The Model Refresh is here!!!

New 2021 refreshed Model 3
New Refreshed Model 3

David McCann 13/12/2020

The Model 3 refresh is here, rumoured for many months, seen in posts on Twitter, and now finally hitting Australian shores. 

Finally, the updated 2021 Model 3 interior/exterior updated features have finally been seen in Brisbane Australia. 

Brisbane Tesla

In the carpark of the Tesla showroom I found in the car park being readied for delivery the new refreshed 2021 Model 3.

Seeing the new Model 3 refresh up close and personal shows the strides Tesla is taking to make their fleet of vehicles better. The new console looks gorgeous. These cars are stunning. The quality of the cars looks incredible with little no visible issues identified. 

The number of Model 3 s being prepared numbered in the 20-30 vehicles. This is encouraging as the popularity and uptake of electric vehicles can only be good for the environment. 

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Model Y thinking

I had an opportunity to talk to a Tesla representative who was excited for the new refresh. 

The representative advised that a lot of the model 3 buyers would have liked to buy the model Y. However they did not want to wait till the end of next year. So they decided to purchase a model 3 with the intention of trading up when the Model Y hits the shores. 

I am super excited about this type of thinking as it encourages the uptake of electric vehicles and increases the availability of used Model 3 towards the end of next year.

For those who may be looking to get into a car but cannot afford brand new, this may be the hopeful step they can look forward to. 

I was grateful for the opportunity to take some photos of the new vehicles and just want to say thanks to the representative who didn’t mind.  

Model 3 refresh images

Below you can see the white on white performance model 3 with the turbine wheels and red calipers. (on the right)

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Performance model 3 ( on right), Dual Motor (central)

Next to this is an all wheel drive model 3 white on black with the new sports wheels.

Up close the Sport wheels look much better in person.

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new sports wheel

Lastly there are a large number of standard range model 3 with the new aero wheels. 

Model 3 refreshed , large numbers

The chrome delete door handles and trim looks spectacular and a really nice feature to the Model 3 2021 refresh. 

Being refreshed model 3 by Tesla representative.
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Andrew the optometrist.

The Model Refresh is here!!! After seeing the vehicles I texted Andrew the optometrist. I explained that the new vehicles had arrived at Tesla in Brisbane. He advised me he is picking up his car this week. I am super excited for him. 

It is amazing to me that we live in an age when technology and beautiful design are merging to deliver incredible products that can make the world a better place to live. 

With the Model 3 refresh I know that Tesla is moving in the right direction. 

I just hope that these vehicles become more prevalent and available to the average person and allow more electric vehicles onto the roads. 

Dave  

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Twists and Turns – 2020

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Twists and Turns – 2020 has been a year of change, pain, and sorrow. It has also been a year of new fresh innovations. 

Since the beginning of 2020 I have been confident that the year was going to be a year of change, of looking forward, of finding more and choosing to follow my passions. It turns out that 2020 had more in store than even I could imagine. 

New Year

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New Year’s gave me a chance to set aspirations for the year. Of course, being the person that I am I decided to set goals that I thought were realistic. 

EV-HQ.com had been going well and I thought I could aim for 500 followers on Twitter. My wife and I set our personal goals for the year and looked forward to making 2020 a happier, less stressful, and fun year ahead. 

At the time we had no idea that the year would take a massive turn left and run across the rockiest road we could have imagined. 

COVID 19 was just starting to be talked more about and was spreading like wildfire across China and into other countries, including Australia. 

Family

I remember thinking that life was good, I had a beautiful healthy wife and a handsome, fun loving son who was heading into man hood. 

One of our goals for the year was to make sure our son felt supported and confident that he could talk to us about anything. He was starting a big journey and needed to know we had his back, no matter what. 

EV-HQ.com

As far as EV-HQ, I was starting to get more involved with the community on Twitter. Asking questions, posing ideas, and getting deep into a discussion about all things electric vehicles. 

To say I was and continue to be passionate about the advantages of electric vehicles is an understatement. They are the future and I want the world to be a better place for my son and his future family. If I can play a part in that then all the better. 

Let the rollercoaster begin

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So, January was all about preparing for the year, back to school and work and hoping this year could be so much better than the last. 

We had been planning house renovations and they were well underway by the end of January and heading into February with one of our goals starting to take form. 

Over the next few months the renovations turned our house upside down and it was lots of fun watching the transformation. I was so very proud of my beautiful wife and her vision for what was ultimately the most amazing transformation. 

Of course, things don’t seem to happen one after the other they seem to have a cascade effect overlapping while remaining interesting. 

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Pizza and Elon

So, one day I was sitting in the pizza shop waiting for the pizza to be ready and as usual I was skimming Twitter. 

Now I have posted a lot of content over the last 2 years since starting the twitter account including around 4000 tweets. Anyway, I had sent a tweet, once again asking Elon Musk why it was so expensive for an Australian Tesla’s while USA Tesla’s, when converted to AUD dollars, seem cheaper. There seemed to be discrepancies. 

Sitting in the pizza shop I started getting lots of Twitter replies and comments. Having never had this happen before I opened Twitter and found that Elon Musk had replied to my tweet, I was shocked, amazed, and excited. (Yes, I remembered to pick up the pizza as well as my jaw).

Steve Jobs 

Let me put this in context. I have been an Apple fan for many years and have been a massive fan of Steve jobs. He had his faults, but he was a visionary and helped to make the world transition to the digital age. To say I was a fan is well and truly understating it. He was a deep thinker with a view of the world that many would never understand and unfortunately never will.

This is like Steve Jobs responding to me. Elon responded!!!!!

Over the next couple of weeks, the Twitter verse and online publications wrote about the response from Elon and quoted my tweet. It opened my eyes to the fact that I can be a voice for change and help the discussion of electrification. 

https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2020/02/elon-musk-agrees-tesla-model-3s-australian-price-seems-high/

After this I reached one of my goals a lot faster than I thought I ever would. I hit 500 followers in the April. To say I am humbled by the fact that people want to listen and read my blogs and commentary is nothing short of amazing. I thank everyone who has followed me. 

Craziness

Twists and Turns – 2020, At the beginning of the year I decided I would do something that even now I thought was craziness. I am not a professional writer or have written lots of readable things over the years but here I am. 

EV-HQ had become part of what I did last year. This year I wanted to grow it more, so I gave myself the task of writing a blog a week for the whole of 2020. 

Every week this year since the end of January I have met that promise to myself. Due to this I feel I have helped to bring the discussion of electric vehicles forward slowly within the community in some small way. 

I am very proud of the work I have done this year to achieve this goal and hope that it becomes valuable to those that may find it in time. 

My Wife

My wife has for years battled a hidden darkness (mental illness) that raises its head from time to time and once again those demons decided that they wanted to play. We spent days just being together and sitting on the couch because that is all she is able to do. 

It is hard to see someone you love, lose themselves for a time. Riding the rollercoaster of torment and despair. The only thing you can do is hope, support, and know that one of the tomorrows will bring back that light in her eyes. So my son and I make sure she feels loved, hugged, and safe. 

This time it was a short stint and we saw the signs early, so she is much better now. 

EV community

EV-HQ had taken a lot of work this year and I can tell you that the community has some amazing people to help guide and offer insights and advice about ways to meet the expectations, challenges and fun. 

There are so many, but some honorable mentions include, 

Naush (Tesla in the Gong)

Nash from Tesla in the Gong has offered advice and guidance regarding challenges and questions I had at times of uncertainty. He is a wonderful metor and advocate for the EV community.

Tom (Teslatom)

Tom from Tesla Tom who has been a great source of insights and consistency regarding anything Tesla and Beyond. He too is a wonderful advocate for the Tesla community.

Jason (Techau)

I would also like to thank Jason from Techau who also has been a great source of advice, and insights and information. He has kept me honest when I had source issues and I appreciate the advice. 

There are so many more that I can mention but please know that you have all been amazing with your questions, inputs and information sharing throughout the community. Let’s make 2021 a year that the EV community won’t forget. 

Odd

As June rolled on by, and the year started to drift away, COVID had been going crazy and the world was scrambling to figure out how to stop it in its tracks. July, August and September became a blur.  My wife and I decided we needed to eat better and lose some weight so we decided to go on a diet and relearn healthy eating habits.

It was around this time that I started feeling odd. 

As we rolled into the back of September, I had seen a number of doctors and noticed some strangeness with some of my blood tests. I was referred to a specialist. 

Thanks to the diet my wife and I lost 14 kgs and felt really good. But I still was feeling odd. 

Again

In October I once again was blessed to be responded to by Elon Musk regarding FSD and Phantom braking. I wrote a blog about this and it continues to be a well-read article. Amazing. I obviously hit a nerve. Anyway, it is great to see that I continued to have an impact that helps the EV uptake to occur.

So, I am 45 and back to the weight I was when I married my beautiful wife. I want to be a role model to my son and a great husband to my wife so that we could continue to have a happy healthy life moving forward. 

October

As October came to a close it seemed to be a month of investigations. FSD from Tesla was just about to be released in beta form and my response from Elon had re-inspired me to keep writing weekly blogs. (I Struggled around October with this) 

My work was busy and I was now starting to have symptoms that were more than odd they were hindering my ability to do certain things. 

I kept writing my blogs, loving my wife and son and helping to keep our family happy healthy and safe. This included catching up with friends that I have not seen for a while. 

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Andrew the Optometrist

We caught up with friends and had a great time chatting. During the conversation we talked about cars and EV’s especially. I showed my hand and imparted lots of knowledge about the benefits and challenges of owning an electric vehicle, and ultimately hoped that I could balance the discussion and give a different point of view. 

At no time did I think that my friend would purchase an electric vehicle. Yet a month later he called saying he had just purchased a Tesla. Andrew the Optometrist was introduced to the blogs. 

It is truly amazing to me that a single conversation had such an amazing impact. Butterfly effect, I guess. 

I have watched, listened and offered advice to Andrew the Optometrist about his car and have seen with joy his excitement for his upcoming delivery. 

If you had asked me 20 years ago what would bring a smile to my face when I was 45, I would never had said helping a friend make a difference to the world, his family and his fun factor. 

Life challenges

Twists and Turns – 2020. Not long after this, my world tipped on its head. I went and saw a specialist, had more blood tests and an MRI. That odd feeling, the reason I had been seeing the specialist and my GP alike, the fact that I could not walk outside in 30-degree (Celcius) heat without wearing jeans and a jumper was finally identified. 

I have a Pituitary Tumour. 

At the time I was stressed, tired, frustrated, annoyed and just downright spent. It is a strange reality being told news like this. I am a Nurse and have cared for people for over 20 years. I have helped people understand the reality of what they are being told about a loved one and/or themselves. Over my years I have helped to heal people who are unwell whilst showing people, empathy, compassion and dignity. 

I worked in Emergency Departments for 12 years and during this time I was very good at being able to compartmentalize the emotions I had towards upsetting situations as I needed to do my job. 

But, in this I was confronted at being on the other side and trying to understand how I felt. 

Any Nurse will tell you that Nurses don’t do being the patient very well.

Luckily if you were to get a pituitary tumour this is best of the worst-case scenarios. 

The plan on how to manage it is medication first to help reduce the size, monitor for six months with blood test and scans and if all goes well just keep track of it. This is the hopeful path, I hope I don’t have to face the alternatives.

So now I have to deal with the issues related to taking medication long term for the first time in my life. I have always been well and never had any issues so this was a blast of lightning out of nowhere. 

The medication has helped my symptoms and I am slowly starting to feel like I did many years ago. I hope it is also helping to reduce the tumour size. Time will tell. 

End of the year 

So here we are, almost Christmas time and near the beginning of a New Year. As the tumultuousness of 2020 closes. We hope for 2021. 

I believe it will be a year of great need for the world, both physically and emotionally. I know I have an amazing wife and son and extended family and friends who share my love for the world around us and the hope that things will get better. 

EV-HQ will still continue into 2021 and I have plans to grow the site, the blogs and maybe some other surprises as the year goes on. 

So, thanks for reading and being the greatest followers and community around. I look forward to keeping this going into the new year. 

Merry Christmas and a Happy new year. 

Dave

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Superchargers

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SuperChargers, Tesla announced recently that they had reached a milestone of 20000 superchargers across the globe.  

This is an amazing feat when you consider that they only started their network around 10 years ago. The supercharging network was a revolution when it was first conceived. It gave Tesla a foot up and a head starts to the evolution of the electric car. Without the Supercharging network, Tesla would not be the powerhouse it is today. 

Range Anxiety

Range anxiety as it has been labeled over the years was a consideration that most would have taken for granted in an ICE car. The proliferation of the petrol station has long since passed and people expect it to be available everywhere without issue. 

The supercharger network is attempting to address a similar issue. It has certainly achieved this in the USA. Where this becomes an issue for most Tesla owners outside the USA is in countries that don’t have a large footprint of Tesla uptake. 

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Australia

Let’s take my homeland, Australia. I live in a large city that is sprawling and wide, Brisbane Australia. We are a First World country and have access to all the usual amenities that one would expect. We have had a slow uptake of electric vehicles and lag about 5 years behind if not more than the rest of the world when it comes to infrastructure and purchasing. 

The main reason for the slow up take includes,

  • Poor government support for new technology
  • Little or no incentives
  • Poor infrastructure within urban areas. 
  • No national emissions target.
  • Government proposing taxes on EV’s

Manufacturers

The supercharging network is dedicated to Tesla but Elon has mentioned in the past that he is open to the idea that other manufacturers can utilize the supercharging network. This may be a best-case scenario, however other companies like Tritium (Australian Owned) and Charge fox, RACQ, and others have attempted to fill the void. 

Their infrastructure has been due to demand from the uptake of electric vehicles and understanding that the world is shifting to renewables and sustainability, this includes electric vehicles. 

This last year Tesla increased its purchases across the globe and in Australia, the sales went up by a significant magnitude. 

So why do we lag behind with the deployment of Superchargers. Obviously, Australia is a small fish and does not seem to be at the forefront of the mind of Tesla and Elon musk when it comes to supportive infrastructure. 

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If you build it they will come

However, if you build it, they will come. If tesla was going to improve the uptake of vehicles, they need to continue to address the issues that they had in the early days of the USA. Increase the output and distribution of the supercharging network to urban areas. By allowing visibility of the Tesla brand people will start to look at the name and the vehicles and see value where none previously existed. 

Superchargers are one part of the puzzle but a big part. In Brisbane, we have 1 supercharger station. This is located in the center of the city. Brisbane covers the same land size as Los Angeles

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Currently, in Brisbane, there is one supercharger, In Los Angeles there at 10 – 15. The red icons are the superchargers. 

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I know tesla is growing at a rate unseen for over 100 years. I am sure the Supercharger network will grow with it but at the moment this is not the case jete in Australia. 

Fill the void

On the upside, in any void, someone will fill it. Tritium is making great strides to be that void filling product. Their introduction of superchargers and soon to announce new products only help to address the need. Not only are they versatile as they allow for all-electric cars to charge but they are proactive in looking for new opportunities to make travel less stressful and more of a journey for electric car owners. 

Tesla is the gold standard, but tritium and others are making strides to meet them and surpass the expectations. 

I look forward to the day that I can own a Tesla, but I also look forward to the day that more people can purchase electric vehicles at a price that grows uptake. If tesla increases the superchargers and other companies like tritium grow the only winner as well as the consumer. 

I look forward to that day. 

Dave  

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TESLA Full Self Driving BETA!!!!!

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Tesla Full self-driving Beta!!!, It has been once again been an amazing week for tesla. They have outlined a fantastic quarter for Q3 with record profits of 8.7 Billion dollars with an end of the quarter cash position of 14.5 billion dollars  This combined with the current construction of Giga factory, Berlin, and Shanghai and Tera Factory Austin underway helps to solidify the positive outlook for the future of the company. 

FSD Beta

On top of this amazing quarter the Full Self Driving (FSD), Beta release was sent out into the wild. 

Kudos have to go out to John from “Tesla Owners Silicon Valley” and Raj from “TeslaRaj“ who had the most amazing video showing their first reactions to driving in John’s Model X.

credit to Tesla Owners Silicon Valley Twitter

The video was done late at night after the update. The camera angle showed both John and Raj as the car started to drive and navigate itself on the road. 

Both were totally blown away with the quality of the BETA and its ability to see around the vehicle and display that on the screen whilst also bringing the real world into view for the cars’ computer vision. 

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Raj also released another video with more detail the following day during day light house. 

Elon’s comments

Elon recently explained that the release of the FSD Beta is unique in that it did not need the car to be connected to the internet for the FSD to work. Due to the use of the Cameras and sensors around the car once the car had the software it should have the capability to drive itself using the FSD functionality. 

This is a very different approach to other full self-driving technology which focuses on high-density mapping, GPS, and other technologies. Tesla has prided itself on using a vision system to manage the complexity of the Full Self Driving development with their camera first approach. 

The change

This approach combined with the rewrite that has been designed to use video rather than still images has made an exponential leap forward with the quality and accuracy of the beta that is currently being tested. 

John (Tesla Owners Silicon Valley) and Raj (Tesla RAJ) released several videos over the last couple of days showing different cases where the FSD performed exceptionally well. 

One particular area of interest for Australians include roundabouts. They demonstrated that the system was able to negotiate the roundabout extremely well. 

Since they posted their original video several other Youtube videos have surfaced. Tesla understands the best testers of their systems are the people who drive their cars every day. This use of Beta testing will assist with narrowing down the unusual edge cases that exist to make the system even that more refined. 

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Challenge Status Quo

I am a little old school when it comes to driving and I enjoy the driving experience. Ownership of a Tesla currently alludes me however I have aspirations to own one someday. I understand why many will find this type of technology confronting as it is challenging the status quo. I for one would enjoy testing this so it becomes the norm into the future. 

TESLA Full Self Driving BETA!!!!! Technology is proving that it can do many things with greater efficiency and quality, however, there is always a human element that technology has yet to conquer. 

Dave 

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Tesla week in review

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Tesla week in review post the highs of battery day, Tesla delivered a number of interesting additions to the Tesla almanac.  History may judge this to be another step towards Tesla’s ultimate goal of transition to sustainable energy and transport. 

A word on Tesla and the future of the Company. 

Last week saw one of the most significant steps forward for Tesla and the development of their battery technology. The new and innovative thinking demonstrated by Tesla and their team regarding the use of first principles to rethink the functions of the battery, truly set up Tesla to move into a confident position.  

Sandy Munro from Munro & Associates Inc., by his own admission seen thousands of vehicles over his life time and because of this has a unique perspective on the construction, manufacturing and innovation of vehicles. 

Munro’s perspective on the battery day and his support for Tesla, is one out of respect for  innovative products and support for the companies Goals. His perspective on the Tesla innovations highlighted the fact that Tesla is heading in a direction well ahead of any competition. He is able to provide insights to the technical aspects of the innovations. 

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The market for Tesla shares after the battery day presentation went down. Analyst thought that Tesla would announce a cheaper vehicle that would be available in the short term. Tesla did in fact announce a new cheaper vehicle which would not be available for several years. 

What it does suggest is that analysts don’t have a full understanding of the technology and how to classify tesla as a company. They believe that because Tesla have not produced an affordable vehicle with the battery technology available to use now that the value of the company does not meet their predictions. 

Tesla has always highlighted the fact that they are not just a car company or an energy company but a tech company. This difference has been a challenge for analysts as they still continue to place Tesla in the car company field. 

China Model 3

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This Tesla week in review also saw the introduction to the Made-In-China (MIC) Model 3 LFP or lithium ion battery technology provided by CATL. 

“Tesla’s new powertrains are expected to include a cobalt-free lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery made by Ningde, Fujian-based Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd.,” Bloomberg News. 1 October 2020, 11:46 am AEST Updated on 1 October 2020, 5:24 pm AEST

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This innovation has been met with great excitement by the Chinese. There has been an increase in orders. In conjunction with the new battery technology there has been a price reduction and a significant range increase. The price reduction may have been expected but the range increase was something no one had expected.

The Model 3 range went from 455km to 468kms. With any electric car, range is important and an increase is always welcome. This is helping to drive sales and improve customer experience. 

Here in Australia we still have to contend with significantly high prices. 

These include:

  • Taxes on imports
  • Luxury car tax
  • Exchange rate
  • Lack of manufacturing competition

These have significant impacts on price and ability for the average Australian to enter the electric car market. 

Opportunity

With the introduction of the new Model 3 to the Chinese market, there is an opportunity for Australians and those in the southern hemisphere, to have greater access to a more affordable Tesla. 

Recently there was a rumor that deliveries from Giga Shanghai to countries like Australia would provide a more affordable Model 3. As shown this week with the introduction of the new Model 3 to the Chinese market this rumour may have some foundation. 

A recent article from Tesmanian outlined the increase in shifts within the Giga Shanghai factory. This might indicate a lift in production numbers and possibly an opportunity to export model 3’s to other countries like Australia. 

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The Model 3 range of 468kms is comparable to current petrol cars of the same size and dimensions that are sold in Australia. With the added benefit of no petrol and reduced rates for electricity, this would make the vehicle quite competitive and compelling. 

Currently in Australia the cost of the Model 3 averages approx. $74000 dollars . As this starting price it does not incur Luxury car tax LCT. However, with the introduction of the new MIC model 3 the price when convereted to Australian dollars is $61000. This would be quite a significant price reduction which could make quite an impact on the electric vehicle market.  https://thedriven.io/2020/10/01/model-3-with-cheaper-battery-on-sale-soon-price-drop-leak-4000/

India 

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Tesla week in Review, Elon Musk is known for his use of the social media platform Twitter.  This week he responded to TCIN when asked if Tesla was going to come to India. 

Elon responded with, “sometime next year.” This is significant as it would open another country to the benefits of electric vehicles. https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1311931936261263360

This week has been a significant week for Tesla. They innovate, create, and produce some of the greatest technology we have seen for years. 

Dave 

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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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Image courtesy of Battery Day – Tesla

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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Out of Balance!

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Out of Balance! Two weeks ago I had one of those experiences that I thought would never come. My belief is that everyone has a good understanding of electric vehicle. I believe that everyone has a good foundational knowledge of what an electric car is and can do. Turns out I live in a bubble.

I realized two weeks ago that this type of thinking is a misconception and that we need to do more. 

Let me explain. 

My friend

I have a friend who is currently doing it hard as a business owner. He had to shut up shop while quarantine was occurring. This had an impact, now that he is open again, he is trying to make up for lost time. 

I have not had as much trouble with this area as I have worked across all quarantine. So, when it came to having an optometrist look at my sight, my friend jumped straight to mind. 

He and his wife both have worked tirelessly to build this business and their reputation to make their Optometrist business successful.

We visited the store and had our eyes checked and purchased a number of glasses. We had not seen each other for a while so afterwards we went back to their place to catch up.

Electric benefits

During the conversation we ventured onto the subject of cars. They were thinking about buying a new car to replace their 12-year-old car. It was at this point I mentioned electric vehicles. 

Much to my surprise they really had little knowledge of what electric cars could do and what their features were.

So, I tapped into my knowledge and started to answer questions and drive discussion. It was not only gratifying to hear myself speak with confidence about the cars, but also see my friend grow increasingly interested in the benefits of these cars.  

We discussed the ins and outs of Tesla’s talking about the savings across the spectrum from petrol to solar to battery storage to upfront cost versus ongoing costs. 

When I mentioned that there is limited maintenance that needed to occur for the cars, they were both surprised. We then spent that next 20 minutes convincing him that electric cars have a lot fewer moving parts and they don’t require the same maintenance that an ICE car requires. 

I tried to put forward a balanced view, both the good and the bad. Advising them that if they truly wanted to understand how an electric car feels to drive then to test drive a Tesla or any other electric vehicle, they find appealing.  

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Out of balance 

It was during this conversation that I realized that my knowledge was greater than I had previously thought but I did not truly appreciate the lack of information in the marketplace. This lack of clarity is part of the reason the electric car companies have had little chance of getting a foothold. 

Social Media

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Social media is an important avenue to pass on information to people. However, it anything that is not front, and center seems to be lost in the noise.  The general public don’t seem to find it as they don’t know what they are looking for. 

Recently I mentioned a report put out by the Electric Vehicle Council.  The report advised that 45% of people would consider an electric vehicle as their next car. 

This number may very well be true, but I also wonder how many of that 45% actually understand what the differences are with an electric car from an ICE vehicle.  

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Information courtesy of “State of Electric Vehicles” August 2019- Electric Council Australia

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Furthermore, I wonder how we capture the remaining 55% of people’s attention to have a better understanding of the Electric vehicle market. 

Misinformation

I received a text message from my friend a couple of days later.  He told me that he had been considering the discussion about electric vehicles and had spoken to someone who said that Tesla’s need to have software updates and that Tesla charges fees to upgrade. 

I was surprised that anyone would sprout that kind of nonsense, so I sent my friend the links to the software update details that Tesla puts on its website. I also sent him the link to Andy Slye  that also outlines how the software works. 

This just reinforced the need to find new ways to get the message out that electric has greater benefits than most people think and that there is so much misinformation the waters are getting murky. 

Call to Arms

I call upon all my followers and friends, my fellow bloggers and Youtubers to combine forces, to create new and fresh ideas on how to get the right information in front of as many as you can. 

The opportunity is now! The information is out of balance! We have a responsibility as passionate aficionados of the information to share and spread it near and far and help to reduce the confusion and misunderstanding. 

My friend has not made any decisions as to whether he can afford to go electric. I hope I have helped to change the mind of one or two more people to the benefits of the electric vehicle. 

By sharing my knowledge with just one person who becomes interested I have helped to spread the information and hope it keeps going. I will continue to share my passion for the cars and hope that my turn to own a Tesla won’t be far away. 

Dave 

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Are Australian Tesla’s about to get cheaper?

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Are Australian Tesla’s about to get cheaper? An encouraging report is suggesting that Australian deliveries for Model 3 and Model Y from Tesla, may be delivered from Giga Shanghai towards the end of 2020 beginning of 2021. 

It has been a major point of contention, that the prices in Australia are too high for the average person. 

The idea of Tesla’s being manufactured and delivered from Giga-shanghai is not a new idea but one that many have requested for a while, my self included.

Australian Prices

If the Model 3 and Y are to be sold as a family car, or as the car for the masses, then the price needs to be more affordable, around the $30,000 – $40,000 dollars mark.

This price would give price parity with the average ICE vehicle and allow for natural competition. Currently in Australia costs of Tesla’s are almost double these amounts.

Now of course, part of these cost are taxes both Luxury Car Tax (LCT) and Import tax and every other person who is involved with the delivery tax. 

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Giga-Shanghai

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There is a possible change for the delivery of Tesla’s from Giga-Shanghai to the Southern hemisphere, inclusive of Australia, this was reported by Bloomberg and shared by Sawyer Merritt on twitter.

This change in location of manufacturing and delivery increases the chance of a possible price change. That would make the Model 3 and hopefully Model Y see price drops and become more affordable and achievable by the average person in Australia. This would continue to help to support the Tesla Mission. 

The news that it may actually be occurring is exciting for Australians looking to make their next purchase an electric car. 

The Electric Vehicle Council released a report in August 2019 called the State of Electric Vehicles. This report highlights some of the details relating to the possibility that 53% of people either already own or are thinking about purchasing an electric car as their next vehicle.

Model Y ordering

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In Australia the Model Y is yet to be able to be ordered. This is not in line with the Model 3, which was available to be reserved from almost day one of the announcement. 

This delay with ordering could be aligned with the decision to ship cars from Giga Shanghai. Giga Shanghai has a number of buildings being constructed currently which have been rumored to be for the Model Y.

These would need to be completed for deliveries of model Y to Australia to occur.

Based on reports the building are close to being finalised which would in turn align with the timeline suggested for Giga Shanghai deliveries to Australia. 

Prices in Australia

Are Australian Tesla’s about to get cheaper? EV-HQ in February of this year commented on the prices of Tesla’s in Australia on Twitter and Elon Musk responded with this tweet.

This response was an indication that he also believed that prices for Tesla’s are too high, which he reinforced at the recent shareholders meeting held in July 2020, Tesla, Inc. Q2 2020 Financial Results and Q&A Webcast.

Tesla’s mission of transitioning the world to sustainable energy and transport must at its core be able to be flexible in the execution. The possible change to delivering and manufacturing vehicles for the Southern hemisphere and right-hand drive (RHD) countries is another step towards this achievement. 

Opportunities for Fremont

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The knock-on effect of a change like this opens the way for reduced reliance on delivering all models of the Tesla fleet globally from Fremont and disperses the deliveries across the network of factories. Thus, building redundancy and stability in manufacturing and deliveries.

It also allows Fremont to start planning for the manufacturing of the Roadster which Elon has mentioned would come out of Fremont factory. 

Are Australian Tesla’s about to get cheaper? It is encouraging to see that possible changes may be coming to the way Tesla is progressing their vision and the positive impact it can have on the average person is a win for the individual, and also for the world as we try to fix the issues that we have caused over the last century. 

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. 

Apple

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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.

Compare

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. 

Tesla Stock Split – Part 5

(Dave’s Journey to owning a Tesla) 

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Tesla Stock Split- Part 5 is the next part of the Dave’s Journey to owning a Tesla. 

Disclaimer – This information is my own opinion. I am not a financial advisor or affiliated with any financial institution. 

Part 3 – The Entrepreneur, and Part 4 – Taking my own advice, discussed the ability to grow your income through innovation of thought and applying fresh ideas to already existing problems and finding a way to monetize that approach. 

Let’s talk about the stock split!

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Stock Split

In the last week we have had a significant pivot in the way Tesla is looking at their future growth. The news which was reported by Tesla themselves outlined the Tesla Stock Split of 1:5

This stock split is not unprecedented in the world of stocks but for the average person who has not been a shareholder or involved in any company that they held shares for, this is an interesting thing to do.

The BareFoot Investor as part of their strategy, also talk’s about investing to grow wealth over time. 

The Tesla stock split is interesting by the fact that it allows those of us who are average people with little ability to spent thousands of dollars on stocks and investing, we now have the opportunity to invest just a couple of hundred dollars and become part of something we have a passion for.

For a lot of people investing in a company that aligns with their values, to help improve the environment and increase the ability for the world to transition to renewables is now reachable. 

So, what does 1:5 share split mean? 

If you as a shareholder currently with Tesla and you have a full share, then as of the 28th August you will end up owning 5 shares on the 31st August. 

The total of those 5 shares will be the same as the original share. For example, if your original share was $1500 before the stock split. After the split you will have 5 shares valued at $300 each, $1500 in total. 

So why is this Part 6 Tesla stock split part of the Dave’s journey to owning a Tesla? 

The share market is a way to grow wealth so long as you listen to professional advice, and based on your assessment of your own financial position and risks, you proceed with caution while being well informed. 

As I have said I am no financial wiz, but this is one-way I can grow wealth to achieve my goals while staying true to my values.

This is an opportunity if you like Tesla( https://www.tesla.com/en_au/ add link ) and you wish to be part of the retail investor environment, want to back a company that aligns with your values on the environment and own a cool car and technological products then look at this opportunity. 

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If you don’t have the money, then don’t do it! 

If you have financial difficulty this will not get you out of trouble. 

Look for opportunities that you are happy to accept the risk (loss) on. 

Investing is risky and can be fraught with peril if you don’t do your homework. 

But for me this is something I have long been working towards and I am going to try and take advantage of the opportunity before me. 

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I believe Tesla has a long way to go and has road map that doesn’t end with the cyber truck.

I am looking to the future and seeing that I have an opportunity to get one step closer to the end goal of owning a Tesla and helping to assist the world to transition to sustainable energy and transport. That is the ultimate goal.

Dave 

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