightning Round bonus mini-episode (AND the early access!) at the $10 tier!
    And don't forget to leave a message on the Ride the Lightning hotline anytime with a question, comment, or discussion topic for next week's show! The toll-free number to call or Skype is 1-888-989-8752.
    P.S. Get 15% off your first order of awesome aftermarket Tesla accessories at AbstractOcean.com by using the code RTLpodcast at checkout. Grab the SnapPlate front license plate bracket for any Tesla at https://everyamp.com/RTL/. Finally, pick up a 128gb or 256gb Sentry Mode/Dashcam kit at http://www.puretesla.com/rtl 

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Episode 386: Is a Giga Mexico Announcement Imminent?

    Episode 386: Is a Giga Mexico Announcement Imminent?

    Mexico emerges as a new frontrunner to get Tesla’s next Gigafactory, Tesla launches Tesla Electric in Texas, the first pieces of the 9,000-ton Gigapress needed to build the Cybertruck have arrived at Giga Texas, and more!
    If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support my efforts, please check out my Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/teslapodcast and consider a monthly pledge. Every little bit helps and there are stacking bonuses in it for you at each pledge level, like early access to each episode at the $5 tier and the weekly Lightning Round bonus mini-episode (AND the early access!) at the $10 tier!
    And don't forget to leave a message on the Ride the Lightning hotline anytime with a question, comment, or discussion topic for next week's show! The toll-free number to call or Skype is 1-888-989-8752.
    P.S. Find the right Xcelerate Xcare extended warranty plan for your Tesla at https://www.xcelerateauto.com/xcare and use the promo code LIGHTNING to get $100 off your policy. Get 15% off your first order of awesome aftermarket Tesla accessories at AbstractOcean.com by using the code RTLpodcast at checkout. Grab the SnapPlate front license plate bracket for any Tesla at https://everyamp.com/RTL/. Finally, pick up a 128gb or 256gb Sentry Mode/Dashcam kit at http://www.puretesla.com/rtl 

    • 1 hr 18 min

Customer Reviews

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851 Ratings

851 Ratings

jack the main man ,

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I enjoy the width and breath of topics covered and the owners that call in with advice or information on their experiences. Very up to date info. Thanks

SAARKÉSH ,

Great Deep Dive on Tesla Design

New to the podcast but really enjoyed the episode on the design leadership at Tesla. Sounds like great people working on really cool stuff! Best possible match to evolve thinking behind futures mobility designs.
However, I am baffled about calling CyberTtuck a truck frankly. Seems very boring and average losing the opportunity to take the design & the target use to the next level by creating a transformer category where the backside is detached into a 2-seat 3-wheeler making the derrière, face of a sexy playful urban transporter ;~]
Many thanks for this opportunity to learn

HeyMonkee ,

Can’t support Tesla anymore

Ideally this show would branch away from solely focusing on Tesla.

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