E-Book - Owning Model S (2nd Edition), by Nick Howe
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E-Book - Owning Model S (2nd Edition), by Nick Howe

Owning Model S (2nd Edition) by Nick Howe is the must-read e-book that will help you to better understand Model S. Note: we always recommend the physical copy of the book as it's a keepsake and a handy reference guide (fits neatly in your glove compartment). For the physical copy, click here.

Owning Model S (2nd Edition) e-book presents an in-depth look at Model S technology, a description of the car’s many features and functions, and guidelines that will help you achieve optimal driving performance. In addition, Owning Model S (2nd Edition) e-book describes many tricks and tips that are essential knowledge for anyone who owns the car.

If you’re considering ownership or are simply a fan of Model S, this e-book presents details to best choose the right options and to better appreciate the elements that make Model S unique. To accomplish this, Nick Howe has collected bits and pieces of information from myriad sources, added his own voluminous knowledge of Model S, and synthesized it all into a well-structured and enjoyable e-book.

IMPORTANT: before selecting the "Add to Cart" button, it is imperative that you scroll down and carefully read/follow the 'Instructions' tab below for mandatory pre-purchase device "prep" and downloading steps prior to your purchase. If you are tech-saavy and have prior experience downloading software and apps, the process should take about 5-15 minutes. If you have less experience in this area, it may prove difficult and take a longer time. Note: this e-book is delivered in .ascm format (not a PDF) with digital rights management (DRM) and requires download and installation of special, unique Adobe-compatible e-reader different than Kindle and iTunes/iBooks downloads you may be familiar with (details below).



Here are the steps required to download Owning Model S (2nd Edition) e-book so that you can read the e-book on either a desktop or mobile device (or both). Please note: if you are tech-saavy and have prior experience downloading software and apps, the process should take about 5-15 minutes. If you have less experience in this area, it may prove difficult and take a longer time. To that end, we strongly recommend that you perform these steps in the order shown to expedite the process so you can quickly enjoy your e-book. In order to be certain that you won't have any problems installing your e-book reader, we suggest you successfully perform steps 1-3 before purchasing the Owning Model S (2nd Edition) e-book. If you prefer the printed (non-digital) book, click here.

Step 1.  Visit www.adobe.com home page. You'll need to set up your own Adobe ID and password.  To execute this successfully,  click the "Sign In" icon at the top right of the home page. Then, on the 'Sign In' page, simply click on the "Get an Adobe ID" link (directly under the "Sign In" button) - proceed with instructions on that page. Be sure to save your Adobe ID and password you've set up for next steps.

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[After you've successfully performed steps 1-3, you are "prepped" and ready to move forward with the purchase the Owning Model S (2nd Edition) e-book - you may purchase here on this page: simply select the "Add to Cart" orange button (towards the top of the page) and follow the prompts to checkout.]

Step 4.  After you've purchased: Owning Model S (2nd Edition) e-book, check your emails, open the EVANNEX® e-book "Order confirmation" email from the device(s) on which you'll want to read the e-book. This email was sent immediately after you purchased Owning Model S (2nd Edition) e-book. There will be a message in your order confirmation email that says "You can download your eBooks from:" with your personal link, and once you click that link, the browser should open a download page that will look like the image below:


Step 5.  Click on the blue 'download' button to initiate the download. Note: you will receive your secure download in an .acsm (Adobe Content Server Message) file format from EditionGuard, a secure and robust e-book DRM (digital rights management) service, built on the industry standard Adobe Content Server, the same technology used by giants such as Google, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.

Step 6.   Use the appropriate e-book reader (e.g., either Adobe Digital Editions (for desktop or notebook) or DL Reader (for mobile device)) to open the Owning Model S (2nd Edition) e-book file and enjoy the e-book!

Customer Support

Because there are so many combinations of book readers, operating systems, and device configurations, EVANNEX® is unable to provide any support for installation of book readers. Most are relatively simple to install and are usually supported with vendor supplied documentation and help facilities. To that end, we have provided customer support contact information below for any additional questions.

For customer support related to setting up an Adobe ID and password and/or Adobe Digital Editions, please contact: 800-833-6687 or visit: http://helpx.adobe.com/contact.html

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We strongly recommend you use the specific e-book readers noted above, however, if you prefer another e-book reader or have a non-iOS or Android device, here is a comprehensive list of e-book readers: http://blogs.adobe.com/digitalpublishing/supported-devices 

Please be advised: our instructions (on this page) are only indicated for either Adobe Digital Editions (for desktop or notebook) or DL Reader (for mobile devices) and we cannot provide any visibility/guidance on the process or difficulty in trying an alternate e-book reader.




I purchased the first edition of Owning Model S. Can I get the 2nd Edition for free or at a special discount price?

No, you do not get a free copy of the 2nd Edition because you purchased the first edition and there is no special discount pricing for those who purchased the first edition. Please note: the author Nick Howe does host/provide continual updates for owners of the first edition - to that end, he is constantly updating information (relating to autopilot, software updates, etc.) on his wiki page. In addition, Nick does an ongoing video show, News from the Frunk, with consistent updates/news as well.

Is the E-book free with the hard copy book or vice versa? Can I bundle these two versions (for a discount) in any way?

No, you do not get a free copy of the hard copy book with your purchase of an e-book (or vice versa) and there are no "product bundles" offered that provide discounts if you are looking for both versions.

Can I get a printed/non-digital copy of this book?

Yes, it is available here.

Should I buy the printed/non-digital copy of the book or the E-book?

This depends on your preference. We designed the printed version to fit within your glove compartment for easy access/reference. And, if you want something physical as a permanent "keepsake" to celebrate this soon-to-be classic car -- the beautiful design, photos, and easy-reference format might be the best choice for you. For those who are tech-saavy and experienced with software and app downloads, prefer reading in digital format, and especially international customers (looking to save on shipping), the e-book may be preferable.

What differentiates the second edition of Owning Model S from the first edition?

The second edition of the book has been updated to reflect a broad range of technology improvements and new vehicle configurations that are now available for the Model S. On the technology side, discussions of the latest software enhancements and new computer-based capabilities (e.g., autopilot) are considered in detail. New Model S configurations including the dual-motor variants of the vehicle (S70D, S85D, P85D, and P90D) are considered. New information, reflecting the experiences of a growing population of Model S owners is also incorporated throughout the book.

Will Owning Model S (2nd Edition) E-Book be too technical for me?

Not at all. Although Nick Howe does treat some technical subjects (e.g., drag, range, battery capacity) he makes no assumptions about the reader’s level of knowledge and always starts with the basics, progressing to detailed technical information when it’s appropriate. Even if you don't know a volt from a watt, you'll find Owning Model S e-book to be a valuable resource.

Will this E-book provide me with guidance for making options choices?

Absolutely. Nick Howe describes each option, assesses it, and makes personal recommendations for configuring your Model S. He also defines the criteria that will help you make the right choice.

Can I use Owning Model S (2nd Edition) E-book as a reference?

Yes. We took great pains to create a comprehensive glossary and a detailed index. For that reason, you can use the e-book as a reference.

Can I see a sample chapter?

Yes! Simply sign up on our VIP List and we'll give you access to a complimentary sample chapter.


What format is the E-book file in?

The book is downloaded in .ascm (Adobe Content Server Message) format that can be opened by Adobe Digital Editions (for desktop or notebook) or DL Reader (for mobile devices). The file is an DRM protected/encrypted version of a pdf file.

Can I purchase this E-book on amazon, iTunes, or any other sites?

At this time, we're planning to carry the e-book (and book) exclusively here on our EVANNEX® website - we have no plans for third-party sales on Amazon, iTunes, etc.

How long is the process to "prep" my device(s), download the file, and begin reading?

Please see the 'Instructions' tab for the steps necessary. Note: if you are tech-saavy and have prior experience downloading software and apps, the process should take 5-10 minutes. If you have less experience in this area, it may take a longer time. In either case, we ask that you carefully read the 'Instructions' tab and follow the instructions (in the sequential order shown) to expedite the process so you can quickly enjoy your e-book.

What E-book reader should I use?

Please review the 'Instructions' tab for more detailed information. For mobile devices, we recommend DL Reader, a free app for iOS and Android devices. For the desktop, we recommend Adobe Digital Editions - which may be downloaded at: http://www.adobe.com/products/digital-editions/download.html. In all cases, you'll need to register with Adobe (www.adobe.com) before you can download the book. Note: we strongly recommend you use the e-book readers recommended above, however, there are also many other e-book reader options too, a list of other possible apps can be found at: http://blogs.adobe.com/digitalpublishing/supported-devices.   

Will EVANNEX provide support for installation of an E-book reader?

Because there are so many combinations of book readers, operating systems, and device configurations, we are unable to provide any support for installation of book readers. Most are relatively simple to install and are usually supported with vendor supplied documentation and help facilities. See the 'Instructions' tab for more information.

I want to read the Owning Model S (2nd Edition) E-book on my desktop computer. How do I go about doing this?

For the desk top, we recommend Adobe Digital Editions. Visit www.adobe.com to get an Adobe ID and password and then download Adobe Digital Editions to your desktop computer. Activate it with your ID and password. See the 'Instructions' tab for more information.

I want to download an app that allows me to read the E-book on my iPhone or other mobile device, is this possible?

For an iOS or Android mobile device, we recommend DL Reader. Visit www.adobe.com to get an Adobe ID and password and then download DL Reader from your app store (it's free). Activate it with your ID and password. See the 'Instructions' tab for more information.

How do I initiate the download of the book file?

Please carefully read our 'Instructions' tab for a step-by-step approach to ensure proper downloading. However, we've provided a quick "at-a-glance" snapshot here. Note: before purchasing the e-book, be sure you have set up your own Adobe ID and password so you can download and read the Owning Model S e-book on the device of your choice.  After that step, a summary of the process is provided below:

 Tesla Model S E-Book Owning Model S download instructions PC or Mac Tesla Model S E-Book Owning Model S download instructions Mobile phone or tablet
NOTE: download link is provided in order confirmation email. NOTE: DL Reader is strongly recommended.

How many downloads are allowed for each purchase?

You can initiate up to six (6) downloads for every purchase. This should allow you to download to your smartphone, tablet, notebook, desktop computer, and other personal devices needed.

How long do I have to initiate the download(s)?

You have up to sixty (60) days to download Owning Model S e-book. After that time, no further downloads are permitted.

Can I read this book on my kindle?

Not without some intensive conversion work... so, the answer is a qualified 'yes,' but - again, you'll have to do some file conversion and acquire software to help you accomplish that. There are ways to accomplish the file conversion, and a quick internet search will provide a variety of methods to achieve this - but, we cannot guarantee the results. Because there are so many combinations of e-book readers, operating systems, and device configurations, along with file conversion software, we are unable to provide any support for Kindle file conversion. We recommend you follow the instructions provided and use the e-book readers we specify on this product page.

What if I have a mobile device that is neither iOS or Android?

A comprehensive list of non iOS or Android devices can be found here:  http://blogs.adobe.com/digitalpublishing/supported-devices -- however, please be advised: our instructions (see 'Instructions' tab) are only indicated for either Adobe Digital Editions (for desktop or notebook) or DL Reader (for mobile devices) and we cannot provide any visibility/guidance on the process or difficulty in trying an alternate e-book reader.

Why have you opted for digital rights management?

A significant amount of effort and expense went into the writing, editing, layout, and printing of Owning Model S (2nd Edition). We think that it's only fair that in return for providing useful information to the Model S community, the author and the publisher receive some compensation for the work. DRM is a relatively mild form of protection that will help preclude the distribution of unauthorized copies of the book. Owning Model S (2nd Edition) e-book (published by EVANNEX®) utilizes EditionGuard, a secure and robust e-book DRM (digital rights management) service, built on the industry standard Adobe Content Server, the same technology used by giants such as Google, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.

Does my E-book purchase entitle me to free future/updated versions of the E-book, and/or, does my E-book automatically update over time?

No, but, the author Nick Howe does host/provide continual updates - to that end, he is constantly updating information (relating to autopilot, software updates, etc.) on his wiki page. In addition, Nick does an ongoing video show, News from the Frunk, with consistent updates/news as well.

What is your return policy for Owning Model S (2nd Edition) E-book?

Because there is no workable method for a purchaser to 'return' the digital version of Owning Model S to us once it has been downloaded, after Owning Model S (2nd Edition) e-book is ordered, there are no 'returns' or refunds for this digital product.




Owning Model S (2nd Edition) is an e-book that every Model S owner needs and every potential Model S owner should have. The e-book combines technical details about topics that include the underlying automotive design, the electric powertrain, drag, regenerative braking, the software infrastructure, range, and performance with a pragmatic discussion of the car’s functionality, options, and even its idiosyncracies. The e-book is packed with 4-color photos, graphs and graphic images that make the read both enjoyable and informative.

In addition, Nick Howe provides an in-depth discussion of ways you can customize Model S—wheels, interior, wraps, electronics, and more—all with images that help you visualize the custom look.

But Nick Howe's Owning Model S (2nd Edition) e-book is also the go-to source for those who are considering the purchase or lease of the car. In key chapters, Nick Howe presents detailed recommendations for configuring and ordering Model S, addresses the financial issues, discusses how to place your order, presents in-depth technical recommendations for building your personal charging infrastructure in your garage or elsewhere, and provides a comprehensive delivery checklist for the day you take ownership.

Images from Owning Model S used with permission.

The Owning Model S (2nd Edition) e-book is full of interesting facts, must read tips and tricks, copious web references, and useful graphs, pictures and graphics. It has a glossary for those who are unfamiliar with some of the EV terminology and a detailed index for those who will use this e-book as a reference.




Model S owners think they know their car, but there are many aspects of the car that are known to only the most avid owners, and even they don’t know them all. The Owning Model S (2nd Edition) e-book reveals them all. Nick Howe has put together the most comprehensive collection of Model S tricks and tips yet to be published, things you will be hard pressed to find in the official Tesla Owner’s Guide, but are very, very helpful for Model S owners. (Images used from Owning Model S with permission.)

About the Author

Nick Howe is an active contributor to the Tesla Motors forum, and is widely recognized in the Tesla community for his knowledge of the Model S. He took delivery of his pearl white Performance 85 Model S in January 2013, more than two years after placing his order. 

Nick Howe Owning Model S author

Note from Publisher

We're honored to publish this new e-book by Nick Howe, an early owner of the Model S, who was recently voted author of the all-time best posts by members of Tesla’s own internet forum. Nick noticed an interest within the Tesla enthusiast community about the Model S that extended well before and after the initial purchase. He has shared so many helpful ideas back and forth with other Tesla owners from his invaluable Delivery Checklist to maximizing Model S performance, charging, range, and technology. We're proud to publish an e-book to those who might appreciate an in-depth look into Model S ownership.  This e-book addresses and captures Model S owners' curiosity, growing knowledge, and enthusiasm for the Tesla Model S. 

Tesla Model S E-Book Owning Model S by author Nick Howe

Questions Addressed

* What’s the soft clunk that you hear when you step on the brake and why is it important?

* When you take your foot off the accelerator, regen takes over. Do the brake lights go on immediately -- when do they light?

* How much kinetic energy does regen capture and how does that affect range?

* Is there ever a reason to set regen to “low” and if so, what is it?

* What are the likely software updates you’ll see in 2014, in 2015?

* When you pull into a supercharger complex and other cars are charging, is there a way to reduce your charging time?

* What are the biggest consumers of battery power and which ones are under your direct control?

* Is hard acceleration a real battery drain?

* What’s the optimal vehicle speed if you want to maximize range?

* What are the key issues to consider for cold weather driving? For warm weather driving?

* What the “two-thumb salute” and when should you use it?

* What’s the difference between rated range and projected range and when can this difference create a problem?

* How do you maximize range?

* What mistakes do new owner make during regular driving?

* How do you set your mirrors for reverse?

* Can the B-pillar create a visibility problem, and if so, how do you avoid it?

* Can you use nav if you don’t have the tech package?

* What’s the best place to install a radar detector, a toll tag?

* Is there a 12V battery and where is it? Why do you need to know this?

And that’s only a small percentage of the questions that are asked and answered for owners.



Table of Contents

A copy of the e-book Table of Contents follows below.






Please note: all video/audio was taken during the time of the first edition of the book.

Video: Tips and Tricks

In this video, Nick Howe, author of 'Owning Model S', offers some tips and tricks for Tesla owners. Have you ever wondered how to reboot the displays, find extra storage, improve interior lighting, learn more about the key fob, fuse box, battery pack, chargeport, and more?  Check out the video below...


Video: Author Interview

Check out our exclusive interview with author Nick Howe discussing his new book, Owning Model S. Also, for a longer, more extensive interview, check out the podcast (scroll down below) from Talk Radio One featuring Nick Howe discussing 'Owning Model S' and various topics related to Tesla.


Audio: Author Interview

Nick Howe was interviewed by Steven Spierer on Talk Radio One (interview has been made available below with permission).  As described on Talk Radio one: "Tesla Motors has invented, built and marketed the first truly practical all-electric car with a battery range of more than 270 miles. Steve [Steven Spierer] bought a Tesla and cannot stop driving it, thinking about it and talking about it. To allow himself to keep talking about it, Steve interviews Nick Howe, who has written a guide to owning and operating a Tesla Model S sedan." Listen to the interview below (begins at about 1 minute 30 seconds into the broadcast). 


Disclaimer: views expressed by author Nick Howe herein reflect his opinions/views and not the opinions/views of EVANNEX®.



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Please fill out the form on our Contact Us page to request your free sample from Owning Model S (2nd Edition) - this free sample (sent in PDF format) will include Chapter 10 - "Driving Model S" - which includes helpful tricks and tips that Model S owners (and future owners) should definitely enjoy. Simply click the red button below to fill out the form for your free chapter...

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We've also compiled some media, blog, and customer reviews of Owing Model S by Nick Howe for reference. Please note: reviews below have all been written about hard copy book (prior to the e-book launch) and refer to the first edition of the book.


"Nick provides valuable insights and technical information ranging from Model S battery range and performance tips to information on how to set up your charging infrastructure as shared by other Model S owners and club members. There’s an absolute wealth of information packed into this book!"

Green Car Reports

"Regular readers of Tesla forums will recognize the name of Nick J. Howe, whose hundreds of astute comments recently earned him accolades for 'best forum postings over time,' according to a reader poll. A Florida chemical engineer and owner of a Tesla Model S P85, Howe has technical savvy, dogged curiosity, and some inside Tesla contacts. He may know more about the Model S electric luxury sedan than anybody outside the factory... there's a [printed] copy of 'Owning Model S' [note: you are on the e-book page] currently stashed in my glove compartment, on top of Tesla's standard-issue owner's manual. If I have a problem or question about my car, there's no doubt I'll consult Howe's volume, first." - David Noland, Green Car Reports

CNN iReport

"Maybe you’re one of the blessed ones who’ve had a Tesla Model S delivered right to your driveway [like] Nick Howe receiving his... or perchance you’ve simply played around and added the features you desire by designing your Tesla Model S online. Whether you’re a current or future owner... These [stories] are some of the practical real-life tips that only Tesla owners know and pass on to one another. Howe has even written a book titled 'Owning Model S' with more helpful information." - Paula Mooney, CNN iReport


"Few are better qualified to bring you up to speed with not only the Tesla Model S and its numerous machinations, but also the fundamental principles of electric cars and their impact on your routine, than Nick J. Howe. Howe owns a Pearl-White P85 Model S himself and has earned a position as a respected member of Tesla forums by writing hundreds of pertinent posts that other owners have found invaluable. The level of detail is jaw-dropping, and clearly the result of years of careful documentation of Howe’s own data and that of other owners. Howe’s skill, presumably honed while writing his numerous forum posts, is to explain everything succinctly and in simple terms. At the same price as a branded cap from the official Tesla online, buying Howe’s book and popping it in your glovebox is surely the first Model S accessory you should order." - Richard Lane, Ecomento

Clean Technica

"Ever want a car manual that tells you what you REALLY want to know about your vehicle? All of the tips, tricks, and hacks... Well, if you own a Tesla Model S, then you’re now in luck, because just such a “manual” was recently released — and it’s been dubbed Owning Model S: The Definitive Guide to Buying and Owning the Tesla Model S... The book also provides a lot of other useful information, including: a detailed delivery checklist to ensure that owners get cars that are as close to perfect as possible; detailed performance graphs; and exhaustive analyses of a number of different subjects. As well as tons of other information." - James Ayre, Clean Technica

Charged Electric Vehicles Magazine

"Owning Model S is... nicely designed, and well illustrated with color photos. There’s a step-by-step guide to the buying process, including sections on calculating the total cost of ownership and planning your personal charging infrastructure. Range, with the many factors that can affect it, is given a thorough discussion... as well as some advice on how to handle [any] problems that may come up." - Charles Morris, Charged Electric Vehicles Magazine

Model S Driver [Blog]

"This volume is jam-packed with details, tips, personal anecdotes and resources that validates the author’s claim as the 'definitive guide.' I was hard pressed to come up with many things not covered in some manner by Mr. Howe... I found myself referring back to this book several times to remind me of something or add clarity to what I thought I already knew. Thank you Mr. Howe for doing all the hard work. If you own or will be soon owning a Model S, this book is worth the investment. For me it goes right into the glove box of my Model S." - Steve Furman, Model S Driver

TeslaDaily [Blog]

"If you’re ready to take a deeper dive into better understanding your Model S, [check out] a new book by Nick Howe, 'Owning Model S'... a well conceived and researched book sure to satisfy your curiosity. The author has based his material on both the real world experiences of hundreds of owners and personal ownership. This book should appeal to both potential buyers and present owners." - TeslaDaily

Reader Reviews

"Excellent book written by a Tesla owner geared toward either other Tesla owners or 'soon-to-be' Tesla owners.  Written with an upbeat, easy writing style..." - Weldon Chin

"I couldn't wait [for it] to be printed and after that delivered! I really like it... it's just amazing!" - Vasil Stojanov 


Steve Wozniak with his copy of the 'Owning Model S' book (with author Nick Howe)



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