The Tesla Model 3 backlog may well be cleared up — unless you want the $35,000 base model, that is.

Plan to jump through hoops if you want to get the Model 3 Standard Range. You may wind up with a Standard Plus, with software lockouts on a bigger battery, the nav system, and even the heated seats.

Misery loves company? Take Tesla out of the mix and EV sales didn’t reach 10,000 in the first quarter. Meanwhile, Toyota Prius Prime and Honda Clarity plug-in hybrids had banner quarters.

A nearly empty (empty on power) Model 3 may add 100 miles of range in 5 minutes at a SuperCharger 3 refueling station.

Tesla’s plan to sell direct (no more factory stores) is a challenge to the established dealer network. If Tesla succeeds, other startups or market newcomers may follow suit.

Leaf Plus EV joins the high 200-mile club: 226 miles rated, 235-240 likely. It’s a solid contender, especially when it undercuts the Tesla Model 3. ProPilot Assist is a big plus.

Without a traditional dealer network to mislead buyers, Tesla does it at the corporate level.

Musk updates analysts on Tesla’s sales and revenues. Where Steve Jobs used to say, “One more thing,” and whip out a new iPad, Musk’s one more thing was: Our CFO’s leaving. For the second time.

The best cars reflect changing times and climates. Nothing wrong with a hybrid Ram pickup that can tow 13,000 pounds. Or a Mazda that closes the gap on the Germans for $10K-$15K less. Jaguar’s i-Pace is a match for Tesla, and better looking, too.

Tech companies and their executives frequently get called out for lying. But not all misstatements are really lies, and there are even good reasons for many of them. We take a look at why companies lie and, hopefully, provide some background on how to evaluate what you hear and read.