Ride the Lightning: Tesla Motors Unofficial Podcast

Tesla Motors enthusiasts looking for a show about the latest news and analysis on the all-electric high-performance vehicle company need look no further. Ride the Lightning: Tesla Motors Unofficial Podcast is a weekly show made for Tesla fans and owners by Tesla community veteran Ryan McCaffrey. Each week we'll cover everything happening with the Model S, Model X, Model 3, Gigafactory, and more!
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Dec 27, 2015

More Model X cars start showing up in customers’ driveways, rumors persist about a Model S facelift, Elon Musk says Autopilot could get a serious upgrade within two years, and more!

Dec 20, 2015

Model X Signature deliveries have finally begun, I got my hands on a Model X for a brief moment, Elon Musk rebukes an Autopilot article, and more.

Getting a Tesla this holiday (S or X)? Want to tell me about it? Or do you have another Tesla question, comment, or discussion topic for the show? Call or Skype in on the Ride the Lightning hotline anytime 24/7 and leave a message. The number is 1-888-989-8752.

Dec 13, 2015

Tesla adds a Launch Mode to try and make the Model S even a hair quicker off the line, Autopilot gets nerfed a bit, Tesla’s got a great holiday gift for iPhone owners, and more. Plus: new (non-metal) theme and bumper music, and your calls from the Ride the Lightning Hotline.

Feel free to call, toll-free, and leave a message anytime on the Ride the Lightning Hotline. Call or Skype 1-888-989-8752.

Dec 6, 2015

Tesla quietly moves into the Middle East, the company is skipping a major auto show, and if you’re a great software coder I’ll tell you how you can meet Elon Musk. Plus: a few thoughts on the leaked images of the production-intended look of the Chevy Bolt.

Got a question or discussion topic for the show? Call or Skype toll-free, anytime, at 1-888-989-8752.

Nov 29, 2015

Model X pricing info is revealed – including a secret Easter egg option I’ll tell you how to get. Plus: dealers hate selling EVs, and your calls from the Ride the Lightning hotline.

Call or Skype the hotline anytime and leave a message with a question, discussion topic, etc. The toll-free number is 1-888-989-8752.

Nov 22, 2015

A few details slip out about the potentially slippery Model 3 (aerodynamically speaking), a hint at what the Model 3 might look like, Tesla issues a voluntary recall on ALL Model S cars, and much more.

What features do you want in your Model 3? Base model? Bigger battery? Max performance? What Model S/X features do you want to see offered on the 3? Call anytime, toll-free, at 1-888-989-TSLA (8752) and you might be featured on the show!

Nov 15, 2015

A brilliant profile about Elon Musk is a must-read, a Model S owner racks up HOW MANY referrals, Elon equates car accidents to swimming, and more.

Also, call or Skype into the show and leave a message anytime, toll-free, at 1-888-989-8752. This week's question is, "What features do you want to see on the Model 3?"

Nov 8, 2015

A busy Q3 earnings report bring plenty of news, the Model S referral program gets renewed with a new prize up for grabs, Gigafactory gets closer to being operational, an owner has *fun* tracking her stolen Tesla with the car’s app, and more.

Call the show and leave a message anytime with your question, comment, or discussion topic! Call toll-free to 1-888-989-8752. Please include your name!

Nov 1, 2015

Autopilot saves an Uber driver from a moron, Model S saves a family from a falling tree, the P90D Ludicrous dazzles Motor Trend, and more.

Call the podcast toll-free, anytime, at 1-888-989-TSLA (8752). Please leave your name, where you're calling from, and try to keep it to 30 seconds or less.

Here's a link to photos of the tree that fell on the Model S:

Here's a link to the video of Autopilot saving the Uber driver:

Oct 26, 2015

Consumer Reports lays the smack down on the Model S, Autopilot gets set to evolve, Stephen Colbert makes TV love to Tesla, Elon tweets a bunch of little nuggets, and much more.

And be sure to call or Skype into the show anytime, toll-free, at 1-888-989-TSLA with your Tesla question or comment!

Oct 18, 2015

An Autopilot report from the field, two trespassing journalists go insane at the Gigafactory, Model X vanity license plate ideas, and more!

Remember to call or Skype the show anytime, toll-free, at 1-888-989-TSLA to leave a question, comment, or discussion topic. Please include your name and where you're from, and try to keep it to 30 seconds or less!

Oct 11, 2015

Model X FUD from Wall Street and the media, Autopilot is finally imminent, I take a few of your phone calls, Model S isn’t changing anytime soon, Model X gets a base price, and more!

Call the show and leave a message anytime, toll-free, at 1-888-989-TSLA, or Skype LifeOnRecord2. 

Watch Casey Spencer's 85D track run video here: 

Oct 4, 2015

I was at Tesla's Model X reveal event! Hear my reactions, and listen to Elon's entire presentation. Then I break down what I saw. Plus: Elon tweets a couple of bombshells, including the revelation that falcon-wing doors will return on either Model 3 or its crossover cousin.

What did you think of the event? Call the show anytime, toll-free, at 1-888-989-TSLA (8752) and leave a message! Please include your name, and try to keep it fairly short. Happy motoring!

Sep 27, 2015

More (and unexpected) Model X seating news, P85D owners get Ludicrous, Tesla opens a new factory in Europe, and more. Plus: I'll be at the Model X reveal event this week!

Sep 20, 2015

Porsche throws its hat in the EV game...maybe kinda sorta, a Model S shatters the furthest-distance-traveled-on-a-single-charge record (again), the Model X seat mystery is partially solved, a couple of your phone calls from the voice mailbox, and more.

Sep 13, 2015

The Roadster’s new battery pack is finally on its way, Los Angeles makes a huge EV investment (including a P85D squad car!), Elon Musk is one of Stephen Colbert’s first guests on The Late Show, and more.

Sep 6, 2015

The moment many have been waiting for since 2012: the Model X Design Studio finally opens! Plus: Elon Musk drops a crumb of Model 3 news and one of the world’s biggest celebrities becomes a Model S owner. Got a question or discussion topic for the show? Call into the voice mailbox anytime, toll-free, at 1-800-606-0697 and choose invitation number 15469.

Aug 30, 2015

This week on the world's #1 Tesla podcast: Tesla adds another high-profile award to its Model S trophy case, a Tesla superfan (not me) breaks the world record for furthest distance traveled on a single charge in an electric vehicle, Elon Musk heads to late night television, and I take your phone calls. If you'd like to call into the show, the toll-free number is 1-800-606-0697, invitation number 15469.

Links to this week's topics:

Dave T's Tesla Weekly newsletter covers all of the news topics

Visit for awesome video game- and geek-inspired T-shirts I made

Follow me on Twitter at @DMC_Ryan


Aug 23, 2015

Another busy week of Tesla news! Model Xs in new colors are popping up in the wild, Aston Martin goes electric but takes a shot at Tesla along the way, and Forbes names Tesla the most innovative company in the world.

Also, don't miss the Forbes article mentioned on the show, here:

Aug 16, 2015

Plenty to talk about this week! We have our first winner in the Model S referral game, the Model X’s shoe size is revealed, more Anti-Tesla FUD from the media, Tesla temporarily loses a key executive, how Tesla is charting an eerily similar historical course as the Model T, and more!

Stories mentioned this week:

AP reporting

Reuters reporting

Bjorn's thank-you video

Tesla tracking like Model T (note: I accidentally credited this to the Washington Post on the show, when the credit should have gone to Bloomberg. My apologies for the error.)

Aug 9, 2015

Another busy week for Tesla! The Q2 investor earnings call yields news about when to expect the Model X Design Studio to come online, we get our first possible tease of what Model 3 looks like from an unlikely source, Model S gets hacked (on purpose!), Elon's self-attaching charging cable makes its creepy debut in prototype form, and more!

Relevant links for this week's episode:

My IGN review of the P85D:

A video of the charger snake: prototype:

The design studio photo that allegedly shows the Model 3:

Aug 2, 2015

Ride the Lightning: The Unofficial Tesla Motors Podcast is a show by a Tesla enthusiast, for Tesla enthusiasts. In the first episode, I introduce myself, and then dive straight into a recap and analysis of all of Tesla's recent headlines, including the Model S referral program, Ludicrous Mode, 4G LTE upgrades, and much more. Give it a listen and I hope you like it!