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  • August 20, 2020 9:16 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    Two Factor Authentication Finally Coming to Tesla -

    It has long been a fear of Tesla owners that someone could simply drive off in their car, with only their email and password to their Tesla account. This would be possible via the Tesla app, where with only your email and password, one can log in to the app to unlock your car and drive off. One popular solution that many companies have for this type of vulnerability is called two factor authentication, or 2FA. 2FA makes it so that when someone logs into the Tesla app, they have to approve the login via an email or text message sent to them. This will prevent someone from logging into a Tesla account who is not the actual owner of the car and who doesn’t have permission to login. In a recent tweet, Tesla CEO stated that 2FA is coming soon and that the feature is being rolled out “embarrassingly late.” Luckily, there have not been many instances where a car is stolen using this vulnerability, and two factor authentication will prevent any future vulnerabilities related to logging into the Tesla app.


    Some Teslas Will Soon be Able to Play Elevator Music Through External Speakers -

    Many Tesla cars have external speakers, intended to make a noise when travelling at low speeds to ensure that pedestrians know that the car is there since electric cars do not make as much noise as internal combustion engine cars. Although the speaker is intended to play a simple sound to alert pedestrians to the cars presence, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk would like to add to the capabilities. He recently expressed via Twitter that he intends to enable the cars to play “Snake Jazz or Polynesian elevator music... wherever you go.” “Snake Jazz” is a reference to the popular TV show Rick and Morty, where a planet of snakes develop their own version of jazz.
  • August 14, 2020 8:34 AM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    Destination Charging May Become Costly

    Tesla has recently been pushing businesses apart of their destination charging program to upgrade to the newest, 3rd Generation Wall Connector. The Destination Charging program allows for businesses to purchase and install their own Tesla Wall Connectors, in exchange for being listed on Tesla’s website as a charging location. This provides more business from electron-hungry owners, who need to charge while eating a meal, or spending the night at a hotel. The newest Wall Connector adds WiFi connectivity, which can be used to remotely monitor the output of an individual Wall Connector. This push from Tesla will likely result in more fees for using Destination Chargers, as currently there will typically be a designated fee to use the chargers, or sometimes they will even be free to use. The new features added to the Wall Connector will allow businesses to charge customers based on how much energy they use, possibly resulting in a more expensive charging experience for owners. 


    New Software Update Provides Helpful Features -

    The most significant feature in the new 2020.31.1 software update only affects Raven Model S & X owners. The new software allows for a much more detailed adjustment of the air suspension system. The update allows owners to see not only the height of each wheel, but the compression current, rebound current, and the acceleration forces. The update also allows for more refined adjustment to the ride comfort and handling. The other significant feature released in the update helps the more forgetful owners, who may have left a door, the trunk, or a window open while parked. The new update will allow owners to select whether or not they would like to be alerted via the Tesla app if a window or door is left open. If enabled, an alert will be sent to the owner if the car is parked, and no one is detected inside of the vehicle for 10 minutes. 

  • August 07, 2020 3:23 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    Tesla Launches Their Own Wrap Service in China

    In five Chinese cities, Tesla has launched their own wrap service at Tesla Service Centers. Tesla only currently offers five different colors, and many Tesla owners use aftermarket wraps to customize their car and choose from a wider range of colors. Wraps are beneficial to the owner because they are just a thin layer of vinyl over the original paint, and a wrap done properly will not damage the paint and is easily removable. This is not the first time that Tesla has hinted at possibly wrapping cars themselves, as Tesla CEO Elon Musk previously stated that with the Cybertruck body panels, they would need to be wrapped, and could not be painted. This could just be a sort of test-run of how they would be able to wrap cars at their Service Centers and make more money through that. 


    Smaller Cybertruck is “Highly Likely” -

    The European car market is very different from the American car market in many ways, most notably sizing. European buyers tend to buy much smaller cars than Americans, which could possibly create a problem for Tesla’s upcoming Cybertruck. Although the truck will most likely be manufactured in America, Tesla always wants to reap the benefits of selling cars in Europe as well. Elon Musk recently stated that even reducing the size of the Cybertruck by 3% is too much, even though the Cybertruck prototype was even big for a pickup. When asked on Twitter if Musk would consider making a smaller version of the Cybertruck for the European market he stated, “Highly likely down the road.” Even if Tesla ultimately does make a smaller version of the Cybertruck, it would take a while for it to come out as the target market with the upcoming vehicle is Americans.

  • 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. 



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