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  • 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

  • April 10, 2021 4:49 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    Tesla Semi to Power Canadian Log-Hauling Program -

    Mosaic Forest Management, a forest management company based out of Vancouver, BC, ordered several Tesla Semi trucks in hopes to be the first zero emissions log trucking operation. Here is the explanation from Mosaic:

    “The BC forest sector has a significant role to play in addressing climate change. The working forest captures carbon as it grows, and wood products keep that carbon locked-up for decades. New trees are planted and the renewable cycle repeats. However, forestry operations generate tailpipe emissions, including from log trucks. Electrifying the fleet is a particularly good approach in British Columbia where over 90% of power in the Province is generated from clean hydroelectric sources.”

    Internal Camera Possibly to be Used for Driver Monitoring System -

    Beginning with the Model 3, Tesla has been including cabin-facing cameras inside of their cars. The original reasoning behind this is to prevent theft and protect owners if their cars were being used as Robotaxis. A hacker who goes by the name greentheonly on twitter tries to uncover things embedded in the code of Teslas to get an idea as to what upcoming features may be. Recently, he discovered that Tesla has the code for a driver monitoring system, much like the one GM uses in Supercruise. The system detects where a driver’s eyes are, and whether or not they are using their phone. This system could ultimately be implemented to enable drivers to take their hands off the wheel while using Autopilot, as long as their eyes remain on the road. 

  • April 01, 2021 11:14 AM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    Our statewide owners club is fortunate to hold plenty of regional meetups, from the Niagara Frontier to Long Island, and plenty more between. Taking part in these events, especially as COVID-19 subsides, turns out being a boost for everyone involved.

    What about owners and future owners not there in person? What if they, or even those who do manage to attend, want to catch the peak moments of these events later on?

    That is where photography enters the scene.

    We already have a handful of members and friends who volunteer from time to time, snapping group shots, grabbing some video, or even launching a drone on occasion. These are all great aspects, and we are lucky whenever these helpers contribute.

    As the Club roster scales up month by month, though, why not call on more of our creative members to build on this momentum, amping up our photo/video output?

    That’s right: challenge ourselves to publish more event photography!

    The goal? A captivating “hero shot” of each and every event we hold. Who’s to say our imagery (including video) can’t make a consistent splash, worldwide?

    Now, if only we had a role model for this. . . .

    Cue Tesla Owners Silicon Valley member Arash Malek of Berkeley, California. Not only is Arash founder of the ScentWedge and DeskWedge all-natural accessories for Tesla Model 3/Y and beyond, but as a filmmaker he posts his own naturally creative vlog, daily, on YouTube.

    Minimal Duck. Photo courtesy Arash Malek

    I reached out to Arash to get a quick take on a few things from his perspective as a creator and owners club supporter. Ideally, to inspire us to take our event visuals to the next level.

    Q: You seem to appreciate the Tesla design ethic through and through; we see that within every frame of your channel’s video. Do you go through any sort of process in composing your shots, or is it instinct?

    A: I think it is very much instinctual. The Tesla design language is what attracted me to the company. For the daily vlog I don’t have much time to think about shot composition but rather have a general idea of the shot to complement the story. 

    DeskWedge. Photo courtesy Arash Malek

    Q: Even though there’s a certain austerity in your shots, they are far from bland. What are some of the things you like to look for in a subject? Or, if it’s simpler, are there specific things you avoid? 

    A: I always try and look for interesting textures, light, or volume. I love the juxtaposition of different worlds. 

    Q: You ride a Onewheel. You get shots while on the Onewheel. How do they always end up looking like a Hollywood crew shot them?

    A: Ahaha, thanks. I think that has to do with the post processing of the shots. Sometimes things come together super fast, other times, I  shoot about two hours of footage for a five-to-ten minute vlog :) 

    Onewheel. Photo courtesy Arash Malek

    Q: Speaking of gear, is there a specific type or brand of still camera/lens you recommend for photographing events? What about video?

    A: I love my DJI Mavic 2 Pro; I consider that a camera. I generally shoot stills on my Leica Q1 and all the vlog stuff is mostly shot on a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6k.

    Q: You really do make the best of your drone, including car tracking shots above winding roads in the woods. Once again, any stand-out tips on using one at events? (Question about the Firebaugh meetup next!)

    A: I’ve been flying for a long time so the best advice I can give is to practice flying often and always have a copilot driving the car. 

    Interviewing the Tesla Owners Silicon Valley (TOSV) president at Firebaugh. Photo courtesy Arash Malek

    Q: That’s right, Firebaugh. It is the giant Supercharger complex where you recently did a group participation drone shot. (Readers, please check it out here—plus, the event was delightfully covered on the ground by another friend of TOCNYS, TeslaJoy.) Any reflections on accomplishing that aerial?

    A: That was something that we didn’t know would work or not, but again, we had nothing to lose so we tried it and it came out well :)

    TOSV ELON. Photo courtesy Arash Malek

    Q: We’ve touched on your visuals and the hardware you use for acquisition; what about in post? Do you suggest that Clubs dial in any type of processing or color grading?

    A: I use Lightroom for still images and DaVinci Resolve Studio for video editing and grading. 

    Q: This has been great and we definitely appreciate your input.

    A: Hope to meet you guys sometime soon. I’ve never been to Niagara! 

    ScentWedge. Photo courtesy Arash Malek

    Special thanks to Arash for his friendly support. He would also like TOCNYS members to know that he is offering them a special 10% discount on his products at Scentwedge.com, promo code: “TOCNYS”

    And members, please reach out to your regional organizer if this inspires you to contribute event photography. Thank you.

  • March 26, 2021 11:28 AM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    15 Tesla Semis to be Delivered -

    Pepsico recently stated that they are expecting 15 Tesla semi trucks by the end of 2021. This follows the recent release from Tesla of a video of a semi on their test track. There have also been photos taken by Tesla fans of the trucks on the highway. When the semi was unveiled in 2017, Tesla said there would be two variants, one with 300 miles of range, and one with 500. It is still unclear as to what the range variants of the production semi truck will be, but the new 4680 battery cells will enable the car to have great performance and range. Also, the prices for the two versions are $150,000 and $180,000, which is impressive as most semi trucks are in the price range of $130,000-200,000, and they do not qualify for tax incentives. 

    Tesla Goes to Court to Push for Increased Emission Fines -

    The Obama administration passed legislation that would fine automakers for not complying with emissions standards, but this was delayed during Trump’s presidency. In February 2021, many environmental organizations along with several states sued the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for not delaying the adoption of the fines. Tesla is joining them in a pursuit to give other automakers more of an incentive, because although its bad for business, it puts them closer to their ultimate goal; “to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport by bringing compelling mass-market electric cars to market as soon as possible.”

  • March 22, 2021 10:38 AM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    At The Tesla Science Center (TSC) on Saturday, March 20th, 2021 there was metal, there was metal, and there was METAL! It was a B-E-A-Utiful Saturday in Suffolk County filled with recycling and upcycling.

    Tesla’s & Non-Tesla’s tuned into some 100.5 FM where they could tune into metal covers of popular songs (hopefully you see why we chose to go with this genre). If you didn’t get enough, or weren't able to join us, you can listen here on my Amazon Music Playlist- Metal For Tesla.

    Hundreds of Cars from all over Long Island showed up in the name of Tesla, donating varieties of scrap which will be used to one day turn the grounds of The Tesla Science Center into a B-E-A-Utiful Museum & Learning Center. The TSC is working hard so that in the near future they will be able to welcome people from all over the world to learn about Nikola Tesla and the legacy he left behind.

    Upcycling, mentioned earlier, is the process of taking what many would deem to be simply scrap, and finding ways to put it to good use. Why recycle a rusty hammer, when it can still hammer in nails, sure maybe it doesn’t look pretty... but it gets the job done!

    Thanks to Gershow Recycling, The Tesla Science Center is getting closer and closer to the goal of getting all the funds it needs to turn Nikola Tesla’s last remaining laboratory into the place it deserves. If you couldn’t make it to Metal For Tesla, and you have some scrap metal, you can still always bring it to your closest recycling center, and feel free to forward the proceeds to The Tesla Science Center.

    Remember, recycling is the process of converting waste materials into new materials and objects. Instead of having to source raw materials from the Earth again, let's put the existing materials back to work!

    Shared Google Photos Album - (Please add any relevant Photos & Videos Here)

    Event Organizer: Carson J Gallo - CarsonG@TOCNYS.org

  • March 18, 2021 8:33 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    100 MW of Tesla Batteries to be Installed in Israel -

    In an addition to Tesla’s recent spree of orders for energy storing megapacks, Tesla received an order for 100 megawatts of energy storage. Nofar Energy, an Israeli electricity supplier ordered a new energy storage system that they claim will deliver over 100 megawatts of energy between 2021 and 2023. It was also announced that Nofar will pay $30 million for the battery system. Recently, Tesla’s energy division has been deploying a massive amount of energy storage, with 1584 MWh deployed last quarter alone. Although Tesla has not yet begun selling vehicles in Israel, it is good to see them making an impact on the country’s emissions.

    Tesla Learned From Model Y’s First Winter -

    At the time of its release, the Tesla Model Y was likely Tesla’s most capable car in the snow, and still is. A big part of this is due to the heat pump that was introduced first into the Model Y but now is present on the Model 3 and refreshed Model S/X. Vehicles made prior to the heat pump must use energy from the battery to heat the battery, but the heat pump allows heat to be recycled and created much more efficiently, resulting in a far less noticeable difference in range lost in cold temperatures as opposed to warmer temperatures. This week, Tesla released a software update to all Model Y and 3 cars, and the release notes state: “Minor Cold Weather Improvements and Bug Fixes. Additional enhancements have been made to improve the overall experience of your Tesla vehicle in cold weather.” Although it is not explicitly stated as to what the actual improvements were, some owners are reporting improvements in regenerative braking in cold temperature, and the battery management software was also likely updated.

  • March 11, 2021 10:16 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    Plaid Plus Delayed -

    Announced earlier this year, the refreshed Model S and X have received a lot of attention, and preorders too. There are currently two different versions of the Model S plaid for sale, firstly there is the plaid, which will begin deliveries soon, and secondly the plaid plus, which was originally scheduled to arrive in late 2021 and is faster and has a longer range than the standard plaid. This week, Tesla’s online configurator updated and now shows that plaid plus deliveries are estimated to begin in mid 2022, a fairly sizable pushback from the original late 2021 arrival date. There’s a couple reasons why Tesla may have made this move. Firstly, they could be seeing underwhelming orders for the standard plaid Model S, as most buyers are willing to wait the extra couple of months for the faster and longer range version. Second, Tesla could still be uncertain as to where the 4680 battery cells will be produced in volume, something vital to the performance and range of the plaid plus. All in all, this will likely result in a boost of sales for the Model S plaid, as many who had orders for the plaid plus may be reconsidering.

    Cybertruck Will be Able to Power a Camper -

    According to a recent tweet from Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the upcoming Cybertruck will be capable of powering a camper. This is a very important thing because it is terrible for the environment when campers and RVs keep their engines on for extended periods of time in order to power things like the air conditioning, lights, or a TV. With a range up to 500 miles, the Cybertruck will require a massive battery which is great for campers and powering external devices. It is likely that Tesla will add either a 14-50 or a TT-30 outlet somewhere on the exterior of the truck, capable of powering a camper, and possibly a Cyberquad.

  • March 04, 2021 8:38 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    India Incentivizes Tesla’s Arrival -

    Recently, Tesla has been building factories all over the world, from Shanghai to Berlin, and the fifth biggest car market, India, may be the next recipient of a Tesla factory and the government loves it. When Tesla opens a new factory somewhere, it creates thousands of jobs from executives to janitors, and many governments want to capitalize on this and thus incentivize Tesla to build a factory there. Most recently, Texas provided massive incentives for Tesla to build their newest US factory there. This week, transport minister of India, Nitin Gadkari told Reuters that, if Tesla were to build a factory in India, they would offer: 

    “The government will make sure the production cost for Tesla will be the lowest when compared with the world, even China, when they start manufacturing their cars in India. We will assure that.”

    In comparison to many European countries as well as China and the US, India sells an abysmal 5,000 EVs a year, and is looking to increase EV adoption. Luckily, India has a blueprint as to what would happen if Tesla built a factory there as the recent Shanghai factory has increased EV awareness and adoption in China while providing jobs.

    Wider FSD Release Aimed for Next Month -

    In October, Tesla released the first version of FSD Beta, the beta version of what will soon be Tesla’s fully autonomous driver assist system, able to handle any driving situation. The beta is currently and has been a private beta, meaning one needs an invitation from Tesla to join the beta. As of the Q4 2020 earnings call in January, CEO Elon Musk stated that there were “about 1000” beta testers at that time. Over the past months the system has been constantly improving and according to a recent tweet by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the FSD Beta will be “offered much more widely” when the 9th version of the beta is complete, which Musk estimates to be next month. Ultimately, this is a fairly cryptic tweet as “Elon time” has become a running joke among Tesla enthusiasts who have noticed Musk’s propensity to underestimate how long it will take to bring something to fruition. Also, it is unclear what “much more widely” means, it could mean the entire fleet, or it could mean another lucky 1000 will receive the next version of the beta.
  • March 02, 2021 8:18 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    Elon Musk Claims High Demand For Updated S/X -

    In a recently leaked email from Tesla CEO Elon Musk he began by saying that the Fremont factory was shut down for a few days due a supply chain hiccup, and used the time to give their workers a few days off and make some improvements to the assembly line. Here is the full email:

    “We are experiencing some parts supply issues, so we took the opportunity to bring Fremont down for a few days to do equipment upgrades and maintenance.

    Fremont production is back up and running as of yesterday and will speed up rapidly to full Model 3/Y production over the next few days.

    Model S/X production lines are almost done with the retooling and will be aiming for max production next quarter. There is high demand, so we are soon going to need to go back to two shifts. Please recommend friends for recruiting.”

    Elon Musk Under SEC Investigation Once Again -

    Elon Musk is once again under the scrutiny of the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) due to his recent tweets about the cryptocurrency Dogecoin. Dogecoin was originally created to mock other cryptocurrencies but has recently gained a lot of publicity and the price has been increasing. Musk was previously under investigation from the SEC for market manipulation from this tweet in 2018. It is likely that either nothing will result from the investigation or Musk will have to pay a fine, but Musk is more than willing to be defiant of the SEC and has done so publicly.

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