Apple Car right under our nose !!!!

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Right under our nose

Apple car right under our nose!!!! Last week apple introduced to the world 2 new chips. The M1 Pro and M1 Max. Their introduction was met with great fanfare and excitement. Mostly for those waiting for the new MacBook pros and the upgrade to the Apple silicon.

But what if we saw the introduction of apple’s future move towards the apple car.

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M1 Max
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These chips highlighted the development of the M1 chip, released last year, with the M1 chips released last week. Apple has not been idle and have developed some powerful and significant improvements. 

It got me to thinking have we been seeing the apple car development right in front of our eyes. 

Tesla Development

Tesla has demonstrated their inhouse development of chips gave them an edge to bring top to bottom and end to end integration with significant advancements to their vehicles and the FSD package. 

Granted the development of Tesla chips is significantly different to apple but that only makes it more interesting to see the advancement.

Tesla spent a number of years working to develop the chips as shown below.

Tesla chips
 Image Courtesy of Tesla.com

Has apple been doing the same right under our nose? The M1 Chips have made some significant advancements in the configuration and construct of the chips. The performance metrics that apple outlined hint at a highly powerful, low power chip that can manage a large load for extended duration. 

Full self-driving as shown by Tesla utilizes these very things to manage the system on the vehicle and the world around it. 

So, what makes the Apple chips so impressive. 

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M1PRO

M1 Pro details
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Even in apples own words it is “scary fast”.

Interesting choice of words.

But really this is a great example of apples thinking regarding future of computers.

It also gives a better understanding of what they are working on.  Efficiencies in chips that are made in house and integrated top to bottom, end to end. 

Yet why have we not seen the development of apple car and only hearing rumours.

Have they been constrained by the chips of the past? 

Apple car right under our nose!!!! So, the introduction of the Pro chip makes sense to be in Laptops and work towards faster processing. As has been demonstrated by several reviews (Verge cast)

Of course, apple doesn’t stop with one chip they introduced the M1 Max. 

This chip starts to demonstrate the innovation that apple has been working on. Rethinking how a chip could be developed to manage large quantities of data using least amount of power and producing performance off the scale. 

M1 Max 

M1 Max details
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In their own words it is faster than the Pro. 

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M1 Max chip design
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I believe apple has had to wait for the development of their own silicon to get the power they need to move forward with their Apple car development. It is only now that we are seeing this come to fruition.

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My thoughts

Firstly, let me just say I am not and engineer, digital architect, technical person who trained in any related field to create or construct chips, cars, or other tech devices.

These ideas are simply that just ideas and speculation. 

Full self driving

So, let’s take the M1 Pro and put it in the context of a Full self-driving vehicle. 

The architecture allows for high-speed bandwidth and transfer of data. One might say this is one feature that would be well suited to a full self-driving computer to manage thousands of pieces of data being input to manage the world around a vehicle. 

Apple also outlined the power efficiencies that are made with the introduction of these new chips. This also lends itself to the use in electric power vehicles. 

As Elon Musk has shown at his AI day and Battery Day, it is the incremental improvements that could be combined together that make the difference to the performance of a vehicle.

Both simple examples of Apple chips could be combined with other innovations apple has made over the years to truly build a Full self-driving computer. 

Their incremental advances in chip technology are just one example of their technology prowess. 

Why the MacBook if apple car is the target.

Apple car right under our nose!!!! Now I have made no secret that I am an apple fan boy just as much as a Tesla fan boy. I think competition is a good thing for the EV marketplace and with rumours that apple is working on a car floating around for years now it does make me wonder if there are some truths to those rumours, it has just been timing that has been the issue. 

With these new chips they could ultimately work towards that Full Self driving future. 

Testing the chips in MacBook’s allows for large volume data collection of their performance. 

Tesla so far

It is well known that Tesla currently is leading the world of Self driving vehicles with their proprietary system “Full Self Driving”. They have also continued to develop hardware that supports the FSD future. 

FSD Tesla
Image courtesy Tesla.com

This development has been focused on the vehicles Full self-driving chips that support the functions of the FSD capabilities.  

On top of which they are also rewriting the history of the Vision only system and the utilization of video rendering over still image rendering of object identification. 

At Tesla’s AI day a huge focus of the day was the in-house hardware development of Chips for the DOJO system Tesla’s training program for their increased advancement of the FSD program. 

Dojo
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The chip design when revealed, surprised many in the computing world with their sheer power and innovative thinking. Utilizing different way of thinking provided new and innovative approaches to chip design and construction. 

Tesla Dojo chip
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It is no secret that Tesla is looking to make the world safer for drivers with Full Self driving and computer vision. The current view with Autopilot, which again uses a subset of skills to manage driving, has proven that using these tools provide a safer driving experience. 

Even today there are reports of an ex-Tesla employee being recruited by Apple for the purpose of developing their autonomous driving capability. 

Apple has not completely given up on the Apple car and with the introduction of these new chips is working towards and endgame that is yet to be realized. 

All are welcome

Regardless of the innovation by both apple and tesla and many other companies in this space, ultimately the winner is the consumer and the environment. 

So as a fan boy of both companies I look forward to the evolution that is yet to come. 

Dave 

David McCann
David McCann

EV-HQ founder, passionate about sharing the passion for Tesla and Electric Vehicles everywhere.

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2050 – Its about time!!!

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Agreement 2050 for zero emissions. 

2050 – Its about time!!! Last week the Australian Nationals Party as part of the Coalition Government that currently governs Australia, agreed to the target of Zero Emission by 2050. This is an in-principal agreement but a step forward for Australia.

It is a hollow victory since a number of the states had already set much stronger targets. This is Just the Federal Govenerment playing catchup.

This agreement by the Nationals was formalized with the announcement by the Prime minister to meet zero emissions by 2050 for Australia. This announcement finally brings Australia into alignment with the rest of the developed worlds targets. 

What does this, actually mean.

It means focus, direction, planning.

Allows businesses and renewables companies, electric vehicles companies and many more to be able to plan for a brighter future. 

Including finding opportunities to replace the aging infrastructure and vehicles on the roads. 

It also allows the public to reap the rewards of a country that has a direction to a brighter future. 

Small Victories

I don’t credit this decision to the politicians, I grant it to the people who have worked tirelessly over the years to champion the move towards renewables. 

The scientists that have been advising, discussing, and yelling that this type of change should have happened decades ago. 

The people who have started businesses up against a difficult environment and challenged by the lack of support. 

Environmentalists who have for years shown through all social media, documentaries, and written articles the impact we as humans have had on the world around us. 

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This change in policy when implemented will be a game changer for Australia who has a lot of catching up to do compared to the rest of the world. 

Will there be change and challenge? YES. 

Will it be easy, NO

But is it necessary?

If recent weather events, Bushfires and disasters globally are anything to go by then yes, it is long overdue. 

2050 – Its about time!!!

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Actions speak louder than words

Of course, announcing the agreement to meet this target is one thing but for Australia and by extension the rest of the world to meet these targets action on a scale not seen for decades will need to occur. 

The adage “Action speaks louder than words” should be the motto that we all live by when it comes to environmental change to improve the world around us. 

We need to leave this place better than we found it. Not burnt, drowned, ravaged, and destroyed. Not a legacy that I wish to hand over to our children to clean up.

This must be the start not the end of our steps to turn things around. 

2050 – Its about time!!! Change is hard, we can be stuck in the same patterns for years and not be able to move , but if we each do a small thing that makes something better, then cumulatively we can all move worlds. 

Australia is standing on a precipice not wanting to take the leap. We should not be scared, we should be encouraged that we have a road forward and lots of people who have great ideas, innovations and inspiration that will help us to transition, believe and become a powerhouse to the future. Australia “Its Time to Lead

Dave 

David McCann
David McCann

EV-HQ founder, passionate about sharing the passion for Tesla and Electric Vehicles everywhere.

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Rivian – Adventure is a lifestyle

Rivian – Adventure is a lifestyle 

Rivian emerged in 2009 to fanfare regarding their introduction to the electric vehicle playground. Yet their mission was different from most other car manufactures. 

Rivian’s Mission

Rivian is on a mission to keep the world adventurous forever. We believe there is a more responsible way to explore the world and are determined to make the transition to sustainable transportation an exciting one. We designed our emissions-free Electric Adventure Vehicles to challenge what’s possible.

https://www.comparably.com/companies/rivian

This mission talks about helping people enjoy the environment we live in and a wish to keep it pristine. Yet that was not always the vision for RJ Scaringe the CEO of Rivian. 

Back before Rivian was founded RJ Scaringe was just a young man with a dream to work in the automotive industry and help to increase efficiencies within current vehicles. At that time all vehicles were internal combustion engines. 

He spent his early years working on restoring Porsches in Florida where he grew his passion for vehicles of all types and fed the seed of his desire to be a figure in the automotive industry. 

Yet over the years and whilst he was studying at MIT with a focus on the auto industry he was met with an internal conflict. 

RJ was an outdoors person; he loved mountain bike riding and savoured the beauty and wonder of the natural environment.

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Yet whilst he enjoyed exploring the wilderness on the back of a metal steed, he was frustrated by the fact that the vehicles he took to get to the wilderness were also polluting the air he so dearly loved.

During the following years, he came to realize that no matter what he did in any traditional car company he could not make a difference to change the status quo. 

It was this realization that led him to start his own car company called Avera Motors. With funding from several investors, he set out with 20 others to create what would ultimately become Rivian. 

Stealth Mode

Rivian – Adventure is a lifestyle. Rivian ran in stealth mode for over 10 years before revealing itself to the world. Stealth mode, for the uninitiated, is when a company runs under the radar without any badges or press releases and continues to grow and develop before opening itself up to the greater world. Rivian did just this and surprised the World auto market in 2009 when they revealed the R1-S and R1-T

R1T camping
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Early in Rivian’s development, they spent the first 5 years working to grow their team, building the business and organization whilst working on a sports car design.  

That’s right, Rivian had at that time focussed on a sports car it wasn’t until later that the adventure vehicle of the future really set the tone. 

RJ Scaringe’s dream of developing a vehicle that helps to get people to experience the outdoors and create memories was not in the sports car realm. So, they Pivoted. 

They pivoted and changed focus to the adventure lifestyle that is now a driving force behind the adventure vehicles R1S and the R1T. 

Pivot

Rivian finally released their new Vehicle R1-T to the public with first deliveries. So how did they get here?

When RJ Scaringe decided to Pivot away from the sports car, he focussed on what he truly believed. His passion for the outdoors and his drive to preserve the beautiful wilderness, that he loved, helped to frame the question of where to pivot.

Making a vehicle that not only can get you to the place you want to be but to do so by inspiring adventure. Helping the individual to make new memories and the vehicle that helps you to stay active. 

Just as Tesla has a mission to transition the world to sustainable energy, Rivian wants to help people experience the outdoors, be more active and adventurous. They also don’t want to impact the climate or the natural world around us whilst doing it. They just want to encourage the adventurous spirit. 

The vehicles

Rivian – Adventure is a lifestyle. The introduction of the new Rivian R1T and R1S was not the first 4×4 electric Truck to be introduced to the marketplace but they are one of the most appealing choices.  

R1T dirt road
Image courtesy of Rivian.com

These vehicles whilst feeling familiar have nothing but new respect and take on the industry. RJ Scaringe famously mentioned that to reinvent the vehicle for the future you need system-level thinking and a clean sheet of paper. 

They decided to ask the fundamental questions of why it is important to have a vehicle for adventure. The answer they delivered is that of the R1S. This off-road adventure vehicle had some surprising features.

 The introduction of the skateboard design battery pack with a rugged protection system and features like the “Tank Turn”, the gear tunnel, and adaptable list of camping accessories makes the Rivian R1S a more than a capable vehicle for the outdoors.

R1T Spec
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At first glance, the Rivian looks familiar like current trucks/SUV on the road which will make it extremely appealing to the average person who is looking to Buy. 

R1t storage
Image courtesy of Rivian.com
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Charging infrastructure. 

Up until recently the assumption by most is that Rivian would utilize the Charge America chargers to power their dream of the future. 

However, the chargers that are required for outdoor adventures are not located in the exact locations. So Rivian has developed their own. These chargers are to be in numerous locations across the United States as a starting point and are in wilderness areas.  

The Rivian Adventure Network will be the connection you need when seeking adventure. 

Rivian has also developed home chargers and portable charging cables as well. 

My introduction to the Rivian Brand

Rivian – Adventure is a lifestyle. I had heard of Rivian as they came out of stealth mode. It wasn’t until the “Long Way Up” documentary that they really captured my and many others’ interest. The vehicles that were used through the show were the first ever built. They were rough but practical and capable. They proved that electric vehicles could be used when off-road and going through rough terrain. 

Since this show was developed and aired Rivian has moved forward with leaps and bounds. Development of the vehicles along with the creation of the factory in Normal has given them the capability of creating their original dream after pivot of an adventure vehicle for the masses. 

A dream was realized for RJ Scaringe and the team at Rivian. 

Rivian is mostly focused on the American market currently, however they have deployed test vehicles to Australia and New Zealand currently. These vehicles are, by my best guess, to prove they can handle  Australian and New Zealand terrains and also have them reviewed and hopefully approved for sale in Australia in the years to come. 

I for one will be watching how Rivian proceeds and grow over the coming years. Their passion and mission again inspire the imagination of where the vehicles can go, but more importantly how they can help to improve the environment and maintain an adventurous spirit. 

For more information about Rivian check out EV-HQ.com/Rivian

Dave 

Master Plan Realised – Tesla Model 3

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We did something

Secret

Master plan realised – Tesla Model 3, I am smiling like a Cheshire cat. 

The last couple of weeks I have had to keep a secret. In doing so it made the reality so much better. 

3- 4 weeks ago I was working from home and my wife walked in the house and said,

“ It cost me $93 to fill up the car today. The petrol price was $1.79. This is ridiculous I am seriously going to crunch the numbers to see if we can afford a Tesla.”

My wife

Well to say my jaw just about hit the ground was an understatement.

Jaw dropping
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You see we have talked about it for many years but ultimately the price of electric vehicles seemed so expensive. 

I have had a lot of the Tesla and EV community say, yes the upfront cost is more, but the running cost and the cars are something else.

I understood that, but it was hard to justify such a large amount for someone who is an average wage earner. 

So, it was massive surprise that my wife was adamant that the price of fuel was not going down and she went about working it out. 

Number crunching

After a lot of number crunching of the budget and looking at all the items you need for a new car.

It would cost no more than an extra 30 dollars more than what we were already paying for her Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicle. 

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We were both surprised by the results.

It turns out that in the last 12 months there has been a shift in the interest in the electric vehicle industry. There has been more attention paid to electric vehicles as the global push towards renewables.

Trade-In

The key to the purchase was the trade-in of the existing vehicle.

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Trade in vehicle

We tried to find a place that might purchase the vehicle out right, but most places offered way less than the expected amount we were both after. 

Due to this we paused for a moment as we needed to get the right price for the trade in.

After a few trade-in prices that were not close enough, I went back to the Tesla website to droll over the Model 3.

I noticed that Tesla does trade-in’s.

So, I, entered all the details of the vehicle and went about my day.

TRADE IN LINK
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Out of the blue a couple of days later I had a phone call from the Sales rep at Tesla. He mentioned that they had sent an email with the trade in price and that they would be able to cover the value I entered. 

I was completely surprised and realised the Model 3 was back on the cards. Tesla had the best trade in price of any place we had visited before. 

Test Drive

Master plan realised – Tesla Model 3. So, we booked another test drive to just confirm that this was the direction we wanted to go. Seriously who were we kidding we wanted the Model 3 and we just wanted to test drive it again.

Test drive
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Now I have test driven a Tesla Model 3 before and they continue to be an amazing car. Both my wife and I had no doubts that this was what we wanted to do. 

We signed on the dotted line that day and the Hedgehog was ours.

Hedgehog
The hedgehog

Whilst we were doing the order in the store with a fantastic salesperson, Jerry, he asked the question if we were health employees. It turned out that we received some extra benefit for being health employees which meant no delivery fee and 3 years of maintenance support.

health professionals
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This was a benefit we hadn’t expected but appreciated that Tesla was acknowledging the hard work the health professionals are doing right now. Well, done Elon and Tesla.

So, over the next 3 weeks we worked out financing, provided through tesla, trade-in, also through Tesla, and delivery. 

Delivery Day

So, the day came, and I had taken the day off work as this was one thing I was not going to miss. 

Both my wife and I went to the delivery center, a non-descript warehouse that had been set up with a waiting area and all the vehicles being delivered. The warehouse was full.  

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Brisbane Delivery centre

It seemed we were the first customers of the day. On our arrival, we were greeted by a lovely Tesla employee. They promptly had us sign the final documents. 

Once this was complete, they pointed out the new vehicle and said we could take as much time as we needed to look over the vehicle, ask questions and get advice. 

Model 3
The new car

We took photos and couldn’t wipe the smiles of our faces. We spent a good 20 minutes just looking over the car to make sure nothing obvious was wrong or missing. 

Collection day
Delivery day
Inside Tesla

The car was perfect. 

MOdel 3 Shell

No panel alignment issues, no blemishes on paint or interior. 

The car was glistening and perfect. 

The quality of these vehicles is just incredible. 

One thing that you never get used to is the quietness of the vehicle. 

It is sneaky quiet. 

As we drove out of the delivery center my smile grew wider and wider.

This is the car I had been dreaming of owning for over 5 years. It was a pipe dream that now was a reality. 

We slowly worked our way out of the delivery center and onto the freeway where I put my foot down and felt the sheer excitement of the vehicle as it hurtled down the road. This vehicle is something else. 

We have driven the car over the last week and have been amazed at its drivability and features. 

It is a generational step forward and has just reinforced the need for everyone to take this leap. 

I am sure there are positives and negatives to this decision, and we will discover these as we move into the future. 

But I have dreamed of this moment for over 5 years and now that it is here it is has exceeded my expectations. 

Looking forward

Master plan realised – Tesla Model 3, I look forward to bringing you with me as we discover the ins and outs of this new reality I find myself experiencing. 

My family and I have achieved a goal we set many years ago as the last step to completing my original master plan. 

Time to reset the plan and start again and see what comes next. 

Hope you will come along with me on this journey and we can discover things together. 

Dave 

David McCann
David McCann

EV-HQ founder, passionate about sharing the passion for Tesla and Electric Vehicles everywhere.

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Master Plan Realised – Tesla PowerWall 2

Powerwall 2
Powerwall 2

Master plan realised

Master Plan Realised – Tesla PowerWall 2, Self-sufficiency is key to a sustainable future. This last week has seen a massive step forward for my household, and reduction of our environmental footprint with the realisation of our master plan.

I finally have a Tesla………………………………………. Powerwall 2

Over the last number of years, just like Elon Musk, I have been working towards a master plan. 

That plan was conceived many years ago when I became aware of Tesla and their amazing vehicles. 

I had always loved driving and enjoyed certain vehicles over my lifetime, most notably the original Mini that I owned as my first car. 

When I first took a test drive in a tesla all those years ago, I understood I knew that this was the vehicle I wanted to own. 

Now I will be honest back then it was all about the cars, but since that time I have come to realise that the vehicles are a means to help reduce my environmental impact on the planet. 

So, I created my master plan. 

Master Plan

The plan was simple

  1. Install solar panels. 
  2. Install home battery to capture solar power and use power for home.
  3. Buy an Electric vehicle

Sometimes the best plans are the simplest. Focused and clean.

I have stayed true to the plan over the years and finally, the benefits are now being realised. 

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Step 1 – Install Solar panel 

Originally, we installed solar panels many years ago and at the time they worked well but they just were not enough to help with the current needs of our house. Especially if you consider the needs by the time, we were able to afford an Electric vehicle.

So, we replaced our panels about 4 years ago and installed 5.5 kw solar system with Solohart. They provided a premium service, fantastic quality, and price. The solar panels have done extremely well over that time frame producing more than enough power for our home. I regularly maintain them and keep them clean of debris and dust.

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My Rooftop Solar Panels

As with any solar system they operate only in daylight or when the sun is shining. We have had several blackouts over the years, and it has been frustrating not to have any back up of power during these times. 

Step 2 – Install home battery 

The introduction of the Tesla Powerwall 2 has always been something we had planned when the price became more reasonable. It turns out that in the years since I made the plan the price had gone up, so the battery was not viable. 

The price jump occurred as Model 3 production was hitting its ramp and having challenges. So, the delay of the battery was to be expected. 

In more recent years several power companies in Australia have been making it easier to afford home battery storage. 

Thanks to the community

Whilst listening to the Phantom Lane Four podcast at the end of 2020 (a fantastic group of passionate Tesla /EV fans) (@Teslagong, @TeslaTom, @DrSallyL, @SydEv)I noted they mentioned AGL and their current deals with Tesla Powerwall 2 for the home. 

Phantom lane four
Image courtesy of Phantom Lane four Twitter

So, I investigated and found that it is much easier to have a Battery installed than it was just a short number of years before. 

I proceeded with the Powerwall 2, and it is with such satisfaction that I am now a proud self-sufficient PowerStation. Of course when the sun doesn’t shine we have to pull from the grid but otherwise happy customer.

Installation

Master Plan Realised – Tesla PowerWall 2, The installation took 1 full day to accommodate not only the battery but also the integration to the current solar and house power board.

The battery is the standard Powerwall 2 configuration with a 13.5kw size battery, a small footprint, and the usual isolation switches for safety. It has been mounted on an external wall of my Garage and looks incredible. 

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My Powerwall 2 installed

The profile of the power wall is smaller than expected and the glowing green light adds to the awesome ness and design.

The Powerwall 2 was not the only thing installed. Tesla also provides a Power box to manage the flow of Electricity from the Powerwall 2 to the main grid and house.

In true Tesla Style the powerboat is just as gorgeous as all their other products.

Powerbox
Tesla Powerbox

To know that it is helping bring about better power consumption for my family and we are reducing our climate footprint brings a massive smile to my face.

Since the Powerwall 2 installation last week, we have seen incredible power management. Not only is it filling up to full capacity daily, but it is helping to keep our power from the grid to almost nothing overnight.

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1st week with Powerwall2

There is no doubt in my mind that this is the way forward for all new builds, old builds, and anything in-between. 

It will be a game-changer for the future and will give the choice for those to help do their part to assist with the reduction of emissions into the environment. 

Personally, I have not been able to wipe the smile off my face. Step 2 o the master plan is finally complete. Now on to step 3.

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Step 3 – Buy an electric car

Well, this last step of owning an electric vehicle has been the main driver for me to achieve the first two steps.

Of course, I am passionate about helping the environment, but no one said it couldn’t be fun doing it. 

This step is the one that will truly feel like we are moving into the future. 

I have made no secret of the fact that a Tesla is the car for me.

A vehicle that can do long distance and be family orientated whilst scratching the techno nerd itch I have had for many years. 

It has been a challenge to run the EV-HQ.com website, and Blog, and not own an electric vehicle.  

Well, that ends now

I have been keeping a secret from my followers, my family, and friends. 

We are now the proud owners of a Tesla Model 3 Standard Range plus

Model 3
Model 3 Standard Range Plus

Check out my blog about the Tesla and how it came to be ours – Live now

6 Years in the making

Master Plan Realised – Tesla PowerWall 2, Tesla Model 3 and it started with the Solar panels and an idea.

I cannot wipe the smile of my face. 

To achieve the master plan after 6 years just demonstrates, the drive, passion and determination that I and anyone can achieve.

It has not been easy, and we have had to make some big choices. But we planned, budgeted, and had a bit of luck and timing that assisted us to be able to complete the Master plan set out all those years ago. 

I cannot say how proud I am of achieving the this goal and I hope you enjoy reading my blogs about the Powerwall 2 and the Tesla into the future.

It does not mean that I will forget the great other vehicles starting to hit the market. There is so much great activity from the EV market place starting to ramp up globally this is just the beginning. 

Thanks for being here for the journey and I hope we have greater adventures to share ahead.

Dave 

David McCann
David McCann

EV-HQ founder, passionate about sharing the passion for Tesla and Electric Vehicles everywhere.

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History In Real Life !!!

“Space the final frontier”, it seems that every time I hear these words of late the first thing, I think of is Space X. History in real life !!!

Photo by SpaceX on Unsplash

The importance of going to space cannot be lost on the average person because it is the inspiration of visionaries that helps to inspire the soul to dream big and see many and new things come to the fore. 

Space X

Right now, we are living history right before our eyes. 

Space X is proving that if you strive for the stars then the stars won’t seem so far away, and the human spirit will soar.

Over the last weeks it has become much clearer that we are seeing history for both the good reasons and the bad reasons. 

Recently the World Health Organization highlighted the severity of our consternation about the environmental impacts our daily lives are causing to the environment. 

Our thirst for the things we want and things we need are having grave and destructive implications to the world around us. 

The introduction of Electric vehicles is one of many changes that we need to make to help the environment and the daily lives of our fellow humans. 

So why are we taking so long to realize that we have the power at hand to make positive changes to the way we see the world. 

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Change is hard

It turns out that people don’t like change especially when they are comfortable in their own worlds. It is only when significant change is necessary that the realization that change is necessary to reduce remove and reverse the impacts of the previous actions. 

This has been no more prevalent than with the Pandemic of 2020. The world had to change the way that they conducted themselves in short order. We have adjusted to different ways of life since then. Some good, others not so much. But the reality is we did change because we had too. 

Italy, Greece, Europe, and many other locations across the globe are currently experiencing wildfires, floods, famines and so much more. Environmental impacts are being felt. ( Courtesy of NBC.com)

So, it is up to us to find a way to help ourselves, our fellow humans and find a future that makes a difference. 

This is History in real life. Elon musk had a vision, just like a small child, wanting to see the future, yet as he got older that future never happened, so he made it happen. 

He made a choice to go against the apathy and push the limits. He has inspired and driven more people towards that future, and they, continue to see the truth of our actions upon this world and are inspired to find new ways to help. 

In Tesla’s recent “Impact Report” a clear set of metrics that Tesla and their customers has achieved are having real world impacts. Yet more needs to be done. 

Tesla Vertical integration

Tesla has never hidden the fact that they want to transition the world to sustainable energy. They now have the ability for everyone to realize that dream with the integration of their products. 

Electric vehicles, powered by solar panels that store energy for use later in battery packs. A view of the world that only 10 years ago seemed far out of reach for the average person.  

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Recycling materials

Reuse of materials seems to be less important in today’s age of single use throwaway society yet Tesla factors this into their vehicles and products. Specifically, they demonstrated that the battery metals can be recycled up to 92%. It is opportunities like this that will have real world impacts on the environment around us. 

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Emissions

One of the most important items within the Impact Report was the point about EV ownership and emissions. Tesla by its very nature is environmentally focused and has demonstrated this on several fronts. 

Reduction of emissions can lead to improvements of health and reduce preventable deaths. It seems that EV’s are helping to assist this behavior by not having a tail pipe that produces emissions.  

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Accidents 

When discussing preventable deaths Tesla also highlighted a significant drop in vehicle accidents when utilizing their vehicles across autopilot, active safety features, and again with no safety features. Their results are significantly less than the Average for the US. 

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These statistics demonstrate the benefits of driving a vehicle with 5-star safety rating and advanced safety systems designed to keep the occupants and the environment around the vehicle safe. 

Inspiring childhood dreams

Space X and the invention of the Starship by Elon a visionary and the space X team have inspired a generation of up-and-coming kids that the dreams they have a child are now history in real life. The ability to inspire, feed the hopes and dreams and give hope when all seems hopeless, cannot be underestimated. 

It is incredible to think that as a small child dreaming of spaceships and flying cars with robots that help me do my homework that the development of those things had to happen, and it is now that we are seeing that realization come to life. 

I hope that this inspiration and passion for the future helps to continue to inspire and grow those young minds to dream big, to move forward with humanity and environmental concerns in mind and to see History in real life become reality of the future. 

Dave 

David McCann
David McCann

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Model Y Ordering Opens in Hong Kong!!!!!

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Tesla Model Y ordering opens for Hong Kong the first Right Hand Drive location. 

Hong Kong is the first place to be able to order the Model Y. Recently i suggested a timeline and placement of the Model Y within the Tesla line up for Right hand drive countries. Let’s hope this is the start of that prediction.

Since the release of the Model Y over a year ago the release to right hand drive countries has been a topic of much debate. But today we wait no longer. The right-hand drive Model Y is now available in the first of location, that being Hong Kong. 

Late last night the Model Y page for Tesla in Hong Kong “only”, went into a maintenance.

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At approximately 11:30am (AEST) on the 2/7/2021 the Model Y page went live again.

The right-hand drive Model Y is available to order in Hong Kong. 

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Pricing

The pricing of each variant of the Model Y:

  • Standard range
    • HK 329,800
    • AUD 56894 (Direct Conversion, no taxes or fees applied)
  • Long range
    • HK 377,800
    • AUD 65174.88 (Direct Conversion, no taxes or fees applied)
  • Performance
    • HK 419800
    • AUD 72420.37 (Direct Conversion, no taxes or fees applied)

Standard Range Features

The standard range will as always be the most popular variant of the Model Y. This car has a lot of amazing features that gives the customer a wonderful experience. 

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Wheels

The standard range comes with the new Gemini wheels as standard. But there is the ability to change them to the 20” induction wheels 

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Long Range Features

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Wheels

The long range includes the 20” induction wheels. Currently there is only this choice. 

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Performance Features

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As with all performance variants with the Model Y there is a Performance upgrade that includes the below items. 

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Wheels

The performance Model Y will be rocking the Überturbine wheels in alignment with the Model 3. 

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Colours

As with all the Model Y range there are still the 5 colours that the vehicles come in

  • Pearl White Multi coat
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  • Solid Black
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  • Midnight Silver Metallic
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  • Deep blue Metallic
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  • Red Multi Coat
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Interior

The interior also retains the two colour choices of Black and White 

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Seating choice

In addition to the interior colours there is currently a choice of 5 seat interior. This choice seems arbitrary as 5 seats in the model 3 options is not a choice, however as we have seen in the Left-hand drive variants a 7-seat option became available. This seems to be the additional option coming into the future. 

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Full Self Driving

Model Y Ordering Opens in Hong Kong!!!!! The Full self-driving capabilities have been a long time coming but with V9 only “two weeks away” the purchasing of this option would be well advised. 

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Australia

It is encouraging to see that the right-hand drive Model Y is now available to order in Hong Kong. What this means for Australia is yet to be determined. 

However, it is a very positive sign that the Model Y is making inroads towards ordering for more Right-hand drive countries like Australia and New Zealand and beyond. The recent introduction of incentives for EVs in new south wales and Victoria and hopefully soon in Queensland will only increase the demand for Electric vehicles. 

I look forward to the day that Model Y ordering occurs in Australia and hope to be one of the many that place an order for this incredible car. 

Dave 

David McCann
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EV Opportunities signs for Australia

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EV Opportunities signs for Australia, In recent months there has been a visible shift in the Electric Vehicle marketplace in Australia. The introduction of new vehicles to the marketplace and public announcements of the same have been coming thick and fast. 

Unfortunately, Australia is starting to be known as the laggard of EV uptake in the world. USA post the election has made huge shifts towards transitioning to the EV future.

The UK and Europe have been heading down this road and have doubled down on this with announcements the assist with the uptake of electric vehicles. These include electric vehicle sales only by 2030.

China with its huge population has made very clear signs that the transition to electric vehicles is a number one priority.

This decision seems to be driven by the amount of pollution they see in their cities. Introduction of electric vehicles would help to reduce this pollution significantly.

So, it is no surprise that the world has very clearly indicated that electrification is the future. 

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So, why is Australia so far behind. 

That is a simple question. Australia has been living on the gravy train of coal for so many years, they are blinded by the cash that currently is flowing in. 

However, blind Freddy could see that this will start to become less prosperous and will become a far forgotten enterprise of a bygone era. 

The federal government is so focused on getting back to things, that they are missing the opportunities that the transition to renewables and EV’s are presenting.  

The federal government are caught in a predicament whereby the current politicians were raised on old ways and traditional thinking. This is serving them well in some respects but in the area of climate change and electrification they are in the dark. 

Ironic really that the thing that can make our country more prosperous than it has been and move the country forward is the same thing that current politicians just cannot see. 

The younger generation that are destined to clean up the mess of the last 100 years and be left with the ramifications of it if it is not done now are the most vocal about what we need to do. 

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They get it, they have a passion for the environment because they have seen what mine and our forefathers’ generations decisions have done to the planet. 

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EV Opportunities for Australia, So why am I so passionate about us making the change sooner. Most people would think it is because I really want a Tesla, and it is true I would love to own a Tesla, but the real reason aligns with the mission of Tesla.

The planet needs to be able to breathe again. I want a planet that is beautiful and able to be enjoyed by all. I want a planet that is there for our kids and grandkids. 

Electric vehicles are just the first step along with solar and battery storage, but there will be greater discoveries into the future including in the car industry. 

Elon musk reinvigorated an industry that was stuck in the mud and drowning on its own success. Fossil fuels are not endless. We need a new way forward and renewables are the best advantage to do this currently that we have. 

New players

EV Opportunities for Australia, In Australia, as I said before the landscape is changing. Australian Capital Territory (ACT) recently introduced an incentive and registration relief to entice more people to uptake the electric vehicle and it seems this incentive has worked wonders to bring more people into the marketplace. 

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The recent deal to bring BYD vehicles at a reasonable cost to Australian shored is another great positive step towards increasing the uptake. Not to mention the already available Nissan Leaf, MG ZEV, BMW i3 and so many more that are hitting the market. 

Media

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The media outlets have also started to realize the transition is starting and needs to accelerate so we are seeing more stories and discussion regarding EV uptake and introduction to Australia. 

Gone is the rhetoric that they are like golf carts and they are not a true alternative to the current ICE vehicles. 

As of yesterday, a delivery of over 4000 Tesla Model 3 hit the Australian shores and with it a realization that electric vehicles are here to stay. They are exciting and new. They are the future which is bringing with it a tsunami of silent vehicles and new age thinking. 

Australia has an opportunity to be at the forefront of this tsunami both from a consumer perspective but also from a business perspective.

We have in Australia some amazing skilled manufacturers who have the passion and skills to help make Australia a powerhouse in the world of renewables and electric vehicle manufacturing. 

The minerals we have in this country are vital to the making of batteries and we should capitalize on this. We have companies like Ace EV , which I recently wrote about, who have been fighting for years to deliver electric vehicles to the market against all odds. Their opportunity is now. 

It is time we stopped pointing fingers and making this a political issue and started making this a real-life opportunity. 

Stop with all the negative talk, and talk about the future of our kids. 

Stop trying to ignore the fact that the world is moving in this direction.

We have a responsibility to our friends, family and country.

We need to set our own mission, improve the future of the air, environment and country to make sure that the planet is safe, healthy and happy so that everyone can enjoy it. 

Let’s reframe the question and start fresh. 

Its Time

Dave

David McCann
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EV-HQ founder, passionate about sharing the passion for Tesla and Electric Vehicles everywhere.

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Tesla Superchargers towards the Model Y !!!

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Tesla, superchargers towards the Model Y. Tesla’s movements of late has given rise to the thoughts that the Model Y is not far away for Australian Right hand drive versions of the Model Y. 

The recent price drop, paired with the introduction of more superchargers has given rise to the idea that the Model Y‘s introduction to Australia is not far away. 

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Superchargers

The new superchargers are mostly flagged to be operational in the early part of 2022. Allowing some to speculate that the Model Y will be open for ordering in the later part of the year. 

The new Superchargers appeared on the Tesla website earlier this week. Their introduction came with little fanfare. This arrival is auspicious as the earnings call for Quarter 1 is due to occur in the coming week.

Mainstream media

Recent interest in the electric vehicle has started gain ground swell in Australia. Recently a number of mainstream media outlets have produced many and varied stories about the efficacy of the electric vehicle. 

The biggest hurdle is the influence the government has over the current lay of the land for uptake of EVs. Their lackluster policy and attitude towards them EVs is telling. My blog from last week explores this more thoroughly,

It is very sad to see the Prime Minister talking Hydrogen when the best part of the world is driving towards electrification. Once again showing his lack of understanding and how much the wrong advice is being given to him. 

Renewable energy is something that is not using any expendable resources. Hydrogen unfortunately relies on using water, which again is a finite resource and one of the most precious we have. 

Model Y 

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Anyway, the discussion about the Model Y is that the introduction of the Model Y will occur towards the 4th quarter this year. 

I have a different theory. I have recently received a tip from an anonymous source that has led me to believe the introduction of ordering the Model Y to the Australian market will, “not be far off”. Let’s hope it comes from the earnings call. 

So, at this stage, I believe ordering will open within the next month. This works when you consider it takes time for cars to be produced and delivered to Australia. Currently, the model 3 is saying 8-10 weeks for delivery. 

If we extrapolate this timeline, we see the model Y would arrive in Australia for delivery around August. This would coincide with eh opening of some key super chargers that were just announced. 

If ordering opens in the next 2 months, that gives them 3-4 months make and deliver from Giga Shanghai.

Only time will tell if my suggestion is sound, but I am fairly confident it is. 

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Clarify my requests

For those that have seen my twitter feed, you will know that I have been a consistent in asking about the Model Y. Most of you have been interested in my requests of Elon and Tesla. However some have been suggesting I am a pest. 

I just want to set the record straight. My asking about the Model Y ordering is due to the fact I believe Australia will buy more Model Y than Model 3. I believe the sooner it gets to market in Australia the sooner it will become the best-selling SUV in Australia. If the price is right. See my post about my theory for price.

The average person in Australia wants a spacious vehicle and the Model Y SUV offers this.

Tone

The Model 3 has set the tone and I believe the Model Y will bring home to those on the fence that the electric vehicles is versatile. They are simple to use. It is possible to do all things that ICE vehicles do and more.

The Model Y needs to be opened up to the Australian public. It needs to be at a competitive price so that Average Australians can afford it. 

Tesla Superchargers towards the Model Y with the introduction of new Superchargers along strategic roads. In combination with with the price drop of the Model 3 combined with some information I received recently, I believe we will see what comes but Model Y is not far from the Australian public to order. 

Dave 

David McCann
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Tesla Australian Price Drop

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Tesla drops the Australian price again. 6 months after the last price adjustment Tesla has delivered another drop in price.

Unexpected, or was it?

Since the beginning of the year, many from the Tesla Australian community have felt a price drop would occur in the first quarter.

The introduction of the new Model 3 deliveries coming from China helped to drive this belief.

I was lucky enough, back in January, to spot, in the Tesla store online, that the new Model 3 had the updated newly designed interior being manufactured in China.

So many have felt that a price adjustment was inevitable.

That price adjustment happened early Saturday morning 17th April 2021 Australian time.

Model 3’s price dropped between approximately $4000 to $7000 AUD depending on the Model 3 purchased and the date purchased.

Tesla working to the mission

This price reduction once again proves that Tesla is trying very hard to help as many people as possible transition to sustainable transportation.

The goal of owning an EV continues to be a struggle for most average people. Prices of electric vehicles is considerably higher than ICE vehicles. Currently it is possible to purchase two ICE vehicles for the price of a Tesla model 3.

It is this disparity with prices that is still proving a barrier to the mass uptake in Australia.

If the Australian government both federal and state were serious about the uptake of electric vehicles in Australia they would introduce incentives that would help to increase their uptake.

Climate Change

Climate change is the pandemic that most people ignore because they believe that it won’t happen to them. They cannot do anything to make a difference. That is where they are wrong and governments have a responsibility to help.

Tesla continues to strive to meet their mission of transitioning the world to sustainable energy, including transportation. This continues to motivate and drive Tesla to improve their products and their prices, to make them more attainable for the general public.

This is certainly the case in the USA with a considerable uptake of Tesla products in both energy and transport. It is this passion to make a positive impact upon the environment and help turn around the catastrophic impact we, as humans, have made to the environment.

Change is hard, resistance is futile, we are NOT the borg.

All change takes time and is resisted by those that have a vested interest in the old technologies. Motivation like this is generally driven by money.

However, with new ideas comes, new opportunities. Opportunities that are finally being understood by countries in the northern hemisphere.

Not only that, but our closest neighbour, NewZealand, has also started the journey to make electrification more prominent in the minds of the citizens and help to increase the uptake of EVs as a priority.

Australian political leaders who work in the Australian Federal Government are stuck in the past. The perception is that they are not looking to the future.

So to see companies like Tesla try to make a difference to the average person by adjusting prices in a downward direction helps to keep pressure on governments to make change. It also helps continue to get more and more people into the electric vehicles market.

Prices drop

Model 3 price adjusted

Once again it is brilliant to see a price reduction.

The below image is of Tesla ordering page for Model 3. this is to compare prices from January.

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Currently the prices show as follows on Tesla.com. 4000 AUD price reduction is a nice price drop and hopefully will get more uptake of the vehicles.

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The Long Range and Performance models also received price reduction.

Long Range

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Performance.

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The colour choices continue to remain at the same price with Solid Black, Midnight Silver Metallic and Deep Blue Metallic remaining at 1500 AUD and Red Multi-Coat at 2900 AUD.

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The wheels continue to remain at the same price of 2200 AUD for the 19” Sports Wheels which are selectable for the Standard Range Plus and the Long Range Model 3.

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Performance Model 3 retains the 20” Überturbine Wheels.

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Tesla continues to improve on price, range and perception. They continue to push the industry kicking and screaming towards a better future. The only thing in Australia holding them back is the federal governments policies that are stuck in the past.

Dave

David McCann
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