Australian Tesla Prices Drop

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Australian Tesla Prices Drop, however there is still a long way to go. 

This week has been a busy week for Tesla. It has also been a fun time for those in the EV community who follow Tesla closely. 

A couple of weeks ago I posted a blog talking about “Out of Balance”, in this blog I talked about how I had caught up with a  friend who had limited knowledge of the benefits and differences between Internal Combustion Engine(ICE) and Electric Vehicles(EV).  We spoke about the vehicles and I gave a balanced view of the EV’s including Tesla’s.

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Planted a seed

What I hadn’t realized is that I had planted a seed that had grown over the last couple of weeks. This week I received a surprise that has made me smile. I received a call from my friend Andrew the Optometrist, he said to me “I did something a little crazy this week. “I bought a Model 3.”

To say I was super excited for him and his family is an understatement. I am passionate about Tesla and the EV community and another person to join the fold is just great news. To have someone who you know and have helped to see the electric vehicle in a different light just makes me warm to the soul. 

He was very excited about the purchase. He and his family had, since we spoke, looked around at both ICE Vehicles and Electric Vehicles. The decided to take the Model 3 for a Test drive. He said that was the clincher. His wife and kids were sold, and they all fell in love with the Model 3. 

Of course, as anybody in the EV community knows, the Test drive cannot be explained it has to be experienced. 

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Andrew the optometrist referral link – https://ts.la/andrew53106

They ordered the Black Standard Range Model 3 not long after the Test drive. He explained they liked the black because they have had black cars for years and liked the look. His kids were super excited and they love the idea of putting their bags in the frunk. 

It was an incredible feeling to know before this he had not considered an electric vehicle as being an option and after our conversation, he seriously considered it. 

Of course, that is not where the week ended. 

Rumours

Rumours had started to float around over the last couple of weeks that a refresh of the Model 3 was upon us. Images of the cars missing chrome trim and a new console had started to surface thanks to Whole Mars Blog, however there had been no official word from Tesla. 

Well on Friday afternoon Australian time we understood why they had not said anything. Unannounced, the Tesla website changed. 

What a dramatic change it was, not only did it introduce the new console, but it also changed prices in some impressive ways. 

Surprise

Elon announced earlier in the week that the cost of the Model S would be reduced to USD $69420. These numbers seem random but trust me if you have been a tesla fanboy for a while, they make perfect sense. 

Any way it was in response to Lucid air releasing their price for the latest vehicle. 

This again was a surprise and many people jumped onto this price as it was a good many thousands of dollars savings. 

But Elon and tesla were not done there. On Friday afternoon, Australian time, we understood why they had not said anything about the Model 3 changes, Australian Tesla prices drop. Unannounced, the Tesla website changed. 

What a dramatic change it was, not only did it introduce the new console that had been rumored it also changed prices in some impressive ways. 

On entering the Website, you are presented with the new look Tesla Model 3 Performance with the Uber Turbine Wheels. 

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Once you then go to the Order page for the Model 3 there are differences across the whole product line. 

Standard Range 

The Standard Range Aero wheels have been updated which gives the Model 3 a new and sportier look. Included with this refresh is the power trunk, increased range and of course the decrease in price of almost $8000 dollars depending on which state you order from in Australia. With the change to the price the standard range no longer incurs the Luxury Car Tax (LCT) that Australia imposes on imported luxury Vehicles.

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Long Range 

The long-range again has a new set of Wheels with an update to the 19” sport wheels. They are very similar to the original Wheels however they have a subtle change that whether functional or not may be polarizing. The changes again included the Power trunk, Increased range, and the price difference of $6000, again depending on the state in Australia.  LCT will be incurred. 

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Performance Model 3

The performance Model 3 introduced the Uber turbine wheels when the model 3 was first introduced to the world it is wonderful to see them back again and introduced to customers. As with the standard range and Long-range Model 3 the performance also includes the power trunk, increased range and a spectacular drop in price of almost $20000 depending again which state you are buying from in Australia. 

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Once again Tesla has not disappointed. The new changes to the Model 3 line up were not just restricted to Australia. The range increase is particularly interesting and possibly indicates that the introduction of a heat pump may have occurred for the Model 3 as it did for the Model Y. 

It has been and continues to be a wonderful and exciting experience following Tesla as they continue to lead the EV market with innovation, passion, and a mission that inspires many. 

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Andrew the Optometrist

When I heard the news of the price drop I instantly messaged Andrew the optometrist. His response made me smile” Woooooooooo Hooooooooo”

It turns out he had ordered at the right time. He and his family saved over $8000 dollars in one night thanks to Tesla. The Model 3 they are to get will be better than it was when they ordered.

Australian Tesla Prices Drop and I am glad to help bring electric vehicle knowledge into more people’s lives. It is truly special when that information is used to make informed decisions. I hope Andrew and his family find great joy in the purchase.

Dave

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Eco system lock in

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Eco system lock in, Tesla has grown from a small startup car company to a global leader in EV technology.

Are Tesla heading down a road that is predicated on the fact that people need to be in the ecosystem to get the benefits of the companies’ technologies?

Since apple’s recent concern regarding the app store I have been wondering if this is something that Tesla needs to manage as well. 

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Apple has in recent history been criticized for not being more transparent and open. They pride themselves on privacy, which is good business sense, however it does come with some draw backs. 

When you as the customer buy apple products you are open to the opportunities apple provides. Firstly, you have the ability to create an account, once you have the account the following becomes available to you;

  • Access to the app store 
  • Apple Music
  • Find my family
  • Apple Maps
  • Apple TV, Apple TV+
  • iTunes Store
  • Etc. 

These are mostly software application portals. These days you can get a credit card (USA Only) which locks you into their banking, Apple pay system, where they offer incentives for spending more. 

Apple is working to be part of your health management with the apple watch, health app, integration with Medical Record systems like Cerner and aligning with the Mayo Clinic to develop research projects that utilize the customers of the apple products. 

This innovation has a lot of positives that benefit many people and make their lives better. It also helps to keep people locked into their ecosystem.

Let’s Imagine for a second

Let’s Imagine that you have been using and integrating with apple products for 10 years and a new company with the newest and greatest product comes along and you want to change! 

It is at this point that Eco system lock in becomes real. 

Trying to transition all your devices and your information from the last 10 years could prove to be a challenge, not to mention costly.

So why does Tesla need to be cautious?

Tesla is starting to build a singular experience for the amazing technological cars they design and build.

These cars require an account, and they have an inbuilt ecosystem within the vehicles. This is complimented by the phone application that allows you access to your car and account. 

Tesla offers an eco-system that is not beholden to just cars either. Their products include solar panels, solar roof’s and Tesla batteries.

Their mission is to transition the world to sustainable energy and in doing so it would be reasonable to consider that this would include realization of new and innovative products. 

As any new product is introduced it is another way to get locked into the Tesla Ecosystem.

Tesla has the opportunity to avoid ecosystem lock in and look at the ability for the products to integrate with other systems long term. To bring others along for the journey to a sustainable nonpolluting energy production future. 

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This is the start of an ecosystem. 

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Elon Musk is a very smart guy and he has helped to bring some of the brightest minds in the world to Tesla to develop the amazing products we see today. These people have started Tesla down the road of creating an Eco system that is exciting and futuristic. 

One of the most interesting parts that highlights the different thinking that Tesla is bringing in the early days that even apple did in the early days of its resurrection.

They are offering the ability for other car companies which may not have the technical know-how of electric cars to utilize their drive chain and batteries.

This is encouraging to see. I would hope that into the future the software systems may also be integrated.

It shows the thinking that is occurring in Tesla that just may indicate that they hopefully are trying to avoid the issues related with Ecosystem lock in. 

Tesla is aspirational and is looking to grow and develop a fandom and customer base that keeps coming back for more.

The Tesla community are passionate, sometimes to a fault. They are driven to see the world and the Tesla Mission realized. 

This group of passionate people want nothing more than to enjoy their cars, spread the fun and passion they have to the rest of the world and hope that Tesla comes out on top. They profess that once you go electric you will never go back. 

This is extremely true for Tesla because they are so far ahead in technology and performance. 

Tesla’s ecosystem is growing, and the passionate fans are growing with them. The early adopters have been the vocal few for many years and have continued to share their passions with their family and friends and the rest of the world.

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I am an apple fan boy and have been for many years. In my collection of products i own iPhone, iPad, apple TV’s etc. I am a tragic ecosystem lock in having influenced friends and family to buy.

This has been not just because I love their products but also because their operating system just works and is easy to navigate. 

Tesla aligns with similar features, they have products of which I do not own any yet, but when I do, I will want to buy more and share that with family and friends. 

Both companies have a number of similarities;

  • Create an account 
  • App helps to manage that account
  • Applications can be access through the products
  • Software updates bring new functionality
  • New products help to improve your lives

Customers!

At the heart of any company wishing to sell their products Customers are the life blood. Customers are the ones that will make or break you as they will do their talking with their money and their feet. 

In the case of Tesla, the customers are their greatest asset. They do a large amount of promotion across social media and they expect a lot from the product. 

They are passionate and loud, but they do not go into buying a Tesla blindly, they do their research they understand the products and the company well before purchasing. 

CEO influence

Elon Musk is the most vocal CEO of any car company across the globe and with that it allows a unique opportunity for people to engage and influence how the world of Tesla moves forward. 

This unique relationship helps to allow the community voice to guide the future of the car company.

This unique relationship can help to avoid the ecosystem lock in with the customer helping to show the way and have a voice at the table. 

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But ecosystem lock in Is real. 

Eco system lock in is real and once a customer purchases all Tesla Products one could argue that they are locked-in to Tesla’s Ecosystem.  

One of the main reasons that the customer would consider Tesla first if already part of the Ecosystem is the familiarity of the products. 

It is a person’s ability to realize it is easier to connect to an already established eco system than it is to buy new cars, solar panels and batteries. Tesla sells large purchases, it is hard to change your solar panels, car or house battery year to year.  

Tesla stands out, and looks to the future

There is, some positive things to look towards that indicate that Tesla is trying not to have a walled garden completely. Recently, Elon Musk said on twitter that they are open to allowing other car companies to use their components from Tesla for their cars, drive train and batteries. In the future it may even be software.

This glimmer of positivity to open the Tesla ecosystem to others is important and should be pursued.  It is a positive step towards improving the ability for other companies and products to interface and avoid the eco system lock-in that other companies have become accustomed to. 

Tesla has a mission that is greater than the parts of Tesla itself and that shows the true human factor behind why they want to change the world for the better. 

If there is to be an ecosystem lock-in then lock in to the ecosystem we live in and help the environment we live in.

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People at the end of the day have a choice, they have a chance to decide for themselves. 

Eco system lock in is something that could happen to Tesla and the customers. The question is will it? That is yet to be decided. 

I hope that the future they wish to achieve, based upon their mission, is the one that we all focus on and use of the technology they produce to help achieve this goal is open for everyone to enjoy. 

I would think that the ecosystem supports the goal not the other way around. 

The long road

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The long road, each car we drive has an impact upon our souls. 

Being 5 

As a young man I would dream of driving cars through rough terrain and battling against wind rain and hail. I would be making some amazing jumps and maneuvers that made me the best driver in the world. I was 5 after all.

My imagination ran a little wild when I was 5 going on 25 but man it was fun imagining the ultimate machine. Of course, I have never owned was is considered an ultimate machine but at least I can still imagine. 

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My Dad

I have always liked cars and when I was young it was any car that my dad would point out. These days those cars are considered classics or bombs, depending on their condition. But to me they are the cars of my childhood and they left a mark. 

My dad drove many cars over the years. But the most interesting and awesome of these cars came in a small package. 

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A classic 1975 Mini – brown. My dad had this car for many years, and he drove it into the ground. This car was always fun to be in. It was low to the ground, went superfast and had some interesting interior. 

It was a work horse of a car, but it was lots of fun and my dad loved it.

At 5 years old any car was fast, and the interior was interesting because it had very little in it other than an am radio and a gear stick that came up from the floor. The seats were vinyl and the boot opened down.

This brown mini was the first of 2 mini’s my dad owned. He also spoke of the VW beetle he owned and how it was the best car he owned. I don’t remember the beetle, but my dad has talked on and off about it over the years. 

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These cars had good memories for my dad and because of his impressions and love for the cars it influenced my car passions. 

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My first car

My Dad allowed me to take over the second mini as my first car and I can tell you that it was a fantastic car. 

All cars have their quirks and this mini was no different. But the fun, stories and quirks made the experience all the better. 

Hanging out with friends who also drove mini’s and the good times we had catching up because of these cars made the experience leave impressions on my soul. 

When driving the mini I was close to the ground and could feel and hear every bump and roll of the car. It was small, comfortable and just downright fun. 

The long road calls back to the long road taken to get to where I am today but to the long road to own a car that makes me feel the way I did when I first owned the Mini. 

Feeding the Soul

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I have test driven a Tesla model 3 and I can say without any doubt the model 3 reminds me of the original mini. Minimal interior, power when you need it and not much else. It reminds me of the passion I have for cars and the fun that I had in my early 20’s.

To say that cars leave an impression on your future decisions by taking you back to your youth is totally true. 

I loved the mini, and when I finally can own a Tesla, I too will love being taken back to my younger years to that feeling of passion, fun and exuberance. 

I hope I too can have the same influence and impact for my son when he starts to learn how to drive.  

Dave 

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Tesla Vs Traditional

Tesla vs Traditional, there has been an ongoing worldwide discussion that highlights the challenges faced when talking about a transition away from fossil fuels to a world of renewables

Traditional automakers. 

Traditional automakers have for many years-built empires upon the use of fossil fuels and the development of petrol-powered motor vehicles.

During the many years they have developed technologies to enhance the speed and drivability of the vehicles. 

Enhancements with the management of exhaust pollutants have been developed over the years as growing environmental questions have accelerated.

But at no time was there ever a motivation to seriously look at alternatives to fossil fuel to power motor vehicles. Focus instead was still on how to reduce emissions. 

Volkswagen were found to have rigged their emissions results. They provided vehicles to the emissions testing team that were designed to pass the tests.  

What this allowed them to do was sell more vehicles over many years until they were found out. 

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The Tesla Effect 

Since Tesla released their first car, the Roadster, they have been driven by the mission to transition the world to sustainable transportation and energy. This thinking bought with it a fresh set of ideals for the motor industry.  

Traditional vehicle manufacturers have had little response to a fledgling electric car company and only in the last couple of years have they realized that Tesla is the future. 

In the last 10 years that lack of interest has turned into a vested interest as Tesla starts to make waves and profits from their electric vehicles. 

The Tesla way of thinking is very much like a tech company not a vehicle company, this is the number one reason traditional car companies don’t understand their success.

Secondly, they don’t follow the standard approach to selling, development, car upgrades and so on. 

Traditional car companies are slow to iterate, they plan for changes to make to the next model of the car, Tesla makes changes to cars when the change makes sense not for the next model. 

Tesla has a good foot hold on software development, they implement software changes regularly. Traditional car makers, if they do have technology in the car is hard to understand and does not seem to add improvements to the user interface.

These are just a couple of examples why the car of the future is knocking on the door of history to bring a fresh change to an industry in need of a new perspectives. 

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Who wins?

Tesla vs Traditional – who wins? 

Tesla is an electric car company, their cars don’t use fossil fuels or produce any toxins. They use electricity from batteries located in the floor of the vehicles that can be charged and recharged thousands of times. 

Tesla vs traditional is a clear win for Tesla. 

They are the new breed of vehicles on the road and they will continue to lead the way to the future. 

They have had a profound impact on the car market with many more new and traditional companies driving towards the electrification of the vehicle industry. 

I recently wrote about the evolving face of the electric car market and the changes that are coming.

If nothing else the future will be bright, will be clean and will improve the air we breathe. Now that’s a future I want for my kids, Don’t you?

Dave 

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The EV industry is evolving

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The EV industry is evolving. Electric vehicles have started to become more mainstream. This has been much more apparent in recent weeks with the introduction of the new electric vehicles from car manufacturers. 

Nissan showed the world their new vehicle the ariya. This is a SUV cross over vehicle designed to compete with the likes of the Model Y.

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It is fair to say that they have the best opportunity to step up as they have had previous success with the original Nissan leaf and more recently with the New Nissan leaf.

China has also been rolling out new products to the market in the last couple of weeks Lucid motors, Xpeng and a flurry of others have all introduced vehicles to the market. 

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Why now?

The EV industry is evolving which is why 2020 was always going to be the year of the electric vehicle. 

In 2018 there were a number of car companies that introduced their idea of what the electric vehicle could be.  The concept electric vehicles were futuristic and feature rich.

It was the beginning of the evolution of the motor vehicle and a push into the future of transportation. 

A pivitol change year for the car industry. 

As it turns out it was to be a change year for more than the car industry. However the rise of the corona virus ( COVID_19 ) put a fly in the ointment. 

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2020, Not what we expected

With the isolation and social distancing that occurred a lot of people and products were put on the back burner.

Some companies have been able to release their products and adapt to the changing environment whilst others have been delayed.

Suppliers were not able to supply the key components of the new cars as they too were impacted.

It is difficult to build a car when you are reliant on other manufacturers to deliver components for your cars. 

One of the car manufacturers that has not been as challenged has been Tesla. Yes, they had to shut down and Yes, they had to abide by social distancing rules but they have adapted and risen to the challenge. 

One key part of their success has been their use of robotics and also good management of the environment their staff were returning to. 

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The factory has continued to deliver cars over the second quarter of the year which surprised everyone as the outcomes of deliveries where larger than expected. 

Even though we as a global society have had to change how we think, live and work in the last 6 months I believe this is only going to make us more resilient, resourceful and conscious of the outcomes, of our actions and our ability to see the possibilities in what we can do to make our lives and the future a better place to be. 

Dave 

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Tesla’s Full Potential

Tesla’s Full Potential. In 1999 Shazam was born. A company that developed the most advanced music recognition technology. Just like Tesla they faced many financial challenges, many hurdles that most new companies growing rapidly encounter. Shazam was ahead of its time and was yet to fulfil its full potential.

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As the iPhone and the App store were introduced Shazam came into its own. Its potential was about to be realised with the Shazam application deployed to millions of people world wide.

This launched Shazam to the world and even today they continue to develop and grow and thrive in a world that wasn’t ready for it. 

Tesla has yet to realise its potential as its technologies are ahead of their time. It has grown and developed new and emerging technologies that should realise Tesla’s full potential.

These developments have helped Tesla to bring to the market innovations that inspired imagination.

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Tesla future potential

Whilst reading the story of Shazam, written by Daniel Newnham, it occurred to me that there was a unique similarity between the two companies. They both developed technologies that were yet to realise their full potential. Their leader was passionate and driven to deliver the best product possible.

Tesla has great potential to lead into the next decade and beyond with new and exciting innovative products.

It is important that the company display a number of features that will help them continue to realise their full potential;

  • New technologies
  • Emerging innovative ideas.
  • A Mission that identifies unique qualities
  • A leader that drives a vision
  • Passion for the current and future projects
  • Customers that are passionate

Tesla has all this in spades. They have a lineup of vehicles that have gone beyond what most people believed possible with an electric car and they continually innovate these ideas all the time.

They have branched off to include other streams of innovative ideas like the Tesla solar roof and mega battery storage systems. 

But is that enough?

Just as Shazam released a music recognition technology that was ahead of its time so to has tesla with the release of autopilot and Full Self Driving.

Autopilot and Full Self Driving

The introduction of Autopilot was the first step in the full realization of Full Self driving. It allowed drivers to have their car drive them on highways with little intervention. It was a revelation for long road trips. 

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This led to the development of the Full Self driving technologies which is slowly coming to be a reality.

This technology was ahead of its time as no other car could drive itself around corner, on and off interchanges and stop at stop signs and traffic lights. 

Tesla has been driven the last couple of years with their passion to realize level 5 full self-driving capability.

Tesla, just like Shazam developed and grew technology beyond its years. 

Let’s hope that Tesla and the vision that Elon Musk and his Tesla team have will continue to drive innovation into the future realising Tesla’s full potential.

Dave 

David McCann
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One person one dream one vision one drive.

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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. 

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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. 

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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

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The butterfly effect ……11:11

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. 

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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. 

Dave 

Written by David McCann 13/2/2020

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