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  • December 19, 2018 2:22 PM | Joe Moore (Administrator)
    Here at Tesla Owners Club New York State we don't just talk the talk, but we walk the walk as well.

    That's why we've installed eight new level 2 charging stations at the TOCNYS headquarters at Rochester Optical, Lyell Campus! The brand of the chargers is EVBox and the app is call EV Connect.

    This makes this location even more ideal for hosting club meetings, Tesla test drives events, and Tesla delivery events. Tesla and other EV owners can charge their cars while they hang out with other awesome owners :)


  • December 11, 2018 11:29 AM | Joe Moore (Administrator)

    How does one get the most out of this super-unique, yet fleeting driving experience?

    It's not uncommon for the typical test drive to last about 15 minutes and most find that to be an adequate amount of time to grasp the nuances of the particular vehicle that's being driven. However, that's much more the case for "normal" ICE (gas-powered Internal Combustion Engine) vehicles that we've grown up riding in and driving. For all the variations between brands and models, the experience is far more similar than it is different. And then there are EVs (Electric Vehicles) and Teslas in particular...

    The following suggestions will help you to get the most out of your time spent in the cockpit of this revolution on wheels:

    1. Prepare your heart

      Weird thing to hear about "simply" a test drive perhaps, but it's not without its peers: Tech Crunch concludes "The Tesla Model 3 is a love letter to the road" and Fortune says "Driving a Tesla was the best and worst thing I've ever done". Bottom line is that it will be a permanent, perspective-changing experience and it will ruin you for traditional ICE vehicles thereafter - basically it's taking the red pill for driving. Some have gone so far as to discourage those who can't afford a Tesla from taking a test drive as it very well might lead to certain unwise, emotional financial decisions!

    2. Do your homework

      Having a basic knowledge of the key distinguishing features of EVs and Teslas will mean the difference between becoming more knowledgeable, connecting experience/feeling with facts and simply being sensorily overwhelmed with no mental reference-box in which to put things.

      From the silent ignition-less start (akin to waking your computer), the instant torque of the electric motor(s), to the uber-minimalist dashboard with only steering wheel and touchscreen, there are definitely key paradigm-shifts needed to help one make sense of it all.

      I highly suggest reading this post over at Wait But Why, which dives head first and just keeps swimming deeper into all things EV and Tesla.

    3. Show up early

      It's recommended to show up at least 10 minutes early for your test drive. This suggestion is part courtesy and part just giving yourself the opportunity to get in the zone before your big drive :)

    4. Drive like yourself and not Mario Andrietti

      Perhaps I'm dating myself (sorry, Mario!), but it's important to understand that the purpose of a test drive isn't for testing the physical limits of the car (ahem... "0-100mph in how many seconds?") , but rather to see if it fits you and your family, as you would drive it everyday. Acceleration does have its place in everyday life of course, but chances are how many inches of headroom might just have a bigger impact overall on your experience than how many seconds from zero to whatever (just ask this guy).

      This all goes back to step #2. Everyone's needs are different and it would be super helpful to have already prepared by making a list of just what are the essentials that you're looking for in a vehicle. That way, you can have a rough outline of what to mentally take note of during your time behind the wheel.
    5. Ask questions

      Don't be shy and don't hold back. If you've done your homework from step #2, you should have a bunch of (reasonably) intelligent, relevant questions for your Tesla agent. You are hanging out a Tesla expert whose job it is to make you a junior Tesla expert - make them earn their pay!

    6. Reflect on your drive

      Since writing down notes is not among the list of recommended things to do while you're driving (even with Autopilot engaged), the second best way to capture your key takeaways from your driving experience is to review and record your thoughts as soon after your test drive as possible. Writing a response to each previously noted make-or-breaker list would be golden here.

    7. Choose wisely (and don't forget your budget)

      Finally, you inevitably come to the point where you feel the need to make a choice: either pursue a purchase of your own Tesla or officially put it off for now (or ever). This is where step #1 is especially important. You knew in advance that there was a high probability that your emotions would be kindled, so remind yourself of that fact as you stoically only go forward if the numbers add up for your situation.

      If they do, then congratulations and welcome to the club! If not, then it's true you'll probably never really be able to enjoy your traditional ICE car again. Hopefully though, you'll have new-found motivation for working/earning/saving hard until you're behind the wheel of a Tesla again - and this time, it won't be just for a test drive!
  • December 03, 2018 11:54 AM | Joe Moore (Administrator)

    Last week, we reported on the Model 3 having some issues in cold weather and Tesla said they were investigating the situation.

    The automaker is now already pushing a new software update to address some of those cold weather issues...

    Read full article can be read here on the Elektrek website.

  • November 29, 2018 12:33 PM | Joe Moore (Administrator)

    Tesla's vehicles on autopilot have far surpassed the miles driven by all self-driving cars combined.

    The article can be read here on Engadget's website.

  • November 27, 2018 2:35 PM | Joe Moore (Administrator)
    On November 5, TOCNYS's own co-founder Roger Dube was interviewed on WXXI radio's "Connections". Also making a surprise appearance was Brad McAreavy, president of the Rochester Automobile Dealers Association. The dialogue that followed is indicative of the resistance to competition by the entrenched dealerships whose business model is threatened by Tesla's revolutionary direct-to-consumer approach.

    The interview can be heard here on WXXI's website.

  • November 26, 2018 10:15 AM | Joe Moore (Administrator)

    It's a good thing that a car that can travel speeds up to 155 mph happens to have the highest safety ratings (including rollover resistance) of any car ever tested!

  • November 21, 2018 2:17 PM | Joe Moore (Administrator)

    Through EVolve NY, NYPA has committed up to $250 million through 2025 - and will partner with the private sector and other key stakeholders on initiatives that address key infrastructure and market gaps to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles (EV’s) throughout the state.

    This commitment complements current efforts and investments to accelerate progress towards New York State’s emissions goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030, and helps accelerate the Governor's Charge NY 2.0 program to launch 10,000 EV charging stations by 2021.

    The initial phase of funding directs $40 million into three new initiatives through the end of 2019: Interstate Fast Chargers (DCFC), Airport Charging Hubs, EV Model Communities.

    -- Learn more at https://www.nypa.gov/innovation/programs/evolveny

  • November 13, 2018 10:17 AM | Joe Moore (Administrator)

    Mayor Lovely A. Warren announced today that the City of Rochester is taking additional steps to combat climate change by expanding its electric vehicle fleet and installing six new public charging stations throughout the city, thanks to additional state funding.

    The City has also joined a purchasing collaborative with mayors across the country to help add even more electric vehicles to the City’s fleet.

    “When President Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord last year, I made a promise alongside other Mayors across the country: If the federal government wouldn’t do something about climate change, we would,” Mayor Warren said. “I would like to thank Governor Andrew Cuomo, NYSERDA and our other partners in state government for helping our city invest in new electric vehicles and infrastructure. By working together – across all levels of government – we can fight climate change and preserve our planet for generations to come.”

    These efforts fit into the City of Rochester’s Climate Action Plan, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent from 2010 levels by 2030. Other recent initiatives include: The new 2MW solar field on the former Emerson Street Landfill, single-stream recycling, ride sharing and bike sharing programs, installation of LED streetlights, and more.


    The new vehicles triple the City’s fleet of electric vehicles. They were funded with assistance from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) Cleaner Greener Communities program.

    The new cars include two 2018 Chevrolet Bolts, four 2018 Chevrolet Volts, and one Moto Electric tram shuttle. These vehicles will be deployed in the Water Bureau, the Municipal Parking Bureau, Mt. Hope Cemetery, and the City shared vehicle pool. These are in addition to the City’s four 2014 Chevrolet Volts, deployed in the Rochester Police Department, and the Water and Parking bureaus.


    The City received $96,000 in state funding through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (NYSDEC) Municipal Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) & ZEV Infrastructure Rebate Program to install six dual-port charging stations in City parking garages and lots. The New York Power Authority (NYPA) contracted the installation work as part of its electric vehicle charging station program.

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced these new stations as part of ChargeNY, a statewide effort to encourage electric vehicle use. These new stations are in addition to five new stations for the City’s growing electric vehicles fleet installed earlier this year and 12 dual-port public stations installed in 2014 with the assistance of NYSERDA funding.

    “The City of Rochester’s dedication to expanding its electric vehicle infrastructure increases consumer confidence because residents know that once they buy these clean cars they will have places to charge them throughout the city,” said Alicia Barton, President and CEO of NYSERDA. “I commend the Mayor for her leadership in the fight against climate change and moving New York one step closer to meeting Governor Cuomo’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by providing cleaner transportation options to her residents.”

    “The City of Rochester is taking the lead in showing how municipalities can play a key role in accelerating electric vehicle adoption and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA’s president and CEO. “The New York Power Authority was pleased to implement this charging project, and we fully support the city’s efforts to build a robust charger infrastructure and help New York State achieve its clean energy goals.”

    “Emissions from the transportation sector are the largest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions in New York,” said Basil Seggos, president of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. “I applaud the City of Rochester's efforts to combat climate change by investing in infrastructure for clean, electric vehicles. Adding EV charging stations in Rochester will increase and expand New York's capacity to support more electric vehicles on the road while reducing harmful transportation emissions and making green travel easier for New Yorkers in Western New York."


    The City will be able to purchase additional electric vehicles under the new Electric Vehicle Purchasing Collaborative, an initiative of the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda, or “Climate Mayors.” Mayor Warren is one of several hundred coalition members who have pledged to work together to reduce greenhouse gases, and Rochester is one of 21 founding municipalities in the Collaborative.

    Through the Collaborative, started by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, the City will have access to a one-stop online procurement portal which gives municipalities equal access to competitively bid on electric vehicles and accompanying charging infrastructure.

    “New York is critical to expanding the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles and the City of Rochester is creating a flagship example of how public private partnerships can accelerate the adoption of plug-in electric cars through coordinated action from the entire community,” said Carolyn Levine, Program Lead for the Rochester Electric Vehicle Accelerator. “Whether transitioning city fleets to electric, utilizing smart infrastructure planning, or giving people first-hand experience through ride and drives, the Electrification Coalition’s ROC EV program continues to be a proud partner in providing the tools to efficiently and affordably activate the EV ecosystem—leading to accelerated EV adoption.”

  • November 12, 2018 5:10 PM | Joe Moore (Administrator)

    This article from engadget details the exciting new 'Track Mode' for the Model 3.

  • November 09, 2018 4:53 PM | Joe Moore (Administrator)

    Ever wonder how to remove and attach the aero wheel covers on a Model 3? Here's a video that shows just that.

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