Side Lines 04 – Gigafactory 3

Many months ago there was speculation that the next Gigafactory would be in China. Many discredited this information as hearsay and rumours. Fast forward less than a year later and the Gigafactory is built and preparing for ramp up of production units rolling off the lines.

What an achievement. It is truly amazing that a building of this size and complexity could be built in that time frame. The people of china and Tesla should be commended for their work ethic and passion for an amazing company and vision.

As with all things Tesla i started to think about the possibilities. I wondered once again about the Australian EV market and the possible benefits that might be available to us with the production beginning in Gigafactory 3. If we in australia where to import Tesla Vehicles from China rather than USA we might have a greater chance of lower prices.

China is a big market for Tesla and I appreciate the possible benefits the company will get with the sales numbers. However we in Australia find the vehicles very enticing but the “average joe” has very little chance of being able to afford it.

Gigafactory 3 is an achievement that could benefit more than the Chinese mainland and could allow for greater proliferation of Tesla’s across the pacific. Increasing uptake and reducing possible cost to those customers.

Dave

Side lines 02 – price

I have written about price before and that’s because the price of a Tesla in Australia compared to other vehicles, is high.

I believe one of two things. If Tesla model 3’s were manufactured in China at GF3 and sent to Australia there might be the ability for a price reduction due to a number of factors including trade agreements, cost of construction is lower, etc.

The second is the idea that Australia could be home to a Gigafactory.

Uptake of the Tesla vehicles would increase with either of these. As price could be reduced which would allow for more people like my self who could not afford a $70000 dollar car may consider a $50000 car.

Just my thoughts. What do you think?

Dave.

Visionaries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Just like Steve Jobs and Elon Musk.

Dave.

What a Week

Deliveries

Well here in Australia deliveries of the new Model 3 continued in earnest. With many of the online community posting some fantastic videos of their experiences and their opinion of the car, the software and the love they have for their model3. A big shout out needs to be made to the passionate staff at all Tesla stores Australia wide and globally for their commitment to deliver a great customer experience.

Environment

Climate change is on the lips of many people in the world this last week. This has been driven by the peaceful strikes by the children of the world. The scientific community finally has a unified voice in their displeasure with current standing of environmental status. Tesla for many years has professed their driven by improving uptake of environmentally responsible transport. All EV’s meet this criterion as well. I have hope that the next years will bring the changes that are required to start the healing of our environment and the electrification of vehicles is just one of those steps.

Software

This week has been one of the most anticipated software updates that has come in recent history of tesla. Version 10 has been coming now with new and fascinating changes that will only grow and enhance the love for Tesla vehicles.

Tesla Theatre
  • Netflix
  • YouTube
  • Hulu
  • Tesla Tutorials

The introduction of these is a welcome inclusion as it allows people to watch their favourite shows whilst Tesla recharging at superchargers.

Smart Summon
  • One of the most anticipated inclusions so far.

This has been one of the most talked about features across the Teslaverse. This allows users to call their car to them from across car parks etc.

Caraoke
  • This is just pure fun for anyone who loves karaoke and loves to sing with the lyrics.
Restaurants and Destinations
  • this is one feature I think I would love. I am always asking my wife what she wants for dinner now all I would have to do is hop in the car and push the” I’m feeling Hungry “button and let the car decide. This is also true for the “I’m Feeling Lucky” feature when I don’t have much to do for the day and I click that button. My day of fun driving begins.
Spotify
  • Improving music players in the car are a widely requested feature and now Spotify is available. This will give a lot more options to people. Hopefully apple music will not be far away.
Tesla Arcade
  • Games have been a feature for a while on Tesla’s but now they have even more with the introduction of the most famous game “CupHead”. This game has frustrated people online for a while now but it’s fun and excitement is unprecedented.

There have also been some other enhancements including further uplift of sentry mode. Inclusion of Joe Mode allowing reduction of noise in the car when kids are asleep.

This software update is large and full of features and fun. The future is bright for the software and enhancements from Tesla.

Government

Australian government has been a back-seat driver when it comes to the environment and this week they have not been stepping up to their responsibilities to the people of Australia. Environmental issues both abroad and in Australia need to be looked at in a very different way and that needs to occur now. For the electric vehicle community, they can make simple changes that would allow for environmental improvement and allowing people who are passionate about the electric car industry to gain ground in Australia which by all reports lags behind the rest of the world by several years.

In my opinion the future is still bright for EV’s within Australia and the new features and fun that Tesla keeps introducing is only making me have hope that we can get it right. The government will get on board and the world will work out the environmental issues.

So, my advice is, keep your chin up and go buy a tesla. That’s my plan in the future.

Dave

Test Drive

Check out my Video here “Test Drive”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks to Tesla and to Alex for a great experience.

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

Dave  

Learning new things

Today blog is a little different than normal. Not a focus on electric vehicles but rather a focus on the future of ev-hq.com . I am at WordCamp the conference for those of us who use the word press functionality that helps to build our websites.

As a beginner in the world of webpage development and information sharing I have developed my webpage based off the information available to me and the easiest way possible. Word press website building allowed me to have something up and runnng within a month. I thought it was about time I learnt truly how to grow my brand and use the website more efficiently.

This conference has given me some great ideas to help make my webpage much more advanced than where it is today. Simple ideas that can make the webpage faster and more interesting to my visitors.

On top of this learning the conference is allowing me the opportunity to network and identify key people in the community to assist if trouble should rise or to collaborate and guide my learning and offer ideas and feedback where necessary.

I am a believer in taking what you have and building on it to deliver unique and simple solutions. Hard work can deliver great leaps just as much as knowledge can help to grow a simple idea.

I am a passionate fan and follower of electric vehicles and a fan boy of Tesla, but I am also a person who wants to be a more active member in the EV community and to do this it is important to learn and grow my knowledge which will assist this growth.

It is an exciting week ,month coming up for Australian fans as model 3 deliveries are not to far away. So stay excited, share your the love and hopefully deliveries are not far away. I will continue to post on @evhq2 on twitter with any updates as they come to hand but in the coming months I will also start to grow my presence on the webpage and have regular updates and post.

Thanks to word press for putting on the word camp and helping me grow my knowledge and contribute to the world of electric cars.

Dave

Not long now

Australian fans your wait for the model 3 is almost over. For those that have been following along, the boats have arrived, the phone calls have begun, the money has been paid and the test drives are well underway. All that is left is for the deliveries to happen.

Once those deliveries occur then the smiles, joy, laughter, tears of joy, excitement and a flood of cool videos and commentary about the cars will show all of these emotions.

It is incredible to think that it has been over 3 years since reservations opened. In that time there has been a lot of discussion, anticipation and theorising about the car and it’s features.

Nothing prepares you for the actual arrival and delivery of that car. I am sure it will live up to expectations and many will be more than pleased with the features and handling of the safest car on the road.

I personally look forward to watching all the comments and videos of the joy these cars bring.

So post them to the socials and spread that joy near and far. Let’s help other appreciate and become EV drivers.

Dave

Image courtesy of Tesla