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From: Eric9/29/2017 9:44:31 AM
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Musk gets connection deal for Tesla big battery, and then switches it on

By Giles Parkinson on 29 September 2017

The Tesla Powerpacks in place at the Hornsdale wind farm. Photo: Giles Parkinson

Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk won’t likely have to build the Tesla big battery in South Australia for free – around half of it has already been put in place, and is already storing power from the neighbouring wind farm.

In a major event on Friday night at Neoen’s Hornsdale wind farm, near Jamestown in the state’s mid-north, Musk announced that a connection agreement had been signed with ElectraNet and approved by the Australian Energy Market Operator.

Even though the agreement was only signed on Friday, half of the array (30MW/65MWh out of the total 100MW/129MWh) is already in place (see photo above) and is connected to the grid.

“To have it done in two months,” Musk said, is “pretty amazing” – adding that it was quicker than a kitchen renovation. He said it was time to get rid of fossil fuels.

Indeed, the company proudly announced that the big battery was storing energy from the wind farm and powering the event, which attracted about 500 or so politicians, including premier Jay Weatherill and energy minister Tom Koutsantonis, energy industry folk, media people and “Teslarati” – those with Tesla EVs or battery storage.

Premier Weatherill said critics of South Australia’s renewables push were now “laughing on the other side of their face”. Koutsantonis was equally effusive: “Welcome to the 21st Century.”

Musk had promised to build the Tesla big battery within 100 days of signing a connection agreement “or it’s free” after beating off 90 or so other competitors that bid for the S.A. government’s “big battery” tender.

However, that 100-day promise is notional anyway. The contract signed with the S.A. government is to deliver the battery array by December 1, the start of summer. AEMO is counting on it, along with demand management and other initiatives, to ensure there are no blackouts.

The 100MW/129MWh battery array will be used partially to “time shift” the delivery of wind power from Hornsdale, but most of it is dedicated to helping stabilise the grid and keeping the lights on in case of a major disruption like last year’s storm that led to the “system black.” ( See this explainer).

“The interconnection agreement has been approved by AEMO and has just been signed this afternoon by Electranet,” Tesla said in a statement issued as Musk took to the stage, hours after he had outlined his visions for space travel to the moon, to Mars, and even between continents on Earth.

“Tesla and Neoen now have 100 days to complete the largest lithium-ion battery storage project in the world,” the company said.

“It will help solve power outages, reduce intermittencies and manage summertime peak load to support the reliability of South Australia’s electrical infrastructure, providing enough power for more than 30,000 homes—approximately equal to the amount of homes that lost power during the blackout period last year.”

Tesla and Neoen said the battery array will help solve power outages, reduce intermittencies and manage summertime peak load to support the reliability of South Australia’s electrical infrastructure.

“These Powerpacks were manufactured at the Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada, U.S.A.

“Our Gigafactory will ultimately have more battery production capacity than the rest of the world combined, helping Tesla to achieve high economies of scale, leading to the lowest cost-per-kilowatt in the world, allowing us to deliver our products globally.”

(More to come).

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From: Eric9/29/2017 11:59:34 AM
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Tesla charging stations to link Adelaide with world’s largest battery

By Andrew Spence on 28 September 2017

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A network of car charging stations is being developed in South Australia to allow Tesla drivers to visit the world’s biggest lithium-ion battery being built by Elon Musk in the state’s north.

The new charging hub in Franklin Street, Adelaide.

Eight fast charging stations: four generic chargers for a range of electric vehicles, and four Tesla Superchargers, opened today in the capital city of Adelaide, completing an Australian Tesla charging network that stretches to Brisbane.

The fastest electric car charging units available in Australia, the Tesla Superchargers can charge Tesla Model S and X vehicles in 30 minutes, allowing a range of 270km.

Mitsubishi has also provided a fast charger at its own cost in the dedicated city charging area.

A Tesla charging station also opened today at the Clare Country Club to complement two existing chargers in the wine region about 140km north of Adelaide. From there, it is only about 90km further to the site of the world’s largest battery being installed by Tesla at Neoen’s Hornsdale Wind Farm north of Jamestown.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk flew into Adelaide, the South Australian capital, in July to announce his company would build the 100MW/129MWh lithium-ion battery in the state’s Mid-North.

The tech billionaire told reporters the Tesla Powerpack would be three times as powerful as the next largest lithium ion battery.

“I was made aware there was this opportunity to make this significant statement about renewable energy to the world,” Musk said in July.

“Coal does not have a long-term future.”

Musk will be back in Adelaide on Friday to update the International Astronautical Congress on plans by his company SpaceX to send humans to Mars in its Big Falcon Rocket.

It is not known if he will use the opportunity to make the trip north to Jamestown to check on the progress of the battery.

South Australian Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis said construction at the site was well underway and the batteries were on track to be operational by December 1, the start of the Australian summer.

Last month, Fluid Solar took its four-storey, renewable energy powered headquarters about 30km north of Adelaide off the main electricity grid.

Surplus electricity generated at the site will be used as part of Tesla’s car-charging network, with 11 electric vehicle bays that will be supplied completely by solar power harvested from a 98 kWp array of 378 PV solar panels on the building’s roof.

Eleven more electric vehicle charging points will be installed in the Adelaide Central Market car park in the centre of the city by the end of November and another 25 will be built around the city by mid next year.

South Australia leads the nation in the uptake of wind energy and roof-top solar with renewable sources accounting for almost 50 per cent of the electricity generated in the state.

However, the closure of two coal-fired power stations in recent years has increased South Australia’s reliance on energy supplies from the eastern Australian states, particularly in times of peak demand.

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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


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.

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.

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


Tesla Solar Roof – Tuscan Tile


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:

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?

*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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RT...If ur gunna dream, might as well..DREAM BIG>>

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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


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.

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
From: Eric
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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


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.

Sources: Teslarati, Model 3 Owners Club

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