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  • October 07, 2020 10:24 AM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    Compiled by John P. Weiksnar  @jpw1116   9/28/2020

    During National Drive Electric Week 2020, I decided on a whim to spar with the Luddites trolling the event’s Facebook feed—authentically, to offer them some counterpoint and cite sources—plus see if anyone could convince me that going electric, years back, wasn’t the right choice. That convincing never took place.

    It was easy pickings. Nearly every comment on the “Normal Now” post I chose began with a derogatory, uninformed, or just plain nebulous remark, ready to refute. Out of dozens and dozens of smackdowns (the FUDsters uniformly got caught citing zero sources at all), we scored all of two conversions: honest folk, just immune to the strides made since the days of lead and cadmium in batteries.

    Then something profound happened.

    I made a quick taxonomy of the sixteen categories the FUD flocculated into and was awed seeing the skew that emerged. The numero uno category, BIAS / DELUSION, is a sad sign that the American polemic against EVs outpaces the usual “How much, how far, how long” trinity of newbie questions. By a longshot.

    Also, wait until you see the iron(y)-brimmed concern that EV holdouts foist when environmental impact and recycling suddenly seem to support their fossil agenda. Talk about a screwy (even mildly entertaining) flipside to their own base spew.

    And now, enjoy the FUD-o-rama.

    This study is unscientific and apolitical. The grammar-corrected FUD examples ahead, massaged out of 135 comments spanning all sixteen categories, hint at an eventual toolbox of refined comebacks for any EV FUD. All of the responses are off-the-cuff, from my POV as a seasoned EV owner, and are open to feedback. The links are also fair game for tuning and updating.

    Special thanks go out to the tiny but sympathetic group of EV compadres who contributed to many of the same posts, especially Cindy Mendenhall Rosenberg, Chucky Showmaker and Jim O’Kane.



    FUD:Electric cars are owned by fools.

    RESPONSE:How many have you owned—I MEAN, driven? You have driven them, right?


    FUD:Good sheeple.

    RESPONSE:You’re right, there’s a lot of good folks who still pay for gasoline, wasting 80+ cents on every dollar just to heat up their radiator fluid. EVs are the opposite, and their ~10% waste heat goes to heat the battery or cabin. Thanks for reminding me about that!


    FUD:Go live in your liberal blind world and stay away from me. I am a gun toting veteran that can’t stand any liberal thinking.

    RESPONSE:Non-Liberals drive EVs too.


    FUD:I’m staying with internal combustion. Because I want to be a lot more environmentally friendly. And I want to be sure and have reserved fuel for when the Democrats shut down the power grid during a manufactured crisis!

    RESPONSE:Your logic is so faulty, even if you were right, you would be wrong.


    For the complete list, and interactive document-

     click here

  • October 05, 2020 4:35 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    It was definitely a fall day in the Finger Lakes with cloudy skies, temperatures in the low 50s, and a couple of spotty drizzles. The National Drive Electric Week in-person event started at 11:00 (previous information had it starting at 10:00) at Stewart Park in Ithaca at the southern tip of Cayuga Lake. The extra time gave me an opportunity to visit and top off at the Ithaca Supercharger which opened just last year. 

    The array of EVs included Nissan Leafs, Chevy Volts and Bolts, Toyota RAV4 Prime, and Teslas. Model S, Model X, and Model Y were all represented there.

    After an hour of socializing, educating, and sharing experiences, many EVs joined a caravan to Summerhill Brewing in Summer Hill, NY near Cortland. The trip took us through some beautiful scenery along country roads. It was an enjoyable drive. 

    We arrived at Summerhill Brewing, lining up with a sizeable contingent of EVs. We enjoyed some delicious food, craft beers, and local wines in this cozy, but comfortable venue.

    It was another successful Drive Electric Week event despite the pandemic restrictions. We'll be back next year for more local Drive Electric Week events. 

  • October 05, 2020 2:46 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    It was a beautiful, crisp fall day in the Finger Lakes of New York when the Hunt Country Vineyards hosted their annual Harvest Fest. It was sunny and 55°, when Suzanne Hunt welcomed visitors, including a number of Tesla owners and the Penfield EVers group. You can see some of the Teslas and other EVs in front of the winery.

    With the pandemic precautions, activities were a little different. Nonetheless, wood-fired pizza and wine tastings brought gastronomical pleasures, and Suzanne and her staff lead tours of the highly sustainable operations at Hunt Country.

    Especially thrilling was meeting two ladies, Pareese and Celeste, who drove their Model X from Brooklyn and Queens in NYC straight through without a charging stop! They were very pleased to find Tesla chargers at Hunt Country. Pareese is a TOCNYS member.

    Pareese shared that this is her second Model X. Her first was destroyed in 2019 after less than a year on the road when a driver ran a stop sign, smashing into her car and pushing it up over a brick wall. Though she and her occupants were injured, she credits her Tesla with saving her life and those of her passengers. There was no question in her mind that she was getting another Model X. You can see Celeste and Pareese next to their blue Model X.

    Thanks to Suzanne and the whole Hunt family and staff for a wonderful experience yet again. We'll be back for more enjoyable times at Hunt Country Vineyards.

  • October 01, 2020 8:09 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    New Software Update Provides Helpful Features

    New Tesla software update 2020.40 includes two small yet convenient features that will provide a new aspect of safety and convenience to Tesla owners. The first feature is that one can now assign a pin code to open the glovebox so that if one is lending the car to someone or even worse, the car is stolen, the glove box is locked without the pin. The other new feature enables owners to set a priority device for bluetooth. This means that when entering the car, the bluetooth system will automatically try to connect to the priority device before it connects to others. This is helpful when there are multiple people in the car who have connected in the past, and rather than connecting to any of their phones, it will just connect to the priority device if it can.

    Autopilot Receives High Marks from Euro NCAP Report

    The European New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) recently tested all of the driver safety and driver assistance features in several cars, grading each on a scale of 0-100 in three categories. This video explains the new grading system. In summation of the video, the NCAP looks to find the best balance between reliable driving assistance features and maintaining driver alertness while the systems are engaged. As can be seen in the chart below, Tesla was the clear winner in both the categories for vehicle assistance, and safety backup. The vehicle assistance category grades cars on the reliability and functionality of the driver assistance systems, and the safety backup system category grades cars on the reliability and functionality of the systems meant to avoid an accident as a result of driver error (ie. automatic emergency braking, lane departure avoidance etc.). While Tesla dominated the vehicle assistance and safety backup categories, they were last by a large margin in the driver engagement category. This is likely a result of the fact that while autopilot is engaged, the driver only has to put their hands on the wheel every so often, as opposed to constantly as is the case in many other cars. 

  • September 24, 2020 6:26 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    Tesla to make their own batteries -

    This past Tuesday, Tesla’s long anticipated Battery Day was held, and while some have considered it a let down, there was revolutionary technology unveiled. Tesla’s new battery cell, the 4680 is bigger, more powerful, and has a greater capacity than the previous batteries. The cell itself will result in a 14% decrease in the price per kWh, but because Tesla is producing the cells themselves, it will likely be even cheaper than that. The new cells will allow for cheaper, faster, and longer range cars. Tesla’s new plan not only involves assembling the batteries, but actually mining the metals necessary for battery production themselves. Tesla has a lithium claim on 10,000 acres of land in Nevada which they claim will reduce the cost of their lithium by 33%. In addition to mining the lithium, Tesla is also pioneering a new way to extract lithium from the ore using sodium chloride. Tesla’s new batteries will also not use cobalt anymore, a metal that is highly controversial due to the human rights issues involved in mining it. 

    Tesla Model S Plaid Revealed -

    In addition to the battery advancements, Tesla also has finally revealed the heavily anticipated Plaid Model S. The Plaid Model S will have three motors, produce over 1100 horsepower and do 0-60 in less than two seconds. The Plaid will also be very capable on the track and will have over 520 miles of range. The Plaid Model S is Tesla’s answer to the Lucid Air, a competitor that just posted far superior numbers to the Model S Performance, but the Plaid Model S blows the Lucid Air out of the water in all metrics. The Model S Plaid is currently available for preorder and deliveries are supposed to begin in 2021.

  • September 20, 2020 8:38 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    Plans for Gigafactory Austin Revealed

    Tesla has recently revealed their building plans for the new Gigafactory in Austin, Texas where they will most likely build the Cybertruck among other things. The large building situated on the 2,000 acre piece of land will look a lot like the original designs of the Nevada Gigafactory, but the Austin Gigafactory will have an alley in between two buildings. In addition to the Cybertruck, the new factory will likely produce Model 3 & Y’s for the East Coast market.  

    Man Caught Sleeping on Autopilot Gets Criminally Charged -

    This week, in Alberta, Canada a man was caught sleeping with his seat fully reclined while his Tesla Model S was on autopilot at high speeds. This tweet by the Alberta Police shows the image of the driver with their seat fully reclined driving by. Although it may seem that the Autopilot system allows Tesla drivers to stop paying attention to the road while the system is enabled, drivers are still required to pay attention and be prepared to disengage the system and take over at any time.
  • September 17, 2020 11:01 AM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    First and foremost, we extend heartfelt sympathy to our friend Udeme Ukutt, a loyal TOCNYS supporter who was unfortunately not able to attend this event due to a death in his family.

    The Niagara Frontier section has been holding monthly meetups (and a few Zoom calls, during the peak of COVID) since the spring of 2019 and is proud to say we crossed the hundred member mark locally! It shows no signs of slowing and we like that.

    We are also happy that this month’s meetup was championed by Ludicrous Member Kenny Martin, a local aficionado of fine jazz, fast bikes and cars, plus local cuisine. Anderson’s Frozen Custard on 160-dB Sheridan Drive in Tonawanda became the epicenter of area Tesla fans from 2 p.m. until well after 4.

    Out of 29 signups, at least 31 attended (!) including spouses, kids and future owners (ideally those last two are redundant). 

    This stat did not even account for all of the on-site interest. We welcomed solo patrons, families and other interested folks—including a pair in electric wheelchairs, one quipping that the cars on hand probably weren’t fast enough—to check out the array of mainly Model 3s in front of the place. One made it in from as far away as Holley, NY.

    A Model Y frunk scholar. Photo by Bob Seemueller

    As for other Teslas, no less than three Model Ys made the scene. That’s got to be a new record at any Buffalo-area parking lot outside of Giga NY! We even had a snazzy Model S for good measure. Special thanks go out to the owners: Plaid Member

    Dr. Ronald Alberico, Member Adam Weiss and Tony Pariso, and to Finger Lakes Member Tony Brigandi, respectively.

    Ludicrous Member Kenny Martin shows a motorcyclist friend a Model Y. Photo by author

    By the time we greeted WNY Drive Electric supporters Abdur-Rahman Morgan and Bob Seemueller, not just one Italian-Ice-toting patron put aside brain freeze for two seconds to comment on needing a bigger venue . . . proof positive that our section is on its way up.

    On top of that all, the gathering attracted other owners who were passing by on Sheridan.

    One couple with a Model 3 Performance was delighted to gain answers to a few questions they had. [N.B., the wife apparently ended up the sole female owner making it to the event—we’re confident that more and more @TOCNYSDivas will attend down the road.] For them, running into our troupe was one of those serendipitous, freak moments that makes you do a double-take.

    Another owner behind the wheel also did a double-take after seeing our Teslas en masse, frunks up, right there on his route. He was glad to pick up some pointers and even got a chance to talk with a few of us about a pressing development in his family life—truly elevating ‘club’ to ‘community.’

    Our VIP Model Y overflow section. . . . Photo by Bob Seemueller

    Looking ahead, Plaid Member Anthony Bartolotta suggested a potential route for next month’s encore of this summer’s group drive meeting format. We can’t promise fall foliage will be at its peak, but please reserve the second Saturday of October for a chance to join in on another exhaust-free convoy to a scenic spot in WNY.

    It should go without saying that monthly meeting venues and virtual meeting topics are always fair game to suggest. Please reach out with any ideas that you think will keep our section engaged and on the way to attracting its next hundred members. Remember, second Saturday, every month.

    By Niagara Frontier Regional Organizer: John P. Weiksnar

  • September 14, 2020 3:09 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    TOCNYS will be partnering with Tesla Mt. Kisco to assist with end of quarter (EOQ) deliveries throughout the month of September. The Mt. Kisco location is the most popular delivery hub in New York State, and has historically seen an influx of deliveries towards the EOQ. Due to the COVID pandemic, there is now a strong push to weekday deliveries in addition to those already on the weekend.

    Members will be assisting on day of delivery vehicle orientation, this means helping new vehicle owners with any questions they may have about their Tesla, and going over the ABC’s (please review the second page titled Guidelines on the Google Sheets in detail). 

    On this Google Sheets document, there will be a maximum of four (4) spots per shift available. Please enter your name, and your available date and time on the schedule, and we will finalize the data. If you are unable to comment on the document, please send us an email so we can manually enter it for you. If you are no longer able to make it for the time you signed up for, promptly notify TOCNYS with an email.

    Please ensure that you are dressed in a way that will help new vehicle owners and Tesla employees easily identify you as a club member (TOCNYS/Tesla branded clothing preferred). For those volunteering, TOCNYS will offer Polo Shirts & Hats to Plaid Members at a 20% discount, and Ludicrous members a 10% discount. Club t-shirts will be made available for $25. For interest in these options, please email us for more information. 

  • September 10, 2020 9:03 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

     Austin Texas Gigafactory to be Completed in May 2021 -

    Tesla has been massively expanding their global presence recently, building factories from Shanghai to Germany and the most recent expansion is a factory that is being built in Austin, Texas. Construction has been ongoing for two months now and Tesla just announced that the target date for completion is by May 2021. Although this may seem very fast to build a full fledged car factory, Tesla has shown that they can have a factory built very quickly when they built their Shanghai factory in only 168 days. Although it is still unclear which Tesla models will be built in Texas, Tesla has stated intent to build the Cybertruck there. 

    Volkswagen CEO Calls Model Y a “Reference Car” -

    Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk recently visited Germany and was given the opportunity by Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess to drive VW’s new EV, the ID.3. Of course, Elon had to reciprocate the offer and let Diess drive the Model Y. Creating the ID.3 has been everything but a seamless process for VW. The car’s release had to be delayed for a year due to production issues, proving Tesla is not the only company that has missed a deadline. It is very reasonable that Diess would praise the Tesla as they are unarguably on top of the sector as 78% of all EV’s sold worldwide last year were made by Tesla. 

  • September 07, 2020 8:13 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    Tesla Owners Club New York State (TOCNYS) will be partnering with Tesla Mt. Kisco to help with end of quarter (EOQ) deliveries through the end of September. Tesla Mt. Kisco is the most popular delivery location in New York State, and has historically seen an influx of deliveries towards the EOQ. While new owners have traditionally favored weekends for vehicle pick-ups, the COVID pandemic has shifted some of the burden to weekdays.

    Members will be assisting on day of delivery vehicle orientation, this means helping new Tesla owners with any questions they may have about their Tesla, and going over the ABC’s (please review the second page titled Guidelines on the Google Sheets in detail). 

    The ABC’s of a Tesla Vehicle Delivery Introduction:

    • Access: How to access/enter the vehicle the vehicle and the various options to do so
    • Basics: How to turn-on, operate gear-selector, and other primary vehicle controls
    • Charging: How to plug-in, review included charging equipment, review supercharging equipment

    On this Google Sheets document, there will be a maximum of four (4) spots per shift available. Please enter your name, and your available date and time on the schedule, and we will finalize the data. If you are unable to comment on the document, please send us an email so we can manually enter it for you. If you are no longer able to make it for the time you signed up for, promptly send an email to TOCNYS and we’ll update the schedule accordingly. Please ensure that you are dressed in a way that will help new vehicle owners and Tesla employees easily identify you as a club member (Club/Tesla branded clothing preferred). Remember to bring/equip yourself with PPE, and maintain all local/state guidelines.

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