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  • August 03, 2020 10:22 AM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    Our first annual golf outing was a huge success! I cannot thank Tony Dusenberry (TOCNYS member) enough for his hospitality and for inviting us out to his beautiful golf course, Reservoir Creek, located in Naples, New York.

    I felt like a celebrity when I first pulled in and noticed that Tony reserved multiple parking spots for our Tesla club right behind the 9th green! Additionally, he had chargers available for anyone that wanted to use them. In total we had 16 golfers, four foursomes, which were a blend of Tesla club members and their guests.

    The views down in Naples, if you’re not familiar, are absolutely spectacular. The course is phenomenally maintained, and it is also offers golfers a  good challenge. After making the turn between the 9th and the 10th hole, we all stopped and grabbed some lunch. If you ever get a chance to go down there before summer ends, definitely get the Italian sausage with peppers and onions.

    The best score of the day was a 71 by my 21-year-old neighbor! Honestly though, I think most people just enjoyed getting out on a beautiful August day and knocking the ball around talking Tesla between holes.

    If you did not get a chance to make it down and you are a golfer, I can’t stress enough how beautiful the golf course is. Yes, it’s a bit outside of Rochester, but it’s totally worth the 45 minute drive. Thank you again Tony for everything!

  • July 30, 2020 5:33 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    Tesla May Change Model Y Internals -

    In the recent Q2 Earnings Call, Tesla CEO Elon Musk stated that the company may end up changing some of the Model Y internals in order to make the manufacturing process easier. The changes would mostly take place at the upcoming Berlin Factory, where European Model Y cars will be produced. The changes will not affect the appearance of the car, just the ease of manufacturing. Ease of manufacturing is a priority for Tesla, especially after the “production hell” they went through when they were ramping up Model 3 Production. Although many of the changes will be implemented in the Berlin Factory, there will also be changes to the Fremont factory. For example, the world’s biggest casting press is being assembled at the Fremont factory and will be used for the Model Y rear body casting. 

    Elon Musk Says Tesla Is Open to Supplying Software & Hardware to Other Companies -

    Tesla’s mission from the beginning was to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable transportation, and with that goal comes the opportunity to do things  that benefit the planet and their mission, but not necessarily Tesla itself. Elon Musk recently tweeted that the company would be open to supplying other car manufacturers with powertrains, batteries, and software. Although this may seem like a good offer for companies like Audi, (who recently admitted to being at least two years behind Tesla in terms of EV technology) it would ultimately not make sense for a large company to outsource such key components of a car, especially when they could just put the money into their own research and development.

  • July 27, 2020 3:16 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    Ok.... fine... just kidding, this was actually our first ever Tacos and Tesla event as a club.

    Although to be fair, my Tesla and I have celebrated Tacos and Teslas many times, so perhaps it has actually been that many for myself. July 18th was the first time that we have gone with other Teslas, so I guess the title should really be called 1st Capital Region Tacos and Teslas.

    We had an amazing sunny day, accompanied by an amazing group of Tesla owners, including the Van der Linden family who drove well over an hour to break taco shells with us, and the Capello family that brought both their Y and 3!

    Now, you're probably asking yourself, what could have made things even better than being around 8 Teslas and some of the coolest folks in town... tacos from Mi Casa!!! After tacos and many great conversations, we took a drive over to Mr. Bill's Mill Creek to get ice cream and play mini golf. And the cherry on top... while we were there, a Model 3 showed up who was not even part of the meet up! (Teslas are not super common in this area, so it was a fun surprise to run in to them)

    This was my third Tesla Owners Club New York State event, and each time I enjoy meeting people who are passionate about not only their car, but also our planet. It’s nice to learn new tips and trick, share thoughts and opinions, and to make memories. I love that the kids are there hearing adults discuss positive ways to make changes in the world. As always, I drove away already looking forward to the next event.

  • July 27, 2020 10:29 AM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    Our first Thousand Island – Seaway Region was a phenomenal success! We met at the Watertown Supercharger on Saturday, July 25th.  Although we had a small turnout for this event, it ended up allowing for us to have the opportunity to get to know each other better and provided more flexibility.

    In total, we had four Teslas and six members, which is a rare sight for this area ever since our Canadian neighbors haven’t been able to visit due to COVID-19.

    It was a short 9-mile drive to the lovely town of Sackets Harbor, where we had lunch at Sackets Harbor Brewing Company. The view was amazing, the food was delicious, and the staff was welcoming.

    After lunch, we went to Strader's Ice Cream Stand for the best dessert in town. From there, we drove a very short distance to Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Park, where we enjoyed a nice breeze and a beautiful view of Black River Bay.

    I am happy how the event turned out, and everyone seemed to enjoy the small town. It was great how everyone shared their Tesla stories, and how we could improve the ownership experience for us, future club members, and soon-to-be Tesla drivers.

                                                                      Photos by: Pete Camacho/Stephen Pallotta

  • July 23, 2020 4:29 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    Tesla Sues Rivian -

    Tesla is currently suing electric car startup Rivian as well as four former employees for allegedly stealing trade secrets. Previous to this case, Tesla has sued other startups such as Xpeng and Zoox, of which they think have also stolen trade secrets. Tesla believes that the four former Tesla employees, who now work at Rivian, have stolen trade secrets from Tesla.

    Tesla wrote in the lawsuit was filed in California this week - “Rivian is knowingly encouraging the misappropriation of Tesla’s trade secret, confidential, and proprietary information by Tesla employees that Rivian hires. In about the past week, Tesla has discovered disturbing pattern of employees who are departing for Rivian surreptitiously stealing Tesla trade secret, confidential, and proprietary information—information that is especially useful for startup electric vehicle company. And Rivian encourages those thefts even though Rivian is well aware of Tesla employees’ confidentiality obligations. In fact, 13 Rivian recruiters are from Tesla, and they themselves are still subject to Tesla’s confidentiality obligations.”

    Tesla also claims to have proof that Rivian solicited the secrets from former Tesla employees via email. The lawsuit will hopefully uncover whether or not trade secrets were stolen, as well as likely force Rivian to pay a settlement if the court finds that they did in fact solicit and obtain secrets from former Tesla employees. 

    Tesla’s Biggest Accomplishments in Q2 -

    Other than having their stock hit new highs, Tesla beat the odds and turned a profitable second quarter, and hit many milestones along the way. Tesla had huge growth in speeding up the installations of their revolutionary solar roof, tripling installations in Q2 compared to Q1.

    Although the number of installations tripled, the overall volume of installations is low. One promising item is that it seems that Tesla has finally conquered the challenge of scaling the production and installation sides of their solar roof product. 

  • July 16, 2020 12:33 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    Tesla Superchargers are supposed to be a B-E-A-Utiful place for Tesla owners to come and re-energize their beloved vehicles. They are a place to relax, take a stretch on a long trip, and sometimes even a place for owners to meet up for events.

    But as more and more Tesla’s join the fleet, and more and more people utilize them... I’ve seen a growing problem emerge; owners are dumping there garbage at the Superchargers as though they are there own personal dumps.

    Now I can’t speak for all Superchargers, but for the ones that don’t have a garbage can or dumpster in the vicinity definitely show a pattern problem in my experience.

    About 2 years ago at the Southampton Supercharger, I found an adult diaper right next to a stall. If that wasn't crazy enough, today I found one of the stalls cracked open, and to make things even worse... there was a hollowed out part in the charger being used for Garbage! With more Teslas on the road than ever, it’s just becoming too much for me to handle by myself. It took me 2 hours bending over in the hot sun at the Valley Stream Supercharger just to get it to become respectable again.

    Now people littering of course is a problem, but the real source of the problem is the lack of receptacles at these charging stations for people to properly dispose of their trash. At the  Southampton charger, the closest receptacle is an industrial dumpster about 300 feet away, hidden behind a building. At the Valley Stream charger, there’s a metal garbage pail that’s not very visible located at BJ’s Restaurant, also about 300 feet away. Because of its low metal top, you can barely fit anything bigger than a bottle inside.

    Due to the lack of convenience and good placement, we can’t fully blame Tesla Owners. I’m sure if they had the option, they would do the right thing, and place their waste in a garbage receptacle, or even better, an option to recycle if they could.

    I’ve seen some nice charging stations, with convenient garbage receptacles, and I don’t see any reason why every Supercharger can’t have them. If we don’t do something now, it won’t be long before you’ll have to be walking through a pile of garbage at some of these stations just to be able to plug in your Tesla.

    We must be united in our common interest of our B-E-A-Utiful superchargers. We must call upon Tesla, property managers, and even ourselves to do something about this problem, before it becomes too big of a problem to handle. We want to charge on with peace & cleanliness, and remember... cleanliness is next to godliness.

  • July 15, 2020 4:44 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    Tesla Factory Updates -

    Gigafactory Berlin -

    In November of 2019, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced plans to build Tesla’s first factory in Europe. The factory will be located just outside of Berlin, Germany, and construction has already entered the first stages. Elon has recently revealed the render of what the new factory will look like once completed. The factory appears to be much more aesthetically pleasing compared to the other plain warehouse designs of Tesla’s other factories. 

    Texas Factory -

    After acquiring a 2,100 acre piece of land just outside of Austin, Texas, Tesla has just gotten approval from the county regarding their tax incentives. With the amount of jobs that the factory creates, the county is providing massive tax incentives for Tesla to build their factory there. Tesla has ambitious plans for the factory, hoping to move quickly through construction and have a fully functional Model Y assembly line by the end of the year. It is also expected that many, if not all Cybertrucks will eventually be built in the Austin factory. With at least $65 million in tax incentives for Tesla to build their factory there it is an appealing offer, and hopefully Tesla’s ambitious plans for the timeline of the factory come to fruition.

    Sentry Mode Helps Solve Another Crime -

    Sentry Mode, a feature equipped in Tesla vehicles uses the advanced external camera system to record everything that happens near a parked Tesla with the system enabled. This feature has not only helped Tesla owners discover the culprits of vandalism to their own cars, but cars parked nearby as well. An incredible example of this occurred about a week ago in Valencia, Spain, when a Porsche Carrera 2, a car that can fetch more than $100,00 was stolen while parked next to a Tesla. This video posted to Twitter shows that the dormant Tesla was recording the entire theft; however, the mere video recording of the theft was enough to force the criminals to abandon the car, after the video had been seen tens of thousands of times within the first 24 hours of it being posted. This is just one in a series of instances where crimes have been resolved by the private surveillance system that has become Tesla’s Sentry Mode. 

  • July 14, 2020 9:28 AM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    No, it was far from the same old story when the Niagara Frontier section’s group drive visited Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park on Saturday, July 11, 2020. This was only the second one for this chunk of TOCNYS, following up last month’s successful caravan to historic Lockport. Except with a yawn antidote of a surprise our group has never seen. . . .

    This time we converged on “Chargetowaga,” a/k/a the new(ish) Supercharger in Cheektowaga, just outside the City of Buffalo. Sixteen of us arrived in Model 3s and, for the first time at a Niagara Frontier meetup, a bristling new dual motor AWD Model Y, from Wyoming County. In fact, it was the daughter of new TOCNYS member Nate Spencer behind the wheel, along with one other teen passenger, making the surprise entrance that earned this trio of newcomers instant celebrity status.

    Ludicrous members Christy Williams-Wood and Kevin Blake approach the just-hatched hatch. Photo by Andy Porcelli 

     New members Nate Spencer and John Hudson behind Nate’s new Tesla. Photo by Andy Porcelli 

    Just like any Supercharger meetup, everyone got a chance to meet and greet for at least half an hour. Also in the crowd was another newcomer who gave his E-ZPass the biggest workout: John Hudson, all the way from Onandaga County. Along with Niagara County local Wally Smith and his granddaughter from the Carolinas, we welcomed other top-notch owners including Ludicrous members Kenny Martin from Tonawanda, Eric Milligan and his son from East Amherst, and Andy’s father Jeff Porcelli from Clarence Center.

    Everyone (besides Andy), preparing for lift-off. Photo by Andy Porcelli 

    The weather cooperated and we shuffled off southerly by 10:35. It was Yours Truly leading the pack again, but take note that this role is always up for grabs!

    That probably wasn’t a concern during the steady procession down Union Road, or even through the Cazenovia Creek Wildlife Management Area, where Leydecker Road makes a narrow swoop down and across the creek bed. It was a bit later, when Kreskin would have made for a great co-pilot. That’s because our first turn from there was coned off for construction.


    Detoured but undeterred. Photo by Andy Porcelli 

    No problem. We stopped on the shoulder for a one-time mass-up, getting the attention of a resident who asked whose birthday it was. As I jogged from car to car, telling everyone we would just head straight and hang a right, I asked him if maybe our exhaust fumes were a problem. He really did seem wowed by all of those vehicles arriving and leaving without a sound!

    You gotta luv having a Model Y in the mix! Photo by Andy Porcelli 

    Okay, maybe there was a problem. Since the in-car nav and web browser both cannot give turn-by-turn voice directions for a custom route in Google Maps, we have been counting on opening the map in the Google Maps Go app. Only it decided not to resume the route automatically after the detour, making it just a bit tricky to drive solo and keep an eye out for the next turn visually. One of our members suggested a workaround; unfortunately I had my hands full at the time, even with FSD.

    We were doing fine, though, winding our way through pretty rural stretches roughly along Cazenovia Creek and into the Town of Aurora (a nice tune by Azymuth, if anyone is into Brazilian fusion, but I digress!). What happened next on the secluded stretch through Knox Farm State Park won the popular vote, hands down: a cyclist all decked out in Lycra and approaching us gave Tour-de-France-grade victory punches as soon as he noticed the Tesla parade.

    That thrill of victory highlight gave way fast, in the thick of a wooded residential area, where I made a wrong turn at a Y in the road (not a Model Y!). This ended up splitting the pack into at least two but we were relatively close to the destination. The sky was still sort of clear, we made it to the scenic overlook with a hazy view of Buffalo and Niagara Falls on the horizon, and everyone gathered for some of future owner Andy’s drone shots.

    Just prior to a little fine-tuning of the parking. Photo by Andy Porcelli 

    Loyal members Kenny MartinAnthony Bartolotta and Kevin Blake. Photo by John P. Weiksnar 

    A few minutes later it poured. Still, our second-ever group drive was another “Yeah, Baby!” of a winner. Stay tuned for our August plans, and thanks to all who took part in this ride to yonder.

    Who brought their rain gear? Photo by Andy Porcelli 

    -John P. Weiksnar, Niagara Frontier R.O.

  • July 13, 2020 11:22 AM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    It was a B-E-A-Utiful night on Saturday July 11, 2020 on the grounds of The Tesla Science CenterIt was there where the US Premiere of the film, Tesla took place in a drive-in format. Nikola Tesla, on screen, towered above the grounds, where Tesla's machine once towered above the grounds.

    Tesla, Starring Ethan Hawke as Nikola Tesla, tells the story of a freewheeling take on a visionary and his interactions with Thomas Edison and J.P. Morgan's daughter Anne, and his breakthroughs in transmitting electrical power and light.

    It's a B-E-A-Utiful feeling to visit the place where a favorite story of yours took place, and at The Tesla Science Center, it's also where a big part of Tesla's own story took place. Part of the reason why The Tesla Science Center is developing the site into a transformative global science center is due to the fact that it: embraces his bold spirit of invention, provides innovative learning experiences, and fosters the advancement of new technologies all in order to preserve his story and legacy.

    Thanks to the filmmakers and cast, the legacy of Nikola Tesla is ever-expanding. Over 60 Vehicles came to the grounds, some of those 60 were even Tesla’s namesake, Tesla vehicles. They Came, they Saw, and they watched. Tesla Owners, and the other vehicle owners came together for a B-E-A-Utiful Night. But it wasn’t just the movie they saw, The pre-movie show included a demonstration of a colossal 17 Foot Tesla Coil being demoed and streamed. Then came ArcAttack, which you have got to see!

    In conclusion, we came, we saw! Here at The Tesla Science Center, the attitude isn’t, “If we build it, they will come,” it’s because people are coming to this place, they are building it.

    Click Here to learn more about The Tesla Science Center 

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  • July 08, 2020 6:57 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    Elon Musk Walks Away From SEC Settlement Richer -

    In 2018, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the company had secured funding to take the company private at $420 a share. The SEC saw this as a punishable offense, costing both Tesla and Musk $20 million each, as well as forcing Musk to step down from his role as the chairman of the board. Elon felt that the $20 million punishment for the company was unfair, as he is the one who wrote and sent the tweet. To help the company out, Elon bought $20 million worth of Tesla stock, and he has actually made money off of the stock he purchased then. With Tesla’s stock recently reaching new heights, over $1,400 a share, Musk made close to $100 million on the stock that he bought at the time of the settlement. Ultimately, Musk made about $60 million from sending that tweet on top of recouping the original millions he was fined. 

    Sentry Mode Used to Help Try to Solve Attempted Murder -

    Someone recently tried to burn down the house of the Mayor of Sandefjord, Norway and it has sparked a surprisingly modern investigation. Seeing as how Norway is the country with the highest percentage of Tesla’s sold compared to other cars, and 60% of new cars sold in the country are electric, it means that there are cameras all over the streets. The cameras are not typical CCTV cameras, but rather cameras on the front, rear and sides of Tesla’s parked everywhere. The Sandefjord police are currently trying to use the footage captured from nearby Tesla’s with Sentry Mode activated to identify the perpetrator. In much of Norway, street parking is free for electric cars, and there are several EV chargers located at street parking spots, so many EV owners choose to park their cars overnight on the street, and let them charge on Norway’s 98% green energy. This means that every time a car drives by, or someone walks by a street parked Tesla with Sentry Mode enabled, a video is captured from all angles, possibly allowing the police to identify either the car that the perpetrator was driving, or even the identity of the perpetrator themselves. This surprisingly futuristic look into how modern technology can benefit not only the owner of the car, but the public at large is a great insight into why features such as these set Tesla apart from the competition.

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