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  • May 21, 2021 9:15 AM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    Roadster 0-60 Time Updated -

    In anticipation of its release, a prototype Tesla Roadster has been loaned to the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles. A recent tweet by Tesla CEO Elon Musk proves that the prototype version of the Roadster is not what the final production version will look like. Also, there is a plaque in front of the Roadster reading: 

    “Demonstrating the versatility of electric power and adding extra distinction to the car’s already high performance, an announced SpaceX package would outfit the Roadster with cold air rocket thrusters positioned at the rear, allowing for a 0-to-60-mph acceleration time of 1.1 seconds – largely unprecedented among modern road cars.”

    If the production Roadster can actually achieve a 0-60 time of 1.1 seconds that would be preposterous; for reference, no production car has cracked the two second mark. For the Roadster to approach one second, it would be something almost non-replicable by other automakers who do not have access to cold air rocket thrusters.

    Model S Plaid Event in June -

    This week, Elon Musk announced that the Tesla Model S Plaid delivery event will be held on June 3rd at Tesla’s Fremont California factory. It is believed that this event will bring more clarity to some of the features that were originally announced as coming to the refreshed Model S & X. For example, when the S & X refresh was originally unveiled, it was shown to have a yoke steering wheel, yet some prototypes were spotted in the wild with a traditional, round steering wheel.

    The Model S refresh was originally planned to enter production in April or May, due to the global semiconductor shortage and Tesla needing to ensure that the new battery pack is safe, production was delayed. Hopefully there is also some information released on if any changes were made to the Model X, but we will see on June 3rd.

  • May 14, 2021 9:11 AM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    Model 3 Hacked Using a Drone - 

    For years, Tesla has been participating in the Pwn2Own competition, offering large prizes for any "white hat" hacker that could find a security flaw in their cars. Although the competition was cancelled this year due to COVID-19, one group still released their findings

    “Security researchers Ralf-Philipp Weinmann of Kunnamon, Inc. and Benedikt Schmotzle of Comsecuris GmbH have found remote zero-click security vulnerabilities in an open-source software component (ConnMan) used in Tesla automobiles that allowed them to compromise parked cars and control their infotainment systems over WiFi. It would be possible for an attacker to unlock the doors and trunk, change seat positions, both steering and acceleration modes – in short, pretty much what a driver pressing various buttons on the console can do. This attack does not yield drive control of the car though. Named “TBONE”, these exploits were originally written for the PWN2OWN 2020 contest, which was cancelled due to COVID-19.”

    The fact that the hack could be administered via a drone is key, because it makes it much more feasible as a drone could just be flown over a supercharger and cars could be attacked. Luckily, no Tesla owners have to worry about their car being targeted, as a patch was sent out months ago.

    Tesla Stops Accepting Bitcoin -

    Only a few weeks ago, Tesla started accepting Bitcoin as payment for a car. Recently, they stopped, citing environmental concerns over the mining of bitcoin. Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted Tesla’s reasoning behind the move. Bitcoin mining is extremely power intensive and is often done using cheaper, less sustainable energy sources. The announcement sent Bitcoin’s price tumbling, losing $100 billion of market cap in just a few hours after Tesla’s announcement. The move did not just affect Bitcoin’s price, it affected the entire crypto market, with some estimating the losses to be as high as $365 billion. This move also harms Tesla financially, as the company owns around $1 billion of Bitcoin.
  • May 11, 2021 9:28 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    Thanks to all sixteen members and guests who made it to our first meetup in the City of Tonawanda. No less than nine Teslas converged on the edge of Niawanda Park under an astounding break of sunshine.

    New member John Zukowski was kind to bring his Model Y to show off and even offer a demo drive to our friends Danny and Lisa Maher, in between opportunities to show off a Hansshow power frunk modification and other upgrades.

    Other friends of TOCNYS, Abdur-Rahman Morgan and Bob Seemueller, had their respective Ioniq and Volt on site. In addition to all the public outreach they already do in the world of EVs and charging infrastructure, Rahman intends to start a monthly meetup featuring a different brand of EV each time. A novel way to get a glimpse at the rest of the industry and help boost awareness of electrification in WNY.

    We welcomed two other special guests, in their class uniforms, no less. High School students Theo and Dylan had a chance to experience their first Tesla ride thanks to Plaid member James VanSchoonhoven. Theo had originally contacted TOCNYS to express his interest in learning more about Tesla vehicles, and already is off to a great start as a future owner.

    At sixteen years of age, Theo is on another level of affinity for the brand, though classmate Dylan is still holding out for a Hellcat. Still, they wound up chatting with members throughout the meetup (and after, at Mississippi Mudd's), providing us with keen insight on what the next generation of Tesla owners (and crypto hodlers) stands to offer. Bring it on!

    This month was a casual meet-and-greet, though we're planning to resume a group drive in June. Stay tuned for details and thank you for participating in these monthly in-person meetups—we count on it as our roster amps up, month by month!

    See the Google Photos album here.

    p.s.: Don't forget to sign up for our second annual Finger Lakes / Niagara Frontier group meetup for ice cream in Batavia, Saturday 5/22!

  • May 06, 2021 7:24 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    Referral Program Revamped -

    After spending $23 million on free supercharging miles this year, Tesla has decided to give their referral program a much needed revamp. The referral system is paramount for Tesla because without any advertising, it is great to reward owners for sales that they might help produce. Over the years, the prizes have changed a lot, and at one point Tesla was giving away Roadsters to those who had a certain number of referrals. One flaw in the current referral system is that influencers and those with a large audience have amassed hundreds of thousands, if not millions of free supercharging miles, in addition to free cars. The upcoming system will reportedly be a more locally based system, allowing users to refer others using their mobile app rather than one link that can be used by anyone.

    Semi Mobile Service Inbound -

    Recently, the president of Tesla heavy trucking, Jerome Guillen, stated that Tesla will use its mobile service approach to servicing Semis. It was previously reported that Tesla is hiring service technicians specifically for Semis at a few different locations, but it is very interesting to hear that they will be taking a mobile service approach as well. Not only is it logistically harder to service a Semi due to its size, it will likely require technicians to be trained specifically to service them. 

  • May 06, 2021 5:53 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    "By law, NY school districts cannot lease EV school buses over a 10 year period, like schools in most of the rest of the US. The impact is NY schools cannot get budget-neutral financing contracts for EV buses. NY schools are limited to 5 year contracts, thus they are economically forced to use diesel and gasoline buses. 

    Diesel exhaust is a carcinogen, and dozens of medical studies link the fumes to asthma. These exhaust fumes pollute our entire communities and are a major source of CO2 emissions. 

    NY bill S.5268/A.6754 allows schools to make 10 year lease contracts. Once passed into law, EV school buses can be a budget-neutral expense item via contracts with bus leasing companies. In basic terms, a school would pay the same expense per bus as their current expense, but the payment goes to a lease for an EV school bus, plus associated charging equipment. Voila, no more CO2 and diesel fumes. The school budget stays flat. 

    Contact your NY Assembly person, your NY Senator, and Governor Cuomo to urge that S.5268/A.6754 is signed into law in this session of the Legislature."

    Click here to see who you local Senator is, then make sure to send them an email or a call voicing your support.

    Click here to see who your local Assembly Member is, then make sure to send them an email or a call voicing your support.

  • May 06, 2021 3:27 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    Dear event attendees,

    Thank you for signing up to attend the Tesla Tarrytown - Grand Opening & EV Car Show! We are honored to host this event alongside Tesla, and excited to see everyone there. In preparation for the event, and to ensure that everything runs as smoothly as possible for all, we'd like to provide you with some expectations and guidelines-

    - Masks must be worn at all times, inside or outside the building (with the exception of while eating/drinking). While eating/drinking please use proper social distancing.

    - Event will be rain or shine, you may wish to bring an umbrella/rain jacket just in case.

    - Make sure to visit the TOCNYS table in the front when you arrive to register for the raffle and/or car show. Winners for both will be announced at approximately 1pm. You will also be able to sign up for membership at the table and check out some TOCNYS merch!

    - Showroom capacity is limited to no more than 10 people at a time due to space constraints and COVID guidelines.

    - Upload any photos/videos from the event to the shared Google Photos Album.

    Tesla Tarrytown is a Gallery and Service Center. This means that employees will not be able to review vehicle numbers, please visit Tesla.com to learn more about vehicle pricing. Solar and energy product pricing are able to be discussed. 

    Parking - If/once guest parking is full on site, we will need to ask you to come back once more parking becomes available. Owner/member parking will be in front of the building located nearest to the street, as well as on the right side of the building.  Guest Parking (non-Tesla owners) will be asked to park in the parking section behind or to the left of the building.

    Refreshments - Limited Food & beverages will be provided free of charge for TOCNYS Members, and we'll be joined by the Road Grub Food Truck if you'd like to purchase a fresh burger, Philly cheese steak, and more.

    Bathrooms - Two multi-stall bathrooms are located through the service entrance. One single stall bathroom in the showroom. The multi-stall bathrooms are typically not customer facing, but will be opened only for the event. This will be in a portion of the service garage, the rest of the service area will be roped off.

    -Club Manager: Stephen Pallotta 

  • April 29, 2021 8:41 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    NYC Gets a Tesla Ride-Sharing Service -

    The company best known for their electric moped ride-share service, Revel, is branching out to an all-Tesla ride-share service in NYC. Although this may sound like Uber, but electric, Revel’s business model will be completely different. All drivers will receive training from the company and will be full employees, receiving health care, benefits, and time off. The service is set to launch in May, with fifty light blue Model Ys as the initial fleet. Not only is the exterior of the cars different than a stock Model Y, but the interior is different too. As can be seen, the front passengers seat has been removed to accommodate more leg room for the rear. Although the service will be limited to NYC at first, Revel hopes to further expand in the future.

    Elon Musk Claims Next FSD Update “will blow your mind” -

    Version 9.0 of Tesla’s Full Self Driving beta software has been highly anticipated, as it will be the closest thing to a completely autonomous system that will be on the market. Elon also mentioned that it should be released to the same pool of private beta testers that have had the previous versions of the software. The biggest change in the new version over the previous versions is that the previous versions relied on a combination of radar input and pure vision input from the cameras, while version nine will solely rely on vision, which is more reliable and easier to work with than radar.

  • April 22, 2021 6:48 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    Powerwall Updates -

    Up until this week, the Powerwall was unchanged since the Powerwall 2 came out in 2016. The Powerwall is a Tesla Energy product that stores energy to be used at a later time. For example, if one loses power in a storm, the Powerwall would take over and power their house. The Powerwall is also useful for people who rely on solar energy during the day, as they can save their excess solar generated during the day to power their house at night. Recently, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the capacity of every Powerwall 2 will be increased by 50% via an over the air software update. Tesla also made a significant change to how they sell Powerwalls. Previously, one could simply place an order for a Powerwall, but now, one can only buy a powerwall with Tesla solar. 

    12 Governors Push for Pro EV Legislation -

    On Wednesday April 21st, twelve US governors, including Andrew Cuomo issued a letter to President Biden requesting that all new cars and light-duty trucks sold in 2035 or later must be zero emission, and all new medium and heavy-duty vehicles are zero emission by 2045. This is a big step, but it will likely end up being more of a message than something that ends up a law. Many states have already taken action to pass similar legislation, such as Washington state and California, who have passed legislation requiring all new car sales to be zero emission vehicles by 2035.

  • April 15, 2021 9:25 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    FSD Public Beta Delayed to May or June -

    Tesla is currently in the process of beta testing their feature complete full self driving software. The software will be capable of navigating through intersections, making turns, and doing just about everything necessary to get you from one place to another. In a recent tweet from Tesla CEO Elon Musk, he stated that Tesla is looking to make the software as safe as possible before releasing it to every customer that purchased the FSD package, which will hopefully be next month. Currently the FSD package costs $10,000 but Tesla is also going to implement a subscription program so that owners can have a cheaper option that requires less of a commitment. This is a great option for new owners who are not sure as to whether or not they will like or use the features included in the FSD package. 

    Semis to Be Used Between Fremont and Giga Nevada Factories - 

    For a couple months, multiple prototype Tesla Semis have been spotted along the route between Giga Nevada and the Fremont factory. As Semi moves closer to production, Tesla is increasing the infrastructure required to use their own trucks instead of traditional diesel trucks. Tesla is currently looking to hire Semi service technicians for the following locations: Fremont, CA, Reno, NV, Stockton, CA, Rocklin, CA, and Fresno, CA. As per usual, Tesla is launching their Semi service program primarily in California, but interestingly, there was another job listing in Mississauga, Ontario. This is interesting considering that Walmart Canada, based out of Mississauga, has an order for 130 Semis. It seems that this service location will primarily serve those trucks, but there are other companies in Canada that also have orders for Semis, such as Mosaic Forest Management.

  • April 12, 2021 2:04 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    Thanks to everyone who participated in our first group drive of the year!

    Nine owners along with nine family members gathered at the original Buffalo Supercharger under optimal conditions at 10 a.m. sharp on April 10, 2021.

    Aside from one couple who had a COVID vaccine appointment priority, we snaked our way behind the Shops at Clarence Mall (or whatever it's called now!) and hung a left on Route 5 until we hit Newstead.

    A brief mass-up within Akron Falls Park—truly a quiet place, even on a Saturday morning—and we were off again. That included a cruise down the same stretch of Main Street in Akron where they shot "A Quiet Place: Part II" and then due north to our destination.

    (Ed. note: I was hoping to share some dashcam footage of a daring deer that almost halted our drive, but forgot to honk and never captured the darn incident. Take my word for it, please!)

    A pair of other couples met us at the destination: the Cayuga Marsh (Pool) Overlook at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge in Genesee County. Binoculars out and ready, we tried our best to spot the bald eagles who nest in the distance. It's not clear if anyone got a glimpse, but we were busy having a good time out in the wild, as it were.

    Special thanks to Eric Milligan and his daughter/navigator for keeping the caravan in one piece, and to all of our members representing the Niagara Frontier and Finger Lakes regions.

    - The captioned photo album is here - 

    - Niagara Frontier Regional Organizer- John P. Weiksnar

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