What a week.
I posted a tweet that Elon musk responded to and I finally realized why Tesla is important to the global community.
Tesla is a global company that has provided some of the most innovative products for many years within the tech and motor vehicle spheres. Tesla’s ability to continue to move forward against adversity, tough times and financial strain has been a phenomenon. This momentum that Tesla has, is something that can only be measured by the global audience that is trying to go with them as they evolve the motor car industry to see a future that is more environmentally responsible.
On Tuesday I sent a tweet into the twitter verse asking why does the cost of the Model 3 seem to be so much more in Australia than in the USA and maybe a solution to bring down the price was to build a Giga factory in Australia. This suggestion was to highlight the cost of the cars in Australia, but also to show that Australia has no major car manufacturer in Australia, and they could be the first major Electric vehicle producer in Australia. This would allow for greater price competition and uptake of electric vehicles.
I had no delusions that it would be another tweet that got a few comments and likes but nothing more. Boy, was I wrong! Thanks’ to Elon replying the world engaged and showed that they also wish for greater ability to purchase a Tesla.
So why did the world engage, could it be that I hit upon an idea that resonates with the average joe?
Could it be that the mere suggestion that it does seem high from Elon Musk gives hope to those that have felt helpless to be able to buy their dream car and that dream could be a little closer?
It turns out it is all of these things and so much more. I have written before about the Cybertruck and how it hits the mark for those people who have dreamt of that cool car they have always wanted to own from their childhood movies or shows and the cybertruck delivered. In this sense so do all Tesla’s.
The passion that is held within the Tesla fandom and the love they have for Elon only makes them want to own the cars more.
Sure, they are fantastically specked out cars and they scratch the futuristic itch but for most people the prospect of owning this car anywhere outside the USA becomes a pipe dream. The price becomes untenable.
I scratched at the one place that most people talk about all the time. The chance of the price being lower, so they have a better chance of owning their dream car.
Elon is well engaged with the tesla community and as such a simple comment like the one he gave to me ignites a flame that can burn near and far and give hope to those many voices.
Within the voices Elon knows there are good ideas, great sounding boards and the ability to flesh out ideas. This makes the twitter verse extremely proud of what they can achieve when putting their minds together. Since the tweet went wild there have been a number of ideas that have come to the foreground.
- Giga Oz – have a Gigafactory in Australia – @EVHQ2
- Leasing Tesla’s -@Teslagong
- Giga factory that produces solar panels and batteries and as a side gig, cars.
- Get the government to consider removing luxury car tax
- Send cars from china
These are just some of the great suggestions that came from the twitter verse in response to reducing cost and making Tesla’s more affordable in Australia.
I hope that Elon can see that costs of Tesla’s once they leave the shores of the USA increases, and the cost for those, regardless of exchange rates or local taxes. Hopefully Elon can look at it from a business problem perspective and utilize some of the suggestions or dream up another idea that just might alleviate the pressure for average people to achieve one goal in their lives. To drive their dream Tesla Vehicle.
I hope that I have a chance to continue to talk with Elon about many and varied things to do with Tesla and beyond. But for now, I am glad I have had a chance to voice my concerns and feel that I have been heard.
Lets’ hope that Australia’s government will see that people want the change , that it’s time for the change to occur and that our children’s lives depend upon us taking a stand and vocalizing our ideas and passions by being one voice to shine through the smog filled sky’s to the blue light and sunshine beyond.
Thanks to everyone that liked, shared and commented on my tweet, I appreciate your input and commentary.
Finally thank you Elon Musk, you have shown the world many times over you are genuine and passionate and that is what makes you a truly great human being.