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I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a bit conflicted here. Part of me is delighted to see people so excited about a particular car, and to see people using that excitement as a creative springboard. No matter what I think of a given car, I’m not going to shit on someone’s enjoyment of it. But then there’s a certain exploitative aspect going on here, a certain sort of creepy Tesla-fan willingness to Give Unto Elon that we’ve seen before, that just leaves me deeply unsettled. I’m curious to hear what you make of all this.

Over the past few weeks several car manufacturers have pivoted to building ventilators to help with coronavirus-related shortages throughout the world. This includes Tesla, which just released a behind-the-scenes video of its prototypes.

Tesla’s manufacturing facility in Fremont, California was painfully late to close down, but it has been mostly idled because of the coronavirus,. Either because of or in spite of its late shut down, it still managed to do decently in the first quarter in terms of raw numbers, producing 102,672 cars and shipping 88,400, both improvements year-over-year.

The Tesla Model Y is taller and has more ground clearance than the Model 3 on which it based, it has an “Off-Road Assist” feature, and Tesla even says on its website that the car is “capable in rain, snow, mud and off-road.” But the Model Y is pretty obviously not an off-road beast—something that’s worth pointing out after a Twitter user posted a video of his Y doing some of the tamest “off-roading” many have ever seen.

First, Tesla CEO Elon Musk dismissed the spread of the Coronavirus that causes covid-19. Then he called the general alarm over the pandemic “dumb.” Then he doubted that there was a shortage of ventilators and said that children were “essentially immune.” He said that “false positives” could account for up to 80% of virus tests. Three days later, he said it was “messed up” that people were calling him a “virus sceptic,” and two days after that Tesla said two employees had tested positive with coronavirus. Elon spent weeks downplaying covid-19, and while Tesla is now starting to help get ventilators to patients (months into the global pandemic), Musk’s early denialism was merely the beginning.

As Tesla's have become increasingly popular in Australia over the last few years, the need for more chargers and superchargers around the country has increased. But you may not know they're there unless you know where to look. We can help with that.

Here is every Tesla charger currently up and running in Australia, broken down by state.

As officials scramble to contend with a critical ventilator shortage amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, the Trump administration is resorting to “wartime” measures and leaning on the private sector to help meet demand for these potentially life-saving devices “FAST!”, the president tweeted Sunday. And while this is indeed promising news, U.S. President Donald Trump—per his usual M.O.—oversold things significantly.

The Tesla Model Y—basically a slightly lifted Tesla Model 3—has finally hit the streets. This means there are some reviews out there to help us learn what this tall-ish electric crossover is actually like to drive and sit in compared to its sedan sibling. Here’s a roundup of some of those reviews.

Tesla just recently got its China factory operational, it’s already broken ground on a factory in Germany, and now it’s looking to build yet another factory—one Elon Musk is calling Cybertruck Gigafactory—in the U.S. The new factory will support construction of the highly touted and highly hideous Cybertruck, as well as production of the Model Y for distribution to the east coast.

Credit where it is due, Tesla has come a long way in the last 12 years. To get from the first Tesla Roadster in 2008 to the millionth car—this bright red Model Y Performance—has been a strange and sometimes beautiful journey. There hasn’t been a new car manufacturer, especially one with a sedan-heavy lineup, to find this kind of success in a really long time.

As you’ve likely heard, the hot new virus everyone’s talking about and slowly descending into paranoia regarding is the Coronavirus (COVID-19), a new and rapidly-spreading virus that’s already caused over 2,700 deaths. Nobody wants this mess, so, naturally, its caused a resurgence of interest in air purification technology like the “Bioweapon Defence Mode” that’s optional on some Teslas. The question is, can such a system really help? Let’s find out.