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  • August 30, 2022 10:59 AM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    We're excited to let you know about some opportunities to make money with your car! Electric Car Insider is putting on a series of Electric Car Guest Drive events throughout NY this fall and is looking for EV owners and their cars to participate. ECI pays a generous honorarium to presenters.

    Details:

    • Events are ride & drives of Teslas and other electric vehicles.
    • Event time is 9am-3pm, on-site at 8:30am for car positioning, final touch-up cleaning and briefing.
    • The event will have about 125 attendees. The attendees for the Electric Car Guest Drives pre-register, so they will be well qualified.
    • For the presenter there are no sales of any kind, just education from the EV owners perspective (not technical, just daily operation topics).

    ECI pays $300 for a 6 hour work day with car. They provide lunch and a staff appreciation dinner after the event. For presenters who have to travel more than 60 miles to the event, ECI will provide lodging and $25 per-diem for dinner the night before.

    This is a fun, social event. Club members have participated before in Utica, Fairport, Massena and Niagara Falls. Candidates are welcome to contact Chris Alan, CEO of Electric Car Insider directly by email: chris@electric-car-insider.com

    Locations & Dates:

    Massena:

    9/20 - Tuesday

    Pearl River:

    9/23 - Friday
    9/24 - Saturday

    More details about ride & drives:

    Owners accompany people driving their car around the block, 1.5 to 2.0 miles. All low speed city streets, no highway driving. Almost always right hand turns. Parking is almost always pull-through, no backing up in the parking lot.

    When a car is in motion, the registered insured is primary. In the case of an incident, ECI will cover the deductible. They also have general liability and umbrella coverage.

     - More information at https://www.electric-car-insider.com/evpresenters -

    Videos of past events are here:

    Christopher Alan

    chris@electric-car-insider.com

    CEO of Electric Car Insider

  • August 19, 2022 10:31 AM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    If you’re one of the many people who need a break from stress that’s starting to weigh you down, you’re not alone. According to the American Institute of Stress, 80% of U.S. workers suffer from work-related stress. So don’t let the decision to take a vacation if money is tight add even more anxiety. When you want to take a vacation without venturing far, you have to get creative. This doesn’t mean you have to give up fun family outings, enjoyable dinners, or seeing new sights, and you don’t have to stray too far away to make it happen. 

    Here are a few tips from Tesla Owners Club New York State member Lacie Martin to help you keep your vacation budget in check.


    Road Trip

    Even when the price of gas is up, you don’t have to worry as a Tesla owner. When you take your own vehicle, you can load up on snacks, and you aren’t pressured to be in any particular place at a certain time.

    No matter where you live, there are great places to see, Love My Trips’ Route 66 driving tour is a great example of this when you can start in Chicago (or go backward from Los Angeles). A quick word of advice here is to make sure that your car insurance is up to date and that you have adequate coverage before you hit the road.

    New York State is much larger in land mass than most realize, you don’t even have to leave the state boundaries to be amazed by the beautiful creations. New York boasts the Adirondacks which is home to over 6,000,000 acres of preserved natural beauty. If nature isn’t quite your thing, head downstate for some strong energy and grab tickets for the NY Yankees. There are plenty of great matchups left this summer, and seat view lets you preview your sightlines no matter where you want to sit. Come cheer on the Yankees to another division title!


    Understand WHY You Need Time Off

    Even if you don’t plan to travel, you should take time off for a staycation. Although you’ll probably spend some money on your activities, taking your vacation time is one of the best ways to beat stress. Time away may even help you sleep better, which is especially important for small business managers and entrepreneurs. Time off the clock also gives you a chance to engage in meditative practices, like deep breathing and sleeping. Remember, as the Mental Health Foundation notes, stress can take a significant toll on your mental and physical health, and you can’t put a price on the benefits of improving either area.


    Don’t Dine Out

    Eating out can be pricey, and, according to the Marin Mommies blog, even burritos for a family of four will set you back upwards of $50. If your family has more of a taste for steak or pasta, you’ll probably spend at least double that for every meal out. But, if you learn how to cook, you can prepare healthy meals each day much cheaper compared to what you would spend going out.


    Pretend You’re a Tourist

    No matter how long you’ve lived in your hometown, you probably haven’t visited the tourist attractions. We get so caught up in the annoyance of traffic and tourists that we tend to forget that there is a reason people want to visit where we live. But, remember that each city has something unique to offer, whether it’s an attraction, cultural event, or killer food scene. These “tourist traps” shouldn’t be overlooked. Spend a day acting like a tourist, and you may see your hometown in a brand-new light.

    Your next vacation doesn’t have to be cross-country to enjoy a little time off. Whether you stay home and cook, act like a tourist in your own hometown, or simply get in the Tesla and go, time off work is crucial to your health. Perhaps most importantly, each moment that you spend with your family instead of your coworkers is one more memory that will last you a lifetime.

  • August 18, 2022 12:26 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    We are proud to announce the newest Gold Sponsor of TOCNYS, Joulez, the city's first New York-based Tesla and EV rental operator. Since our previous email announcement just a few months ago, Joulez doubled their StartEngine raise, ending the round at over $600,000, and opened two locations at Queens Center Mall and Bronx Terminal Market. They’ve since begun generating over $100,000 in monthly revenue, and they’ve recently begun their second round of funding through Wefunder.

    Joulez Wefunder Offer to TOCNYS Members:

    • Investment Opportunities: Round two of their crowdfunding is open, and you can invest now on Wefunder for as little as $250. Investing in Joulez offers exclusive, tiered investor perks for those who are eager to help bring sustainable energy and EV access to consumers across the country. 

    • Income Generation: TOCNYS Members can earn passive income by renting out their Tesla through the Joulez platform (similar to Turo). Joulez manages the entire process including pickup, delivery, cleaning, insurance, and even storage (if pertinent) to make it simple for Tesla owners.

    • Industry Disruption: Joulez is revolutionizing the way people rent cars. Unlike traditional car rental companies that provide a subpar customer service experience, Joulez delivers a modern, convenient, and luxury EV rental experience. 

    Have Questions:

    You are welcome to directly contact the CEO, Micah Bergdale, directly at micah@drivejoulez.com if you have any questions about Joulez or the open Wefunder campaign.

  • June 09, 2022 2:24 PM | Pedro Camacho (Administrator)

    On June 4th, around 20 club members, friends, and family attended the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse for an amazing tour of their water conservation efforts.

    The event started with the 9:30 AM meetup at the Liverpool Supercharger.  We took 30 minutes to socialize and ensure everyone had the right information for the event. I led the convoy to the Zoo, where we found the perfect spot in the back of the parking area for eight vehicles. We parked right next to each other, making for a perfect photo opportunity.

    Once inside, Ben Trowbridge greeted and provided us with all the information needed for the conservation tour.

    The Rosamond Gifford Zoo features a Green Elephant Pool, which is an eco-friendly watering hole at the Helga Beck Asian Elephant Preserve. The 50,000-gallon pool has a bio-filtration system that produces zero impact on municipal storm and sewer systems. The preserve is home to six adult Asian elephants.


    Ben also showed us other water conservation projects that are part of Onondaga County’s ‘Save The Rain’ program, which collectively save millions of gallons of water each year from overflowing the local storm water systems. One of the most impressive systems was the 9,000 sq-ft ‘Green Roof’ atop the elephant barn.


    Ben did a great job at packing as much info as possible in one hour. At the end of the tour, a few members decided to explore the zoo at their own leisure.

    Special thanks to Heidi Strong, Christian Delmotte, and Ben Trowbridge for making this a memorable event.

  • May 24, 2022 10:57 AM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    On May 21st, about 20 club members and visitors attended the car detailing clinic at Areté Auto Salon. Jon, his partners and crew, put on a great demonstration for about an hour on how to detail your Tesla by demonstrating on a 2018 Model 3. 


    The clinic started with a tour of their new facility on Whitney Road in Fairport. There are separate areas and HVAC systems for detailing and applying coatings such as PPF and ceramic. Water is used extensively in detailing, from washing, to making cleaning mixtures. The water used is reverse osmosis, deionized, and triple filtered. Areté uses filtered blowers to air dry the cars as necessary.


    The car had already been washed and thoroughly cleaned inside and out except for a few areas on which they would demonstrate cleaning products and techniques. One of the most important things in cleaning is the correct tools, especially microfiber cloths. A package of high quality cloths is a must, although inexpensive cloths are appropriate for cleaning glass. As cloths get used and wear they get downgraded for use. Newest cloths are for bodywork, older cloths for wheels, oldest for door sills and the like.


    Soft bristle brushes are important as well. A large brush is great for wheels and tires. A small one, paint brushes work well, are good for cleaning out the nooks and crannies inside. A good wheel brush is a must for cleaning all those areas between and behind spokes. Use that small brush for cleaning those hard to reach areas. A really important point to remember is that you're not scrubbing or scouring the surfaces. Gently work the brushes to remove dirt without damaging the surfaces. Dunk and clean the brushes in your soap bucket often. 


    Cleaning compounds and chemicals are important, but should be diluted if directed. (I don't have the special water as at Areté, so I use distilled water.) There are chemicals for various uses, but Areté selects those that won't damage adjacent areas in case of overspray. The wheel cleaning chemical reacts with the iron from brake dust and turns purple to show it's working. Teslas generates very little due to regenerative braking, so there's only a hint of purple in the closeup view of the wheel.


    Areté uses a host of different chemicals for different purposes, but the home detailer doesn't need all of those. A select few should be all that are necessary for those monthly deep cleans to keep your Tesla (or other make) looking great and lasting a long time. Stop in at Areté for their recommendations. Members have had or will be getting the Select Detail, Paint Correction, Paint Protection Film, or Ceramic Coating. The results are incredible.

  • March 30, 2022 10:12 AM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    As you may be aware, under the Climate Leadership & Community Protection Act, New York State created  a Climate Action Council (CAC) charged with developing a scoping plan of recommendations to meet the state’s GHG emissions targets and place New York on a path toward carbon neutrality. The CAC recently released their draft scoping plan, which included expanding direct-to-consumer sales of zero-emission vehicles (bottom of page 103). The CAC is now going to hold public meetings across the state for the public to provide feedback on the plan. We urgently need at least one member to speak in strong support of expanding direct-to-consumer sales of zero-emission vehicles at each of the Council’s 10 public hearings. We are expecting those in opposition to direct sales to come out in full force to oppose its inclusion in the final plan, and therefore, we must make our presence known & voice strong!

    Pre-Registration for Draft Scoping Plan Public Hearings 

    To pre-register to speak during the upcoming Scoping Plan public hearings scheduled from April 5th through May 11th and to learn more about the meeting dates/locations, click here. Please note that there will also be two virtual meetings. 

    Once you have signed up, please fill out this tracking Google document and respond to this email with the meeting(s) you will be joining. We will then separately provide talking points for the scoping plan hearings.  

    - Club Manager: Stephen Pallotta

  • March 25, 2022 5:12 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    Tesla Owners Club of New York State proudly announces a new sponsorship from Joulez. Our first New York-based Tesla rental operator that is pushing to expand New York’s transition to Teslas, EV Charging infrastructure and an all EV Future! They want you to become a shareholder of the future of EV rentals by joining them on StartEngine with only 5 days left before the campaign ends. They have raised over $300K so far with that money going straight to putting Teslas on the road in New York.

    What is Joulez? 

    Joulez was started by serial entrepreneur Micah Bergdale who previously built Bytemark, a mobility app platform that supported mass transit operators around the globe. Bytemark was acquired by Siemens AG in 2019 with a significant multi-million dollar return for its original investors. Micah knows how to build unique software for the world of transportation, scale the company up and then create a valuable exit for shareholders. Joulez is built on the premise that an all Electric Vehicle fleet can be successful as a business model, and we know the TOCNYS community believes this too, which is why we need your support in these last 5 days.

    Joulez Offer to TOCNYS Members

    It’s easy to invest on StartEngine for as little as $100. StartEngine is the investment platform supported by Kevin O’Leary ie Mr. Wonderful on Shark Tank. Through March 29, TOCNYS members can earn the following bonuses for themselves by supporting Joulez

    $5,000 = 105% Bonus Shares or the equivalent of $0.48/share 

    $10,000 = 110% Bonus Shares or the equivalent of $0.47/share

    $20,000 = 120% Bonus Shares or the equivalent of $0.45/share

    $50,000 = 150% Bonus Shares or the equivalent of $0.40/share

    More About Joulez

    Joulez’s mission is to make EVs accessible to everyone starting in New York but with plans to expand nationally. Joulez will also be opening up its platform Turo style to allow for Tesla owners to rent their vehicles on our platform where Joulez will manage the entire process from pickup, delivery, cleaning, insurance and storage. We are the only rental operation in New York to be dedicated to the mission of getting Teslas and EVs at large into the hands of more drivers. To stay up to date, visit us at drivejoulez.com.

    Questions?

    You can contact the CEO, Micah Bergdale, directly at micah@drivejoulez.com if you have any questions about Joulez or the StartEngine campaign.

  • March 11, 2022 11:33 AM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)
    A bill in the NY legislature would require EV charging stations or capable parking spaces in new construction or substantial rehabilitation. The bill has been reconciled between the Senate and the Assembly and would go into effect 60 days after the governor signs it. Rehabilitation is two or more major building elements or 15% of the post-rehabilitation value, or $6,500 per unit for multi-family units.

    The requirement is for one-, two-, or three-family homes with a garage, driveway, parking lot, or off-street parking to have at least one EV capable parking space. Capable parking spaces must have electrical wiring, electric panels, and spaces for such.

    Homes for more than 3 families and 2 to 10 parking spaces must have 75% as EV capable and 20% with chargers. Those with more than 11 spaces must have 100% capable spaces and 40% chargers. Commercial buildings with 2 to 10 parking spaces must have 100% capable and 20% with a charger (40A, 208-240V). Those with more than 11 spaces must have 40% or the same chargers. Also, for these buildings, a 400-900V DC fast charge station is equivalent to five lower voltage chargers.

    To show your support, go to https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2021/a3179/amendment/b?utm_content=PANTHEON_STRIPPED&utm_source=PANTHEON_STRIPPED&utm_medium=PANTHEON_STRIPPED&utm_campaign=PANTHEON_STRIPPED&intent=support and indicate your support for these bills.

  • March 11, 2022 10:48 AM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    Tesla Owners Club of New York State proudly announces a new sponsorship from Tenet. Our first Climate FinTech partnership allows us to strengthen and accelerate New York’s transition to sustainable energy!

    What is Tenet? 

    As Tesla owners know, electric vehicles hold their value a lot better than gas vehicles. Tenet helps you save monthly with low interest rates and by offering lower monthly payments in exchange for a larger final payment, banking on the higher residual value of your car. 

    Exclusive Offer for TOCNYS Members

    It’s easy to check your refinance offers within 5 minutes at Tenet. Through April 1st, TOCNYS members can earn the following bonuses for themselves and the club for refinancing: 

     Friend/Chill Members = $50 for owner / $250 for club 

     Supporter Level Members = $100 for owner / $250 for the club 

     Plaid Members = $200 for owner / $200 for the club 

    In May, Tenet will offer new loans for vehicle purchase. The pilot is currently available to TOCNYS members, please email sofia@tenet.com for access to the pilot. 

    About Tenet 

    Tenet Energy, Inc.’s mission is to make the sustainable choice the economic choice. Tenet is the financial platform for a climate positive lifestyle, starting with electric vehicle financing. The company is the first to offer auto loans that appropriately acknowledge the higher residual value of electric vehicles. To learn more, visit us at tenet.com/about.


  • January 07, 2022 12:55 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    Unity, strength, and perseverance… three characteristics that have helped create the great nation of the United States that it is today, three characteristics that are reflective of the truly great members of TOCNYS. The time has come again to make our voices heard, to inform our state leaders of what their constituents want to see come to be!

    As you may know, Tesla is limited to just five stores for all of New York State, ultimately forcing New Yorkers to drive up to 6 hours to the nearest delivery location. With all five sales locations located downstate, this leaves out a massive group of potential EV owners.

    It is our mission to help accelerate the transition to sustainable energy in New York, but we cannot do this when the best-selling EV manufacture is being constrained due to antiquated legislation. As a club, we have fought hard to promote direct sales for EVs, but the battle continues.

    As progressive as New York is, it ranks 23rd in electric vehicles per capita, and lags behind Florida by over 50%. This will not change unless action from the public is taken, and the time to take action is now. An article published recently in Bloomberg shows just how important direct sales has been to electric vehicle adoption around the country: https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2022-01-05/car-dealership-laws-aren-t-fit-for-the-ev-age

    We are calling on you and all TOCNYS members to send a message to Governor Hochul and legislative leaders informing them what this issue means to you as a New Yorker and urging them to update a policy that is holding New York back from its potential. The more voices heard, the greater the weight they hold, we highly encourage you to pass this message onto other Tesla owners, co-workers, friends, and family to support the mission as well and to secure a better tomorrow.

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