Tesla Referral Program Returns!!!

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Tesla referral program is back!!!!

Tesla Referral Program Returns!!! The Tesla referral program was in the past one of the keys to driving adoption before Tesla was the company it is today. 

Its rewards for getting others to use your referral code both were insightful and extremely successful. It used to reward those with vehicles, chargers, powerwalks and so much more. 

Referrals

But then in the September of 2021, it all ended. Those of us here in Australia did not really benefit from the referral program as it finished just as Australia was really starting to get on board. 

But on Friday 25/2/2023 the referral program came back. This time it came back with a much more practical approach. 

How does it work?

Someone uses your referral code as it was before and you earn credits. The credits can then be used by you and the person who used your code to purchase accessories, upgrades, and supercharger credits. When the code is used, both get benefits. 

These make it much more appealing to your average person. It entices you to purchase through a friend or relative because you get some benefit to you and me when we do. 

Of course, the rewards of new cars and the like do not appear to be here anymore and that is what makes it so sustainable. 

Mobile App

The Tesla Mobile app was recently changed to show a locked chest in the top right-hand corner. When you select the icon, the following page opens. 

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Loot Box front page 

This page shows the current credits that you must spend. 

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It also shows the free supercharging credits after they are purchased. 

Referral Button

The referral Button when selected asks to be connected to your contacts. You can then send your referral code to all your contacts. 

At the bottom of the page, you have a further 3 icons. 

The original “Loot Box” icon, is consistent with the icon you selected to get to this page. Then a credits icon and finally a redeem icon.

Credits Icon

When selected the credits icon shows the following page. 

The top right is a history tab used to track credit history.

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Below this is 3 selections

  • Referrer
  • Buyer
  • Loyalty
Referrer

When sending a referral from this page it shows an image of the credits you receive when you have an appositive referral. This credit would then appear in your credits after the purchase is complete. 

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Buyer

When a person uses your referral code not only do you, as the referrer, get credits but so too does the buyer or person who has purchased the vehicles through your referral link. 

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Loyalty

This selection shows credits that you get if you already own a Tesla and purchase another through your referral code another vehicle for you. 

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Each of these selections will give you the value based on the selection of the vehicle being purchased. 

Redeem

On the Home page of the Loot box, I mentioned there was another icon on the bottom of the page, Redeem.

When selected this page shows the following, a total credit you have earned at the top?

Below this is 4 menu selections

  • Featured Products
  • Lifestyle
  • Accessories
  • Upgrades
Feature Products

This selection is about the essential items that tesla wants to promote. It is no surprise then that the Supercharger selection is the main image on this page. 

Redeem
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Lifestyle

The lifestyle selection shows a few items that can be purchased with the credits, from the tesla shop. A beanie, water bottle, t-shirt, and travel mug/tumbler. These will be the beginning of the selections I am sure, and this list will grow over time. 

Lifestyle
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Accessories

The accessories selection again is pulling items from the tesla shop, but the difference is it is promoting items for the vehicles. The Wall connector, the USB drive, the Pet Liner, Roof Sunshade and Center Console Trays are all featured and offer reasonable credit limits. 

Accessories
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Upgrades 

Upgrades would reference any grades that your current vehicles may not have. I have all the upgrades but would think that premium connectivity is a good example of what to expect here and I am sure cooler tech will appear here in the future. 

Upgrades
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Terms and Conditions

Below are just some of the key points outlined in the term and conditions.

  • Referrals cannot be applied after an order has been placed. 
  • Referral Credits are available to current owners in the Tesla community who refer first-time Tesla customers.
  • Buyer Credits are also granted to first-time customers who order a qualifying Tesla product through a referral link
  • Loyalty Credits are granted to current Tesla owners who are purchasing additional Tesla products for themselves.
  • Credits are awarded after the installation and activation of a Tesla energy product (the “Grant Date”).
  • Tesla customers must be at least 18 years old to be eligible for credits, which are non-transferable and not redeemable for cash.
  • Referral links should be shared from one person to another, not broadcast en masse on public platforms.

Tesla thinking

So why now? Why bring back the referral program, when you cannot keep up with demand and it puts you in a position of creating more demand? 

I believe it is about the customer. Tesla has for many years promoted one of its best assets, the people who keep talking about tesla without paid advertising. You see a referral program of this type takes that promotional expense and gives it back to the customers that have made tesla so successful. 

Tesla reinforces this with the following line in the term and conditions

“We introduce programs such as these in good faith and expect the same good faith in return. The intent of this program is to reward loyal Tesla owners for sharing their passion for Tesla products with their friends and family. “

It is one of the best sales and marketing tools because the passionate people who have found the electrification of vehicles to be a revolution can now be thanked for their efforts and rewarded for their loyalty. 

Loyalty above all is never celebrated by any company so it is wonderful to see a company like a Tesla once again rewarding those that have made them what they are today. 

It is wonderful to see it back. 

Dave 

Infrastructure is Imperative!

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Day Job

Infrastructure is imperative! 2022 started with a bang as I looked towards the year with positivity and hope that this year would be better than the last. I work in health and find that the pace that 2021 took drained me of energy and passion for what I was doing, blogging included. 

So how was 2022 going to be different? I changed roles and returned to my substantive position working Monday to Friday 9-5. This seemed like a good idea. I then applied to be part of a leadership emerging executive course which would run for 9 months. My application was successful. 

I started the course in march of 2022 and to say it has had a profound impact on my thinking and view of the world is not an understatement. 2020 was a year that I had medical issues. 2021 allowed me to find my mojo for my day job again. 

2022 was the year I rediscovered the reason I do what I do. The course exposed me to some industry experts in digital health to help challenge my stagnant thinking. It offered a way to unlearn old habits, challenge new ways of thinking and develop my skills as a leader in Digital health. 

Blogs

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As part of the course, I was given the opportunity to be part of a project that focused on the delivery of Charging infrastructure to a Hospital District. Those of you who have followed me and supported my blogs would have found I was quiet in 2021. 

As part of the project, I had to declare any conflicts of interest and thus my blogging about EVs met these criteria. I then had to make a choice and thus I had to stop blogging for the duration. 

Did I stop following what was going on in the world of Electric vehicles? NO!!!!!

I followed along commented where I could on Twitter and linked in and continued to keep track of the great progress being made in the industry. 

One of the side benefits of this forced hiatus was the ability to think about my website and my blogs and better plan for 2022. I hope that this year brings with it a better experience for you the reader and for a more collaborative approach. 

Project

Infrastructure is imperative! I was lucky enough to find people who were just as passionate about electric vehicles as I. The course asked to have a Project completed by the end of the 9-month time frame. Alongside my colleagues, we worked to deliver the “EV infrastructure transition project” to life. 

You see the government has fleet vehicles that currently are mostly petrol and more recently a few hybrids. 

An announcement that all fleet vehicles were to transition to electric by 2026 was big news and raised several eyebrows on how to achieve this. 

Initially, we thought about the vehicles themselves but quickly realized that infrastructure planning, implementation and strategy were far more important to solve. 

The vehicles took care of themselves with the car companies producing the vehicles that could allow ease of purchase. On the flip side, the building that existed and the new proposed building being built did not cater for the most part to the delivery of over 500 vehicles to be charged and housed. 

Approach

We first took time to understand the areas that we needed to focus on. This included:

  • Finances
    • How to pay for infrastructure upgrades
    • What incentives are available to us 
    • Sources of income that could be sorted out to help with the overhead costs of the initial infrastructure builds
  • Infrastructure
    • Understanding the current locations where fleet vehicles were housed. 
    • What capacity the buildings had with electrical boards
  • Fleet
    • Current number of vehicles
    • Work done to transition and agreements 

This as a starting point opened a lot of questions and very few answers. 

We got to work. We organized meetings with the facility managers to better understand the current physical locations. Spoke with finance staff to better understand the costs. Our discussions with Fleet managers helped to get a picture of the complex nature we were facing.

Investigations

The biggest challenges that the Health District needed to address included

  • Limited capacity for further electrical load
  • Locations of current vehicles being unable to support any electrical infrastructure for new electric vehicles
  • no central management of vehicles exists variability across facilities
  • The cost of uplift of locations would cost large amounts of dollars above and beyond the currently allocated funds
  • Limited time to be able to complete infrastructure uplift based on 2026, time frame. 

Outcomes

To address the above and to at least begin the process we as a team came up with 4 key strategies that needed to be implemented for the beginning of success to be found. 

These included;

  • Central management of fleet vehicles in the health district
  • Assessment of electrical capacity at all locations
  • Dedicated allocated funds to address infrastructure and electrical shortfall. 
  • Development of a process to assess future sites for appropriateness of charging infrastructure installation. 

These four items would put the health district on a solid trajectory towards success to transition to their 2026 target of all-electric vehicles in the fleet to transition to electric. Infrastructure is imperative!

My take

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Infrastructure is imperative! This project taught me a lot about project processes and investigation. It helped to have me build on the knowledge that I have taken from the EV community and apply it in a way I had never considered. 

It also opened my eyes to the fact that infrastructure is imperative to the survival, success, and best outcomes of EVs uptake. I have written a number of years ago about the importance of charging infrastructure and it is so important to get this right.

The world is looking for ways to move towards promoting the uptake of EVs. Being part of this project continues to support my efforts to provide good insights to helping all to understand what to consider when choosing EVs.

It has also helped me to realize that complaints about chargers not working, chargers broken and limited in their capability are not good enough. We must do better and be better to truly make the experience seamless. 

There is a long road to go, and I know that I have learned a great deal in 2022 and I hope that translates into 2023. 

Dave 

David McCann
David McCann

EV-HQ founder, passionate about sharing the passion for Tesla and Electric Vehicles everywhere.
Referral code:
https://www.tesla.com/referral/david95191

Road Trip

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Table of Contents:-

Road Trip

Road Trip. During Christmas of 2022, I decided to do a long road trip with my family to Melbourne. I decided to see how the Tesla charging network and my Model 3 we bought almost 15 months ago would perform on the road.

In preparation for this trip I took time to consider the needs of what might be required. Some of the considerations included the items below.

List of items

  • Tire compressor.
    • I recently backed a “Kickstarter” in which I received a small compact tire compressor. It was designed to be a simple small and competent tire inflater for several purposes including vehicles.
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  • Extra charging cable.
    • I purchased the blue charging cable from apple that allows for charging at third-party chargers with a bring-your-own cable. 
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  • Tire repair kits
    • A friend of mine mentioned he has used the tire repair kits that plug the hole so you can make it to the next town to have it fixed. I purchased some of these, so I had resources in case this eventuated. 
  • Alcohol-based window cleaner
    • This was essential to allow for the cleaning of windows due to bug splatter and the removal of bugs from the fender when charging. 

Planning the trip 

I spent several hours planning the trip not just through the tesla app and vehicle display but through several other applications. 

  • A better Route Finder
    • This app allowed me to look at the possibilities of charging accommodation and time travelling 
  • Plug share
    • This was very handy to find any other charging points that may be available close to the tesla chargers in the case of not being able to charge when tesla chargers might have a long wait. 
  • Charge Fox
    • Allowing the ability to charge at their sites if required. 
  • EVIE
    • Allowing the ability to charge at their sites if required. 
  • RACQ Roadside assistance
    • If an issue arose, I could get assistance if required. 
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image courtesy of my iPhone

Travelling

Road Trip. The road trip was planned to start a couple of days before Christmas day, and it would take us 3 days to get there. As it turns out it only took 2 days with long days and lots of driving. 

The first leg of the trip started at 3:30 am in the morning, this was intentional as we aimed to miss the Gold Coast Highway morning traffic that is notorious for being horrible and slow. Thankfully we missed this traffic and made good time for our first destination for charging at Maclean. 

Charger – Knockrow 

Knockrow charger is one of the more picturesque chargers around. We arrived early morning which meant that not many people were within the area. It sits on a river next to a restaurant and just up the road is a small country town post office and general store. 

maclean charger
Image courtesy of my iPhone

The general store was open, so we got a coffee and something to eat. We then went and sat by the river and had a relaxed time while waiting for the vehicle to finish charging. 

knockdown
image courtesy of iPhone

The next couple of chargers that we stopped at were similarly placed in nice surroundings, next to vineyards, shopping centres and the like. 

Victoria Roads

As we moved into Victoria after going through NSW, we found that the roads travelled through some of the most open and beautiful landscapes. In contrast to NSW where there are lots of large forests and bushland next to the freeways, in VICTORIA the fields were spotted with trees and large open fields with lots of livestock to be seen. 

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The stops along the way included places like “Oliver’s” which offers good wholesome healthy selections of food catering to Gluten and dairy-free options. 

Model 3 Travelling

Road Trip. Our model 3 is a 2021 build standard range with no FSD or Enhanced Autopilot. So, on a trip down it was great to understand the benefits and disadvantages of this configuration. 

First and foremost, range is king. Due to cost when we bought the Model 3, we had not been able to buy a long-range Model 3 and that has always been a question for us

“Did we make the right decision?” 

The Model 3 standard range did not skip a beat, it performed as well as expected if not slightly above.

The distance between chargers was not so much that you would arrive almost on 0% if anything I generally arrived with 10-20% of the charge still available. 

This surprised me as I had anticipated more issues with distance. So, the query of “Long-Range” versus “Standard Range” did not really matter.

I had a full trunk and frunk load with more in the back seat, so the vehicle was even heavier than usual, and it performed exceptionally well. Range Anxiety with this extra load did not have any impact.  

We covered on the drive down almost 1800km on the way down and we charged approximately 6-8 times over the duration. 

route

We arrived in Melbourne and enjoyed a wonderful Christmas with family and friends

Tesla Christmas Present

I have always wanted to understand the benefits, and disadvantages of the Enhanced Autopilot systems so it came as a big surprise to find that Tesla released for 30 days to the ability for all Teslas to experience enhanced Autopilot across the Christmas/New Year period here in Australia. 

I was extremely impressed with some aspects and frustrated by others. Of course, I worked out workarounds and streamlined the capabilities attributed to the Enhance autopilot.

The first thing to note was the activation of the Enhanced autopilot. Firstly, entering a destination was necessary for the delivery of the enhanced features. The auto lane change was one exception to this rule as it also worked when in standard autopilot. 

The first time I drove it with Enhanced autopilot and turned it on the two blue lines that outlined the lanes on the screen merged into the one leading line in front of the vehicle’s image. 

autopilot display
image courtesy of my iPhone

This helped to show its path and guide the car through the navigation. On many occasions, it performed amicably, but on some occasions, it was hard to determine if it would or would not work. 

The vehicle found exit and entry points a breeze for the most part with a few small exceptions. It took turns on freeway interchanges extremely well and navigated through traffic with ease. 

Where it did find some challenges was the transition from lane to lane. The auto turn was mostly consistent and worked well however it did tend to suggest turning to the right-hand lane often even if there was no reason to do so. 

This was above all else the most frustrating thing. On many occasions, I would cancel the suggested upcoming lane change as there was no reason to change the lane. 

One of the more unusual behaviours came when I was driving in the right lane and attempting to merge back to the left lane using enhanced autopilot systems functionality. I would indicate to go to the left lane, I found when there was no other vehicle in the left lane ahead the system just would not engage. No matter how much nudging of the steering wheel to confirm lane change the system did not do it. 

The results would be the autopilot disengaging, it just continuing in the right lane and the system disregarding the request, or the screen displaying that auto lane change is not available at this time. 

Besides these frustrations, overall I was most impressed with where it is at currently. Does it need more work to meet expectations, of course, but it is early stages of development for right-hand drive countries in my opinion and I think Tesla might need to give the system some attention.

I would think that the data they were able to get from all the different vehicles using it over this period might give a clear indication of areas for improvement. Let’s hope so. 

The Return Trip

The return trip was again long, and we visited mostly the same superchargers on the way back. Having enhanced autopilot was so much better than autopilot for one specific reason. 

I didn’t have to turn it off to change lanes 95% of the time. In the included version of autopilot that comes with all Tesla’s it disengages when trying to change lanes. If no other feature for standard autopilot could be included, it would be this. 

enhanced autopilot image
Image courtesy of Tesla.com

We again made it in two days and even though we were not as tired as we would have been driving another vehicle without autopilot. The energy it takes to concentrate on keeping the car between two lines cannot be understated. 

Tesla does this extremely well in standard or enhanced autopilot and the level of fatigue does diminish with this capability. 

I had a wonderful time driving the Model 3 and I can say without hesitation it is one of the best vehicles I have ever owned. 

One last Observation

The Supercharger network needs to grow. Sure, we were lucky not to have to wait at any superchargers along the way but the number of Teslas and electric vehicles we identified on our drive was significant. Australia is only getting to 4-5% of recent purchases being electric, but that is only growing. 

supercharger network
image courtesy of Tesla.com

Tesla needs to increase their number of chargers, along with other vendors. It is imperative that this happens with great expedience. 

With Tesla opening their superchargers to other electric vehicles this will only increase demand and at most charging sites 6 seems to be the maximum on this road trip. That is not enough if more and more Teslas and EVs are coming into the market. 

The trip was amazing, the enhanced autopilot was worth experiencing and the fun, family, and memories we made during this time cannot be replaced. 

Dave 

David McCann
David McCann

EV-HQ founder, passionate about sharing the passion for Tesla and Electric Vehicles everywhere.
Referral code:
https://www.tesla.com/referral/david95191

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2023 Let’s Get Started!!!

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2023 Let’s Get Started!!! I have had a lot of time over the last 12 months to sit back and watch the evolution of the electric vehicle market in Australia start to heat up. 

Having been involved with a project last year that asked me to pause my blogging whilst I completed the project, I was able to take stock of what is going to be important to blog about moving forward. 

Until now I have been blogging about several things that relate to the tipping point of the ability to move towards electrification, cars and many others things. 

It would seem now that that process is well underway, and I need to adapt to this change and now focus on what is important to the people buying the new cars, the evolving landscape of the Australian and global vehicle uptake and the long-term views of what is coming. 

Tesla Fanboy

Of course, I am a self-proclaimed Tesla fanboy so I will continue to write about tesla where I believe there is news to share. Just like I wrote about 2022 would be the year of the Model Y I will continue to write about future trends with tesla and the cyber truck especially.

I am also looking at my website to uplift it to be more user-friendly and provide information and access to resources that are relevant to anyone who needs a one-stop place to discover the things that are important when starting out trying to understand what differences there are for electric vehicles to consider when making that shift. 

As part of this moving change that I am about to embark on I am always open to collaboration, working with the EV community to continue to grow the conversation, evolve the thinking and look towards the future that we leave behind for our children.

The beginning of my blogging will come in early February.

2023 Let’s Get Started!!! So, keep an eye out and I hope you enjoy my thinking and perspective on the future of the electric vehicle. 

Dave