The butterfly effect ……11:11

What a week. 

I posted a tweet that Elon musk responded to and I finally realized why Tesla is important to the global community.

Tesla is a global company that has provided some of the most innovative products for many years within the tech and motor vehicle spheres. Tesla’s ability to continue to move forward against adversity, tough times and financial strain has been a phenomenon. This momentum that Tesla has, is something that can only be measured by the global audience that is trying to go with them as they evolve the motor car industry to see a future that is more environmentally responsible.

On Tuesday I sent a tweet into the twitter verse asking why does the cost of the Model 3 seem to be so much more in Australia than in the USA and maybe a solution to bring down the price was to build a Giga factory in Australia. This suggestion was to highlight the cost of the cars in Australia, but also to show that Australia has no major car manufacturer in Australia, and they could be the first major Electric vehicle producer in Australia. This would allow for greater price competition and uptake of electric vehicles. 

I had no delusions that it would be another tweet that got a few comments and likes but nothing more. Boy, was I wrong! Thanks’ to Elon replying the world engaged and showed that they also wish for greater ability to purchase a Tesla. 

So why did the world engage, could it be that I hit upon an idea that resonates with the average joe?
Could it be that the mere suggestion that it does seem high from Elon Musk gives hope to those that have felt helpless to be able to buy their dream car and that dream could be a little closer?

It turns out it is all of these things and so much more. I have written before about the Cybertruck and how it hits the mark for those people who have dreamt of that cool car they have always wanted to own from their childhood movies or shows and the cybertruck delivered. In this sense so do all Tesla’s. 

The passion that is held within the Tesla fandom and the love they have for Elon only makes them want to own the cars more. 

Sure, they are fantastically specked out cars and they scratch the futuristic itch but for most people the prospect of owning this car anywhere outside the USA becomes a pipe dream.  The price becomes untenable.

I scratched at the one place that most people talk about all the time. The chance of the price being lower, so they have a better chance of owning their dream car. 

Elon is well engaged with the tesla community and as such a simple comment like the one he gave to me ignites a flame that can burn near and far and give hope to those many voices. 

Within the voices Elon knows there are good ideas, great sounding boards and the ability to flesh out ideas. This makes the twitter verse extremely proud of what they can achieve when putting their minds together. Since the tweet went wild there have been a number of ideas that have come to the foreground. 

  • Giga Oz – have a Gigafactory in Australia – @EVHQ2
  • Leasing Tesla’s -@Teslagong
  • Giga factory that produces solar panels and batteries and as a side gig, cars. 
  • Get the government to consider removing luxury car tax
  • Send cars from china 

These are just some of the great suggestions that came from the twitter verse in response to reducing cost and making Tesla’s more affordable in Australia. 

I hope that Elon can see that costs of Tesla’s once they leave the shores of the USA increases, and the cost for those, regardless of exchange rates or local taxes. Hopefully Elon can look at it from a business problem perspective and utilize some of the suggestions or dream up another idea that just might alleviate the pressure for average people to achieve one goal in their lives. To drive their dream Tesla Vehicle.

I hope that I have a chance to continue to talk with Elon about many and varied things to do with Tesla and beyond. But for now, I am glad I have had a chance to voice my concerns and feel that I have been heard. 

Lets’ hope that Australia’s government will see that people want the change , that it’s time for the change to occur and that our children’s lives depend upon us taking a stand and vocalizing our ideas and passions by being one voice to shine through the smog filled sky’s to the blue light and sunshine beyond. 

Photo by Marcus Wöckel on Pexels.com

Thanks to everyone that liked, shared and commented on my tweet, I appreciate your input and commentary.

Finally thank you Elon Musk, you have shown the world many times over you are genuine and passionate and that is what makes you a truly great human being. 

Dave 

Written by David McCann 13/2/2020

Software Advantage

 

Since the first Tesla to the most current Tesla, technology has been at the heart of their inception. It stands to reason that over the last 10 years software has evolved to be so sophisticated that it now is able to drive the car for you. So why has no one achieved such an amazing, technological feat before now.  

It comes back to vision, passion and innovation.

Tesla has a unique vision for what their cars will be able to do. Elon has previously explained that the introduction of the electric vehicle has to be inexplicably linked to autonomy. What this suggests is the ability to implement software related innovation that helps to drive autonomy to truly make electric cars more appealing to the customer. Tesla has a major head start in the software innovation space already and are not far away from realizing the ability to implement Full Self Driving.

Full Self Driving is at the heart of the Autonomy that Elon has talked about. It will give any tesla the ability to drive from point A to Point B without any human intervention. If this is able to be achieved in the coming years and the regulators pass legislation that allows these vehicles to drive it will then allow for a wonderful step forward into the future, we have all dreamed about. 

Tesla again has an advantage due to the size of the fleet that currently exists and will continue to exist moving into the future. Machine learning needs large amounts of data to develop a consistent visual reference when a car is to drive for itself. When customers continue to purchase the cars then the number of cars providing usable data to that source will only grow and continue to put Tesla ahead of the other car makers. 

Tesla has been leading the way forward with the use of over the air software updates. This I believe is due to the fact that they do not see themselves as a car company but a technology company and that is what makes them stand out from the crowd. 

Tesla in the last 12 months has rolled out over 100 plus features on their already sold cars for no extra cost to the customers. This is exactly the way technology companies like Apple roll out software to their products like the iPhone. 

Without any doubt Tesla will be a driving force into the future for the evolution of cars. They also will be more diversified than any other car company as they continue to apply the tesla name to solar roofs, tesla batteries and more undiscovered products yet to be announced. 

Their vision of moving the world to renewable energies is well and truly underway. But I think their influence of the world of software development within the machine Learning and Artificial intelligence will be the lasting legacy. 

Dave 

Written by David McCann

The Future is Now

image courtesy of Tesla

This month I have written a number of blogs about the past of Tesla and the cars that have given Tesla the opportunities to grow and develop their cars and technologies to deliver cars that are not cars but pieces of phenomenal technology. 

The future is now and with it comes new and exciting opportunities for people of the world to choose incredible technology, just so happens to be a car. 

I believe what Tesla has done is change the definition of what a car can be. They have made an industry wake up and look around as their customers move to the world of the technologically savvy car. 

The introduction of the Cybertruck and the Model Y will help to continue to grow the footprint of supreme electric cars. The introduction of the these vehicles has sparked the imagination of the next generation of drivers.  

Within the next month the Model Y will be delivered to new owners. This has been achieved 6 months ahead of time and with such precision and intent. Tesla is playing a new game that no one has been able to compete with. Fundamentally this is due to the fact that they are a tech company not car company. 

Model Y

These above images are of the Model Y demonstrate that Tesla’s have similar features like cargo space as traditional cars contain however it also brings amazing new features that no other traditional car company could conceive. 

The future of Tesla is well in hand and the innovation that they continue to bring will not be outdone for many years. The comparison to Apple when it first introduced the iPhone and the couple of years after that has strong correlation to where Tesla is right now. 

The recent ascendance of the share price gives credence to the fact that the short sellers have been controlling the narrative for too long and now Tesla is finally getting its time in the sun. 

One of the most compelling things about Tesla is it is not just a car company it is a tech company, and this is demonstrated when you consider the number of products they have and the potential they have to offer into the future.

Roadster

Model S

Model X

Model 3

Model Y

Cybertruck

Tesla Semi

Cyberquad

Full self driving

Robotaxi

Supercharger Network

Solar Roof

Solar panels

Tesla Batteries

Tesla Mega Pack

This list is just the start and I can tell you that Elon Musk will continue to grow ideas and innovative minds to produce future products that will continue to push the boundaries and lead to the achievement of his mission statement for Tesla. 

Transition the world to renewable energies and transportation. 

Dave 

Written by David McCann 31/01/2020

Roots and Roads of Roadster

Tesla released the original roadster in 2008 and with it the beginning of the evolution of the auto industry. The original Roadster is quite different from today’s Tesla’s but without it the Tesla of today would not exist. 

The original roadster was a one of a kind marvel that was ahead of its time. It allowed people who had the means to own a car that allowed them to experience the future of a sports car. This was a pivotal step to providing funds to allow tesla to grow and develop what we know as the Model S today. 

Since then they have become cars of legend. Sort after by the Tesla fold and a wonder when driven by those not aware of what electric cars can do. They performed ahead of their class and gave insights to the future Tesla company. 

Of course, their road to completion was not without its issues. Delays that were long due to changes with design and development. Tesla also had to contend with money challenges and perception that electric cars where not even close to the combustion engine. 

But here we are many years later with Tesla being a global phenomenon and the roadster being the car that started it all. 

So, what’s next for the original roadster and what does this car mean to the future of Tesla. The original roadster in recent times has started to get some love from Tesla after many years of being ignored. They now have the ability to get serviced and parts directly from tesla where earlier on in the last decade that service was superseded after the Model S and Model X became the champions of the Tesla Cause. However, they have now been welcomed back and are improving the life and functions of the original tesla as they become to be considered classic cars of the electric car world. 

So, is this all there is for the Roadster name? The answer is no as the New Roadster was announced in late 2017 at the SEMI reveal when it rolled of the back of the truck trailer to the surprise of everyone. Just as the introduction of the Original roadster had been small the opposite could be said of the new roadster.

The car looked as if it was from the future and the specifications made it one of the fastest, sports cars ever conceived. As Elon musk has said “this is a smack down” to all super cars around the world. 

The design of the car is beautiful and has become iconic amongst electric car owners as the benchmark for any future electric sports car. As the original was to help grow the company the new roadster is to prove that electrification is here to stay and will outperform, out innovate and inspire the next generation of car buyers globally. 

The future of the roadster name is bright and 2020 will be the year that this car excites those that have purchased their ticket to ride. 

Dave 

Written by David McCann

2020 Tesla Semi

Image courtesy of Tesla.com

The Tesla SEMI was announced with great fanfare by Tesla in late 2017. Since then there have been a number of sightings across USA of the test vehicles being put through their paces. They have also been used as demonstration vehicles for companies looking to purchase the all-electric Semi truck for their fleets. 

These are the companies who have placed orders for the Tesla Semi so far:

  1. Walmart: One of the first major companies to reserve the trucks, the retailer has made aggressive investments in technology in recent years as part of its effort to compete with Amazon.
  2. Pepsi: Pepsi previously had the largest Semi order, reserving 100 trucks in December.
  3. Anheuser-Busch: The brewer announced it ordered 40 Semis in December.
  4. FedEx: The transportation service announced that it reserved 20 Semis in March.
  5. Sysco: The food distributor has reserved 50 Semis.
  6. UPS: The delivery company placed the largest Semi order to date, reserving 125 trucks in December.
  7. DHL: The transportation and logistics company has reserved 10 Semis to add to its fleet.
  8. Meijer: Based in Michigan, the grocery chain has ordered four of the electric trucks.
  9. Ryder: The transportation company reserved an unspecified number of Semis in November.
  10. J.B. Hunt: The trucking company is set to purchase “multiple” Semis, but hasn’t revealed the exact number.
  11. Asko: The Norwegian food distribution company has ordered 10 Semis.
  12. Posten Norge: The Norwegian postal service ordered an unspecified number of Semis.
  13. Flexport: Ryan Peterson, the freight company’s CEO, announced the company has ordered one Semi.
  14. JK Moving: The independent moving company has reserved four Semis.
  15. Loblaw: After ordering 25 Semis, the Canadian supermarket chain announced plans to make its trucking fleet 100% electric by 2030.
  16. Fercam: Based in Italy, the trucking company has reserved a single Semi.
  17. Girteka Logistics: Not to be outdone by Fercam, the European transportation company also announced its plans to invest in one of Tesla’s electric trucks.
  18. Fortigo Freight Services: The Canadian logistics company reserved one Semi.
  19. Best Transportation: The shipping company also ordered one Semi.
  20. Mecca & Son Trucking: According to Jalopnik, this trucking company has reserved one Semi.
  21. TCI Transportation: The truck rental and leasing company has reserved 50 Semis.
  22. City Furniture: The furniture retailer has reserved five Semis.

As can be seen there are a number of large corporations that have taken the time and initiative to see that the future is electric.

Just today I was looking at tweets from @Brett_Swanson7 who explained that he is looking forward to the SEMI due to the fact that “this one product will have the greatest environmental impact over any other product in world history”.

Brett has a significant point here and one that cannot be denied. Currently to move goods across large distances there are three ways. By air, by sea and by land. I want to focus on the land element. The vehicles that are used to travel across land are trucks. 

This one product will have the greatest environmental impact over any other product in world history

@Brett_Swanson7

Due to large populations and limited amounts of space on most trucks there has to be large fleets on the road at any given time. We are talking thousands of trucks across any one continent and many more when considering global population. What this means is large amounts of Carbon dioxide (CO2) being pumped into the air from exhaust fumes. 

Photo by Tom Fisk on Pexels.com

The point that Brett is highlighting is that to remove CO2 producing vehicles from the road and replace them with electric vehicles, like the Tesla SEMI, we then start to have a significant impact to the global warming and environmental impacts that are becoming more apparent every day. 

Just recently with the bush fires in Australia we have seen the ongoing impacts of an increase in global temperatures and a reduction of rain across land masses which has allowed the land to become extremely dry and easily catch fire. What most forget is that trees are the main devices to help remove carbon dioxide from the air. By having over 5 million hectres burn they not only release smoke but also the contained carbon dioxide within the trees into the atmosphere.

Any assistance, we as a global society can do to help this reduce is helping mother earth heal and better combat the issue we currently face. 

In no way will it be the only thing that will help but Tesla is uniquely qualified to assist with the uptake of the Semi and other electric cars. 

Image courtesy of Tesla.com

I believe the Semi can allow for many global companies to provide improved transportation between destinations whilst contributing to the evolution of clean vehicles and ultimately drive the future environment back to health. 

Dave 

Written by David McCann 14/01/2020

Side Lines 04 – Gigafactory 3

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

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

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

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

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

Dave

R U OK?

Time and time again over the last couple of months I have seen videos and images of damage done by random people to Tesla vehicles. This act of damage to the vehicles is nothing but a low act.

But why are the people damaging the cars in the first place. It would seem that there is a dislike for Tesla’s. But I think there is more to it than that. People don’t strike out without having pain of their own to drive their dislike and hatred towards the cars. 

Just as Tesla owners have passion for the car, there are people who have the opposite. These people must have had a reason for their outburst. Yet some of the videos seem to show opportunistic attacks. This is the part that makes me ask the question, WHY? 

Is it Jealousy? Tesla is considered a luxury car, a car that personifies the ultimate in great cars on the road, loved by many and envied by others. But to own one is not achievable by all. 

I wonder if that is just the simple truth behind the attacks. The Tesla is not able to be had by me so I will damage any I see so they cannot enjoy it either. If this is the reason for the random attacks, then I am sad for those who have attacked the cars. 

Whatever the reason it’s time for it to stop. If you are not happy with your lot in life and the issues that you have, then seek help, speak to your friends, your family, a counselor or a medical professional. They can help to work through the issues and offer opportunities for improvement of your situation. 

Let’s take that anger and direct it towards that which is causing the pain not towards everyday people who have worked so very hard to earn their reward of a Tesla. 

To reach your goal everyone has to go through pain to get there. It is not handed on a platter or given to them without request. The owners of these beautiful, sleek cars have studied and worked against adversity, have struggled with working long hours and multiple jobs, have stretched themselves more than they need and struggle with the finances as well. They are just like you and me. 

We should cherish our people and help those that are hurting. Not strike out to those who have a nice car. 

R U OK?

Dave