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Showing Some Tesla Love

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People are so anxious to get their hands on the Model 3 that they are pining over it via song:

James Man has written a lovely tune to keep himself sane while awaiting his Model 3. We all feel his words.

…want to navigate life pollution free,

want to leave my mark on the world without carbon,

forget that gas, I’m going green…

Theres plenty of low range EVs that will work fine as a second car as commuter, or even that exceptional family like ours that can master two. Though the sheer number of reservations (370,000 last count) shows an intense need for a higher range EV. And because a car has become a status symbol or fashionable accessory, buyers have not showed the same interest in the apt yet same-as-usual competitor the Chevrolet Bolt EV. While this is partly because of the styling. We can’t ignore the long range EV’s prerequisit, that of a reliable charging infrastructure. Having used third-party charging networks it is very difficult to rely on them.

Although, even when the charge network is perfectly placed and online, it is often confounding with an inconsistent billing structure. This is in part because some counties and even states restrict the resale of electricity by kilowatt hour. Though that’s hardly a reason for the exorbitant amount of charging per hour cost, as high as $3, or even $15 per charge session. These are of course unfair because EVs charge at different rates, or have different size packs, resulting in different costs.
Along with the charging infrastructure solution, Tesla has redesigned the car selling experience as well as car ownership. The constant over the air updates to software is a welcome perk. For instance updating my Kia Soul EV software required me to go through a lengthy process of transferring files from the SD card in the dash on my PC then go through a flash on the cars user interface.

Perhaps we should just expect the antiquated ways of the old-guard auto-manufacturers. Or perhaps, as James Man put it:

In twenty seventeen, we can do better…

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July 29, 2017 at 4:10 am

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Public EVSE Violator – Gashole

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July 9, 2017 at 10:47 pm

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Life Style Change

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When I decided to buy an EV, it was primarily based on reducing my carbon footprint. I ran the numbers and found that the more expensive EV, plus cheap and free electricity would cost less than a comparable gasoline car plus gas, plus oil changes in just over 3 years.

When I got my EV, I immediately began saving money on fuel. Then came the rebates. I took the rebates and tax savings and bought an EV charger, more efficient appliances, LED light bulbs, and an induction stove.

Even though my electricity went up from having an EV, I started saving money on electricity because of the efficiency upgrades. Then my wife got her EV.

With all these savings, I took my pond pump off the house electricity and bought a DC pump and powered it with a 135watt solar panel, saving me 400kwh/month.

Seeing the simplicity and carbon reduction, I took the plunge and got solar for my house.

Sufficed to say, buying an EV started a process that snowballed into a money saving (and carbon saving) life style change for myself, wife, and two kids that will eventually change the world for the better.

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June 14, 2017 at 1:01 am

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India to sell only electric cars by 2030

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June 4, 2017 at 3:15 am

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Workhorse W-15

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Workhorse W-15 Consumer Registration!

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May 25, 2017 at 5:15 am

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One Down

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May 18, 2017 at 1:01 am

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Road Trip 4 in a Tesla Model S

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Heading up to Oregon to visit family. Hitting three superchargers on the way up. Total one way mileage 365.

First stop Vacaville Superchargers. Uneventful quick stop. 

Second stop, Corning superchargers:

Easter egg!

No not the Tesla kind:

Third stop Mt. Shasta superchargers. Ate at Best Western’s bar and grill while we sat by the fire.

Day two.

Another found painted rock at the Grants Pass Superchargers near the Grants Pass Vsitors Center. #GrantsPassRocks

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April 28, 2017 at 11:33 pm

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