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  • July 23, 2019 10:54 AM | Joe Moore (Administrator)

    Earlier this year, we wrote about how the New York Public Service Commission planned to discriminate against Tesla and Tesla owners by offering incentives of lower electricity rates to non-Tesla charging stations across the state. We also spearheaded a petition movement to make sure the NYS politicians heard our voices. You can read more about this in the post The Empire State Strikes Back - Let our voices be heard!

    We've finally received our answer from the regulators as on July 11 they denied Tesla's request for its equipment to qualify for changing incentives in an order expanding the program. Two other items of note are:

    • The broader order approved expanding the state's direct current fast-charging (DCFC) infrastructure program to make fast-charging plugs at new charging stations eligible for incentives — but said the station must include a standardized plug of equal or greater charging capability as other plugs being installed.

    • Unlike other EV manufacturers, regulators noted "Tesla customers invest in both their EV and the proprietary Tesla charging network when they purchase a vehicle," in a statement accompanying the order. "Tesla may receive these incentives if a standardized plug is co-located at the same site," the commission said.

    In conclusion, this battle looks to not have gone in Tesla's favor, but when has Tesla ever not been driving against a headwind? As another TOCNYS member pointed out, at least some EV companies are getting aid and that does help to achieve Tesla's mission of accelerating the world's transition to renewable energy.

    Click here to read more details over at Utility Dive

  • July 22, 2019 3:52 PM | Joe Moore (Administrator)

    Despite less than ideal weather Friday afternoon and the fact that it was the first day of the Syracuse Nationals car show a couple counties over, 7 Tesla vehicles from TOCNYS owners attended Rochester's weekly Damascus Shrine Cruise Night. Given the less-than-average attendance, the Teslas easily commanded the focus of the faithful who did show up.



    For 3 hours TOCNYS members enthusiastically answered questions, showed off features, and even gave some demo rides. A couple conclusions that are almost inevitably drawn are that 1. Teslas and EVs represent the direction of future cars and related 2. not only are Teslas popular with kids, but kids are very familiar with them.






    Cruise Night organizer Jason S. explained, "On a usual, good night we'll get over 300 cars. There'll be cars filling up this whole parking lot and that field," as he pointed to an area bigger than a football field.

    Because we as a club would both love to see the Damascus Shrine Cruise Night in all of its potential glory and play a part in a "usual, good" night, we're inviting TOCNYS members to participate again this coming Friday night, July 26!

    Click here for more info and to sign up for the event

  • July 18, 2019 3:00 PM | Joe Moore (Administrator)

    Perhaps due to it being a relatively young company or just because it's in the DNA, it's not always easy to find details about Tesla that one would like to know. In light of that fact, we Tesla fans often need to rely on crowd-sourced news gathering to get a clear picture. That has certainly been the case concerning the new Service Center in Henrietta, just south of Rochester.

    Here's what we know:

    Location: 3300 W Henrietta Rd, Rochester, NY 14623 - Right next to TaiChi's Bubble Tea and Sleep City, so you can get some bubble tea while you're waiting for you car to be finished and head next door for a nap if it's really taking a long time!


    Hours: It's not fully operational yet and is open by appointment only for the time being (Wednesdays and Thursdays).

    Staff: This location is not yet permanently staffed. Rather, the Mobile Service Technician from the eastern part of NYS (a good guy named Steve) is there by appointment only.

    Services (not) available: They don't perform any body or paint repairs - and won't when they're finally live. Service King is the perfect solution in this instance, as they are one of the Tesla-approved Body Shops.

    More information: Here is a great thread about the Henrietta Service Center on our forums with more pictures!

  • July 18, 2019 10:19 AM | Joe Moore (Administrator)

    On Saturday, July 13 NYC joined the Niagara Frontier to become the 2nd TOCNYS region to hold its third consecutive monthly Meetup - congratulations! Even the sun came out that day to celebrate :)

        


    Let's hear from organizer Stephanie D. in how things went:

    There was lots of sunshine and a nice turnout at the New York City meetup on July 13 at Starbucks in Howard Beach. Later a group of folks moved to a spot with more parking and a great water view, with room to open the X’s gull wings and demonstrate the 3’s enhanced summon. Parking and congestion — the perennial New York City challenges!

    Speaking of Stephanie, we want to give a big THANK YOU for all her effort in the cause of EVs, Tesla, and TOCNYS. Due to her gifts of communication and organization and willingness to make things happen, many others in the NYC and Long Island area have had the chance to get together for fellowship of the electric sort that they wouldn't have had otherwise. In the NYC Region, which is home to thousands of Tesla owners, she's pioneered a path that's not only sure to grow, but will most likely become one of the most well-traveled in the Tesla Owners Club New York State!



    TOCNYS Member Keith S and his famous flag made the trip in from Long Island.

  • July 18, 2019 10:06 AM | Joe Moore (Administrator)

    "Tesla updated its online design studio on Monday evening with several changes in pricing and options across its entire lineup.

    Some things become cheaper, others become more expensive, and several variants are going away.

    Over the last year, Tesla has been consistently adjusting its prices, especially in the US as its federal tax credit has been gradually reduced after hitting 200,000 electric car deliveries in the US.

    The automaker has also been frantically adding and removing different variants of its Model 3, Model S and Model X vehicles.

    For example, Tesla dropped its newly introduced ‘Standard Range’ Model S after just 3 weeks before reintroducing it again.

    In a new lineup update today, Tesla killed the ‘Standard Range’ versions of Model S and Model X again..."

    Click here to read the rest of Electrek's article

  • July 17, 2019 1:54 PM | Joe Moore (Administrator)

    This past weekend in Buffalo, one particular corner of one particular strip mall was particularly busy. That happens to be the location of Brennan's Bowery Bar, which was kind enough to host our 2nd Buffalo Tesla Demo Drive Weekend!



    *****

    Background: Back in April, TOCNYS invited the Tesla team from Paramus, NJ to allow the good folks of Buffalo to enjoy an experience behind the wheel of a Tesla vehicle. At that time, there were exponentially more sign-ups (~750) than they had capacity to fill (~50), so we invited the Tesla team back to give a chance to those who hadn't the first time 'round.

    *****

    To those who attended the July 13/14 event, it was obvious that TOCNYS and the Tesla team had gotten a pretty good system down as there was a steady flow of drivers showing up for their driving reservations, signing-in, taking off, and returning - with a minimum of just-standing-around-waiting. These, interspersed with the regular drive/walk-by visitors curious as to what all these cool cars were doing in front of Brennan's, filled in the margins.

    For those whom the busy Tesla team couldn't get to immediately, the friendly TOCNYS member-volunteers were happy to answer questions, show off their cars, and even give demo rides. Often, the demo riders would go in groups, so that a couple parties were taken care of simultaneously. Oh, the efficiency of it all!

    The only time when things diverged from the official itinerary were around closing time on Sunday (2pm), when several parties of people decided to show at the last minute and the gracious Tesla team and devoted TOCNYS volunteers extended the event an hour to accommodate.

    Speaking of efficiency, the team inside of Brennan's was taking care of business at the same time. Not only were they giving us space to host the event, but they even had a Tesla-themed menu! This author can attest that the tastiness of the "Tesla Tuna Tacos" was truly not trivial!

    *****

    The weather back in late April was enough to cause anyone to question the theory of Global Warming (ie: extreme cold & snow). Let's just say however, that the meteorological phenomena must have heard and taken offense because the weather was clear & sunny with a vengeance this past weekend - to which this author's sunburn will attest! That (hot), the wind (strong), and the low-flying passenger jets* from the Buffalo Airport (loud) all made big impressions. in their own way.

    *Unfortunately, those vehicles were not available to test drive.

    *****

    Overall, it was a very successful weekend. It's estimated that over 40 demo drives were conducted by the Tesla team (both reserved and walk-in) and another 20 demo rides were given by TOCNYS volunteers. Other notable guests in attendance were an employee of the Buffalo Gigafactory 2, Tesla's mobile service technician that covers Western NY, and... a guy in a Smart car :)

    So goodbye from Brennan's Bowery Bar in Buffalo. The Tesla team has taken their 6 Tesla vehicles and driven the 7 hours back to New Jersey. If these Tesla Demo Drive events were movies, they'd be among the rare ones where the sequel is even better than the original. Perhaps a part 3 in 2020? We'll keep you updated.


    Special thanks to:

    • David R. and the rest of the Paramus NJ Tesla team
    • Jill and Tim from Brennan's Bowery Bar
    • TOCNYS member John W. for organizing the event
    • Tesla Mobile Tech Chris for showing up and fixing a car and conducting an impromptu show-and-tell
    • And the following TOCNYS member volunteers: Anthony B, Kevin B, Anthony C, Dan & Kathy C, Chris G, Patrick H, Robert H, Anthony J, James M, David O, Jeff & Andy P, Dick S, and Kevin V.
  • July 05, 2019 12:54 PM | Joe Moore (Administrator)

    "Hey look, those are Teslas!"..."Those cars are all electric"..."Wow, they're so quiet!"

    Comments like these were often heard on Main Streets in both Fairport and Canandaigua this past Thursday as their respective 4th of July parades were in session.

    TOCNYS had the honor of cooperating with other EV owners to participate in both parades this year. Special thanks here to Megan Sperber who helped organize the EV participation in Fairport and Chris Glattly of Glattly Pianoforte who did the same in Canandaigua.

    Fortunately, the weather cooperated nicely as it was a beautiful day, though I'm sure there were a few sunburns were taken home along with the candy.

    As most parades go, the experience was a lot of waiting at first during lineup, but it's hard to be too bored when one is hanging out with other Tesla enthusiasts and surrounded by a practicing marching band here and 80-year-old classic cars there.

        

    But before we knew it, the displays, floats, and vehicles started being released in intervals - the parade was underway!




  • July 01, 2019 10:34 AM | Joe Moore (Administrator)

    Want to help help Tesla and stimulate EV ownership in general? Contact your Congressional Representative and ask him or her to co-sponsor and support H.R. 2256, the Driving America Forward Act.

    This legislation would raise the limit for Federal tax credits for EV's from 200,000 to 600,000 vehicles per manufacturer. Tesla has already reached 200,00 and its tax credit will phase out completely by the end of 2019.

    See CNet's article here for more info

    Most effective is to call your rep's Washington, DC office and speak with a staffer, or you can use email, and urge support for the bill. Did the Federal tax credit help you make the decision to buy your EV? If possible, tell your personal story as a constituent.

    If you don't already know who represents you in the House of Representatives, or how to contact them, find out here:

    https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative

    The EV Drive Coalition is targeting specific representatives to reach 100 co-sponsors during this legislative session. They have about 27 to go. If yours is on the list below, it's even more beneficial to contact them and ask them to co-sponsor H.R. 2256, the Driving America Forward Act.


  • June 28, 2019 1:26 PM | Joe Moore (Administrator)

    Attendees of the recent Hot Summer Nights Fashion Show at the Metropolitan Building in downtown Rochester were greeted by a pair of Tesla Model Xs as the entered the event. The owners, TOCNYS founding members Harry B. and Roger D. raised the falcon wing backdoors for maximum high-fashion attraction and curb appeal. Judging by the response - oohs, ahhs, and lots of pictures taken with the cars - they were very successful!

          

    Inside, the one was greeted by pumping dance music and throngs of other trendy people, schmoozing casually with a glass of wine in hand, waiting for the show to begin.

    On the way to the assigned table or seat, one would walk right by the product table of Rochester Optical, where the TOCNYS Sunglasses, which they make, were prominent displayed.

    Then let the show begin! In addition to the latest styles of clothes, some of the models were even wearing pairs of TOCNYS sunglasses, rounding out the Tesla/TOCNYS presence at the show.

    The Hot Summer Nights Fashion Show will not be soon forgotten by all in attendance!

    TOCNYS members (and guests) enjoying the show.

  • June 27, 2019 9:37 AM | Joe Moore (Administrator)

    General Motors, Tesla and a fleet of other car manufacturers are going into overdrive to extend a tax break that has for a decade helped sustain the sale of cars that need little to no gasoline to run.

    But in that effort, there is a roadblock: Oil and natural gas companies, which supply the gas fueling the internal-combustion engines dominating American roadways and which oppose extending tax breaks for vehicles that don't use their fuel...

    Read the rest of the article over at the Washington Post


    Image: Tesla electric automobiles sit charging. (Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg)

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