Rheem heat pump water heater 3 year ownership summary, as featured on Undecided with Matt Ferrell

Here's Matt's popular new video with over a half a million views in its first week alone. It features a wonderful set of animations that really drive his points home in a powerful way, in a small amount of your valuable time. Feel free to leave your comments below this article or his video. Enjoy!…

Jun 15 2022

My experience as a first-time Delegate at AI Field Day 3

Yeah that's me, October of 1991, with an IR-based head-mounted eye-tracker. Today, near-IR is used as a DMS [Driver Monitoring System]. A few weeks ago, Keiran Shelden @Keiran_shelden of the Tech Breakfast Podcast introduced me to Stephen Foskett from Gestalt IT. Stephen has been running Tech…

May 26 2022

Featured on "Home Gadget Geeks" Episode #533 "Paul Braren with an Insteon Departure, the EV Decider and Heat Pumps for the Win – HGG533"

Thank you again Jim, for you being you, and for inviting me again! Always fun to catch up, here's some ideas, just in case you'd like to explore any of these a little further. Jim’s Podcast episode and video announcement post: Paul Braren with an Insteon Departure, the EV Decider and Heat Pumps f…

May 6 2022

Featured on Tech Breakfast Podcast 250 | The Osborne Effect - Twitter Chaos - Death of ICE - XR - Battery Tech | Aaron, Russ, Tyler, Paul

This podcast was recorded on Friday Apr 18 2022, using Telegram for Windows to join the TBP crew an hour in to their special 250th episode! Show notes below. Even though I couldn't join for the first hour, the crew let me in late anyway, enjoying my 9th appearance on this fun and informative…

Apr 19 2022

Tesla, Rivian, Lucid EVs, an e-bus, and many e-bikes at the Connecticut State Capitol as lawmakers consider SB 214 for direct sales and SB 4 for clean air

All photos in this article by Paul Braren on April 13 2022. Middletown CT’s Electric School Bus from DATTCO in New Britain, CT. No gas or diesel, no tailpipe, it's electric. Jazz Cup Bandit from Spark Cycleworks, Branford, CT. "The burden of air pollution is not evenly shared. Poorer…

Apr 16 2022

Featured on Tech Breakfast Podcast 243 | EVs with Paul Braren | Aaron, Tyler

This podcast was recorded on Friday March 25 2022. Show notes below. I had the chance to enjoy my 8th appearance on this fun and informative podcast, you can play this fresh episode in the embedded player below. Table of Contents Click/tap to listen to "243: EV update with Paul Braren" …

Mar 25 2022

Tesla Model 3 Boston and New York City Road Trip Tips - safely handled rain, snow, and heavy traffic with ease and efficiency

Most modern EVs are great at stop-and-go traffic, with easy modulation and precise control of speed, and largely one-pedal driving thanks to regen. Most EVs have just one gear, so no shifting means smooth driving, with no unexpected power changes. Even better is a Traffic-Aware Cruise Control that…

Mar 24 2022

EV Club of Connecticut Show & Tell video features Will Cross' Hyundai IONIQ 5, compares with his Tesla Model 3

I have a new video to add to the growing library of EV videos in this growing collection: EV Club of Connecticut Show & Tell videos feature owners sharing their real-world experiences This new addition is the 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5, one of many new EVs coming to the US in 2022, coming in at a…

Feb 20 2022

Little House Brewing Company in Chester Connecticut, built in 1836, now has a Tesla Solar Roof!

This article was originally written for and published by CleanTechnica here. About the author - Paul Braren is an IT professional and tech blogger who covers PCs, EVs, home tech, efficiency, and more. Paul has been blogging for over a decade and has increased his focus on creating EV articles and…

Feb 2 2022

Tesla waypoints make it easy to decide how long to Supercharge on multi-stop road trips, safely skipping nav's suggested extra charging stop

Initially, I saw 251 kw | 1024 miles per hour of V3 Supercharging speed! In the screenshot above, you'll note that Tesla Navigation is suggesting I stop to Supercharge twice on this family road trip. Because of the automatic preconditioning (battery warming) that my 2018 Tesla Model 3 Long Range…

Jan 13 2022

Featured on Tech Breakfast Podcast 229 | EVs with Paul Braren | Aaron, Tyler

This podcast was recorded on Friday January 7 2022. Show notes below. I had the chance to enjoy my 7th appearance on this fun and informative podcast, you can play this fresh episode in the embedded player below. Table of Contents Click/tap to listen to "EVs with Paul Braren | Aaron,…

Jan 7 2022

Connecticut's Inductive Autoworks Reincarnates Classic Gas Cars As Practical EVs - Conversions Even Purists Will Love

Jan 13 2022 update - See also EV Club of CT's new article, Love Your Gas Car But Hate Emissions? Time for an EV Conversion. Article as it originally appeared below. On Friday December 10th, I had the opportunity to visit the public opening event at Inductive Autoworks, tucked away in the woods of…

Dec 22 2021

The Magic Electric (Four) School Bus Giveaway Inspiration

Click/Tap to larn more about the Proterra-powered Thomas bus. All of the content in the video featured in the over-the-top first thumbnail below has captured my heart like no other has in years. The Magic Electric School Bus Giveaway that was inspired by Know You Know inspired me, an independent…

Dec 18 2021

Featured on Tech Breakfast Podcast 226 | Electric Vehicle News with Paul Braren | Aaron, Russ, Tyler

Show notes below. I had the chance to enjoy my sixth appearance on this fun and informative podcast, you can play this fresh episode in the embedded player below. What a nice surprise that the hosts decided we'd do an entire 1 hr+ episode discussing EV related news, with Aaron rather generously…

Dec 13 2021

Michelin CrossClimate 2 All Weather Tires Review - a safe year-round choice for rain & snow with a longer life than CrossClimate+

This article is not a sponsored post. Table of contents Press Release Email from Michelin Compare CrossClimate+ with CrossClimate 2 Buy Videos See also at TinkerTry See also Separate winter-only snow tires will provide even better traction in snowy conditions, but many car owners don't want or…

Dec 10 2021

EV Club of Connecticut - New Englanders sharing their Tesla FSDBeta experience

Slide Deck Introductory remarks presentation slide deck here. Video Replay Nov 11 2021 - EV Club of Connecticut - New Englanders sharing their Tesla FSDBeta experience Panelists Here's the 4 panelists that were able to attend. Agenda November 11 2021 EV Club of Connecticut Meeting, 7pm-8:30pm…

Nov 11 2021

First Time Using Tesla Full Self-Driving, Beta v10.3.1

After a month of earning my 2018 Tesla Model 3 Long Range a Safety Score of 99, my FSDBeta (Full Self-Driving Beta) finally arrived on October 29th 2021. It's really a Level 2 autonomy system in its current form, and from the video you'll hear that my co-pilot wife wasn't impressed. But for me,…

Nov 3 2021

Open registration for EV Club of Connecticut's Nov. 11th panel discussion - New Englanders sharing their Tesla FSDBeta experience

I'm delighted to have helped put together a panel of Tesla Full Self Driving aka #FSDBeta testers for our monthly EV Club of Connecticut meeting at 7pm eastern time on Thursday November 11, 2021. This feature required the driver be attentive at all times, and isn't suited for aggressive drivers.…

Oct 27 2021

EV Club of Connecticut Show & Tell videos feature owners sharing their real-world experiences

Photo by Paul Braren on Oct. 17 2021 at Sherwood Island State Park. Polestar 2 at left, Mustang Mach-E at right. I've been donating my time as camera man to produce this series of videos where fellow EV Club of Connecticut member Larry Thompson and I set out to capture EV buyers impressions of…

Oct 20 2021

Enduring the Tesla Safety Score experience on the road to a safer, more autonomous future

Yes, I'm currently in the Safety Score phase of my own road toward access to the "Full Self Driving" beta. Whatever happens, it will be interesting on many levels. Let me be clear here, as Tesla states: The currently enabled Autopilot and Full Self-Driving features require active driver…

Oct 12 2021

Featured on Tech Breakfast Podcast 212 | Nigeria - $90M Defi Oops - Mach-E - Amazon Astro - Vaccines | Aaron Russ & Paul

Show notes below. I had the chance to enjoy my fifth appearance on this fun and informative podcast, you can play this fresh episode in the embedded player below. 212: Oct 01 2021 - Aaron - Russ - Paul - Nigeria - $90M Defi Oops - Mach-E - Amazon Astro - Vaccines Recorded in one shot on Friday Oct…

Oct 1 2021

Featured on Tech Breakfast Podcast 209 - The News | Podcast 210 - EV's & Law Enforcement | Tyler Russ & Paul

There may have been more hot takes than anybody could handle in this one, so the TBP crew split it in two! Show notes on both appear below. I had the chance to enjoy my fourth appearance on this fun and informative podcast, you can play these 2 episodes in the embedded player below. 209: Sep 20…

Sep 20 2021

Tesla Model 3 Long Range laps with my dad for charity, safely exceeding 100+ mph on our first track run ever!

Introduction Tesla makes EVs that are fun. Crazy fun. On regular roads, accelerating to the speed limit effortlessly and quietly without any of that attention-getting tire screech almost feels illegal. This fun factor is a big part of the reason that over a million of the more-affordable Model 3s…

Sep 16 2021

Revel's first Superhub in Brooklyn had some challenges their first day of taking payments for fast charging EVs including Tesla

Revel Superhub Support On July 9, Revel let me know their preferred/best urgent support contacts for EV charging issues, in summary: Revel Superhub Payment/Payter Issues - call EVGateway at (949)945-2000 Be ready to read the Station ID of your charger Revel Superhub Tritium Charger Issues - call…

Jul 8 2021