Test Driving Model Y Australia

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Model Y Test Drive

Test Driving Model Y Australia, Last Monday I had the privileged of being able to take the Model Y for a test drive.

I have been anticipating this vehicle arriving in Australia since its first release in the USA over 2 years ago.

Those that follow me on social media ( links below) will know I have asked Elon many times when it was going to arrive. So, when it finally did, I hoped to be at the front of the line to test drive this beauty. 

Fortitude Valley Tesla store has been amazing with their customer service and wonderful people. So, it was no surprise to find their smiles and enthusiasm as we arrived to take the Model Y for a drive. 

Model Y 

Model Y rear view
Rearview Model Y Trunk Open

The vehicle was a White exterior and Black interior Rear wheel drive. 

At first glance, you would be forgiven for thinking it is just a bigger Model 3. This is a good way to introduce people to the idea of the vehicle. Tesla would tell you it is an SUV with wonderful features for the Australian public. 

My view is that the Vehicle will resonate with the Australian psyche of car buyers due to several features not found on the Model 3. 

Height

The first thing I did notice about the Model Y having owned and driven a Model 3 for a while is the entry into the Vehicle is a more enjoyable process. I am just shy of 6 feet and getting into the Model 3 I feel like I am hoping into a high-end sports car. 

With the Model Y, it is as if I am sitting down in a chair at a kitchen table that is plush and comfortable. The drop is not as far. 

As has been mentioned many times, the Model Y and Model 3 share about 70% of the parts. So, the interior cabin is very familiar to Model 3 Owners. 

Sitting in the driver’s seat there is the instant feeling of sitting higher in the vehicle. The elevation is not dramatic but is very noticeable both stationery and driving. 

Cabin

Looking around the cabin the large expanse of glass as a single pane making up the roof is just spectacular. The extra height of the vehicle with the elevated seating position makes the cabin feel very spacious not to mention the leg height and room more expansive. 

One notable difference from the Model Y to the Model 3 is the lining of the door pockets. They are lined with a plush material that seems to assist with reducing noise. They are also deeper than Model 3. 

Trunk (Boot)

The back of the vehicle is where the most difference is placed. The introduction of the hatchback increases the ability to access the vast storage area that can be created. The introduction of back seat releases in the trunk(boot) area and the 40/20/40 back seat split give fantastic versatility to the storage capacity of the vehicle. 

This alone is a win for families and owners of pets. 

One other feature of the vehicles that have had a subtle change is the size of the under-boot storage and the frunk. The underfoot storage is vast and holds large items. 

Furthermore, there is an additional storage compartment at the back of the back seats that is good for the storage of excess cables and tools. 

The introduction of two side pockets in the (trunk(boot) also increases the storage capabilities of the vehicle. 

The frunk has a deeper profile and a new additional seal that is attached to the underside of the bonnet.

Model Y driving. 

As we left the Fortitude valley store to take the Model Y for a test drive you instantly feel the height and size of the vehicle. It feels solid and safe. 

It provides a wonderful ride height that allows for a greater view of the surroundings. 

The familiar driving experience as compared to the model 3 is instant. It makes you feel at ease so you can focus on the driving experience rather than trying to figure out locations of speed and gears and the like. 

If I was a new user of the vehicle and this was my first time driving, I would recommend the Tesla staff to walk you through the central console thoroughly. This will give you a greater understanding before you start to drive.  

As a Model 3 owner, the experience of the central console was easy to navigate. 

Driving Experience

The vehicle responded just as you would expect with grace and poise. 

The rear-wheel-drive pushing a heavier vehicle takes a few seconds longer to get to 0-60 km/hr. speed. This is a more reasonable take-off for families as it reflects current vehicle take-off speeds. However, it still has the speed when you need it.  

The responsiveness of the vehicle is to Tesla’s standard and does not disappoint. 

Side Mirrors

The side mirrors are slightly larger and really give a great visual range of other vehicles around you as you drive and when reversing. 

Rear Window

If I had to pick one feature that initially seemed a problem, but over time would be able to adjust to is the visibility out the back window when looking through the rear-view mirror. The narrow perspective that is seen through this view at first does not provide as much visual range as the Model 3 or any other vehicle that I have driven both in the past and present. 

However, with the larger side mirrors and the safety features of the vehicle, I believe this is something that can be managed. 

Suspension

A lot of people online have been highlighting the Suspension as being an issue, but my view is it is no different to the Model 3. The ride and comfort of the vehicle both on-road and over bumps like speed bumps were expected with any spring suspension. 

Both my wife and I enjoyed the drive for similar and different reasons but ultimately, we believe that this will be a car for Australia.

Back seats 

For anyone who has sat in the back of the Model 3 for extended periods of time, it can be quite uncomfortable due to the lack of ability to adjust the seating angle. In Model Y, this is resolved with the ability to recline. I for one love this feature. 

Range

Before we purchased our Model 3, we had a long discussion about the range and the need to get more range than less. However, after owning a Tesla Model 3, I can say that if the vehicle is your everyday driver and you use it to get around town, the range of New Model Y’s standard range of 455km (WLTP) is more than enough to suffice any driving needs. 

Battery configuration Queries

When talking to the Tesla staff about the long-range and when it might arrive, they made the comment that the battery configuration for the Long-Range and Performance model batteries contained Cobalt technology and not the LFP battery technology.

This may seem not important but what it means is that vehicle is recommended to only be charged 80-90 per cent most of the time and only 100% just before driving long distances. 

It is designed to preserve battery and reduce any risks associated with battery life reduction. The challenge is a range, if charging to 80-90% of the battery capacity you are ultimately at a similar range to the standard range model which can charge to 100% all the time. Something to consider when purchasing especially if it is not used for long-distance driving very often.  

Features of the central console. 

Bio defence mode. 

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Climate control of Model Y

When the opportunity came to look at the centre console and its features a couple of differences immediately stood out. The most notable was the introduction in Model Y of Bio Defiance mode. This offering was until recently only available in the more premium vehicles like the Model X. Its introduction to the Model Y once again gives credence to my belief that it is the car for Australian conditions. 

The Bio defence mode reduces the particulates in the air of the vehicle. So high pollen counts at certain times of the year when we have bushfires and removal of exhaust fumes from the air as well. It is a piece of mind feature that when used can be very effective. 

FSD computer 

One feature which I do not own is the FSD upgrade. My model 3 has the computer but I have not made the purchase due to cost. 

Components
Components

This feature in the Model Y we test drove was able to show the EAP features that are available. Self-parking was the main feature that was shown to us. Unfortunately, we were not able to test auto lane change and smart summon but it was interesting to try the self-parking and have it work seamlessly. 

The Model Y contained the Ryzen chipset which made the central console responsive and fresh.

The premium sound system again was another feature that was new for us to experience. The introduction of the SUB woofer and the extra speakers really made the listening experience wonderful. 

Dash height

One feature in the Model 3 that has been a point of frustration for me is the airflow out of the vent in front of the driver. The airflow no matter which location I place the direction continually flows onto my knees in the Model 3. With the dash being higher in the Model Y this is no longer an issue. 

Low Voltage Battery type

One feature which has been talked about for a while but is good to see it coming to Australia is the introduction of a Lithium-ion Low voltage battery. This will allow longer times between replacements of the older chemical batteries. 

As we returned the vehicle to the dealership, we both felt that this vehicle will not only be a big selling vehicle in Australia but a flagship for the tesla fleet. It ticks all the boxes

  • Family-friendly
  • Great storage
  • Premium sound system
  • Safety 
  • Storage galore
  • High ride height
  • Solid feeling on the road
  • Great technology 

Summary 

The test drive just solidified our view that the Model Y will be a vehicle we will upgrade to soon.

The Model 3 has its place and is an amazing vehicle. But for Australian families who can afford the Model Y, it will meet your needs even more so than the Model 3.

It provides a wonderful upgrade to the features of the Model 3 and for any new Tesla owners, it is an experience far beyond the current petrol vehicle.

Is it any wonder why demand is extremely high? Just as I said in my last blog it is the car for the masses.

I am super impressed with the quality of the build and the features that come with the vehicles. My insistence to Elon to get it here sooner did not happen but I and so excited to see these on the roads in Australia. 

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. 

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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. 

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Noodoe charger

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

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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.

Model Y ” Surprising” Demand !!!

Red Model Y
MODEL Y

Model Y “Surprising”Demand !!! Last week was a moment that I have been waiting for since the introduction of the Model Y in the USA over two years ago. The release of the Model Y to the Australian market. 

The release of the Model Y inspired many thousands of Australians to place an order for the highly anticipated vehicle. I have written about it many times in the last number of years that the Model Y will be a game-changer for the electric vehicle landscape in Australia.

Australia’s appetite

The Model Y is the electric vehicle that will appeal the most to Australians. 

An SUV that can travel more than 400kms and carry a family of 5 with room to spare.

The appeal of this vehicle has been only enhanced by the fact that in the recent past Australians have come to realize that electric vehicles are the way forward.

They have understood that getting on board now can assist in avoiding rising fuel and maintenance costs.

The Australian population is more motivated than ever. 

Demand

So, it comes as a surprise to no one but Elon himself that the demand was a surprise in right-hand drive (RHD) countries.

https://www.thestreet.com/technology/tesla-and-elon-musk-surprised-by-great-news-australia

This demand has been coming for a while now as Model 3 orders had blown out to deliveries of March-May of 2023. So, to see the Model Y hit a similar milestone just a few hours after ordering started would suggest that Tesla had not thought that interest and orders would have been as high as the Model 3. I guess they were wrong.

Globally the Model Y has outstripped the orders of the Model 3 in every market where it has become available.

Even Elon has said on occasion that the Model Y will sell more than the model 3 so to hear him state that he was surprised by the demand is a little odd.

However, on the upside, Elon did mention that they were working on ways to meet the demand.

EV Manufacturers

Model Y “Surprising”Demand !!! But Tesla is not alone as many other manufacturers are also having similar issues. 

Recently VW cancelled all its orders for the XC40 (Insert article) in Australia due to not being able to meet demand. Many manufacturers when releasing their vehicles to the market are finding that the vehicles sell almost instantly due to demand. 

“Surprising”, is not the word I would have given to the demand in RHD countries. 

“Expected” would have been a better comment. 

But we are where we are, and we hope that Tesla and other manufacturers can increase demand in the coming months and years. 

Enhanced Autopilot

But that wasn’t where the fun stopped. Just yesterday Tesla released almost globally the Enhanced Autopilot suite back to the public. 

This middle-of-the-road driver assistance features is a nice compromise for most people and much more attainable than the 10 – 12 thousand price range (depending on the country) of the Full Self Driving Stack.

The autopilot system that is released with Tesla’s, as standard, is extremely well received and functional on most freeways with the driver being at the wheel and monitoring its progress and intervening when required. The enhanced autopilot takes all the great features and adds to them. The subtle differences come in the form of 

  • Auto lane changes
  • Summon
  • Smart Summon
  • Auto Park 
Lane change
Image courtesy of Tesla.com

These features are some of the most requested features that the Full self-driving stack has had for several years. 

On several occasions, Ryan McCaffery from the Ride the lightning podcast discussed the viability of reintroducing the EAP. It seems that Tesla has also heard the comments and has now responded to those who have asked and re-introduced the functionality. 

These features are in most cases half the cost of the Full Self-Driving stack and will be well received.

Future of Transportation

I am sure the uptake will be high for most tesla drivers across the globe who have wanted the FSD stack but could not justify the cost and now can purchase it and will only assist in keeping the roads safer. 

Tesla has led the charge to move the historical views on what a vehicle is into a realm whereby Tesla is considered not just a car company but a technology company. 

The future of what transportation is and how it will change our lives is just getting started and I for one am very excited by the changes that are occurring. 

Model Y “Surprising”Demand !!! Demand is something that we all will have to manage moving forward.  As our appetite for the change to electric vehicles grows. From this point forward we will see nothing but demand as the countries of the world move to a greener and healthier future for all. 

Dave 

P.S. Unfortunately, there has been a global price rise for Model Y late Friday. This is a small negative in a great ocean of positives. It does however make it harder for the average person to purchase. Hopefully, over time this will change. 

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
Image Courtesy of Tesla.com

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.

It’s been a while !!!!

It’s been a while !!!!

Hi, and how are you all?

It has been a while since my last blog. 

Been trying to find the motivation and drive to get back into Blogging about Electric vehicles on

EV-HQ.com

My day job has taken my energy and drive this last year so my blogging has not been as regular or as directed. 

Let’s hope that this year I can get back what I lost and grow my knowledge and drive with it.

Thanks to those that have read my previous blogs and who have interacted on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin or Instagram

I look forward to sharing my thoughts and ideas about Electric vehicles and much more.

Dave  

David McCann
David McCann

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

Master Plan Realised – Tesla PowerWall 2

Powerwall 2
Powerwall 2

Master plan realised

Master Plan Realised – Tesla PowerWall 2, Self-sufficiency is key to a sustainable future. This last week has seen a massive step forward for my household, and reduction of our environmental footprint with the realisation of our master plan.

I finally have a Tesla………………………………………. Powerwall 2

Over the last number of years, just like Elon Musk, I have been working towards a master plan. 

That plan was conceived many years ago when I became aware of Tesla and their amazing vehicles. 

I had always loved driving and enjoyed certain vehicles over my lifetime, most notably the original Mini that I owned as my first car. 

When I first took a test drive in a tesla all those years ago, I understood I knew that this was the vehicle I wanted to own. 

Now I will be honest back then it was all about the cars, but since that time I have come to realise that the vehicles are a means to help reduce my environmental impact on the planet. 

So, I created my master plan. 

Master Plan

The plan was simple

  1. Install solar panels. 
  2. Install home battery to capture solar power and use power for home.
  3. Buy an Electric vehicle

Sometimes the best plans are the simplest. Focused and clean.

I have stayed true to the plan over the years and finally, the benefits are now being realised. 

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Step 1 – Install Solar panel 

Originally, we installed solar panels many years ago and at the time they worked well but they just were not enough to help with the current needs of our house. Especially if you consider the needs by the time, we were able to afford an Electric vehicle.

So, we replaced our panels about 4 years ago and installed 5.5 kw solar system with Solohart. They provided a premium service, fantastic quality, and price. The solar panels have done extremely well over that time frame producing more than enough power for our home. I regularly maintain them and keep them clean of debris and dust.

Solar panels
My Rooftop Solar Panels

As with any solar system they operate only in daylight or when the sun is shining. We have had several blackouts over the years, and it has been frustrating not to have any back up of power during these times. 

Step 2 – Install home battery 

The introduction of the Tesla Powerwall 2 has always been something we had planned when the price became more reasonable. It turns out that in the years since I made the plan the price had gone up, so the battery was not viable. 

The price jump occurred as Model 3 production was hitting its ramp and having challenges. So, the delay of the battery was to be expected. 

In more recent years several power companies in Australia have been making it easier to afford home battery storage. 

Thanks to the community

Whilst listening to the Phantom Lane Four podcast at the end of 2020 (a fantastic group of passionate Tesla /EV fans) (@Teslagong, @TeslaTom, @DrSallyL, @SydEv)I noted they mentioned AGL and their current deals with Tesla Powerwall 2 for the home. 

Phantom lane four
Image courtesy of Phantom Lane four Twitter

So, I investigated and found that it is much easier to have a Battery installed than it was just a short number of years before. 

I proceeded with the Powerwall 2, and it is with such satisfaction that I am now a proud self-sufficient PowerStation. Of course when the sun doesn’t shine we have to pull from the grid but otherwise happy customer.

Installation

Master Plan Realised – Tesla PowerWall 2, The installation took 1 full day to accommodate not only the battery but also the integration to the current solar and house power board.

The battery is the standard Powerwall 2 configuration with a 13.5kw size battery, a small footprint, and the usual isolation switches for safety. It has been mounted on an external wall of my Garage and looks incredible. 

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My Powerwall 2 installed

The profile of the power wall is smaller than expected and the glowing green light adds to the awesome ness and design.

The Powerwall 2 was not the only thing installed. Tesla also provides a Power box to manage the flow of Electricity from the Powerwall 2 to the main grid and house.

In true Tesla Style the powerboat is just as gorgeous as all their other products.

Powerbox
Tesla Powerbox

To know that it is helping bring about better power consumption for my family and we are reducing our climate footprint brings a massive smile to my face.

Since the Powerwall 2 installation last week, we have seen incredible power management. Not only is it filling up to full capacity daily, but it is helping to keep our power from the grid to almost nothing overnight.

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1st week with Powerwall2

There is no doubt in my mind that this is the way forward for all new builds, old builds, and anything in-between. 

It will be a game-changer for the future and will give the choice for those to help do their part to assist with the reduction of emissions into the environment. 

Personally, I have not been able to wipe the smile off my face. Step 2 o the master plan is finally complete. Now on to step 3.

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Step 3 – Buy an electric car

Well, this last step of owning an electric vehicle has been the main driver for me to achieve the first two steps.

Of course, I am passionate about helping the environment, but no one said it couldn’t be fun doing it. 

This step is the one that will truly feel like we are moving into the future. 

I have made no secret of the fact that a Tesla is the car for me.

A vehicle that can do long distance and be family orientated whilst scratching the techno nerd itch I have had for many years. 

It has been a challenge to run the EV-HQ.com website, and Blog, and not own an electric vehicle.  

Well, that ends now

I have been keeping a secret from my followers, my family, and friends. 

We are now the proud owners of a Tesla Model 3 Standard Range plus

Model 3
Model 3 Standard Range Plus

Check out my blog about the Tesla and how it came to be ours – Live now

6 Years in the making

Master Plan Realised – Tesla PowerWall 2, Tesla Model 3 and it started with the Solar panels and an idea.

I cannot wipe the smile of my face. 

To achieve the master plan after 6 years just demonstrates, the drive, passion and determination that I and anyone can achieve.

It has not been easy, and we have had to make some big choices. But we planned, budgeted, and had a bit of luck and timing that assisted us to be able to complete the Master plan set out all those years ago. 

I cannot say how proud I am of achieving the this goal and I hope you enjoy reading my blogs about the Powerwall 2 and the Tesla into the future.

It does not mean that I will forget the great other vehicles starting to hit the market. There is so much great activity from the EV market place starting to ramp up globally this is just the beginning. 

Thanks for being here for the journey and I hope we have greater adventures to share ahead.

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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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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Model Y Ordering Opens in Hong Kong!!!!!

Model Y
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Tesla Model Y ordering opens for Hong Kong the first Right Hand Drive location. 

Hong Kong is the first place to be able to order the Model Y. Recently i suggested a timeline and placement of the Model Y within the Tesla line up for Right hand drive countries. Let’s hope this is the start of that prediction.

Since the release of the Model Y over a year ago the release to right hand drive countries has been a topic of much debate. But today we wait no longer. The right-hand drive Model Y is now available in the first of location, that being Hong Kong. 

Late last night the Model Y page for Tesla in Hong Kong “only”, went into a maintenance.

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At approximately 11:30am (AEST) on the 2/7/2021 the Model Y page went live again.

The right-hand drive Model Y is available to order in Hong Kong. 

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Pricing

The pricing of each variant of the Model Y:

  • Standard range
    • HK 329,800
    • AUD 56894 (Direct Conversion, no taxes or fees applied)
  • Long range
    • HK 377,800
    • AUD 65174.88 (Direct Conversion, no taxes or fees applied)
  • Performance
    • HK 419800
    • AUD 72420.37 (Direct Conversion, no taxes or fees applied)

Standard Range Features

The standard range will as always be the most popular variant of the Model Y. This car has a lot of amazing features that gives the customer a wonderful experience. 

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Wheels

The standard range comes with the new Gemini wheels as standard. But there is the ability to change them to the 20” induction wheels 

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Long Range Features

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Wheels

The long range includes the 20” induction wheels. Currently there is only this choice. 

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Performance Features

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As with all performance variants with the Model Y there is a Performance upgrade that includes the below items. 

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Wheels

The performance Model Y will be rocking the Überturbine wheels in alignment with the Model 3. 

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Colours

As with all the Model Y range there are still the 5 colours that the vehicles come in

  • Pearl White Multi coat
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  • Solid Black
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  • Midnight Silver Metallic
midnight silver
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  • Deep blue Metallic
Metallic blue
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  • Red Multi Coat
Red Multi Coat
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Interior

The interior also retains the two colour choices of Black and White 

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Seating choice

In addition to the interior colours there is currently a choice of 5 seat interior. This choice seems arbitrary as 5 seats in the model 3 options is not a choice, however as we have seen in the Left-hand drive variants a 7-seat option became available. This seems to be the additional option coming into the future. 

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Full Self Driving

Model Y Ordering Opens in Hong Kong!!!!! The Full self-driving capabilities have been a long time coming but with V9 only “two weeks away” the purchasing of this option would be well advised. 

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Australia

It is encouraging to see that the right-hand drive Model Y is now available to order in Hong Kong. What this means for Australia is yet to be determined. 

However, it is a very positive sign that the Model Y is making inroads towards ordering for more Right-hand drive countries like Australia and New Zealand and beyond. The recent introduction of incentives for EVs in new south wales and Victoria and hopefully soon in Queensland will only increase the demand for Electric vehicles. 

I look forward to the day that Model Y ordering occurs in Australia and hope to be one of the many that place an order for this incredible car. 

Dave 

David McCann
David McCann

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

ACE EV – Australian EV Manufacturer

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It all started in the past 

ACE EV – Australian EV Manufacturer. At the turn of the century there was a hope that the 21st century would deliver a new age of innovation, inspiration, motivation and vision. Nothing comes for free it usually comes with hard work, blood, sweat and tears with a touch of luck and hope is usually the way forward. 

This is a new Blog where we dive into the “Manufacturers of the Future”. We focus on the electric vehicle companies that have risen out of the ashes of the industrial age to stand tall and lead us to the future.

We aim to tell their story, reveal their challenges and their successes and help many to understand the importance of their journey and the future that they are trying to bring into focus. 

To begin this journey, we wanted to start local. Australia is a hot bed of thriving ideas and full of people who are passionate about the legacy of the future.

Australian History

Australia is a proud and passionate country. Our history tells of a time of great challenge out of which came new ideas and innovations. We as a people are filled with determination to achieve great things. Our country prides itself on being a place of hope and prosperity with an intention to drive our imagination whilst creating the future. Australia is large continent, full of wonders great and small, old and new. We as its people embrace them all.

Over the years we have shown our patriotism in a number of ways. The Australian car industry has had a long and distinguished career and in part has been a driver to the prosperity of the country.  

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In the early days of the 20th century, we started to produce vehicles in Australia that we called our own. It was in the late 1940’s that we truly put our stamp on an Australian vehicle. With companies like Holden, Ford, Toyota and many more coming to market with Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles we thrived as a country and consumed these vehicles for passion, fun and the simple life. 

These vehicles proved their worth by helping families travel cross country and discover the wonders of this great continent. However in our haste to have a vehicle we call our own, we did not realise that the dream of owning a brand new car was also the reason for our undoing. In our haste, to own a new car, we caused our own industry to be over run and ultimately decimated by foreign imports and greater variety.

Holden closed its doors in 2017, as one of the last manufacturers in australia and no one took their place.

Yet amongst the mayhem and loss, one Australian car company was forging a new path, ACE EV.

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Global consequences

Our need for our own vehicle and reliance on fossil fuels has led the global population to pollute the very air we breathe and in turn cause catastrophic change to the environment. Health of the population has also been impacted by the environmental pollutants that the growing number of vehicles produced.

These environmental and health issues, that are a direct result of poor human decision making, have impacted Australia in recent years. Bushfires, droughts and increasing ocean temperatures are all indicators that something needs to change. Providing new and fresh ideas to fix the issues we have caused but to also set up the future generations for success should be our goal moving forward.

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Issues like these are what motivate people like Greg McGarvie to gain the passion and determination to make a change. Greg’s pioneering spirit helped him and the team to follow a path not easily tread, back in 2015. It is this determination and a mission to improve the world for the grandchildren that motivates and drives his ideas forward. Gregs passion for renewable energy is not new but his determination to move the dial in australia is stronger than ever.

Startup

ACE EV – Australian EV Manufacturer. Over 5 years ACE EV have worked tirelessly to deliver on their promise of manufacturing an australian made electric vehicle. Whilst government incentives have been very rare ACE EV has been backed by private investors who can see the vision they are trying to deliver. These investors have been great supporters of Greg’s and ACE EV efforts to develop a unique vehicle that provides all aspects of the current vehicles on the road but without the pollutants.

In a recent interview with SME TV, Greg Mcgarvie explained that his vision to build an Australian electric vehicle has been like his child. A child that has grown up quickly considering their journey only started a mere 5 years before. It is wonderful to see Greg’s vision of manufacturing an Australian EV become reality.

ACE EV is Australia’s first home grown manufacturing electric vehicle company. Their initial startup was conceived in Brisbane Australia and in recent years they have collaborated with Aldom Motor Body Builders to begin production of their innovative vehicle design. 

The ability for this company to grow an industry in a time that has seen much retraction is encouraging. Manufacturing in Adelaide helps to grow new jobs and develop a truly Australia wide collaboration between two companies.

ACE EV are not your traditional car manufacturer of electric vehicles. They have a unique production process. Their vehicles include the EV CARGO and  ACE YEWT and due in 2022 is the EV URBAN. 

EV CARGO

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The initial focus for ACE EV is in the commercial sector. The EV CARGO provides a small van that allows for approx. 500kg cargo carrying capacity. The size and carrying capacity suggest’s it’s a great vehicle for small business and companies who deliver goods within their local areas. Some recent examples include use by Australia Post.

EV YEWT

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The second vehicle in their line-up is the ACE YEWT. It is targeted at a number of key industries including Home Nurses, Government agencies, florists, news agencies. I would think that handymen and tradies would be interested as the vehicles promote the ability to charge tools from the vehicle. It is this innovation that truly helps to set ACE EV apart from the current competition here in Australia. 

EV URBAN

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Due in 2022 is the EV Urban. This will be the car for the masses and hopefully help ACE EV grow their footprint home and abroad.

ACE EV specs

ACE EV have an innovative and unique process for manufacturing their vehicles. The body of the vehicle is made up of carbon fiber materials which when assembled create a strong and durable base. On top of this plastic body pieces are attached to the substructure of carbon fiber to form the shell of the vehicle. This combined with a 18kw motor with 45kw peak and 174 NM of torque provides a zippy vehicle for round town driving. The use of the Carbon Fiber reduces the weight to power ratio and thus allows the vehicles to perform with greater mobility and distance.

ACE EV Prices

In recent update from Greg McGarvie, he provided an updated price breakdown for the up coming vehicles for Australia and USA. The prices that Greg outlined provide an insight into the competitive nature that the ACE EV vehicles will provide. With some of the most complelling value seen in australia for EV’s these vehicles will be compared to their foreign counterparts as value for money.

Target pricing with availability(late 2021 – early 2022)

  • Cargo AUD $29,995 (USD $21,896) late 2021 reservation open
  • Yewt. AUD $25,995 (USD $18,796) early 2022 reservation open
  • Urban.AUD $35,995 (USD $26,276) mid 2022 Reserve February 1st 2021
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Battery packs

The battery packs are made up of 18650 cells and are contained below the floor of the cabin. A total of 23.2 kwh battery pack provides between 150 – 200 kms of range depending on load capacity. The heavier the vehicle the less range provided from the battery packs. This is the advantage of the Carbon Fiber helping to reduce the overall weight of the vehicle.

As the vehicles are built with carbon fiber combined with lightweight plastics they tip the scales at just under 1000kgs. In comparison to many internal combustion engines (ICE) vehicles of similar size the ACE EV is almost half their weight. 

Australian innovation in the 21st century is alive and well and ACE EV is leading the way. Their preliminary line up of vehicles combined with their compelling prices and their innovative construction will truly give them an edge here in Australia.

The Australian Government’s support for electric vehicles has been quite negative in recent years and continues to be lack luster. What is encouraging for the future of electric vehicles in australia is a company like ACE EV working against the tide of adversity.

Manufacturing innovation

ACE Electric Vehicles are made of composite materials that are strong and durable. There manufacturing is done in an unusual way. The components for the vehicle are created in an overseas factory where the carbon fiber is shaped into individual pieces. These pieces are shipped in a “Smart Pack” and assembled in the Aldom Motor Body Builders factory. This video shows the process the construction takes. 

Video Courtesy of ace-ev.com.au

Australian motor vehicle manufacturing industry was a shining light in Australia with proud owners of the Australian made Holden’s, Ford’s, Toyota’s and Mitsubishi vehicles. ACE EV’s pioneering spirit will once again help to inspire the future drivers of Australia to be proud of what we make. However Ace is looking beyond our shores to share this innovation with the world.

Australia has for many years been pivotal in discovering new cures for diseases and new ways of understanding the world through research, discovery and a sheer drive to solve a problem. It is this drive that has inspired Greg and Ace EV to continue to innovate and develop their products.

It is no surprise that we again have innovative people like Greg McGarvie who understand through life experience, career and a drive to make the world better, that Australia’s reputation to manufacture quality products remains intact. 

Australia has a reputation for being great at dissecting and observing fresh perspectives on old thinking and applying new innovative ideas to deliver a new industry and give life to old industries thought lost to the past. 

ACE EV – Australian EV Manufacturer. ACE EV‘s innovations in Smart Packs and manufacturing, in combination with a vision of helping the grandchildren of the future, and showing that innovation is not lost in the Australian motor vehicle industry, provides encouragement for the future generations and a hope that we can reverse the impact we have had on the world around us.  

Dave

David McCann
David McCann

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

References 

https://www.chasinghistoryau.com/industry

https://www.ace-ev.com.au

https://components101.com/batteries/18650-lithium-cell

The ACE Cargo Van

The EV industry is evolving

Image by Tayeb MEZAHDIA from Pixabay 

The EV industry is evolving. Electric vehicles have started to become more mainstream. This has been much more apparent in recent weeks with the introduction of the new electric vehicles from car manufacturers. 

Nissan showed the world their new vehicle the ariya. This is a SUV cross over vehicle designed to compete with the likes of the Model Y.

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It is fair to say that they have the best opportunity to step up as they have had previous success with the original Nissan leaf and more recently with the New Nissan leaf.

China has also been rolling out new products to the market in the last couple of weeks Lucid motors, Xpeng and a flurry of others have all introduced vehicles to the market. 

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Why now?

The EV industry is evolving which is why 2020 was always going to be the year of the electric vehicle. 

In 2018 there were a number of car companies that introduced their idea of what the electric vehicle could be.  The concept electric vehicles were futuristic and feature rich.

It was the beginning of the evolution of the motor vehicle and a push into the future of transportation. 

A pivitol change year for the car industry. 

As it turns out it was to be a change year for more than the car industry. However the rise of the corona virus ( COVID_19 ) put a fly in the ointment. 

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2020, Not what we expected

With the isolation and social distancing that occurred a lot of people and products were put on the back burner.

Some companies have been able to release their products and adapt to the changing environment whilst others have been delayed.

Suppliers were not able to supply the key components of the new cars as they too were impacted.

It is difficult to build a car when you are reliant on other manufacturers to deliver components for your cars. 

One of the car manufacturers that has not been as challenged has been Tesla. Yes, they had to shut down and Yes, they had to abide by social distancing rules but they have adapted and risen to the challenge. 

One key part of their success has been their use of robotics and also good management of the environment their staff were returning to. 

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

The factory has continued to deliver cars over the second quarter of the year which surprised everyone as the outcomes of deliveries where larger than expected. 

Even though we as a global society have had to change how we think, live and work in the last 6 months I believe this is only going to make us more resilient, resourceful and conscious of the outcomes, of our actions and our ability to see the possibilities in what we can do to make our lives and the future a better place to be. 

Dave 

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