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From: Eric9/29/2017 12:04:58 PM
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Tesla Sends Powerwalls To Puerto Rico To Aid In Relief Effort

1 hour ago by Steven Loveday

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Tesla Powerwall 2

Tesla is at it again, providing aid after another natural disaster, and Elon Musk is assisting out of his own pocket.

We recently published a few stories about Tesla pushing through a free over-the-air update to some vehicle owners to upgrade range, which would allow them to more easily flee from Hurricane Irma. Well, it’s the season for these storms and another just pummeled Puerto Rico. It’s named Hurricane Maria and it hit the U.S. island territory as a Category 4 storm. Unfortunately, there has yet to be much government assistance in the situation, however, Tesla is already providing free support.


Tesla Powerpacks and microgrid on T’au Island

The Silicon Valley automaker reportedly shipped hundreds of Powerwall 2 storage batteries to Puerta Rico to a provide power to the island. Apparently, the area is experiencing an island-wide blackout, which has left over three million people without power.

A company representative told Teslarati that Tesla is continuing to send additional units, as well as joining with the local government and utilities in an attempt to get power restored. In the meantime, the Powerwall home batteries can fill the gap. Workers from the automaker are on site setting up the units and connecting them to solar panels so that progress can be made.

According to Fortune (via Teslarati), To further assist with the cause, Tesla and SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk, has donated $250,000 of his personal money to support Puerto Rico.

Though it wasn’t due to a disaster, this is not the first time the electric carmaker has used its Powerpacks to provide power for an island destination. The systems are currently installed on T’au island in American Samoa, a Fiji island resort, and Ocracoke Island in North Carolina’s Outer Banks. So, obviously, Elon Musk and company have the necessary experience to aid in the efforts in Puerto Rico.

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Source: Teslarati

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From: Eric9/29/2017 1:57:34 PM
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Tesla discontinues cheapest Model S option

Posted September 29, 2017 by Charles Morris & filed under Newswire, The Vehicles.



Tesla has officially discontinued its cheapest Model S variant, the 75 with rear-wheel drive. The Model S lineup now consists of just three models, all of them featuring dual-motor all-wheel-drive powertrains: the 75D, 100D, and P100D.

Tesla hasn’t changed the pricing of the three trim levels, but the change means that the least expensive Model S now starts at $74,500 before delivery fees.

This isn’t the first time Tesla has reduced its number of trim levels. There was originally to have been a 40 kWh version of Model S, but that variant was dropped before production even began. The company discontinued the 85 kWh Model X and the 90 kWh Model S in early 2016. Earlier this year, it dropped the 60 kWh Model S (which actually had a 75 kWh battery pack with the range limited by software).

What’s the reason behind the latest move? Electrek and others have speculated that it has to do with better differentiating the base Model S from the new Model 3, which is the “entry-level” Tesla, and now the only one offered with a single-motor powertrain.

The variants that get the axe have usually been the lowest-priced ones. It appears that Model S (and X) buyers have no problem paying more for a premium product, so Tesla plans to keep these two positioned as luxury models, leaving the mass market to Model 3 in accordance with the company’s master plan.

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Source: Tesla via Electrek

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From: Eric9/30/2017 1:54:09 PM
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Here’s Proof From A Tesla Owner That Switching To Solar Is A Win

47 mins ago by EVANNEX

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Tesla Solar Roof – Tuscan Tile


HERE’S HOW GOING SOLAR SAVED ONE TESLA OWNER A LOT OF MONEY

Electric cars and solar panels are like peanuts and beer: the one increases your appetite for the other. A survey by CleanTechnica of 2,000 EV drivers in 28 countries found that 28-40% of respondents had installed home solar panels.


Tesla Model S powered by solar panels at home (Image: Alba Energy)


As is the case with electric vehicles, solar panels are a more attractive purchase in certain regions, where generous local incentives can offset a large chunk of the up-front cost.

Tesla Model S owner Shiva Singh told Green Car Reports about his very lucrative experience with solar panels. Shiva owns no less than five electric cars, including two Model S, and has three 240-volt Level 2 charging stations in his garage. He lives in Fremont, California, home of Tesla’s assembly plant, and the city with the highest concentration of electric-car ownership in California (and almost certainly in the US).

He had been thinking about solar for some time, but what really convinced him to take the plunge was the fact that the city of Fremont now requires all new homes to have solar panels and EV charging stations. He figured that, when it came time to sell, solar would make his house more competitive in the market.

*This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Charles Morris.


Getting your home’s power from the sun (Image: Ecowatch)


Shiva’s local utility, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), offers a time-of-use plan, which means that electric rates are lower during off-peak hours. Deals like this, which are available in a growing number of areas around the country, are tailor-made for EV drivers, who can set their vehicles to charge during the cheapest rate period (for Shiva, that’s 11 pm to 7 am on weekdays, when the rate drops to $0.10 per kilowatt-hour, half the maximum rate).

That’s not the only local incentive in solar-friendly Fremont. Several regions in California offer a program called PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy), which allows homeowners to finance renewable energy projects by attaching the debt to the property and paying it back through their property tax bills. The interest portion can be taken as an itemized deduction on the homeowner’s federal tax return.

And of course, taxpayers in any state can take advantage of the 30% federal tax credit for solar energy systems. Unlike the EV purchase tax credit, the Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit carries over to future years, so you eventually get the full amount of the credit, no matter how high or low your tax bill.


Tesla Model S powered by sunlight (Image: Florida Solar Design Group)


Shiva ended up buying a system with an output of 7.26 kW, consisting of 22 330-Watt LG panels, placed on the west and south sides of his roof. The after-tax cost worked out to $2.45 per Watt. The system covers his family’s monthly usage of about 1,500 kWh, and even produces a small excess, which PG&E refunds at the end of each year.

The most critical number for anyone considering solar (or any other money-saving home improvement) is the payback period – how long it takes for the monthly savings to equal the up-front cost. Shiva has calculated his at less than six years.

Shiva’s experience is basically a best-case scenario – not only does he live in what is probably the most solar-friendly locality in the US, but he has a large house (5,000 square feet) and high electric usage. Your author, in sunny but solar-averse Florida, has a much smaller home, and the local utility offers no time-of-use program. Estimates from several solar installers have worked out to a payback period more like ten years. The only way to know if solar is a good deal for you (financially) is to do some research.


With solar, you can charge your Tesla to drive on sunshine (Image:
Chase)

However, Shiva does have some good advice for anyone who’s thinking about going solar: get estimates from several companies, including local outfits, not just the national chains. Read the fine print, and be particularly careful about financing. In general, home improvement companies don’t make loans themselves – they partner with finance companies, which are expert at making the deals sound better than they are.

Of course, saving money isn’t the only reason to go solar, any more than it’s the only reason to drive electric. Elon Musk has had several opportunities to sell out and retire a multi-millionaire, but that’s not where his interests lie. The philosophy behind Tesla, SolarCity and SpaceX has never been about making money – it’s about changing the world. If you’ve got the money to invest, why not change your little corner of it for the better?

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*Editor’s Note: EVANNEX, which also sells aftermarket gear for Teslas, has kindly allowed us to share some of its content with our readers. Our thanks go out to EVANNEX, Check out the site here.

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From: Savant9/30/2017 1:54:52 PM
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From: Eric9/30/2017 2:16:29 PM
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Tesla Model 3 Emergency Response Guide Shows New Details

1 day ago by Domenick Yoney

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The Tesla Model 3 chassis with ultra high-strength steel elements highlighted


Can’t NDA emergency responders

Information about the Tesla Model 3 continues to dribble out. With the car presently being delivered to Tesla employees and investors who, we imagine, have all signed non-disclosure agreements (NDA), the usual firehose of knowledge from proud new owners is but a trickle. Still, there are sources from which to glean insight. Take “affordable” Tesla’s Emergency Response Guide, for instance.


Manual method to open front doors

Not only is it uniquely informative, it offers insights not found in the owner’s manual. We’ve heard that the chassis of the Model 3 is part aluminum and part ultra high-strength steel, but which material is used where? Well, a look at the diagram above answers that question quite nicely. Thanks, Tesla!

Besides information really only needed for emergency responders or those salvaging crashed or flooded vehicles, like the locations of airbags and their inflation cylinders, there is a wealth tidbits scattered throughout the document. Did you know, for example, that if you go through the procedure to put the car in “tow mode,” which allows the car to stay in neutral without someone in the driver’s seat, it will cancel and the parking brake will be applied if it exceeds five miles per hour? We didn’t.

Also, if for some reason the button that opens the front doors ceases to properly function, you can pull up on the front part of the window switch assembly, as shown in the image on the right, to exit the vehicle. (Please note, though, manual opener is not present in the back seat.)

Importantly, for those who might do some maintenance at home, like changing the oil changing tires, jacking up the vehicle should only be done at the four lift points ( see page 25). As the manual mentions several times, it is important not to breech the belly where the battery is located. If that energy storage cell happens to short out and catch fire, it can take 3,000 gallons of water to douse the flames and cool the car down. Forewarned is forearmed, right?

Finally, this last tip: if you can not open the hood to access the front trunk (frunk), there is a workaround using an external 12-volt power supply. Simply push on the top of the round tow eye cover on the driver’s side of the fascia, and pull out. Attach the red and black wires you’ll see to the appropriate leads of your power source, and voila! You’re welcome.

If you want to read the entire document, just click here.

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Source: Teslarati, Tesla

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To: Eric who wrote (2130)9/30/2017 4:59:06 PM
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Does this work for the bad guyz too??

Finally, this last tip: if you can not open the hood to access the front trunk (frunk), there is a workaround using an external 12-volt power supply. Simply push on the top of the round tow eye cover on the driver’s side of the fascia, and pull out. Attach the red and black wires you’ll see to the appropriate leads of your power source, and voila!

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To: Savant who wrote (2131)9/30/2017 6:07:25 PM
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Key FOB has to be within inches of the driver door pillar.

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From: Eric10/2/2017 8:17:07 AM
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“Your Model 3 Is Ready To Order” – A Look At Tesla’s Email Invitation

1 day ago by Steven Loveday

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A look at a Tesla Model 3 delivery in Austin, Texas

The Tesla Model 3 design studio will open to non-employee reservation holders soon and we have a look at the automaker’s invitation-to-configure email. It seems many more Tesla employees and family members are beginning to configure their Model 3s and deliveries are happening on a more regular basis. According to Teslarati, Model 3 production is ahead of schedule (which may not seem too surprising at this point, since the automaker has not yet entered the substantial ramp-up stage, but that’s a whole lot of cars compared to July and August numbers).

October is right around the corner that’s the month that Tesla assures “regular” customers will begin to get their cars. In order for any non-Tesla employees to actually have a Model 3 in hand in October, the configuration process will need to begin almost immediately. The automaker will soon open its online Design Studio to start taking the orders. The configurator has been online for some time so that employees could access it, but at this point, it’s still closed to the general public.

A Model 3 Owners Club user shared the “Design Your Model 3” invitation email. Obviously, when you click on GET STARTED, it will take you to the beginning of the configuration process. Keep in mind that this is likely only for configuring the currently manufactured Long Range Model 3. Customers will have the usual choices, including color, wheels, and upgrades like Autopilot.


Tesla: Design Your Model 3

As mentioned above, Tesla has not yet entered significant ramp-up for the Model 3, but it’s supposed to be coming soon. CEO Elon Musk has stated that Tesla could reach 5,000 builds a week by December. The automaker delivered 30 cars in July at the handover event. We have no way of knowing with 100-percent certainty how many Model 3s the automaker delivered in August, but we’re banking on about 75 (and we have a reputation for being pretty darn close). Musk said that the goal for September is 1,500 units. We will have a better idea where the automaker stands soon enough, as 2017 Q3 reports are expected in the coming days.

Regardless of the numbers, for Tesla to have actual non-employee delivery success inside of the next ~30 days, folks will have to be getting these configurations in pronto. We’re sure that anyone with a reservation (if they’re a serious buyer) will race to the opportunity to configure the minute they receive the email. Hopefully, Tesla gets the ball rolling on this sooner rather than later.

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Sources: Teslarati, Model 3 Owners Club

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From: Eric10/2/2017 8:19:31 AM
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To Say That The Tesla Model 3 Won’t Have Strong Margins …

20 hours ago by EVANNEX

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Tesla Model 3 (Instagram: shmobbert)


THREE REASONS TO EXPECT STRONG MARGINS FOR TESLA MODEL 3

The prevailing “wisdom” among those who continue to short Tesla is that Model 3’s lower price point will surely translate to anemic margins. However, that assumption looks unlikely. According to Trefis Team (via Forbes*), Elon Musk has already, “indicated that the [Model 3] sedan could garner gross margins of as much as 25% at some point next year. This is impressive, considering that margins on Tesla’s luxury Model S and X stand at similar levels, with most mainstream automakers such as GM and Ford commanding margins of under 15%.”

So how exactly is Elon Musk forecasting such thick, healthy margins on Tesla’s lower-priced Model 3? Trefis Team examines three unique factors at play for Tesla: low battery costs, high option uptake, and production efficiencies. Let’s take a look at these three determining factors that could impact gross margin for Tesla’s Model 3.

Low Battery Costs

When Tesla’s Model S launched in 2012, battery costs were around $400 per kWh. Those have descended well below today’s $145 per kWh confirmed by GM (via LG Chem) for its Chevy Bolt. An improved supply chain along with “Tesla’s Gigafactory in Nevada, [is] enabling it to cut logistics costs compared to the cells on the Model X and S, which are imported from Japan.” To that end, “Tesla, along with Panasonic, has designed a new variety of battery cells called the ‘2170’ which will replace the smaller ‘18650’ cells which have been in use for decades. The new cells provide higher energy densities (meaning that they can store more energy for a given size) and will also be manufactured using an automated process that will help to cut costs.”

*This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Matt Pressman.

Above: A look at Tesla Model 3’s 2170 battery cells in production at the Gigafactory (Youtube: Doug Robinson via Tesla)

High Option Uptake

Will everyone choose a barebones, standard level Model 3? Trefis Team expects many buyers to lean towards the pricier Model 3 with the “75kWh battery on the extended range model [which] would cost about $9,750, translating into incremental costs of about $3250. As the extended range model sells for an additional $9,000, it could command a healthier dollar gross profit of about $5750 (without accounting for any other incremental non-battery costs)… [and] Tesla is also offering several other add-ons such as the premium package (additional $5,000), enhanced autopilot ($5,000) and full self-driving capacity ($3,000) – which are all likely to be high-margin offerings that could boost average selling prices and profits on the Model 3.”

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t’s likely many will option-up their Model 3 with upgrades like these higher-priced 19? sport wheels (Instagram: teslamotorsports)


Production Efficiencies

Looking ahead, Tesla “has set an aggressive target of producing as many as 10k cars per week next year… [and] there’s no denying that the mass-market nature of the Model 3 should provide the company with significant economies of scale compared to its more niche luxury models. Tesla has also simplified the design of the Model 3 to make production easier, learning from its mistakes with the Model S and X. The company intends to initially offer the car with just 100 permutations, compared to over 1,500 permutations for the Model S in a move that should make production and inventory management easier.”


As production ramps, Model 3 efficiencies will likely be captured (Instagram: andyschuon)


As Tesla begins to ramp production of the Model 3, it’s reasonable to expect healthy margins with these three critical factors at play — even though the Model 3 represents Tesla’s least expensive model to date. Only time will tell. But, assuming Tesla hits its marks, it’s likely that Elon Musk will (once again) prove the superiority of electric vehicle tech versus aging internal combustion engine gas-mobiles.

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*Source: Forbes

*Editor’s Note: EVANNEX, which also sells aftermarket gear for Teslas, has kindly allowed us to share some of its content with our readers. Our thanks go out to EVANNEX, Check out the site here.

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From: Eric10/2/2017 8:21:01 AM
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Tesla Model 3 Production Heating Up As Q3 Ends

20 hours ago by Steven Loveday

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Tesla Model 3 Deep Blue Metallic

Tesla was aiming for the production of 1,500 Model 3 vehicles this September, which has now officially come to an end. How did the automaker fare?

For Tesla to have actually delivered 1,500 Model 3s this quarter would be an epic feat. However, to have manufactured them isn’t quite as big of a deal. Especially if the automaker is going to live up to CEO Elon Musk’s estimates of some 5,000 Model 3 sedans per week built in the month of December.


Tesla Model 3 – Interior

Sources familiar with activities surrounding Model 3 production told Electrek that the automaker worked out some early issues and has since upped production speed. This is to be expected since the “production hell” that Musk spoke of, as well as the S-Curve, called for slow, methodical manufacturing at first, as the automaker would still be working through potential issues. This would then be followed by a gradual “speed up” process, which would become exponential in nature as bugs were worked out.

There are still some real questions, however. When did Tesla “up” production? How many Model 3 vehicles were built in September? How many cars were actually delivered?

Normally, we don’t ever get clear-cut answers to such questions. Tesla doesn’t give out such specifics. New reports have shown Model 3s with VINs over 1,000 at this point (which doesn’t exactly inticate production levels). According to Electrek, VINs up to #1134 have been registered with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

However, this month is a ‘once-in-a-model’s-lifetime’ opportunity, as Tesla’s most basic sales information is given just after each quarter’s end. Specifically, the company guides to net total global deliveries and production of each model. And because we know a couple things already:
  • approximately 100 Model 3 deliveries were July and August and,
  • all Model 3 deliveries in Q3 will be in the US,
It becomes a simple math exercise.

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Source: Electrek

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