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  • November 16, 2021 10:05 AM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    We have some incredible news about the growth and advancement of the Tesla Owners Club of New York StateAs of today, we are a 501(c)(3) Charitable organization! This is consistent with the great educational and humanitarian works our club members have done.  
     
    What 
    it means for you as a member:  

    • Donors to TOCNYS can deduct their contribution on their federal tax returns. 
    • We encourage you to donate to help grow our club. 
    • For this holiday season you may donate as a gift on behalf of family or friends who support our missions and causes.
    • If your employer matches your contribution, this doubles your impact to accelerate New York’s Transition to Sustainable Energy!


    What 
    it means for the Tesla Owners Club of New York State: 

    • Donations help benefit and grow our club in many ways...
    • First, donations help us sustain a statewide community for the promotion of EV adoption and acceleration towards sustainability
    • Second, they help us share information and insights through education to members and the general public.
    • Third, they help us provide the structure needed to develop events, workshops, and community charity for club engagement. 
    • Lastly, freeing our organization from paying taxes, allowing us to provide more value in attaining our vision!

    We look forward to continuing to provide updates as the club expands, and as always, we appreciate your continued support!

     
    Warm regards,

    Patrick

  • November 15, 2021 2:01 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    Hero Photo: Tachyon

    November 13’s meeting announcement said “rain or shine.”

    If only our meetup and group drive had the mild sprinkles that greeted us last month.

    This time, Mother Nature decided to turn on snow globe mode, and shook it up a little more than any forecast implied. The first flakes of the season, no less!

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    No problem. The turnout at “Chargetowaga” more than doubled last month’s attendance. Even if no one sported shorts this time around.

    It was just a little comical how our front doors’ “window sills” ended up looking like a snow cone machine gone rogue, after just a few seconds with the glass down.


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    That meant seeking refuge in Panera. Seasoned and newly-minted members alike got along like lifelong compadres, the way our Niagara Frontier group has a habit of doing, as we gabbed and geared up to hit the road.

    A new member, Marc Dombrowski, gladly volunteered to lead us to our destination: the Village of Hamburg. He happens to reside there, so it was second nature! Little did we know that our parade of 3s and Ys would get chopped in half at the first traffic signal.

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    Thanks to longtime member Adam Weiss playing the role of sweeper, both groups would eventually descend on the quaint little parking lots in their “downtown” core.

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    The trip there, at least for those on the scenic route, turned out to be an FSD extravaganza. Winding past the tallest buildings in Buffalo . . .


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    . . . and up and over the Skyway (while it’s still around, at least).


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    Soaring past vast portions of the waterfront was serene and rewarding.


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    Through Lackawanna and on to the destination, we stuck together.


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    Finally, into the land of Hamburgers, as such.


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    As mentioned, the cars congregated in a couple of lots, we hit SPoT Coffee, and welcomed a few more guests who met us directly there.

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    The place was hopping! Two entire groups of us livened up the Saturday morning atmosphere into the early afternoon.


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    Thanks to all who took part. Please stay tuned for our big December 11 event, whose final touches are in the works as you read this. This will be another don’t-miss opportunity if you are a fan of selfies in front of giant Tesla logos, charity events, and plenty more.

    Also check out this month’s photo album and mark your calendars for our Buffalo Regional Extracurricular Weekend Summit IV, coming up Sunday, November 28!


    By John P. Weiksnar, Niagara Frontier Regional Organizer

  • November 11, 2021 8:16 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    30,000 Superchargers Worldwide -

    Tesla has been winning the high-speed EV charging game for a while now, and they hit an important new milestone this week. Tesla now has over 30,000 Superchargers worldwide, announcing the accomplishment via twitter. The 30,000 number relates to the number of individual stalls which are spread out among 3,100 locations. In the last six months alone, Tesla has added approximately 5,000 new Superchargers, a very impressive feat that leads one to believe they will be on top of the high-speed charging scene for years to come. It is also worth noting that Tesla opened their Supercharger stations in Europe to other automakers, something that we could see in the future in the US. 


    Waypoints Added -

    One of the things that Tesla owners often appreciate most is that the infotainment system is constantly being updated. Another advantage to this over-the-air software update approach is that Tesla can listen to feedback and feature requests from owners and implement them quickly. One of the most requested features has been the addition of waypoints to the navigation system. Waypoints allow owners to set a string of destinations in their GPS rather than just one. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has acknowledged the mass requests for waypoints months ago and claimed that they are coming. Months of anticipation later, owners finally received waypoints this week via update 2021.40.5 and will at last be able to feel the thrill of adding multiple navigation points to one drive.

  • October 29, 2021 8:20 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    EVs Expected to Be 31% of Global Fleet by 2050 -

    Currently, EVs only constitute 0.7% of all the cars and trucks that weigh less than 8,500 pounds (LDVs), but that share is expected to grow to 31% by 2050. One big reason for this is that the current number of LDVs sits at 1.31 billion vehicles and is expected to grow to 2.21 billion vehicles by 2050 according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). The same report also predicts that EV sales will pass LDV sales in 2038, and these predictions are based on the assumption that there will not be any pro-EV policy changes in the future (there definitely will be). 


    New Tesla Paint Colors Leaked - 

    Tesla currently only offers five colors, but a new leak indicates that there are three more coming soon. In the beginning of Model S production, Tesla offered a wider breadth of color options, but in an attempt to streamline production have limited them in the past couple years. This tweet from a Tesla news account shows some of the source code in the latest mobile app update and shows the three new colors coming hopefully soon. The three colors are: Deep Crimson Multicoat (shown above), Abyss Blue Multicoat, and Mercury Silver Metallic. Tesla already has a red, blue, and silver color but these new colors will hopefully have the same depth and clarity as the Signature Red Multicoat that Tesla has been offering for years. The new colors will likely be priced at around $2500 with the possible exception of the silver as it is not a multicoat. The biggest remaining question relates to where these colors will be available, as Tesla CEO Elon Musk has hinted that the new paint shop in their Gigafactory Berlin will be very advanced and will be able to produce new colors. 

  • October 22, 2021 3:15 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    Gigafactory Berlin Production Delayed - 

    Last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk stated that production at the new Gigafactory Berlin is expected to begin sometime in November, but it looks like Tesla has encountered another setback. In Germany, the public is allowed to voice objections to the regional environmental ministry before any big project (like the construction of a massive new factory) is given final regulatory approval. The environmental ministry received complaints from local environmental groups that have been strongly against the project for a long time who claimed that they were not given enough notice that the consultation would be virtual. The ministry has decided to hold another round of consultation from November 2-22. After the consultation, it will likely be at least another month before Tesla is allowed to begin production.


    Cybertruck Surging Forward - 

    This week, we received a few updates on the Cybertruck, most notably a new prototype. The new prototype has a few changes including rear wheel steering and side mirrors. While the Cybertruck definitely looks cleaner and more futuristic without side mirrors, they are a safety requirement so need to be added but, Elon Musk said that they will be easy to remove for owners who want to preserve the clean silhouette. Lars Moravy, Vice President of Vehicle Engineering at Tesla also mentioned that there are a number of improvements that are not visible from the outside, although most of the car remains true to what was shown in the initial version.

  • October 19, 2021 9:10 AM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    First Megacharger Deployed -

    Tesla was recently spotted deploying their first Megacharger for the upcoming Tesla Semi at its Gigafactory Nevada. The purpose of the Megacharger is to supply one megawatt of power, while taking advantage of low electricity rates. As can be seen, each stall is much longer than a typical supercharger, likely to accommodate long trucks with trailers. With the Semi delayed until next year, we likely will not see the Megacharger open to the public any time soon, but it will be cool to see it when it does, and hopefully we will get some Megachargers installed in the Northeast to support electric trucking. 


    Tesla App Update Hints at Features to Come -

    Tesla has just released a new mobile app update (v4.2) that adds iOS widgets, and some new Powerwall features. More interestingly, the update hints that Tesla is progressing towards giving owners a live view of their car’s cameras as has been heavily requested. Here are the official release notes for the update: 

    • Improvements to larger iOS widget to include quick controls
    • Solar and Powerwall supports Tesla-maintained utility rate plans. Utility rate plans now support seasons, multiple peak periods, and buy & sell energy prices
    • Powerwall’s Time-Based Control mode supports the updated rate plans to more accurately use energy from Powerwall when power is expensive and charge from other sources when power is at its cheapest

    This tweet from Teslascope shows that the user interface for the live Sentry Mode viewer is already in the app, just not activated yet. Hopefully this long awaited feature is released soon, and owners can add one extra level of safety to what already are the safest cars ever produced. 

  • October 18, 2021 1:25 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    The weather was decent going into this monthly meetup and group drive on October 9, 2021, but we ended up with sprinkles for the first time this entire season.

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    Not to worry, a hearty (and hardy) group of seven longtime and new members assembled, single file, out front of the starting point. That would be Depeau Park in somewhat bucolic Pendleton—with a North Tonawanda ZIP code. Go figure.


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    True, we usually get a stronger turnout, though the weather may have been the deterrent. Not for this surgically clean specimen from one of our enthusiastic members!


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    Then we drove. Or FSD did!

    Our winding, ten-mile motorcade along the Erie Canal took us past barnyards, through hamlets, and past a cycling buddy of mine who thought it was “COOL!” to see us wending through the neighborhood.


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    The destination, in the epicenter of the ancient logging town we fondly call NT, was the relatively new SPoT Coffee, kitty corner from the historic Riviera Theatre, and sporting its own nautical theme. Including a faux fireplace.

    To be honest, we were all so engaged in conversation (and caffeine) that Yours Truly missed all chances to photograph that part of the event!

    Better late than never, the last four dudes posed for this almost-album-grade shot. We wondered why anyone would dump those flowers, but that will remain an NT mystery.


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    Special thanks to all participants. Check out the full photo album and mark your calendars for our Buffalo Regional Extracurricular Weekend Summit III, Halloween edition. Space is limited!

    By John P. Weiksnar, Niagara Frontier regional organizer

  • October 07, 2021 7:59 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    Model 3 & Y Price Increases - 

    Overnight, Tesla instated a price increase for both the Model 3 and Model Y. Here are the price increases in the Model 3 lineup:

    • Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus: from $39,990 to $41,990

    • Tesla Model 3 Long Range AWD: price stayed at $49,990

    • Tesla Model 3 Performance: from $56,990 to $57,990

    Here are the changes for Model Y:

    • Tesla Model Y Long Range Dual Motor: from $52,990 to $54,990

    • Tesla Model Y Performance: from $60,990 to $61,990

    While not a very significant price increase, in the context of a couple other price increases over the past couple months, it limits the accessibility of both cars. Ultimately, Tesla knows that the Model 3 and Model Y will likely be the only cars eligible for the new tax credit that would exclude the more expensive models. 


    Yoke Experience Improved - 

    As expected, there have already been a few software changes to the way the driver interacts with the new yoke steering wheel in both the new Model S and X. Here are a few of the release notes from the latest update:

    “Your turn signals will now automatically turn off when the vehicle detects a merge, fork or lane change maneuver has been completed. If an upcoming navigation event is detected in the direction of the turn signal, or if the vehicle detects a subsequent lane change, the turn signal will not turn off until the maneuver is complete. Turn signals will always latch when pressed.”

    “Additionally, you can now press and hold to latch high beam or press and hold to activate wipers.”

    “You can also warn your cabin faster, including Automatic seat heating via the Tesla App. Improved temperature consistency throughout the cabin offers more comfort in cold weather. The windshield wiper wash sequence automatically adjusts to your vehicle speed to better clear salt and grime.”

    While none of these changes are very big, they show that Tesla has a clear intention of continuing on their path of trying to eliminate as much user input as possible and increase the features and usability of the car over time via over the air software updates.

  • September 30, 2021 9:01 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    Android Auto Now Works in Teslas - 

    For a while now, one of the most requested features by Tesla owners has been Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility in Teslas. In the past, the main constraint was that the screens in Teslas were vertical, while Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are designed for horizontal screens. Now that the screens are horizontal in all Tesla models currently in production, the main thing holding Tesla back from integrating the smartphone compatible systems is that Tesla prefers that owners use their own proprietary user interface. Through an app on the Google Play store called TeslAA owners can use Android Auto in their Teslas via the web browser in the car. While most owners will likely opt to continue using the built in user interface, this seems like a good option for those who really like the integration between their phone and their car. 

    1,000,00th Battery Pack Produced -
    This week, Tesla employees at the Gigafactory Nevada confirmed that the factory recently produced their one millionth battery pack ever, a huge accomplishment. It seems that the one million figure comes from only Model 3 and Model Y sales, not Model S and X. Tesla’s vision for the Gigafactory was somewhat novel at its time of conception, and now serves as a model for battery pack production across the industry. Although the building is only 30% of the size that it was originally planned to be, Tesla and Panasonic have worked together to optimize the production to a point of great efficiency. 

  • September 24, 2021 9:14 AM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    Mandatory Driving Tests Before FSD -

    With FSD Beta on the verge of being pushed to all customers who purchased it, Elon Musk made an interesting comment this week, claiming “Beta button will request permission to assess driving behavior using Tesla insurance calculator. If driving behavior is good for 7 days, beta access will be granted.” This will hopefully allow Tesla to make sure that only responsible owners will receive the software, and will likely result in less people using the system irresponsibly. It will also be a good way to test their new insurance calculator, and see how good it is at actually determining whether or not someone is a safe and responsible driver. While this seems like an all around good idea, it is inevitable that some owners who paid $10,000 for FSD when they bought their car will be denied the software, and their frustration would be understandable. 

    Tesla Referral Program Ends For Everything Except Solar -


    As of September 17th, Tesla has ended their referral program for all products other than solar. In the early days of Tesla, the referral program was pretty big, offering free lifetime supercharging to all referred. With Tesla not spending on any sort of marketing, the referral program was their best way to attract new customers, as those who owned and loved their Teslas could get rewards for referring someone who buys a car. The main reason behind the end of the referral program is likely that they are getting so many new customers that it does not make sense to continue to have the program in place when Tesla is securing new customers without it.

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