One person one dream one vision one drive.

man looking to the universe
Image by Evgeni Tcherkasski from Pixabay

Space X

One person one dream one vision one drive. In just under a week’s time an event unseen for over 10 years will take place. American astronauts will take to the skies heading towards the stars aboard a rocket developed and built in America by engineers from Space X. 

space x rocket taking off
Image by SpaceX-Imagery from Pixabay 

A journey that few thought would have been possible had it not been for one vision, one passion, one drive and sheer will.

Tesla, Space X, Boring company and neurolink would not have been possible without a person who was passionate about the future and the possibilities is could provide. 

Of course, Elon Musk is not the only person with dreams and passion. Others have had ingenious ideas that have become iconic. The Dyson vacuum was a simple idea that has grown into being a worldwide phenomenon.  

Sir James Dyson

Sir James Dyson, the inventor of the Dyson vacuum cleaner had a vision, a passion and a drive. It allowed him to create a vacuum cleaner that is more powerful, smaller with greater functionality than its competitors.

He had an idea, just like Elon Musk, to change something that was inefficient, noisy, messy and had not changed for decades.

Dyson the company has for the last 20 plus years developed their ideas into the products we see today. One of the key features of a Dyson vacuum cleaner is the lithium ion battery.

Dyson has been developing his battery tech significantly in recent years increasing the power output whilst continuing to reduce the size and weight of the products. These lead to reduction in size, weight with the ability to run for longer periods of time.

These innovations lead the Dyson team to look and see opportunities in other fields innovation.

‘N526’

This last week Liam Murphy from Car advice wrote about Dyson’s foray into the electric car industry. 

Sir James Dyson standing in front of his car.
image sourced from The Times

It was revealed that Dyson started development of the vehicle nicknamed ‘N526’ in 2017. Since then his engineers have developed a fully working prototype with great range, power and torque. He has spent millions working out all aspects of a car. 

However, as the articles explains Sir James Dyson got to a point where he decided that the cost of electric vehicle to produce would not be practical for the people to buy. 

One person one dream one vision one drive these are the things that make a person passionate about creating something they have dreamed about for years. Something that would make the world a better place and help to inspire and thus improve the world. Unfortunately, there is also the counter to these, more money, more time, more competition and the most important, reality. 

Sir James Dyson developed with his team a beautiful vehicle that quite easily would have sold millions to the world. Unfortunately, electric cars are expensive to build from scratch. They take a lot of time to develop and there is increasing competition in the world that are clearly a long way ahead. Reality usually kicks in at this point and a reassessment of the development needs to occur. 

This is obviously what Dyson felt was needed and he had to make a hard decision. 

A dream

A dream is something we strive for, something we are wanting more than anything, something that makes us grow and become greater than just ourselves. It sometimes takes on a path all its own. Unfortunately, for Sir James Dyson his vision became a reality, but the expense cut it short. 

I am sure this is not the last we will hear of Dyson within the electric vehicle arena. I am sure he will let his discoveries and ideas become more than the sum of the part by hopefully supplying batteries to others. 

It is inspiring to see people who you don’t expect enter the fields of electric vehicles and challenge the status quo, bring fresh ideas and move the industry into the future. 

All it takes is One person, one dream, one vision, one drive.

Dave 

David McCann
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Passion for Electric Vehicles and innovation. Sponsorship welcome

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Battle Lines have been drawn between Renewables vs Fossil fuels

Battle Lines have been drawn between Renewables vs Fossil fuels

Oil barrel spilling oil to look like the global countries

COVID 19 impact

los angeles with pollution and without

We have been sitting pretty for a while now. Clean air, beautiful beaches, clear oceans and not much else. The world has had a taste of what it is like to feel the fresh breeze on their faces and the sweet smells of spring in the air. The environment has been amazing whilst we have reduced our driving of combustion engines during the COVID 19 stay at home orders across the globe. 

However, in Australia, there is a storm brewing and it is going to set the tone for the next decade and beyond.  

The Past

100 years ago we as a society of free thinking people made a decision between electric and internal combustion engine (ICE) cars, this decision has had ramifications that most people in today’s world would deny.

classic model t ford
Image by Michael Kauer from Pixabay

Reports on news channels of large bushfires, weather patterns that are more ferocious and damaging than ever before, disease and famine in countries to dry to grow crops, all this can be related back to burning of fossil fuels.  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/04/climate/climate-change-acceleration.html

Battle Lines have been drawn between Renewables vs Fossil fuels. Fossil fuels have propped up the economy for decades and the innovative new thinking of Non-polluting Renewables is starting to show real value.

Hornsdale

One of the best examples of the non-polluting renewables is the Hornsdale Battery(https://hornsdalepowerreserve.com.au ). The Hornsdale battery has proven that non-polluting renewables can be more valuable and responsive than traditional power plants.  

hornsdale mega battery

Examples like this are all around us we just need to be able to see through the fog of miss information and see the detail of the issue and the outcomes of the new innovative thinkers to see the benefits that it brings. 

Australian Government stance

Currently the liberal government have very clearly stated, before COVID 19 came along, that they are not as focused on the environmental impacts as they try getting the bottom line back in the black.

This was no more demonstrated by the removal of the environmental portfolio in the government ministry from the cabinet to a sub role. 

This change put a nail in many believer’s ideas about there being some progressive thinking within the government. However, COVID-19 and the stay at home management of the spread has certainly turned Australia on its ear and put it in debt to the tune of over 130 billion dollars. 

This budget deficit offers an opportunity for the government to show leadership. They have shown leadership when the management of the country was going through the shutdown but now it is time to show leadership in how we move into the future.

To help grow the economy again it is imperative that all options be considered. In doing this it is also important to look at the long term impacts both economically, politically and environmentally. 

The government in Australia has not had a good track record with their support for new innovative ideas surrounding the environment. 

As we have seen with regards to the COVID 19 virus the environment if taken for granted has a way of hitting back.

If we are to move into the next generations with the ability to hold our heads up high and be mindful of the impact we as a society have then we need to move towards non polluting renewables. 

What others are doing

Across the globe there are a number of countries which have made large strides to introduce the following elements to assist the transition with great effect. These include projects that are based upon;

  • Solar power
    • Home based 
    • Large Farms
  • Wind power
    • Ocean based wind farms
    • Land based wind farms
  • Ocean Power
    • Wave power generation
  • Battery storage
    • Home batteries
      • Tesla 
      • LG
    • Mega Batteries
      • Tesla
  • Electric vehicles
    • Ford
    • KIA
    • Porsche
    • Etc

Project like these,post COVID 19, can be the catalyst to grow industries that help to get the budget back in black faster whilst taking on the responsibility to manage the current environmental impact of fossil fuels.

The economy right now needs help to get back the losses that we have had over the last couple of months. We need fresh ideas and ways forward. This can only be achieved if the government , the people ,the innovators and business combine their resources to move Australia forward. 

tesla moving towards the future

It is important to take stock of what we have, look at how we have changed in the COVID 19 world and start to look towards helping the future generations to live a happy healthy life without pollution and pain.

The Battle Lines have been drawn between Renewable vs Fossil fuels, lets hope that our Leaders have the courage to take not only the first step, but many more after that and help Australia find its way into the future and to the self-reliant future of the non-polluting renewables age. 

Dave 

David McCann
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Dreaming of EV when owning a Gas Car

Dreaming of an EV when owning a Gas car. If someone had said to me that electric cars will be just as viable as gas powered cars in 6 years I would not have believed them.

If someone had said Tesla I would have said ….Who is that ? Just goes to show how quickly things have changed.

My passion for cars started when I drove my first car . I owned a Morris Mini and it was a brilliant car. it was old and had its idiosyncrasies but I loved it. I had an emotional connection to that car and it was a loss the day I had to move on. 

Old school cars

Since then I have had what I would call, cars for the purpose of getting from point “A” to point “B”. My connection with these cars has never been as strong as it was for the mini. Even though the mini was a little car it felt sprightly. But my cars since have not had that feeling.

These cars have mostly been Nissan Pulsars and they have been reliable family cars. A family car is what we needed with young kids and school drop offs. But the next car i buy i would love to feel that passion again.

EV’s

Since finding out about Tesla and their beautiful range of cars I have had a connection like I did all those years ago. An emotional connection to the styling of the car, the technology of the car and based on 2 test drives the motion of the car. 

Currently i own a typical middle of the road car. A family sedan that at the time of purchasing was $30000 – $40000 australian dollars. Most cars of this time had grey interior , that was bland and boring, with lots of buttons that made the dash seem busy and in todays electric vehicle standards very messy.

It has done close to 200000kms and has had its run of problems. On the plus side it has been as reliable safe and consistent and there is not much more you can ask from a good car. The vehicles has 1.6 l engine and not much power to allow for a little fun which is no surprise for a family sedan. 

Whats it like?

So what is it like to own a Gas car when all you want to do is own a Tesla. Dreaming of an EV when owning a gas car.

  • Firstly you annoy everyone in the family as you call out when ever you see a Tesla on the road. 
  • I try to get as close to a tesla when you see them driving in your direction just to get a glimpse. 
  • You bore your family with facts about the cars that they have heard a million times
  • You look at the Tesla website regularly looking for some possibility that the price had dropped by $50000 so you could be in range of possibly affording one. 
  • In my case I also started a website and engaged the EV community online. 
  • You try to get a response from Elon Musk the CEO of Tesla on Twitter regarding any new fact about Tesla.

Owning a Gas car is like driving a dinosaur. It is slow, clunky and hard to be passionate about it. 

But the glimpse of hope that one day you might just get the chance to call one my own, keeps me passionate, driven and a true fanboy. 

Dave 

David McCann
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Australian Tesla Prices

Image courtesy of Tesla

Australian Tesla Prices, 12 days have passed since I received a response to a simple twitter request to Elon Musk. It is incredible that a CEO of a global company is willing to respond to average people like myself. I am a passionate Tesla fan who is driven to see the mission of Tesla realized. 

To accelerate the worlds transition to sustainable energy. 

The only way I am able to currently assist with this is to spread the stories and information about Electric Vehicles to the greater community across Australia and the Globe. 12 Days ago, Elon gave me assistance to achieve this very goal.

I also wish to be able to transition my own house and family to utilizing Sustainable energy and vehicles. As I explained in my tweet to Elon the cost of Tesla’s in Australia is not within the reach of the average Australian. With a starting point of the base model 3 with no Full Self Driving is $71512. (Australian Dollars) This is a hefty sum for anyone to swallow. 

In comparison, in the United States the price of the same car is $39990 (US Dollars). When this is converted using the conversion rate of $1.51 us dollars to the Australian dollar the conversion cost equates to $60385(Australian Dollars). 

Australian Tesla Prices

Comparison between USD and AUD for Model 3 Tesla

So, the question needs to be asked what is the difference of $11127 used for?

According to the Australian Bureau of statistics (https://www.ato.gov.au/rates/key-superannuation-rates-and-thresholds/?page=40 ) the average wage in Australia (based upon Average Weekly ordinary time earnings (AWOTE) in June of 2019 of $1634.90 multiplied by 52 weeks of the year equals $85014.80(AUD), before tax. If the taxation rate is approx. 32.5 cents in the dollar for every dollar above $37000. Once this calculation has been completed the approximate amount that one individual will earn is $70000. This sounds like a large number however there is still the home loan/rent, Utilities, Living expenses, Car expenses, schooling for kids, etc. These numbers outline the fact that purchasing a car is not only a big decision, but one primarily driven by the cost.

Australian living expenses have been on the increase in the last 10 years due to a number of reasons least of all that environmental factors are playing their part with long droughts, 100-year storms, flooding and bushfires that are devastating areas of produce and farming.

This impact is felt in the hip pocket of every Australian across the country and that only increases the cost of living expenses and consumes the savings which historically have been put towards the wants rather than the needs. 

If Tesla, and by extension Elon Musk, truly wish to gain traction in Australia there is a real need to drop the price so that the Average Australian family can afford the Model 3. The Model 3 is well suited to the Australian Market. Especially city dwellers. The Cybertruck would be well placed for those who live in the country.

If Elon and Tesla could find a way to reduce the cost of either building or transporting and investigate the $11127 disparity between the US and Australian numbers, I believe the uptake of the Model 3 in Australia would advance greatly. Furthermore, I also believe that the mission that Tesla has prided itself upon would also be realized that much quicker. 

Whilst investigating the above points I also reviewed the comments from the Tweet. I came across a number of people comments who also expressed their challenges with the cost within their countries, these included 

All of these people highlighted their challenges with cost of Tesla’s, however in a number of cases they also voiced that they would buy a Tesla as their next car if they could afford the price.

Australian Tesla Prices.

These are customers in waiting.

Waiting for a price that they can afford and manage on their wages. Their passion for the cars is not wavering but the cost is a real factor. 

I also had a number of people talk about their experience when buying a Tesla at the current prices and outlined that a number of Taxes here in Australia were also considerably high and unnecessary like the “Luxury Car Tax”, which was introduced to assist local car manufacturing. Unfortunately, in recent years all car manufacturing by all big companies has ceased in Australia. This was due in part to a greater acceptance of foreign manufacturers and the improved quality and variety of vehicles on offer. Now that we have no manufacturers and all vehicles are imported this tax serves no purpose. 

So, where to from here so more people can gain access to some amazing environmentally friendly cars and the suite of other products that Tesla has on offer. 

Some ideas include:

  • Tesla 
    • Find cost saving s to reduce Model 3 Price
    • Investigate the price differences highlighted above
    • Leasing (suggested by @TeslaGong)
    • Supplying Australia with Giga Shanghai Tesla’s 
    • Compartmentalize features of Tesla’s that can be purchased at a later date
    • Build an Australian Giga Factory #GigaOz
  • Government 
    • Incentives (Green rebate)
    • Remove the Luxury car tax from all Electric Vehicles
    • Reduce stamp duty, registration, etc. 

 These changes would have a profound effect on the footprint of Electric vehicles in Australia and also assist people to truly transition to a sustainable energy future. 

Dave

David McCann
David McCann

Passion for Electric Vehicles and innovation. Sponsorship welcome

Appendix ( Comparison between USD and AUD)

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Starlink the mission in the name

Starlink logo.
Image courtesy “Starlink” Webpage 2020

Starlink is Space X’s step into the world of internet providing. Thousands of small satellites held in space at a low orbit (550kms) designed to give internet access to those who before now had been “unreliable, expensive or completely unavailable” (Starlink webpage,2020) . Internet is has become a world wide necessity. To not have access to the internet in todays environment limits the ability of the peorson to interact into days society effectively. Starlink the mission in the name.

What if?

During the week I was thinking about Space X and Starlink and had a thought that blew my mind. What if StarLink had the mission in the name?

I was listening to the “Third Row” podcast who was talking to the “Everyday Astronaut” Tim Dodd and they were discussing Space X and the recent rocket launches and the possibilities for Mars. Tim made a comment stating everything Elon Musk does is to get to Mars. 

If this is the case how does Starlink fit in? Starlink the mission in the name

That got me thinking, firstly about the name, Starlink, why call it that? Its function is to send signals back to earth not the stars. However, if you take the premise that “everything” he does is to get to Mars then the possibilities really become interesting. 

What if Starlink is actually being designed to communicate across the solar system. What if Space X is going to launch satellites that set up a communication grid out in space. Increasing the possibilities to communicate across the planets. Elon musk is a smart guy and he does things with purpose and strategy, barring some small outbreaks, but mostly for a purpose. 

That would make Starlink name make much more sense. It would be the only company thinking to do this and it would also be one of the most ambitious plans next to colonizing mars. Starship would be able to use this network to communicate from the moon, Mars and beyond.

Starlink image of earth
Image courtesy Starlink Website, 2020

Starlink, their mission in their name.

Dave 

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Dreams of owning a Tesla out of reach for Australian’s?

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Elon Musk and Tesla this week lived up to expectation and again helped out Australians and New Zealanders with the dropping of the price of the connectivity to Tesla’s. It got me to thinking about my dreams of owning a Tesla in Australia and how they still seem out of reach 2 years after the Model 3, the car for the masses, was released. Are peoples dreams of owning a Tesla out of reach for Australian’s?

The reduction in connectivity seems a small thing and normally it wouldn’t be significant, but the reduction was approx. 40%. Such an amazing and gracious act.

tesla with computer vision demo

However, over the last couple of years, we in Australia and by extension New Zealand, haven’t had a lot to celebrate when it comes to the price of electric vehicles as prices are way out of reach for your average person. 

I am not wealthy and in some cases I live from pay check to pay check due to the increase in living expenses over the last 10 years. Studying hard for many years has allowed me to have have a reliable job. I have a loving family and I want to look out for them as much as I can. This includes protecting them when they are driving to work or school. 

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About 4-5 years ago I, like thousands before me, scrolled through YouTube looking for something to occupy my interest and I came across a video talking about Tesla. I had not heard about Tesla, the mission or a guy named Elon Musk. What I saw was a car that was truly amazing, revolutionary, and above all it was considered the safest car on the road. 

Up until this time I had not really been aware of the new evolution of the electric car and a person called Elon Musk. 

Since then, until now, I have been a kid in a candy store absorbing all the information I can and gaining a greater understanding of their purpose and mission. I found a community that was passionate, friendly and great fun covering the globe and looking at every aspect of the vehicles, the company and the mission. They have been a great companion over the years and have given more than they take. I am grateful for this.

many feet coming together
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When the Model 3 was announced to the world I had hope! Hope of being able to afford the car of my dreams and hope they were not out of reach in Australia. Dreams of owning a Tesla out of reach for Australian’s?

Tesla has worked the last 10 years to deliver the car to the masses. The promise was a car that would be affordable so that the average mum and dad could afford it. This has fed my passion and desire to own the Tesla model 3 ever since the announcement.

red model 3 driving away
Image courtesy of www.Tesla.com

However, my glee at an affordable car was short lived when the prices were announced for the Model 3 in Australia. The chance of owning a Tesla for the average family is becoming more and more out of reach letting many people’s dreams of owning a Tesla in Australia become further out of reach. 

I trust Elon Musk’s vision for Tesla and he has shown that he and Tesla are open to price changes as demonstrated by the changes to the connectivity fee. A business needs to earn money to help grow the business and the vision is to build gigafactory’s on every continent which should assist with the reduction of costs and flow on to price as we have seen in China.

So……. are my dreams of owning a Tesla in Australia truly out of reach?There doesn’t seem to be a clear answer but there are possible solutions.

Currently we as a global community are finding our lives turned upside down, and the last thing anyone would expect a reduction in prices occurring anytime soon. One might see prices rise due to a downturn in production out of Fremont due to its closure whilst isolating.

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However, where one door closes another opens and in Australia and New Zealand right now there is opportunity for Tesla to thrive. Airlines are grounded and people are starting to emerge from isolation and will want to travel. Now is the time to drop the price and let people experience the Tesla life. Take this opportunity to make prices affordable, allow leasing, bring Made in China Model 3’s into the country and help to drive opportunities to bring the price down. 

Are dreams of owning a Tesla out of reach for Australian’s? No if the above opportunities were implemented. If they were it would let dreams become reality and watch the sustainable future appear before our eyes.

Dave. 

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Written by David McCann 25/4/2020

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Let’s Choose …….electric cars impact the environment

Take a breath and you will fill your lungs with clean pollution free air. If electric cars impact the environment it may be the same.

3 months ago, we worked, we played, we drove, and we enjoyed life. We had become immune to the subtle changes around us. So subtle that even the air had changed, and we didn’t really care.

The environment had gone through a significant change and we had been enjoying our lives we didn’t really notice. Many scientist and climate change advocates had been talking about the levels of pollution that had become over whelming for the earth to manage for years. Were we not listening? Did we not want to listen? or Were we to ignorant to listen? Why worry? nothing is going to happen to me!  I am having a great life this is something I don’t need to worry about.

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Then something happened that will forever have an impact upon each of our lives. A small city in China, a place no one really had ever heard of until it became ground zero for one of the worst virus outbreaks in the last 50 – 100 years.

Many countries had to shut down, close the doors and turn the wonderful life off. Many people complained, many people didn’t understand and many more felt that their god given right to do whatever they want was being taken away.electric cars impact the environment

Regardless of how people felt, within a couple of weeks something truly amazing started to occur. Blue sky returned to large cities, beautiful mountain ranges thought lost from view started to reappear, all sorts of animals, dogs, deer’s, tigers, lions, badgers and birds all returned to take the place of the humans that disappeared.electric cars impact the environment

Hannah Ritchie and Max Roser (2020) – “Air Pollution”. Published online at OurWorldInData.org. Retrieved from: ‘https://ourworldindata.org/air-pollution’ [Online Resource]

Summaryhttps://ourworldindata.org/air-pollution

The air smelt different and clean and the sun beat down like never before. The blue of the sky was more beautiful than could be recalled. The scents of the plants and flowers were now more pungent and enticing than ever.

Pollution not only dropped, it disappeared, to levels not seen for over 2 decades. Cities that were usually covered in a thick toxic SMOG had clear skies above them.

Unfortunately, this is only temporary whilst people are stuck in doors and not driving combustion engines and polluting the air with nitrogen dioxide and Co2.

It is Temporary !!!!!

But it can change, you see this is exactly how our modern cities could be if only we made some changes.

  • Converted cars to electric
  • Stopped factories from burning oil, gas and coal
  • Changed the way we look at our environment around us
  • Replaced the trees we have cut down.

The industrial revolution gave us many and varied wonderful things. Although it has also been pumping pollutants into the air for a couple hundred years and now we are the recipients of the negative effects. But we are at a tipping point! With the shutdown we are getting glimpses of what it could be like if only we lift our heads and start to make some changes.

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You see we almost had the opportunity 100 years ago to make the start of that change when electric vehicles were the dominant vehicle. However when the combustion engine, that Ford popularized with the Model T, was introduced the electric engine lost that battle. The idea however continued to sit in the background and every so often have a shot at being more than an afterthought.

Tesla in recent history has with their passion to convert the world to sustainable energy taken the electric vehicle to a level never before realized. In doing so they have again given us a shot as retribution and a possible solution to the current issue with pollution.

Introduction of electric motors, battery storage and renewable energy capture gives us the ability to make significant individual changes to the environment around us. But Governments also need to see the impacts and start to make significant change.

Recent events should give us a wakeup call!!!!!!!  We are Vulnerable! We need to appreciate the world that we are missing because we have not noticed the subtle negative changes that have impacted our environment and lives.

  • Let’s choose to buy electric cars, solar, wind and water energy solutions.
  • Lets choose to store that energy in batteries.
  • Let’s choose to influence our elected officials to make smarter choices that help people to breath fresh air and improve the skies around us.
  • Let’s choose to take an opportunity that came from a horrible situation and see what mother earth has to offer.
  • Let’s put back what we stole and bring light back to the cities we love.
  • Let’s start with a small step to recovery
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I have started my own journey by purchasing solar and had it configured to accept a battery. I back Tesla with my website as I believe they have the right attitude and philosophy. I look forward to the day when I can purchase a Tesla battery and I am passionately looking forward to the look day I cannot wipe the smile off my face when I take delivery of a Tesla vehicle.

Dave

Written by David McCann 18/4/2020

People are important!

man standing looking at a city black and white
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People are Important! In difficult times like we find ourselves, we, as a global community are being told to isolate, to keep ourselves safe and avoid contact with other people.

We need to keep a distance of 1.5 -2 meters if we have to go out to do essential things like buying food. I am sure as most people will have found that attempting to do this is not as easy as it sounds.

5 people on a beach sun set
Self isolate

Yet people are important! They are important to our wellbeing, our social interactions and our mental health. In the technological world we find ourselves we can still remain connected.

We have interactions thousands of times a day when not socially isolated. So, it is only fair that we try to replicate this with technical applications like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, House Party and more. Without this innovation we would be finding it a challenge to isolate as effectively as most countries have.

lady sitting at table with computer having coffee
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Companies

Where this becomes problematic is when companies need to continue to grow and develop in these hard times. Tesla has made inroads prior to this virus to make sure that it has residual, sustainable systems that allow for ongoing production and growth of the brand.

factory of Tesla

Tesla has had to shut down the Fremont Factory at a time when they were hitting their stride for the beginning of 2020. In doing so they ultimately cannot produce the Model X, Model S, Model 3 or Model Y in the United States.

They still had deliveries of stock that they have been able to make over the last month using the social distance no touch delivery. Something that any other car dealer may find challenging. How have they achieved this? Software! They have the capabilities to control the car remotely and transact with little interaction face to face. Talk about great innovation.

tesla factory
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More importantly, Tesla built factories in China Shanghai to help with the local production of the Model 3 and Model Y into the future. This foresight of manufacturing is proving to be a much smarter choice than probably ever realized.

With the recent events China, who has been dealing with the Virus since early December, are now coming out of their quarantine period and starting to ramp back up to full production of the Model 3 and beginning to make good progress on the Model Y factory.

old world version of earth
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If it turns out that Fremont Factory is not open in the foreseeable future, then is there a possibility for the Shanghai Gigafactory to send some model 3’s to the USA to sell. Granted there is a lot of hurdles that would need to be jumped before ever entering that market but the fact that another factory can produce Tesla Vehicles is important to the company’s survival.

They could send maybe 10% of their production abroad just to keep the supply trickling out to satisfy a variety of countries. It highlights that Tesla is still working to achieve its goals especially in tough times.

So, what can Tesla do during the time when the factories have been closed?

They can build ventilators

Opportunities

Elon Musk has in recent times with a team of his engineers turned their minds to helping the people most affected, those requiring ICU beds and ventilation. They have looked at what they create with the Tesla vehicles, looked at the parts and the HVAC knowledge and built a ventilator. Just incredible.

A video recently emerged from the engineers at Tesla that outlined the progress they have made. Their progress is nothing short of amazing when you consider they have never worked with medical equipment and, they, within a couple of weeks created a working prototype.

Adaptability in adversarial times helps to grow the brand but also shows compassion for the world around us. Tesla’s mission is to transition the world to sustainable energy and in doing so to help people across the globe to enjoy a world with a better environment than before. This philosophy seems to inspire and extend beyond vehicles when times are tough and change of focus is required.

So, I guess the message is simple, stay in touch, keep family safe and in contact, Tesla can survive during this tough time and continue to support all EV’s as the environment needs them more than ever.

Finally, I just want to say Happy Birthday to my Dad. You are an amazing person and we love you very much.

People are important, family is sacred and the world around us is precious.

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Happy Easter  

Stay Safe

Dave

Written by David McCann 11/4/2020
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Different Perspective

Different Perspective. As more and more countries become part of the COVID -19 story it is important for those who are directed to self-isolate to do just that. Obviously, this is important to stop the spread of the virus but on the flip side there may be great benefits and leaps forward in technology that we may not have seen for many years had COVID -19 not occurred.

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As we are asked to self-isolate and work from home, we are faced with changing our behavior to adapt to new ways of managing our daily lives. What this brings is change in thinking and processing of information. This change in behavior can lead to breakthroughs and fresh ways of looking at stale ideas.

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Tesla

In the case of Tesla, we may see changes in some of the fundamental tools that tesla has been developing. Let’s take for example the Full self-driving package. This has been evolving for a long time and Elon has said a number of times, that, in a couple of months it will start version one of “Feature Complete Full Self-Driving”.

Due to the self-isolation it may be possible for the brainy engineers at Tesla to develop fresh ways to explore old problems that enhance and grow the possibilities of what the full self-driving system might achieve. This may help to accelerate the development of the full self-driving package.

This is not just isolated to Tesla all companies that allow their workforce to isolate, think and trouble shoot problems from a different perspective may just give us the next big thing, or evolution.

Isolation benefits

It is exciting to think that we as a society have given people the ability to breath, to look around and see a different perspective, to collaborate in a way that previously had been talked about but seemed to hard to execute. This change is significant as we will never see the world in the light that was but in the light of what is and can be.

Elon Musk has been looking at the world in a different way for years. Finding the potential in abstract thought that has allowed him to find the beauty in old thinking and deliver products and ideas that inspire, that invigorate, that encourages passion and ultimately sparks the imagination of the next generation to not just look at the next 10 years, to not look at the next 50 years but to dream of what the next 100 years would look like and do build it now.

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Just as apple said to “Think Differently” I believe we also need explore different perspectives. Let’s hope that at the end of all the isolation and the COVID-19 pandemic we can come out the other side, seeing the world from a different perspective, with hope and prosperity and a passion to see what we as a society are truly capable of.

I hope that during this time Tesla and its employees show their passion, their drive and their ability to see what the future can be and to do it now.

Dave

David McCann
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Lets Imagine!!!!!

Lets Imagine!!!!! We are living in a unique time, right now!

Yes, we are being forced to stay safe and stay in our homes but the one thing that only a few people are talking about is the effect that this global shut down is doing for Mother Earth.

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Let’s imagine a future where electric vehicles have become the mainstream, where factories run on renewable energy either generated by the sun and the solar panels, whether by wind from the fresh sea breezes, or the oceans where wave power is crashing up against the shore.

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Let’s imagine all this energy is being stored in large battery facilities, in Hydro electrical dams’ and many other new and innovative ways.

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Let’s imagine that our daily commute to work is from our bedroom to our living room where we hold meetings and spend many hours working from a distance but are just as productive if not more so.

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Let’s imagine playing sports through virtual reality with spectators and crowds cheering from the side lines, being proud of your favorite avatar as they kick a goal, shoot a basket or score a goal.

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Let’s imagine that as you look out over the city you see crystal clear skies with the clouds all white and fluffy and the sky crystal blue, shining upon you with the warmth of the sun and a fresh sea breeze blowing across your face or you take a deep breath and can only smell the pine needles of the forest trees swaying in the breeze.

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Let’s Imagine that you are sitting in your back yard and the trees around you are lush and green and full of birds and critters. A squirrel runs down the trunk and gathers the acorns up and runs away into the lush grass towards a new tree.

As you look up past the tree you see geese flying high in formation and all you hear are the flapping of the wings as they pass by.

We are, right now living that dream. We may have a virus out there, but the knock on effect of not using all the fossil fuel related machinery and Co2 producing machines is a beautiful world that allows us to see how the things could be if we embraced the renewables future that is there for the taking.

Since we as a global community have stopped, the earth has started to recover that which it was losing very quickly. Dolphins have come back to the canals of the recently clear waters of Venice. Birds have flocked back to beaches. Air is clearer than it has ever been.

Los Angeles city can be seen from the mountains and conversely the mountains can be seen from the city. With no smog the sky becomes clear. In China the levels of emissions dropped so dramatically it was noticed by satellite monitoring tools. The air cleared up and the city and all its beauty could be seen.

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We have an opportunity before us. We need to learn from the current situation and see the future that is possible. Clean air and better breathable quality of air.

Cleaner water for us and the creatures of the world to share. Vehicles that do not pollute. Factories that do not pollute. A world that is clean, fresh and gives us hope.

Look outside and savor the beauty of the world around you in this unique time and know that this is possible if we are courageous enough to do what we believe is the best for the amazing planet we live in and not take it for granted.

Let’s grow, lets learn and let’s be part of the change that we and this world desperately needs, together we can achieve a future that looks better than where we are today.

Let’s imagine.

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Dave

David McCann
David McCann

Passion for Electric Vehicles and innovation. Sponsorship welcome