Roots and Roads of Roadster

Tesla released the original roadster in 2008 and with it the beginning of the evolution of the auto industry. The original Roadster is quite different from today’s Tesla’s but without it the Tesla of today would not exist. 

The original roadster was a one of a kind marvel that was ahead of its time. It allowed people who had the means to own a car that allowed them to experience the future of a sports car. This was a pivotal step to providing funds to allow tesla to grow and develop what we know as the Model S today. 

Since then they have become cars of legend. Sort after by the Tesla fold and a wonder when driven by those not aware of what electric cars can do. They performed ahead of their class and gave insights to the future Tesla company. 

Of course, their road to completion was not without its issues. Delays that were long due to changes with design and development. Tesla also had to contend with money challenges and perception that electric cars where not even close to the combustion engine. 

But here we are many years later with Tesla being a global phenomenon and the roadster being the car that started it all. 

So, what’s next for the original roadster and what does this car mean to the future of Tesla. The original roadster in recent times has started to get some love from Tesla after many years of being ignored. They now have the ability to get serviced and parts directly from tesla where earlier on in the last decade that service was superseded after the Model S and Model X became the champions of the Tesla Cause. However, they have now been welcomed back and are improving the life and functions of the original tesla as they become to be considered classic cars of the electric car world. 

So, is this all there is for the Roadster name? The answer is no as the New Roadster was announced in late 2017 at the SEMI reveal when it rolled of the back of the truck trailer to the surprise of everyone. Just as the introduction of the Original roadster had been small the opposite could be said of the new roadster.

The car looked as if it was from the future and the specifications made it one of the fastest, sports cars ever conceived. As Elon musk has said “this is a smack down” to all super cars around the world. 

The design of the car is beautiful and has become iconic amongst electric car owners as the benchmark for any future electric sports car. As the original was to help grow the company the new roadster is to prove that electrification is here to stay and will outperform, out innovate and inspire the next generation of car buyers globally. 

The future of the roadster name is bright and 2020 will be the year that this car excites those that have purchased their ticket to ride. 

Dave 

Written by David McCann

EV-HQ Polls

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I recently put a poll up on twitter asking the Question;

“In your opinion what is the best tesla on Price, Versatility and usability”

The options provided where the :

  • Roadster,
  • Model S,
  • Model 3
  • Model X

All current released vehicles by Tesla.

The following results were obtained. 

At first glance I would have said that the Model X and Model S would have led the charge on this as they have been around the longest and have delivered many great reviews. However, the strong leader by a large margin was the Model 3. 

I was intrigued however by the strong response of the Roadster. As the original roadster was beloved by those that owned this amazing car it surprises me that the respondents said it was on par with Model X. The Model X is a crown jewel for Tesla and comparing the original Roadster with the Model X is high praise.

What this does show is that from the 22 responders the Model 3 is living up to expectations. It has great cargo capacity. It has good range and also has the same comfortable seating to carry a family easily. It is the last item that i believe makes this car the reason for the great response. It is a good family car. This is the main reason that i believe most people are buying it. An electric car that finally makes family sense.

I hope this provides some simple insights into the perceptions of the Tesla Vehicles from the general public. 

I will be doing these polls once a month. So please let me know what you’re thinking about and if you have any ideas for new polls let me know and I will put it in the field. 

Thanks 

Dave 

2020 Predictions

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Looking back on the past decade it is easy to say that Tesla has led the way with the invigoration of the Electric Car industry. With their lineup of vehicles currently in production and the possibilities this decade will bring puts Tesla in the driver’s seat for 2020. 

Tesla is not just a Car Company it is a Tech Company

David McCann
Ev-hq.com

The plan that Elon originally conceived 

  • Build a sports car 
  • Use the money to build an affordable car
  • Use that money to build an even more affordable car
  • While doing the above, also provide zero emission electric power generations options. 

This plan was in itself simple to say but for Tesla over the last 10 years has proven that to perform as a car company is difficult and challenging. But as has been said many times Tesla is not just a car company it is a tech company and is and has been behaving like that since the start. What this has allowed them to do is shake up an industry that has needed an injection of life and innovation. 

The introduction of the all-electric car by Tesla all those years ago was ahead of its time for sure but I wonder if Elon and the tesla team knew then that it would be so profound 10 years later. 

Current cars

When the Roadster was released it was unique, inspirational and hinted at what tesla could achieve when given the right tools. This car again led to greater things when the Tesla released the Model S and then the Model X. These cars according to the original master plan where parts of steps 2. They achieved with the introduction of the Model 3, step 3. Whilst they were creating these award-winning vehicles Tesla was also building large Gigafactory’s, innovating and deploying energy generation and storage capability to many areas around the globe. 

Those that believe the last 10 years that has seen Tesla go from a small car company to a global phenomenon was just a fluke and is not possible to continue their run of great success may find that the next decade gives them many reasons to pause. 

Predictions

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Now as we head into the 2020’s it is important to make some predictions about what they may look like for tesla and electric vehicles. Tesla has a number of projects that 2020 and beyond will show that they are well advanced in the next couple of years. The introduction of the Model Y, Cybertruck, New Roadster and the Semi are just the start of the potential for Tesla over the next couple of years. 

Having watched Tesla for a number of years I have a few ideas of what I think they may do over the coming years 

Proliferation

Remembering that the mission statement of tesla is to increase the proliferation of electric vehicles I believe their biggest objective for this decade is to continue to build new Gigafactory’s like the one in china in other areas of the globe that will increase sales and electric vehicle uptake. Tesla has already proven they can do this in a timeframe unheard of before so this should occur in the next couple of years. 

Remember the mission statement….

david Mccann
ev-hq.com

Deliveries

When the new vehicles are released, they will continue to drive sales and proliferation however deliveries are essential to improve the process. Knowing that Tesla is an innovation company I believe they will find a way to have cars delivered to the home instead of picking up at the Delivery Centre as a first choice rather than an exception. This will allow for less over heads and more deliveries in decentralized areas. 

New Vehicles

Tesla has shown it can respond to different vehicle categories and I believe this will continue to occur. First, they disrupted the sedan luxury market. They then upset the Average driver market. Soon they will disrupt the SUV market followed quickly by the supercar market. They have the potential with the SEMI to disrupt the trucking industry and they might have the same effect with the Cyber truck. 

Autopilot and Full Self driving

Elon has been quoted many times that we should be afraid of artificial intelligence (AI) and yet he runs one of the companies that is using machine learning and A.I. to build an essential element to the Tesla fleet with Full self-driving. I believe that Full self-driving will be one of the defining factors that will put Tesla ahead of the rest of the field. It will also have implications in how AI is used within all devices moving forward. They will set the tone for what is required. 

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These predictions and ideas are not necessarily new and have been discussed in some way in the past. I believe that this is the decade where Tesla really doubles down on their ideas and will exit the decade with amazing new vehicles and software that is without equal. 

Dave

Written by David McCann
14/01/2020

Thank you…#EVFRIENDS

Just under a year ago i decided to create a website

Just under a year ago I decided to create a website. This website was to allow me to express my thoughts and ideas regarding Electric Vehicles (EV’s).

I am passionate about EV’s and I especially love Tesla’s. I started the website as my family were supportive but sick of hearing me talk about Tesla’s. I had been boring, annoying and frustrating them with my constant discussion’s and insights. But as every “EV FAN” will know, when they put their ideas and thoughts out there to the world, I was not alone and many families had said the same. So we had turned to an outlet that could be shared.

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After spending many hours working to create a website that represented my unique style and personality alongside the social media accounts, I released it to the world. The reaction I had was extremely humbling. I was immediately surprised at the way the community welcomed me into the fold and gave me sage advice and guidance to allow me to grow my brand and express my ideas. I was able to find a group of people who have similar ideas and passion for the cars that I love and cherish.

Here in Australia we have a wonderful community that includes a large following in Sydney and Melbourne and a growing community in Brisbane, Perth and beyond.  

Of course, this community has always been here from the start of the introduction of the Tesla vehicles, if not before. But now they have the opportunity to be the leaders, the early adopters and the promoters of a revolution towards the sustainability of electric motoring.

With my first post I told the story of why I started it all, to the most recent post which was my first sponsored post.  

https://ev-hq.com/2019/06/06/passion

I have been humbled by the fact I have recently passed 100 followers on Twitter and I posted my first attempt of a You tube video about a test drive experience. The reactions and comments along the way have been funny, interesting, constructive and passionate. The EV community is strong around the globe and I am proud to say that I am considered, in a small part, one of the community.

https://ev-hq.com/2019/09/14/test-drive/

My first YouTube Video

I am passionate about Tesla as my manufacturer of choice, but I try to give a balanced view across all EV’s. I am a Tesla Fan Boy and one day hope to own one. They are the leader of the EV pack and they excite my idea of what the future can be.

I am passionate about EV’s and I especially love Tesla’s.

This BLOG is my way of saying thank you. Thanks to all the people who have read my blog’s, who have commented on my twitter posts, who have liked and watched my video and who have just been good community friends.

I hope that 2020 is a year of growth and success to all the community and with it a wonderful future moving forward.

May you all have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Your friend

Dave  

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CYBERTRUCK……..

Someone once said if you are not pushing the status quo you are not innovating.

Innovation can come in many different variations and in the case of the Cybertruck there is no rival.

Yes it is different. Yes it is polarising and Yes it is on the cutting edge of what most people consider Strange and unusual , but…………..while it has unique styling it more than makes up for it in what it offers the buyer.

A large cabin with 6 seats, up to 3 motors and a distance of over 800kms (500+mi) and that is just to start. Large lighting systems for good visuals out in deserts, forests or driving at night, A large tray (Vault) with hidden storage, tied down adaptibility, ability to charge and use different powered tools and vehicles and a tray that folds down with a hidden ramp.

I am not a truck guy but I am sure there is not many trucks that can say they have that many features.

One of the most astounding features of the Cybertruck is the body work. A big shift away from how standard trucks are built and a homage back to John Delorian with a stainless steel body that is like an exoskeleton. This design has many benefits both in manufacturing and maintenance. An unusual selection for an exterior but a solid choice in more than one way.

Having spent many hours watching review after review of the Cybertruck and hearing all the opinions of people who saw or rode in it, I have come to a couple of conclusions.

This is not the truck for the masses. It will appeal to a number of people and it will grow on others. I am yet to decide what direction I am leaning as I need to see it up close and personal.

Like all cars that we buy it is usually with emotion. We buy with a passion for the thing of our desires that fits our budget. And if our budget is not an issue then we buy what we love.

I beleive Tesla has delivered a formidable vehicle with amazing specifications that will without equal be able to take on anything that the best gas trucks in the world could do and do it even better. And this should be the story that we are all talking about.

Congratulations Tesla for being brave, for challenging the Status Quo and for offering a Truck that will blow your mind.

Dave

Visionaries

This last week made me reflect upon many and varied different visionaries. Over history there have been some amazing people who have seen a future that does not exist. People who have looked at the parts of something and seen the connection that makes them the new future things , direction and movement.

It has been 8 years since one of the most profound visionaries passed away. He has become known as the creator of the modern mobile age. His impact helped the evolution of technology. His influence helped to grow and drive a whole new culture, workforce and future. The person of course is Steve jobs.

His impact on technology was so profound that the world changed in a matter of 10 years. His impact is not disputed but his rise was full of controversy and disarray. Those experiences gave him a view of the world that allowed the decisions he made possible.

The current world has again become the custodian of another visionary. Their passions and drive have again started to have far reaching impact on the next evolution of technology, of motion , of space travel and of course our future.

Where Steve jobs was a visionary and loved by many, the new visionary is loved by many but just as much hated for his ideas that continue to challenge the status quo.

The humble automobile is and has always been the staple of the modern family. It has always been a large purchase with good features and the biggest selling point of being able to get you from pint a to pint b in quick fashion. It has also become a symbol,an icon of the oil driven age we live in and many do not want that love to be challenged. But over the last 100 years no one thought about the impact it would have on our environment and health.

The new visionary has made a clear statement that the status quo is not acceptable. Tesla a 10 year old electric car company has given the world a new vision and new direction and at the helm is Elon Musk.

Elon is a visionary with the passion and drive to not just look at how we get around the earth but to also drive our imagination to explore the stars. His elation and childish grin when seeing his rockets take off or talking to a crowd about the latest cool thing is infectious.

He has taken a small car startup and made it into the world leader in electric car technology. He continues to drive and push the minds of those with a similar passion to do and be more then they could ever dream.

Visionaries are rare and we should help to celebrate their successes. We should learn from their lessons of never give up and be passionate about what you do.

I strive to be the best I can be and passionate about what I am passionate about. I hope that I to will inspire others to be more than they will ever dream they can be.

Just like Steve Jobs and Elon Musk.

Dave.

Test Drive

Check out my Video here “Test Drive”

Today was a day that I had long waited for.  For 3 years I have watched with hope that one day I might be able to drive a car I had become enamored with for the curves, colours and style.

The car I am talking about is none other than the Tesla model 3. Today was my Test drive. To say I was excited is an understatement. I have bored my family with my incessant talk about tesla for many years now. I created the EV-HQ.com website to feed my passion for EV’s and today I got to drive the most incredible Electric vehicle of all.

All day I had been talking about the day being special. My wife who loves Tesla’s as well, just not as passionate as me and my son who has only recently jumped on board my Tesla train, gave clear instructions that I was not to mention tesla to much in the lead up to the test drive. This seemed fair as I know I talk about tesla far too much every other day, so I kept my comments and points of discussion till last thing in the day.

About an hour before we were meant to go for the test drive, we arrived at the Brisbane Tesla store and had coffee within visual range of the store. Outside parked in the golden sunshine was the most glorious site, a white performance Model 3. The carbon fiber spoiler and the red calipers with the performance wheels really made it a site to behold.

But as with most of my stories I had to wait. I held out until 30 minutes before I had my test drive and decided to look at the cars in the show room. Before walking into the show room, I took a good look at the performance model 3. It was white on white and looked gorgeous. Simple yet elegant in it design. My anticipation started to build.

As I walked in the door of the show room, I took in another site that was just as if not more so breath taking. Of course, it was a model 3 but this time is was in the red. Now I am no paint expert but man the red is stunning. It had not finger prints and was polished to shine. It had a white interior and looked divine. My son and I hopped into the back and front seats and really looked around at the workmanship and interior styling and design.

The one thing that the model 3 has in spades is “less is more”. To say that there is not much of the interior is totally true as there are no buttons that are not functionally necessary like the door release button, there are no knobs, no dials or any other piece of plastic that isn’t designed to be there. This is the new and very appealing evolution/revolution that electric cars and especially tesla are bringing to the table.

As we waited for our turn to go for the test drive my wife, son and I all scrutinized the 3 cars in the showroom. The model 3 of course, the model X a beautiful grey with white interior and a blue Model S that as always is incredible to look at and sit in.

I spent most of my time in the red Model 3 performance reviewing the seating position and going through the User interface display to truly get a feel for what was in the systems that had been specifically designed for this car.

At exactly 3:30 it was my turn. We handed over our license and signed the insurance form and were introduced to our guide. His kind, friendly and positive attitude a was instantly apparent and he put us at ease. He asked if we had seen the Model 3 before I mentioned that I had seen the left-hand drive Model 3 in store when they were on display. I started talking about the features and he realized very quickly that I knew a thing or two about the model 3 and Tesla. He said I could possible tell him a thing about Tesla’s. We will see I thought.

As we walked around the front of the cars, I realized we were heading for the white Model 3, I had hoped it would be the performance but alas it was not to be. A little disappointed but not at all worried that the model 3 we were allocated to drive would not let us down. After sitting in the driver’s seat Alex, our tesla guide, explained a few elements about the car and then set up our driver profile. I realized that it is one thing to look through the menu of the car it is a whole other thing to use the menu and the functions of the car to drive the car.

Having never driven the model 3 before I had to acclimate myself to the indicator being on the left side of the steering wheel and the gear lever on the right. Glad when driving and thinking the right lever is indicator that the car does not shift into reverse. It just beeps at you and keeps driving.

Once we were set, we drove out the entrance to loop around the block and head away from the store to an area 10 minutes away where we can truly see the potential of this awe-inspiring car. The silence of movement as the car pulled away from the store was wonderful to experience. The calmness that provides makes me smile to my core. As we glided down the smooth concrete drive, I held my excitement in check. This was the car that I had waited a very long time to drive and now here I was driving the model 3 and pinching myself with excitement. In the back of the car was my wife and son and they too had a wide smile on their face while they looked up out of the glass roof to the blue sky above. Nothing beats experiencing new experiences with family and friends.   

As we made our way around the block Alex and I spoke about the regen braking as it felt like it was quite heavy. It seemed unusual to drive with one pedal, but I am sure it would be something I could easily get used to. Alex lessened the strength of the regen and we continued on our drive. The feel of the car on a rough under construction 40 km/hr. road was soft and supple in its rock and roll. The springs are not too hard or to soft and they provide the smooth timeless motion. The fact that the battery is under your feet is also a wonderful feeling with a low center of gravity.

We finally made it to a location with less cars and long straights and the ability to truly understand the power of the motors that have been placed in this white knight. Alex instructed me to come to a stop and hold the brake pedal down until hold engaged. He then asked everyone to put their heads on the back of their chairs as a precaution.

Now, I have driven a model s and understand the power these cars can produce. So, I was not surprised that my son was not quite ready for the power this car could produce.  As I punched the acceleration pedal the car shot forward and the bodies in the car pushed into their seats. It was at this stage that the all too familiar smiles appeared on all our faces, even Alex who I am sure has done this many, many times.

But our smiles did not stop there, as we approached the corner Alex instructed us to turn the car around and do another acceleration test. So, I turned the car around and waited for the traffic to pass. Once driving Alex asked me to get up to 50 km/hr. Once I got to this speed, he said to punch it. I put my foot to the floor again and the car shot away faster than I expected. This surprise speed surprised me the most and gave me that roller coaster feels. This care is truly special. My wife and son had not expected it and they loved it with squeals and laughs and smiles all round. Alex enjoyed the pace as well.

As we slowed Alex shoed us a car park where my wife had a chance to drive. I changed seats with her and sat in the back of the car which was also an experience. My wife went through the same set up and instruction I received at the beginning and she was away. She found the silence unsettling but enjoyed the car as it moved away. She too had opportunity to feel the punch of the car and I really enjoyed the feeling from the back seats. I looked up to the blue sky through the large back window and enjoyed the fun with my son. Michelle drove back to the Tesla store and asked many questions and really enjoyed the drive. We parked at the super charger on our return and Alex as a last homage to the coolness of tesla showed us the dog mode. My son plugged in the tesla to charge. It was at this point that our test drive ended with thanks and handshakes to Alex for showing us the best car on the planet.

There is no doubt that one day I will own a tesla. And it is no doubt that this test drive just reinforced the idea that the future is electric, and it is here now.

Thanks to Tesla and to Alex for a great experience.

Thanks to my Wife and son for indulging me my passion and for being part of the experience.

Dave