Tesla SEMI Delivered

SEMI
Image Courtesy of Tesla.com

Tesla SEMI Delivered, 5 years ago Tesla held an event that set the tone for what was to come and the disruption they felt would come to the trucking industry.

Semi unveiling
Image Courtesy of Tesla.com Youtube

No longer will big gas-guzzling vehicles be the only solution to hauling heavy loads distance. I wrote about the companies that had placed orders back in 2020 and the first deliveries to some of those companies happened today.

Introducing the Tesla SEMI

Courtesy of Tesla.com YouTube channel

Now I must preface, Tesla is not the first Electric truck to market, but they certainly are the most interesting. When you consider the power-to-weight ratio and the motor that is doing the heavy lifting (pardon the pun) they are one of the standouts.

Friday the 2nd of December 2022 Tesla presented the production version of the SEMI and delivered them to Pepsi Co and Frito-Lay.  

The new SEMI rethinks the way truck drivers interact with their vehicles. As an example, it is possible to stand up in the cabin and change out of a jacket and hang them up before sitting in the driver’s seat to drive. 

SEMI Cabin Coat Hanger
Image Courtesy of Tesla.com YouTube Channel

The SEMI weighs in at 82000lbs when fully loaded and can cover a range of 500 miles (804 kilometres)

With 1 x Plaid motor that drives the truck most of the time and a further two more motors that engage for torque and acceleration, it is a very powerful vehicle.  This tri-motor configuration is clutched and geared automatically, which offers a seamless experience for the driver.

Semi Motor and axel
Image Courtesy of Tesla.com YouTube Channel

Elon Stated in the presentation” It is an elephant that moves like a cheetah”, he went on to state that the vehicle has 3 times the power of any diesel truck on the road today. This type of power and acceleration is unprecedented in the trucking industry. 

SEMI Aerodynamics
Image courtesy of Tesla.com YouTube Channel

Interesting point.

One comment which caught my attention related to the 1000volt powertrain and how it will be used beyond the Tesla Semi. If I was speculating that might very well speak to either the CyberTruck or another vehicle in the works. Whatever it is it will be impressive for a smaller vehicle to have this type of technology. 

Notable Difference. 

Tesla Semi Delivered, one notable difference between the existing Deisel trucks and the new Electric SEMI by Tesla is the ability for anyone to hop in and drive. It drives, excluding the size, the same as driving a Tesla Vehicle. 

It has a central driving location with two large screens to either side allowing for cameras to see the length of the truck and trailer, navigation, speed gear and other metrics specific to large trucks. (Images Courtesy of Tesla.com YouTube Channel)

Notable Omission

One notable omission related to “Autopilot” and “Full Self Driving” (FSD). Something I am sure will either be in the software or still in development. This is all yet to be confirmed by Tesla but if history is anything to go on there is great confidence that it is on the road map. 

A video of the truck driving for over 8 hours was shown and can be accessed on Tesla’s Youtube channel. It demonstrated the ability of the vehicle and helped to show how the vehicle performs under normal daily driving conditions. 

Video Courtesy of Tesla.com YouTube Channel

Carryover of Proven Technology

During the presentation, Elon and the team made comments that the SEMI had within its technology that is already proven out with Tesla’s Current Fleet. This included 

  • Drive Units
  • Infotainment Systems
  • Heat Pump System
  • Power Inverters
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Image Courtesy of Tesla.com YouTube Channel

These components have been distributed throughout the Tesla fleet over the years and it is a testament to Tesla that they continue to evolve and improve on their already amazing innovation. To include these elements in the Semi only reinforces the importance of consistency and transferability of the functionality of these components. 

Tesla Semi Delivered, Electric vehicles are by their own admission revolutionary vehicles in an industry that has been lagging over the last many years. As we move to a world of electrification and renewable energy there is a need to be able to transfer that electrical current in larger and larger volumes. 

Charging Infrastructure

That is why Tesla continues to innovate their charging infrastructure. This is no different for the Tesla Semi. Elon and team introduced the 1MW – DC CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE showing the evolution of V3 – V4 of the Cable technology. This new cable version has shown great improvements in charging times and capability.

charging cable SEMI
Image courtesy of Tesla.Com YouTube Channel

It was also announced that this new infrastructure will be part of the CyberTruck configuration, and they will be retrofitting the Charging network starting next year.  It would stand to reason that long term this may become the standard for all Tesla vehicles. 

For now, though the Semi with such a large battery pack is required to meet the need of the distances to travel for Heavy vehicles it is important to charge in the most efficient way with the least amount of time and this cable helps to realize this ability. 

What’s Next

Tesla Semi Delivered, Tesla has made no secret of their Master plan and they again showed this at the [presentation. Now that the Semi is heading into production the focus shifts to CyberTruck. 

Not only will CyberTruck be a new evolutionary vehicle, but it will again learn and adopt several innovations that have come before. 

road map
Image courtesy of Tesla.com YouTube Channel

The Tesla Semi is a beautiful, well-thought-out vehicle that will influence the view of what heavy vehicles are, can do and deliver in the future. Tesla has already stated it will integrate them into its own fleet and continue to learn and grow their development. 

Congratulations to Tesla and the Semi Team on taking the time to get this right. I cannot wait to see how it evolves over the coming years. 

Dave 

David McCann
David McCann

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What a Year!!!!!

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What a Year!!!!! Let me explain, it is very rare that my daytime job and the world of Electric Vehicles cross paths but that is precisely what happened earlier this year. 

I work in health care and as part of that, I was given an opportunity to grow my executive leadership capability alongside many other emerging executives. As part of this opportunity, I was part of a project that worked to develop a strategy to implement EV charging infrastructure across the Hospital Health service. 

Due to the above clash with my day job, I was restricted to be able to blog for a time. Well, that time has come to an end, and I am back. 

In that time so much has happened, changed, and evolved. Australia is now a fertile landscape for EV adoption and growth. I have had many varied conversations over the last couple of months and hope to bring them to you and all over the coming months and years. 

So, I will be working to deliver greater insights to the growing Australian EV marketplace and offer my insights into burgeoning ideas, opportunities and of course my take on Tesla and the new vehicles coming our way. 

What a Year!!!!! So, sit back, enjoy and be happy for you to bring your comments and opinions my way. 

Cheers

Dave 

David McCann
David McCann

EV-HQ founder, passionate about sharing the passion for Tesla and Electric Vehicles everywhere.

Australia Embracing Electric Vehicles

Electric dreams exhibitions
Image courtesy of Electric Dreams Exhibition website

Australia Embracing Electric Vehicles, This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Brisbane “Electric Dreams Exhibition”

On the scale of things, it was a small affair, but it still had some wonderful exhibitors showing off their wares. 

Electric Exhibitors

This was not just a car show but an electric show with vehicles of all kinds. Electric cars all the way down to skateboards and it had something for the young at heart to the wise and passionate. 

I had the pleasure of talking with several of the exhibitors asking about their electric scooters and electric bikes and understanding the advantages and specifications of each. They were so friendly and open to discussing the amazing selection and the variety of what they each could do. 

Scotter Hut

I spoke with the team from Scooter Hut a local Brisbane-based company who was extremely knowledgeable about the scooters highlighting features and comparisons between each variety.

There was no hard sell it was sharing, understanding and knowledge about the vehicles themselves. Quite refreshing to find someone with such a depth of knowledge that they can talk to. 

They had 4-5 main scooters on display, and all were for different needs and age groups. The pricing was reasonable and the distance for each was comparable to most scooters on the market. 

Retrofit

A unique feature of this electric vehicle show was the retrofit vehicles that had electric motor conversions of older classic petrol vehicles. With just over $10000 dollars it is possible to get the basic kit to convert an older vehicle. 

Quite a reasonable price in comparison to current new Electric Vehicle costs which are significantly higher. It is wonderful to see such ingenuity and passion for electrification while still having the ability to love classic cars. 

But it would not be an electric exhibition without the latest and greatest vehicles. 

Tesla

As you would expect Tesla had a stand and with it came several vehicles. On display were two Model 3’s. One “Standard Range” and the other a “Long Range”.

Tesla Display
Tesla Display

However, the cherry on top was the latest Model Y.  

Model Y was the star of the show with most of the attention going to it. Many people were asking lots of questions and exploring the vehicle for its wonderful features and specs. 

Rear view of Model Y

I still hold true that this vehicle is the best choice for the Australian market. A large family car that just has the features everyone is looking for with the special technology and ecosystem of Tesla.

If you want to hear more of my thoughts on the Model Y test drive click here!!

Polestar2

Polestar2 Display

Tesla was not the only car company on show, polestar had a centre stage with tier Polestar 2. It was again a very popular vehicle to see. As this was the first time, I had seen the interior it was representative of the quality that the outside belies.

The multiple screens for the driver and the display that is fresh and nuanced. I love the seat belts being yellow a simple thing, but I really like it and would love to see other car companies follow suit. 

polestar2 specs
Polestar2 Specs

I do however have a couple of negative observations. The air vents are a little too retro for me, a big silver vent with a turning knob seems a little outdated and would age very quickly. The back seat leg room seemed a little short as well. 

Other than that, it was a well put together thought-out refined vehicle.

KIA EV6

Not formally on display but a booth owner who was selling towbar retrofits for Tesla had an EV6 on display parked next to their booth. 

Again, it is the first time seeing the interior up close and I was pleasantly surprised. The exterior of the vehicle is surprisingly appealing. It has some wonderful curves and features that draw the eyes. 

The dual display seems to be extremely functional especially with the angle more towards the driver. The car offered a lot more space than expected and the interior is well-appointed and refined. 

EV 6
KIA EV 6 Interior

It seems that the next generation of electric vehicles is hitting the market in all the right places. 

Lexus

I did also get the pleasure of seeing the Lexus Electric vehicle. Unfortunately, I did not get any photos, however, I was less than impressed as the number of buttons and their placement in the vehicle was messy and unusual. 

It seems that the thinking for this vehicle was targeted to a specific audience and not to the mass market. Probably not surprising considering that the cost of Lexus vehicles is quite high. 

However, it is great to see that more and more companies are heading down this road. 

Chargers

Most of us have heard of tritium the manufacturer that builds some amazing charging infrastructure. 

We have also heard of charge fox, RACQ, EVIE and so many other companies that provide third-party chargers. 

But have you ever heard of Noodoe? Neither had I until this show. It turns out they produce charging solutions for the average person. This charging is supported by a dedicated application. 

noodoe
Noodoe charger

They produce both AC and DC chargers and they can all be accessed by a QR code infrastructure. 

noodoe sign
Noodoe options

Seems like the market for chargers and infrastructure has another player trying to make their way. 

It is wonderful to see so many interested parties looking for opportunities in the electric vehicle marketplace. 

Summary

Even though it was a small affair, and the number of people did not compare to car shows of old, it is a wonderful start towards building that ongoing relationship with the future customer. 

It was a pleasure to talk with and see so many people interested in and talking about the possibilities for electric vehicles from the smallest scooter, to the largest electric bus to the everyday commuter. The future of electric vehicles is bright, and it is wonderful exhibitions like the Electric Dreams Exhibition that help to make the future possible. 

Dave 

David McCann
David McCann

EV-HQ founder, passionate about sharing the passion for Tesla and Electric Vehicles everywhere.

TESLA Model Y – Revolution in Manufacturing

casting 2
Courtesy of Tesla.com

TESLA Model Y – Revolution in Manufacturing. Elon Musk has said for several years that the way to improve efficiencies is to build the machine that makes the machine. Elon has been espousing that one of the legacy things that Tesla will be remembered for is their manufacturing prowess. 

The Model 3 initially was one of the hardest manufacturing challenges that Tesla had to contend with. This was due to several assumptions and processes that were redundant and or too complex for a machine.

So, in recent years Tesla and Elon have spent many hours, days, weeks, and months working to find better ways to manufacture. The outcomes of this work are on display at the Giga Texas Opening.

The introduction of the Model Y being built out of Giga Berlin and the most recently opened Giga Texas is the beginning of the new way to build Electric vehicles with influence from how Matchbox Cars are created.  

Giga Texas Opening

Video Curtesy of Tesla/Youtube

Giga Texas is the newest Factory created by Tesla. This last week saw the opening of the new Giga Texas factory. Texas is a big state and they do everything big, the party that Tesla put on was no exception. 

The scale of the attendees and the size of the building were open for all to see. With drones in the sky and cars on the ground and over 15000 people enjoying the facilities it was by all accounts one of the best parties of the year. 

In attendance was the one and only Sandy Munro. Sandy is known around the globe as a clarion voice regarding the engineering of cars.

He has on several occasions deconstructed vehicles to see how they were built and designed. This has led to some interesting observations and feedback.

Sandy has deconstructed several Tesla’s over the years and Tesla has listened. So, to see him at the Cyber Rodeo (Giga Texas opening) was not a surprise. 

Matchbox influence

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Image courtesy of Tesla.com

Matchbox cars have been built for many years by injecting metal into a mold.

This design has for many years been the holy grail for car manufacturing but when scaled always was impossible. 

Elon has been a big believer in taking an idea and going back to first principles. It was this thinking that helped tesla get to a point of trying to create the same process at scale for EV manufacturing. 

TESLA Model Y – Revolution in Manufacturing, The opening of the Giga Texas really puts this on display. As Sandy Munro highlighted in his video, the original vehicles had many parts that made up the front and back ends of the vehicle, as shown it now is one piece.

The benefits include the ability for the piece to be constructed exactly the same every time. When many parts are part of the construction variation can occur this can cause challenges with construction consistency and quality.

The injection mold of the castings is a revolution in saving time and effort. Was it an easy problem to overcome? No, as Elon has said in the presentation at Giga Texas, we asked 6 companies 5 said “no” and the 6th said “maybe”. 

Well, the proof is in the pudding, the production of the Model Y will be a revelation to the industry. 

With the opening of The Giga Berlin and The Giga Texas both have several giga presses that can produce these vehicles. When they ramp up it will become one of the most popular Tesla’s around the world. 

The future of manufacturing. 

  • 3d print metal 1

Recently I came across a story about Metal 3D printing. This printing machine, as shown in the link produces complex and unusual shaped pieces. These pieces could be, in combination with the Giga Press and Castings combined to reduce the production time of vehicles into the future. 

Giga factories will become the heartbeat of the Electric Vehicle Industry. Their sheer size and rethinking of how a factory is constructed only helps to invigorate the people around and an industry that needed a fresh start. 

The Model Y will be the highest selling and most sort after electric vehicle in the coming years. Just as Sandy Munro said Tesla is revolutionizing the car industry and through the change in thinking and acting upon new ideas and innovation helps to make them the leader of the industry 

Dave 

David McCann
David McCann

EV-HQ founder, passionate about sharing the passion for Tesla and Electric Vehicles everywhere.

Model Y Coming to Australia !!!!

Model Y almost here
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Model Y coming to Australia!!! Where were you when they announced the prices for Model Y?

This week we have seen pandemonium online over the release of the prices for the Model Y!

John Law from Chasingcars.com.au revealed that the prices had been released to the Corporate and industry customers this week. 

Prices Revealed

The prices and the variants being released included

Model Y Single Motor RWD – $67,990

Performance Model Y AWD – $98,172

Missing from the lineup is the Long Range AWD Model Y variant. This omission is not unexpected due to the fact that the long range variant was not released initially when Model 3 was announced. 

These prices are exceptionally good when compared with the current Model 3 prices. 

The base Model 3 and the base Model Y are approximately $4000 different based on current numbers.  However, we must take these numbers cautiously as we are yet to understand what the on-road cost will be and if the prices of the Model Y include the GST. 

2 Years is a long time

Article courtesy of Electrek.co

March 13 2020 the first deliveries of the Model Y occurred in the USA. Soon it will hopefully be Australia’s Turn.

What exciting news though. Model Y coming to Australia!!! The possibility of a new electric Vehicle coming to the market after such a long wait is truly wonderful.

The Model Y was released in the USA two years ago.

Since its release the Model Y has sold in the USA, China and Europe. The vehicle capabilities have been praised including its spaciousness, versatility and functionality for the average family.

Over the last couple of years those that follow me on Twitter will know, and have probably rolled your eyes, at the number of times I have petitioned, asked, enquired, and suggested to Elon musk (CEO of Tesla) to open the configurator for Australia and our neighbors New Zealand.

Unfortunately, those requests have gone unanswered. With the revealing of the prices this may not be far away. 

Australian Market

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Photo by Joey Csunyo on Unsplash

I have mentioned in my blog “Model Y – 2022 is your Year” , and I still believe this to be true that the Model Y is the perfect electric vehicle for the Australian marketplace.

The higher ride height, the hatch back, the adjustable seats in the back and the ability to have 7 seats are just a few of the features that will appeal to the families of Australia.

Model Y will be well suited to Australia.

If the Model 3 has proven anything, it has established that the Tesla electric vehicles are capable of dealing with the extremes of the Australian environment.

The introduction of the Model Y will only reinforce this belief as it brings with it features that will appeal to the general public even more so.

The current range of the Model Y is based upon current battery technology (i.e., LFP, Nickel/cobalt) technology and not on the new 4680 cell development that Tesla has built and just deployed to their Giga Texas factory. The expected hope is range will become much greater at a lesser cost overtime. 

Australia and by extension New Zealand have been anticipating the arrival of the Tesla Model Y for the last two years, it is truly wonderful to see the signs that the arrival is not too far away. 

Amazing vehicle and technology

I have owned a Tesla Model 3 for the past 6 months and I can say without any doubt that it is, as will the Tesla Model Y be, the best vehicle I have ever owned and driven. 

The features of the vehicle are unexpected and brilliant, surprising, and fun and I have not taken the smile off my face since. 

I know that the Model Y will do the same for those of you who are looking for your next vehicle. The Model Y RWD will suit all needs for any family around town, daily and even for trips away. It will provide a one of the safest vehicles on the road with some of the most advanced technology ever conceived in comparison to other similar vehicles on the road today. 

Software

Furthermore, it doesn’t stop once you buy the vehicle. With Software upgrades and a very active community of boffins who love to share their passion for Tesla you will be accepted into a community that supports each other and looks towards supporting a brighter future for our children. 

Model Y coming to Australia!!! An electric vehicle is more than just a car it is a lifestyle, a passion, and a choice for a better future. 

Dave 

David McCann
David McCann

EV-HQ founder, passionate about sharing the passion for Tesla and Electric Vehicles everywhere.

Model Y – 2022 is your year

Model Y production

Model Y – 2022 is your year.

2022 is the year that the Model Y will become the car to own. Its anticipation for international deliveries has been growing as 2021 ended. There have been several items that point to the Model Y being the car that outsells them all. 

USA

The Model Y has been for sale and delivered in the United States for over a year. By all reports, the vehicle has been nothing but a marvellous vehicle to drive. One of the greatest selling features is its ability to be an amazing family vehicle. The fact that it falls into the class of an SUV makes it unique. 

With the imminent conclusion of the Berlin and Austin factories, the ramp of sales for Model Y will only increase in 2022. 

Model Y will be the first vehicle to be produced out of these new factories.

Commission of these factories is due to occur in the coming weeks/ days which will allow the Model Y ramp to happen very quickly. 

Model Y – Evolution

Structural battery pack

Tesla has made no secret of the fact that the Model Y will be the first vehicle to use the new 4680 Battery Cell. 

In 2019 Tesla was granted a patent for the new battery structural pack.

Structural Battery Pack

This structural battery pack, inclusive of the 4680 cells, is a revolution. The first real innovation made on battery technology for many years. 

New technology, with the introduction of the 4680 cells, helps to show that using first principles to help stagnant technologies move forward is still possible. 

Tesla outlined at their battery day presentation several innovations inclusive of the new 4680 cells. These innovations when combined should improve the range, power and efficiency of the new Model Y. There are huge expectations for the use of these new battery cells. 

Recently they updated the Model Y owners manual which referenced the Structural battery pack.

4680 cooling
The proposed cooling system of the 4680 cells

To rethink the battery, you also have to rethink the infrastructure that makes it function.

46860 connector
Connectors and power management technology

Demand 

The Model Y’s importance to Tesla has never really been cemented till now.

The new factories of Giga Austin and Berlin will help this along when they start production of the Model Y

The introduction of these new vehicles to the Market will increase both supply and demand. 

Currently, the Model Y is only for sale in the USA, China, and Europe inclusive of the UK. The introduction of the new factories will hopefully allow for greater sales across the globe.

Demand for Tesla vehicles is at an all-time high. This has been seen with timelines for deliveries growing significantly, not just with the Model Y, but with the whole Tesla Fleet. 

Initially, the Model Y will be delivered to the already existing customers to hopefully improve the delivery timelines once the new factories get up to production speed. 

Once they have achieved this there are a couple of questions that need to be asked. 

  • How long will the timeline be to catch up to demand that already exists?
  • What territories are next?
  • When is Australia ordering going to open?
  • Most importantly, where is the next Giga/Tera Factory going to be located?

These questions are important as they help to give customers a better idea about what to expect. As demand grows people will want more information to reference and rely upon. Not everyone wants to wait months for a vehicle. 

I have written about the average person wanting to be able to make a difference. People will struggle to choose the change if they must wait for an extended time. So, the answer to these questions is paramount. 

Battery day and the future

As was outlined by Tesla over a year ago on their battery day, the introduction of the 4680 cells will be a game-changer for the production of the Tesla Vehicles starting with the Model Y.  

The 4680 cells and the structural battery pack are to be introduced to the Model Y. This would explain the initial production out of Austin and Berlin of the Model Y as a priority. 

As seen in the images below the comparison of the battery packs between 2170 battery cells and battery pack and the 4680 cells and structural battery pack are significantly different but are contained in the same space-occupying area. 

We are yet to see what the introduction of the 4680 cells will do for this vehicle however it cannot be dismissed that the changes that are being made are looking towards a future of greater distance, more performance, better efficiencies, and reduction in the cost of vehicles. 

Past verse Future

2170 cells pack
2170 Battery pack
4680 battery pack
4680 battery cell structural pack

Panasonic Partnership

Tesla has made no secret of the fact that they will require large quantities of battery cells in the future. The partnerships they have been building for many years like the one with Panasonic will only help to strengthen the production and deliveries of these cells.

It will make sure that the production of both cells and Tesla vehicles will continue to progress even during the difficult times we see ourselves in currently. 

Tesla has also shown, that with their own production of their 4680 cells they can be part of the Giga factories. Inclusion of the production of cells in the car production facilities would be a game changer.

Austin and Berlin are just the start of this realization and the fact that the Model Y is being produced as the first vehicle is no accident. Elon Musk has said many times that the Model Y is the car that will outsell all other Tesla’s. The fact that these vehicles are the first ones coming out of Berlin and Austin just reinforces this fact. 

Model 3 

An article recently published by the Tesmanian website highlighted that in Australia the Model 3 has become one of the best-selling vehicles across the board. This is incredible considering the Australian political landscape until recently has not been very supportive. 

Australia has always been a progressive country, just look at the uptake of mobile devices. I believe once the market shifts to support Electric vehicles in a much more progressive way the people of Australia will make that transition very rapidly.

This is all good for the Model Y and why many of us from the Tesla community keep asking when we can order the Model Y in Australia and in New Zealand. 

Hyundai

It is inevitable that car companies who are starting to double down on EV’s will shut down and transition their workforce towards the EV marketplace. Hyundai has done just this, and I don’t believe this will be the last time we hear of other companies doing the same. 

The only concern would be if they laid off a lot of people. Transitioning people to work in a new field can be challenging but also exciting and can bring out some fresh and interesting ideas. 

Tesla Mission 

Tesla has always been driven by there mission to transition the world to sustainable energy. Elon himself has been alarmed at the changes that need to occur and the fact that the world is dragging its feet. It stands Tesla out amongst the other companies who say they are the competition. Tesla is driven by a greater vision than just selling cars, solar or batteries. They are driven to make the world better. Plain and simple. 

The recent video they published as shared by the Tesla owners club outlines some of the achievements the company has achieved. Not only do they have a mission, but they continue to strive to meet this mission in everything they do. 

Australia not far away 

In the middle of last year, Hong Kong was given the opportunity to order and receive the Model Y. At the time we speculated what the price and features would be that Australia could expect. We had also hoped that the ordering for Australia to start soon.

But alas nothing happened. However, 2022 is the year of the Model Y. There is no doubt that the introduction of the new Giga factories will take the pressure off the current factories producing the Model y and could open the doors for orders in Australia and New Zealand to begin. 

Regardless of what happens the Model y based upon the new structural battery pack, the 4680 battery cells, the multiple locations of manufacturing and the innovation that is yet to happen to improve these vehicles will make the Model Y not only the car for 2022 but also the car most wanted, most bought and most desired across the globe. 

Not a bad place to be for Tesla at all. 

Dave 

David McCann
David McCann

EV-HQ founder, passionate about sharing the passion for Tesla and Electric Vehicles everywhere.

Rivian – Adventure is a lifestyle

Rivian – Adventure is a lifestyle 

Rivian emerged in 2009 to fanfare regarding their introduction to the electric vehicle playground. Yet their mission was different from most other car manufactures. 

Rivian’s Mission

Rivian is on a mission to keep the world adventurous forever. We believe there is a more responsible way to explore the world and are determined to make the transition to sustainable transportation an exciting one. We designed our emissions-free Electric Adventure Vehicles to challenge what’s possible.

https://www.comparably.com/companies/rivian

This mission talks about helping people enjoy the environment we live in and a wish to keep it pristine. Yet that was not always the vision for RJ Scaringe the CEO of Rivian. 

Back before Rivian was founded RJ Scaringe was just a young man with a dream to work in the automotive industry and help to increase efficiencies within current vehicles. At that time all vehicles were internal combustion engines. 

He spent his early years working on restoring Porsches in Florida where he grew his passion for vehicles of all types and fed the seed of his desire to be a figure in the automotive industry. 

Yet over the years and whilst he was studying at MIT with a focus on the auto industry he was met with an internal conflict. 

RJ was an outdoors person; he loved mountain bike riding and savoured the beauty and wonder of the natural environment.

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Yet whilst he enjoyed exploring the wilderness on the back of a metal steed, he was frustrated by the fact that the vehicles he took to get to the wilderness were also polluting the air he so dearly loved.

During the following years, he came to realize that no matter what he did in any traditional car company he could not make a difference to change the status quo. 

It was this realization that led him to start his own car company called Avera Motors. With funding from several investors, he set out with 20 others to create what would ultimately become Rivian. 

Stealth Mode

Rivian – Adventure is a lifestyle. Rivian ran in stealth mode for over 10 years before revealing itself to the world. Stealth mode, for the uninitiated, is when a company runs under the radar without any badges or press releases and continues to grow and develop before opening itself up to the greater world. Rivian did just this and surprised the World auto market in 2009 when they revealed the R1-S and R1-T

R1T camping
Image courtesy of Rivian.com

Early in Rivian’s development, they spent the first 5 years working to grow their team, building the business and organization whilst working on a sports car design.  

That’s right, Rivian had at that time focussed on a sports car it wasn’t until later that the adventure vehicle of the future really set the tone. 

RJ Scaringe’s dream of developing a vehicle that helps to get people to experience the outdoors and create memories was not in the sports car realm. So, they Pivoted. 

They pivoted and changed focus to the adventure lifestyle that is now a driving force behind the adventure vehicles R1S and the R1T. 

Pivot

Rivian finally released their new Vehicle R1-T to the public with first deliveries. So how did they get here?

When RJ Scaringe decided to Pivot away from the sports car, he focussed on what he truly believed. His passion for the outdoors and his drive to preserve the beautiful wilderness, that he loved, helped to frame the question of where to pivot.

Making a vehicle that not only can get you to the place you want to be but to do so by inspiring adventure. Helping the individual to make new memories and the vehicle that helps you to stay active. 

Just as Tesla has a mission to transition the world to sustainable energy, Rivian wants to help people experience the outdoors, be more active and adventurous. They also don’t want to impact the climate or the natural world around us whilst doing it. They just want to encourage the adventurous spirit. 

The vehicles

Rivian – Adventure is a lifestyle. The introduction of the new Rivian R1T and R1S was not the first 4×4 electric Truck to be introduced to the marketplace but they are one of the most appealing choices.  

R1T dirt road
Image courtesy of Rivian.com

These vehicles whilst feeling familiar have nothing but new respect and take on the industry. RJ Scaringe famously mentioned that to reinvent the vehicle for the future you need system-level thinking and a clean sheet of paper. 

They decided to ask the fundamental questions of why it is important to have a vehicle for adventure. The answer they delivered is that of the R1S. This off-road adventure vehicle had some surprising features.

 The introduction of the skateboard design battery pack with a rugged protection system and features like the “Tank Turn”, the gear tunnel, and adaptable list of camping accessories makes the Rivian R1S a more than a capable vehicle for the outdoors.

R1T Spec
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At first glance, the Rivian looks familiar like current trucks/SUV on the road which will make it extremely appealing to the average person who is looking to Buy. 

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Charging infrastructure. 

Up until recently the assumption by most is that Rivian would utilize the Charge America chargers to power their dream of the future. 

However, the chargers that are required for outdoor adventures are not located in the exact locations. So Rivian has developed their own. These chargers are to be in numerous locations across the United States as a starting point and are in wilderness areas.  

The Rivian Adventure Network will be the connection you need when seeking adventure. 

Rivian has also developed home chargers and portable charging cables as well. 

My introduction to the Rivian Brand

Rivian – Adventure is a lifestyle. I had heard of Rivian as they came out of stealth mode. It wasn’t until the “Long Way Up” documentary that they really captured my and many others’ interest. The vehicles that were used through the show were the first ever built. They were rough but practical and capable. They proved that electric vehicles could be used when off-road and going through rough terrain. 

Since this show was developed and aired Rivian has moved forward with leaps and bounds. Development of the vehicles along with the creation of the factory in Normal has given them the capability of creating their original dream after pivot of an adventure vehicle for the masses. 

A dream was realized for RJ Scaringe and the team at Rivian. 

Rivian is mostly focused on the American market currently, however they have deployed test vehicles to Australia and New Zealand currently. These vehicles are, by my best guess, to prove they can handle  Australian and New Zealand terrains and also have them reviewed and hopefully approved for sale in Australia in the years to come. 

I for one will be watching how Rivian proceeds and grow over the coming years. Their passion and mission again inspire the imagination of where the vehicles can go, but more importantly how they can help to improve the environment and maintain an adventurous spirit. 

For more information about Rivian check out EV-HQ.com/Rivian

Dave 

Master Plan Realised – Tesla Model 3

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We did something

Secret

Master plan realised – Tesla Model 3, I am smiling like a Cheshire cat. 

The last couple of weeks I have had to keep a secret. In doing so it made the reality so much better. 

3- 4 weeks ago I was working from home and my wife walked in the house and said,

“ It cost me $93 to fill up the car today. The petrol price was $1.79. This is ridiculous I am seriously going to crunch the numbers to see if we can afford a Tesla.”

My wife

Well to say my jaw just about hit the ground was an understatement.

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You see we have talked about it for many years but ultimately the price of electric vehicles seemed so expensive. 

I have had a lot of the Tesla and EV community say, yes the upfront cost is more, but the running cost and the cars are something else.

I understood that, but it was hard to justify such a large amount for someone who is an average wage earner. 

So, it was massive surprise that my wife was adamant that the price of fuel was not going down and she went about working it out. 

Number crunching

After a lot of number crunching of the budget and looking at all the items you need for a new car.

It would cost no more than an extra 30 dollars more than what we were already paying for her Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicle. 

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Photo by Lukas Blazek on Unsplash

We were both surprised by the results.

It turns out that in the last 12 months there has been a shift in the interest in the electric vehicle industry. There has been more attention paid to electric vehicles as the global push towards renewables.

Trade-In

The key to the purchase was the trade-in of the existing vehicle.

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Trade in vehicle

We tried to find a place that might purchase the vehicle out right, but most places offered way less than the expected amount we were both after. 

Due to this we paused for a moment as we needed to get the right price for the trade in.

After a few trade-in prices that were not close enough, I went back to the Tesla website to droll over the Model 3.

I noticed that Tesla does trade-in’s.

So, I, entered all the details of the vehicle and went about my day.

TRADE IN LINK
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Out of the blue a couple of days later I had a phone call from the Sales rep at Tesla. He mentioned that they had sent an email with the trade in price and that they would be able to cover the value I entered. 

I was completely surprised and realised the Model 3 was back on the cards. Tesla had the best trade in price of any place we had visited before. 

Test Drive

Master plan realised – Tesla Model 3. So, we booked another test drive to just confirm that this was the direction we wanted to go. Seriously who were we kidding we wanted the Model 3 and we just wanted to test drive it again.

Test drive
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Now I have test driven a Tesla Model 3 before and they continue to be an amazing car. Both my wife and I had no doubts that this was what we wanted to do. 

We signed on the dotted line that day and the Hedgehog was ours.

Hedgehog
The hedgehog

Whilst we were doing the order in the store with a fantastic salesperson, Jerry, he asked the question if we were health employees. It turned out that we received some extra benefit for being health employees which meant no delivery fee and 3 years of maintenance support.

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Photo by Luis Melendez on Unsplash

This was a benefit we hadn’t expected but appreciated that Tesla was acknowledging the hard work the health professionals are doing right now. Well, done Elon and Tesla.

So, over the next 3 weeks we worked out financing, provided through tesla, trade-in, also through Tesla, and delivery. 

Delivery Day

So, the day came, and I had taken the day off work as this was one thing I was not going to miss. 

Both my wife and I went to the delivery center, a non-descript warehouse that had been set up with a waiting area and all the vehicles being delivered. The warehouse was full.  

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Brisbane Delivery centre

It seemed we were the first customers of the day. On our arrival, we were greeted by a lovely Tesla employee. They promptly had us sign the final documents. 

Once this was complete, they pointed out the new vehicle and said we could take as much time as we needed to look over the vehicle, ask questions and get advice. 

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The new car

We took photos and couldn’t wipe the smiles of our faces. We spent a good 20 minutes just looking over the car to make sure nothing obvious was wrong or missing. 

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Delivery day
Inside Tesla

The car was perfect. 

MOdel 3 Shell

No panel alignment issues, no blemishes on paint or interior. 

The car was glistening and perfect. 

The quality of these vehicles is just incredible. 

One thing that you never get used to is the quietness of the vehicle. 

It is sneaky quiet. 

As we drove out of the delivery center my smile grew wider and wider.

This is the car I had been dreaming of owning for over 5 years. It was a pipe dream that now was a reality. 

We slowly worked our way out of the delivery center and onto the freeway where I put my foot down and felt the sheer excitement of the vehicle as it hurtled down the road. This vehicle is something else. 

We have driven the car over the last week and have been amazed at its drivability and features. 

It is a generational step forward and has just reinforced the need for everyone to take this leap. 

I am sure there are positives and negatives to this decision, and we will discover these as we move into the future. 

But I have dreamed of this moment for over 5 years and now that it is here it is has exceeded my expectations. 

Looking forward

Master plan realised – Tesla Model 3, I look forward to bringing you with me as we discover the ins and outs of this new reality I find myself experiencing. 

My family and I have achieved a goal we set many years ago as the last step to completing my original master plan. 

Time to reset the plan and start again and see what comes next. 

Hope you will come along with me on this journey and we can discover things together. 

Dave 

David McCann
David McCann

EV-HQ founder, passionate about sharing the passion for Tesla and Electric Vehicles everywhere.

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History In Real Life !!!

“Space the final frontier”, it seems that every time I hear these words of late the first thing, I think of is Space X. History in real life !!!

Photo by SpaceX on Unsplash

The importance of going to space cannot be lost on the average person because it is the inspiration of visionaries that helps to inspire the soul to dream big and see many and new things come to the fore. 

Space X

Right now, we are living history right before our eyes. 

Space X is proving that if you strive for the stars then the stars won’t seem so far away, and the human spirit will soar.

Over the last weeks it has become much clearer that we are seeing history for both the good reasons and the bad reasons. 

Recently the World Health Organization highlighted the severity of our consternation about the environmental impacts our daily lives are causing to the environment. 

Our thirst for the things we want and things we need are having grave and destructive implications to the world around us. 

The introduction of Electric vehicles is one of many changes that we need to make to help the environment and the daily lives of our fellow humans. 

So why are we taking so long to realize that we have the power at hand to make positive changes to the way we see the world. 

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Change is hard

It turns out that people don’t like change especially when they are comfortable in their own worlds. It is only when significant change is necessary that the realization that change is necessary to reduce remove and reverse the impacts of the previous actions. 

This has been no more prevalent than with the Pandemic of 2020. The world had to change the way that they conducted themselves in short order. We have adjusted to different ways of life since then. Some good, others not so much. But the reality is we did change because we had too. 

Italy, Greece, Europe, and many other locations across the globe are currently experiencing wildfires, floods, famines and so much more. Environmental impacts are being felt. ( Courtesy of NBC.com)

So, it is up to us to find a way to help ourselves, our fellow humans and find a future that makes a difference. 

This is History in real life. Elon musk had a vision, just like a small child, wanting to see the future, yet as he got older that future never happened, so he made it happen. 

He made a choice to go against the apathy and push the limits. He has inspired and driven more people towards that future, and they, continue to see the truth of our actions upon this world and are inspired to find new ways to help. 

In Tesla’s recent “Impact Report” a clear set of metrics that Tesla and their customers has achieved are having real world impacts. Yet more needs to be done. 

Tesla Vertical integration

Tesla has never hidden the fact that they want to transition the world to sustainable energy. They now have the ability for everyone to realize that dream with the integration of their products. 

Electric vehicles, powered by solar panels that store energy for use later in battery packs. A view of the world that only 10 years ago seemed far out of reach for the average person.  

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Image courtesy of Tesla.com

Recycling materials

Reuse of materials seems to be less important in today’s age of single use throwaway society yet Tesla factors this into their vehicles and products. Specifically, they demonstrated that the battery metals can be recycled up to 92%. It is opportunities like this that will have real world impacts on the environment around us. 

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Emissions

One of the most important items within the Impact Report was the point about EV ownership and emissions. Tesla by its very nature is environmentally focused and has demonstrated this on several fronts. 

Reduction of emissions can lead to improvements of health and reduce preventable deaths. It seems that EV’s are helping to assist this behavior by not having a tail pipe that produces emissions.  

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Accidents 

When discussing preventable deaths Tesla also highlighted a significant drop in vehicle accidents when utilizing their vehicles across autopilot, active safety features, and again with no safety features. Their results are significantly less than the Average for the US. 

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These statistics demonstrate the benefits of driving a vehicle with 5-star safety rating and advanced safety systems designed to keep the occupants and the environment around the vehicle safe. 

Inspiring childhood dreams

Space X and the invention of the Starship by Elon a visionary and the space X team have inspired a generation of up-and-coming kids that the dreams they have a child are now history in real life. The ability to inspire, feed the hopes and dreams and give hope when all seems hopeless, cannot be underestimated. 

It is incredible to think that as a small child dreaming of spaceships and flying cars with robots that help me do my homework that the development of those things had to happen, and it is now that we are seeing that realization come to life. 

I hope that this inspiration and passion for the future helps to continue to inspire and grow those young minds to dream big, to move forward with humanity and environmental concerns in mind and to see History in real life become reality of the future. 

Dave 

David McCann
David McCann

EV-HQ founder, passionate about sharing the passion for Tesla and Electric Vehicles everywhere.

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Tesla Australian Price Drop

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Tesla drops the Australian price again. 6 months after the last price adjustment Tesla has delivered another drop in price.

Unexpected, or was it?

Since the beginning of the year, many from the Tesla Australian community have felt a price drop would occur in the first quarter.

The introduction of the new Model 3 deliveries coming from China helped to drive this belief.

I was lucky enough, back in January, to spot, in the Tesla store online, that the new Model 3 had the updated newly designed interior being manufactured in China.

So many have felt that a price adjustment was inevitable.

That price adjustment happened early Saturday morning 17th April 2021 Australian time.

Model 3’s price dropped between approximately $4000 to $7000 AUD depending on the Model 3 purchased and the date purchased.

Tesla working to the mission

This price reduction once again proves that Tesla is trying very hard to help as many people as possible transition to sustainable transportation.

The goal of owning an EV continues to be a struggle for most average people. Prices of electric vehicles is considerably higher than ICE vehicles. Currently it is possible to purchase two ICE vehicles for the price of a Tesla model 3.

It is this disparity with prices that is still proving a barrier to the mass uptake in Australia.

If the Australian government both federal and state were serious about the uptake of electric vehicles in Australia they would introduce incentives that would help to increase their uptake.

Climate Change

Climate change is the pandemic that most people ignore because they believe that it won’t happen to them. They cannot do anything to make a difference. That is where they are wrong and governments have a responsibility to help.

Tesla continues to strive to meet their mission of transitioning the world to sustainable energy, including transportation. This continues to motivate and drive Tesla to improve their products and their prices, to make them more attainable for the general public.

This is certainly the case in the USA with a considerable uptake of Tesla products in both energy and transport. It is this passion to make a positive impact upon the environment and help turn around the catastrophic impact we, as humans, have made to the environment.

Change is hard, resistance is futile, we are NOT the borg.

All change takes time and is resisted by those that have a vested interest in the old technologies. Motivation like this is generally driven by money.

However, with new ideas comes, new opportunities. Opportunities that are finally being understood by countries in the northern hemisphere.

Not only that, but our closest neighbour, NewZealand, has also started the journey to make electrification more prominent in the minds of the citizens and help to increase the uptake of EVs as a priority.

Australian political leaders who work in the Australian Federal Government are stuck in the past. The perception is that they are not looking to the future.

So to see companies like Tesla try to make a difference to the average person by adjusting prices in a downward direction helps to keep pressure on governments to make change. It also helps continue to get more and more people into the electric vehicles market.

Prices drop

Model 3 price adjusted

Once again it is brilliant to see a price reduction.

The below image is of Tesla ordering page for Model 3. this is to compare prices from January.

Model 3
Image courtesy of Tesla.com

Currently the prices show as follows on Tesla.com. 4000 AUD price reduction is a nice price drop and hopefully will get more uptake of the vehicles.

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The Long Range and Performance models also received price reduction.

Long Range

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Performance.

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The colour choices continue to remain at the same price with Solid Black, Midnight Silver Metallic and Deep Blue Metallic remaining at 1500 AUD and Red Multi-Coat at 2900 AUD.

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Model 3 grey
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MOdel 3 Blue
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Model 3 red
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The wheels continue to remain at the same price of 2200 AUD for the 19” Sports Wheels which are selectable for the Standard Range Plus and the Long Range Model 3.

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Performance Model 3 retains the 20” Überturbine Wheels.

Model 3 performance
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Tesla continues to improve on price, range and perception. They continue to push the industry kicking and screaming towards a better future. The only thing in Australia holding them back is the federal governments policies that are stuck in the past.

Dave

David McCann
David McCann

EV-HQ founder, passionate about sharing the passion for Tesla and Electric Vehicles everywhere.