Battery Day – Tesla

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Battery Day – Tesla, if anyone had any doubt that Tesla is going to be the leader heading into the future of the electric car and power management this week solidified their position.

It is truly incredible the innovation that Tesla continues to deliver. The team at Tesla reviews a part of the market that has been devoid of innovation, they turn it on its head with first principal thinking. 

Battery day – Tesla was presented online and a number of lucky investors and followers of Tesla were in attendance and the unique way they socially distanced was very cool.

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First Principles

Elon has spoken a number of times regarding the first principle thinking to reframe a question regarding a current problem.

“The first principle” was conceived by Aristotle to rethink an already existing process and find another way to achieve a better outcome.

First principle thinking guided Tesla to reimagine a better battery for the future of the company.

They broke down the detail into 5 complete sections

  • Cell Design 
  • Cell factory 
  • Anode Materials
  • Cathode Materials
  • Cell Vehicle Integration
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Cell Design

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Tesla is turning the cell design on its head. They thought long and hard about the fundamentals of what constitutes the cell. The team at Tesla looked at the main features of current cells looking for opportunities to increase energy storage and output.

The introduction of the tabless 4680 cell made of silicon whilst limiting the use of cobalt has led them to achieve an innovative approach. With these changes it can increase the cells range by 16%. This range extension is truly incredible and critical to the uptake of EV’s as we move into the next couple of years.

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Cell Factory

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One of the most surprising elements regarding the cell announcement pertains to the fact that a pilot factory already exists. The fact that cells are already being produced would suggest that this is not just a theory but a revolution and real.

Taking inspiration from printing and bottling factories of yesteryear where the production line does not slow down during the whole process, Tesla has implemented a similar process that allows the cells production to increase accordingly.

Within the production of the cells there are 4 main steps

  • Electrode
  • Winding
  • Assembly
  • Formation
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Major efficiencies can be found within the process of manufacturing battery cells as opposed to the traditional processes.

The use of a “High-Speed Continuous” motion allows for a smaller footprint within factories producing more cells per hour allowing an increase in efficiencies with manufacturing and could produce a 7x improvement with possiblility 10x improvement over time.

Tesla last year purchased Maxwell which had a process for converting dry powder materials and applying that as a film onto the separator in the jelly roll of the battery. Elon explained that since this purchase, they have iterated on the process 4 times and believe that they will achieve greater efficiency by about the sixth iteration. This advancement removes the need for a wet process and thus reduces the size of the factory required exponentially.

These improvements are revolutionary to the production of cells. Once again first principles has delivered a new perspective.

Most companies rely on old solutions where as Tesla as confirmed by Elon will continue to innovate and push the boundaries of what is possible.

Currently Tesla refers to the factories as Gigafactories. As they move forward and transition to the new cell form factor the factories will be referred to Terafactories.

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Anode Materials 

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Silicon is considered a fundamental element used in most batteries. Once again Tesla has had to go back to fundamentals and find a way to improve the process of creating better density and usage of the batteries. 

When a battery is charged and discharged the movement of lithium across the membrane causes it to crack and become gooey. Overtime this causes the cell to lose the ability to manage the state of charge thus rendering the cell less effective.

Many have tried to rectify this by addressing the symptoms not the cause. The introduction of different binders and support materials have been used to lessen the impact of the heat generated during charging and discharging. This has been met with varying results.

Tesla is attempting to look at the fundamentals of what makes up the anode of the battery and see if they can eliminate cobalt whilst using Silicon in a different way. Raw silicon has been proposed as a possible solution to help with the expansion issue when charged and discharged.

  • Raw material silicon,
  • stabilize surface through elastic, non-conducting polymer coasting,
  • robust network – highly elastic binder and electrode design.

By implementing the above changes to the cell It has been shown to provide a 20% increase in range for vehicles.

A 20% increase in cell range is groundbreaking when dealing with electric vehicles. Distance is king in many cases and this could help to achieve this greater range for the same price. Or alternatively it could mean less cells with same range reducing costs.

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Cathode materials

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A cathode provides structure to the management of lithium ions within the battery cell. Tesla has been experimenting with different cathode types that would allow cells to be more environmentally friendly and increase recyclability.

In the course of their investigations they believe a diverse range of materials will be utilised for different purposes. Tesla will implement different material across their product line to address cost, density and output.

Iron – Low level use 

Nickel Manganese – medium level use 

High Nickel – used for Long range – Cyber truck and semi

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The use of nickel as a main component gives the best dollar per kwh and wh/kg. This combined with removing the cobalt has a number of positive effects

  • Reduces complexity of the materials 
  • Continues to address the human rights issues with mining 
  • Has a good structure to hold the lithium 
  • Reduction in costs of $/kwh

Again the returned to first principles regarding the manufacturing of the cathode. This lead to an improvement in battery production and thus a cumulative effect upon the percentile shift of costs in the downward trend.

Further to this, lithium is a highly abundant material and is available within many and varied locations. It seems that the collection and processing of the material is able to be achieved within in the USA.

Mining lithium is important way forward for cell production and Tesla has found a way to extract it from clay with the use of Nacl (Salt). The outcome of this leads to highly recyclable cells and materials, that can be easily reconstructed into new cells. This leads to some impressive cost savings.

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Cell vehicle production 

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Elon announced a change to the fundamental design of the Tesla vehicles.

He was inspired by the airline industries innovation when they created a fuel tank as part of the wing which improved capacity and reduced weight. By changing the way the vehicles are constructed to achieve a similar concept Tesla’s vehicles have also had similar outcomes.

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This one design change is said to lead to;

  • 10 % in weight reduction
  • 14% range increase opportunity 
  • 370 fewer parts

Cumulative effect 

Tesla has shown that it can innovate in areas that most car companies take for granted and follow a standard view of the processes. Tesla chooses to look at the fundamentals and innovate using the first principles thinking regarding anything from the car to the power train to the battery cells and beyond.

The above innovations with cell production, cell development, anode, cathode and vehicle design allow for changes and efficiencies in their own right, but the cumulative effect it has upon the overall price and production helps to drive prices down , safety up and more people in cars everywhere.

56 % reduction in $/KWH. 

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This is a monumental step in regard to Tesla’s value as a company and value of the individual vehicles. The impact it will have on the tesla solar and battery storage costs moving into the future will be profound.

 Elon highlighted that the realization of this technology will not occur for 1-3 years but the ability to own a tesla in the coming years with a price that is reasonable is extremely exciting. 

Benefits

  • 54% Range increase
  • 56% S/KWH reduction
  • 69% Investment per GWH reduction. 
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What does this mean for Australia?

I have watched a number of Tesla presentations over the years and this presentation was the most exciting for a number of reasons.

In Australia the prices of tesla vehicle is quite significant for the average person. With a starting price of $74000 a lot of people find this price out of reach.

If Tesla was able to maximise on the 56% reduction in dollars per KWH then the possibility exists that in the future Tesla’s could be priced around $40000 – $ 50000. If this was to transpire then more Australians would be in a position to consider their next car to be electric.

If the new 4680 battery cell is adapted to the home power storage solutions it could assist Australians to increase their ability to maximise their solar panel efficiencies whilst also reducing the cost of electric and charging electric vehicle.

If this is the future in 1-3 years, then I am on board and I would encourage all Australians to investigate electric products.

One more thing….

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It would not be a Tesla event if there wasn’t something unexpected. Tesla announced a possibility of a new, smaller sedan with a price range of around $25000 USD.

The Plaid Model S

The Plaid Model S, which has been seen on the Nürburgring, with a tri motor specifications and a 0-60 mph time of 2.1 seconds is now available to be purchased online. this impressive vehicle has a starting price in Australia of $189000.

Last word

Battery Day – Tesla has shown what it is capable of and sets a high standard for all to follow. Tesla’s mission will improve the environment and accelerate the transition to a sustainable future. The information provided by Tesla has great potential to realise the possibilities.

Tesla’s philosophy of using first principles to reimagine what battery technologies can be will have positive impacts on the environment for years to come. It’s ability to continually innovate and move their mission forward is inspiring.

Dave 

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Through the roof

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Through the roof, what a week. 

This week has seen one of the most thrilling weeks in the Tesla stock price I can remember since taking an interest a number of years ago. 

Stock Price

I am a small investor as I don’t have a lot of money to throw at Tesla, but I am an avid fan. This week I have watched in awe at the original people who got on board of the Tesla Train back when the share price was around the $150 mark.

They bought what they could and when they could for many years hoping that one day the vision that Elon Musk kept talking about would come true. 

Well this week was that week for many. Most of the people who posted on twitter were just simple average people who put money in and now they find themselves with bigger than expected outcomes. 

Some have cashed in and made their lives easier. Other have decided to keep ongoing on the Tesla train and most have taken some and kept some. 

I too have had a small amount that has grown with them and in a small way I have enjoyed the ride. Would I have liked to have more invested? Yes of course but like I have said before I am an average guy. 

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Tesla Future

The reality of what Tesla can achieve is always going to be one of my passions not just because of the Stock price but for the amazing technology they produce. 

Tesla is just about the split their stock so that the price is lower so that more “retail “investors can get on board. I will take advantage at that time as well and grow my footprint of how much stock I own. 

I am truly excited for what is coming down the pipeline and for Tesla going through the roof.

  • Possible inclusion in S&P
  • Tesla Battery and Investor day 
  • Release of Model Y to the rest of the Globe including Right Hand drive Countries. 
  • Cyber truck release
  • Semi Release
  • Cyber Quad (if this ever happens)
  • Roadster

These are just some of what is yet to be realized with Tesla. 

I have no doubt that Tesla will continue to innovate and grow their ideas and footprint globally. That is why I am a fan and someone who is loving the ride. 

I will in the future own a Tesla so I can share my passion for the cars and brand. 

Tesla will continue to be a company that leads the way into the future that as a kid I was always promised. 

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I cannot wait to see what the stock price does next and how others are rewarded for their passion and support of Tesla. I hope that it goes through the roof.

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. 

Tesla Return to work playbook https://www.tesla.com/sites/default/files/blog_attachments/Tesla-Return-to-Work-Playbook.pdf?redirect=no

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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Battle Lines have been drawn between Renewables vs Fossil fuels

Battle Lines have been drawn between Renewables vs Fossil fuels

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COVID 19 impact

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

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

The Past

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

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

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

Hornsdale

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

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

Australian Government stance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What others are doing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dave 

David McCann
David McCann

EV_HQ founder

Starlink the mission in the name

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

What if?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Starlink, their mission in their name.

Dave 

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Different Perspective

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

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

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Tesla

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

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

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

Isolation benefits

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

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

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

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

Dave

David McCann
David McCann

EV_HQ founder

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Lets Imagine!!!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let’s imagine.

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Dave

David McCann
David McCann

EV_HQ founder

Steve is to Elon………….. like Apple is too Tesla………..

 I came across an article this week from Lisa Eadicicco (Feb28,2020,10:40am) from Business Insider writing about Steve Jobs. Steve’s widow Laurene Powell Jobs was discussing a specific quote he had said once, and how people had interpreted it different ways over the years. 

The quote read; 

“At Apple, people are putting in 18-hour days. We attract a different type of person — a person who doesn’t want to wait five or 10 years to have someone take a giant risk on him or her. Someone who really wants to get in a little over his head and make a dent in the universe. We are aware that we are doing something significant. We’re here at the beginning of it and we’re able to shape how it goes. Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future.”

Steve Jobs 1985

Laurene went on to say that he meant “we are able, each of us, to manipulate the circumstances”.

I have long been an admirer of Steve Jobs and have consumed a lot of information regarding him. This quote gives great insights to the mind of what Apple was trying to achieve in the early 80’s. In understanding the quote and Lauren’s interpretation of what he meant I was instantly drawn to how the correlation between at the time what Apple was doing and the work that has and continues to occur at Tesla today.  

The quote initial sentence of the quote highlighted that people worked for 18 hours a day. Obviously at the time Apple was trying to find its feet and work through challenges. Tesla has also had to find its feet as it has been challenged in the past when electric vehicles were frowned upon and most recently with the model 3 ramp. Tesla employees and Elon Musk himself worked many days with little sleep and long hours to find solutions to problems. This commitment continues to align with the next sentence when referring to the attraction of a different type of person, looking for a unique opportunity to demonstrate their unique skills set and to take a risk on them.  

Elon has always shown he looks for the best of people. Not necessarily the smartest but the best. Problem solvers, passionate about the mission. People who see the world in a different way. People who truly want to make a dent in the universe.

To truly make a dent the people who are hired, as the quote also suggests, need to be aware that what they are doing is something unlike anything anyone has done before, “something significant”. 

Tesla employees have known since the time they have driven in a Tesla, used the Powerwall during a storm when a blackout occurred or had a solar roof fitted to their home that Tesla is unusual, passionate and truly living up to its mission. 

The beginning of something revolutionary is seldom understood until after the time has gone, yet the correlation between what Steve Jobs said and what tesla are doing today would suggest that Tesla new this would be revolutionary as long as the pieces of the puzzle where stitched together. Tesla has delivered on their vision and they continue to be at the forefront of revolutionary steps to changing the face of the transportation industry and delivering on their technologies and mission to transition the world to sustainable energy. 

The quote by Steve Jobs, which he was said back in 1985 perfectly shows the exact ethos that Tesla now demonstrates. The words could just as easily have been said by Elon Musk himself. 

In recent years I have come to believe that following your passion, believing in a mission, and taking some risks can improve the world in which we live. Furthermore, by working to achieve your dreams can give anyone the opportunity to “Make a dent in the universe”. 

Steve jobs and Elon Musk are two people who have proven themselves to be visionaries. They have started from very little, expressed great dreams and strived to meet those dreams head on. Both have delivered and helped to revolutionize many areas of our daily lives. 

To make a dent in the universe it is important to remember one final thing. Whilst making your vision a reality it is important to always consider the people who helped make the dream real. This and only this will make the quote of Steve Jobs truly something worth fighting for so we can all manipulate the circumstances and achieve our dreams. 

Dave 

Written by David McCann 29/2/2020

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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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