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  • 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:


    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)

  • June 26, 2019 9:36 AM | Joe Moore (Administrator)

    If you were in Rochester from June 21-23, you might have noticed a decrease in the dog presence around town. That's because they were all at the 2019 Paws Under the Dome Dog Show!

    The organizers of this year's WNY Twin Valley Cluster Dog Show in Rochester were excited to partner with TOCNYS to introduce and highlight Tesla's Dog Mode during the 3-day show.

    TOCNYS members were given prime parking right by the entrance and given full reign to show off their vehicle's unique "Dog Mode" to the masses of dog owners/lovers who walked by.

    (Notice Lucy manning, er... dogging the table)

    Finally let's hear from one of the TOCNYS volunteers:

    "I would like to say the GV Kennel Club was AWESOME. They were very good hosts, took great care of me, and seemed very interested in Tesla! I was able to talk to lots of people, many of whom were very interested in my model 3 and dog mode."

    -Zach R.

    Huge thanks to our members who volunteered for the event: Lisa R, Robyn B, & Zach R!

  • June 17, 2019 4:32 PM | Joe Moore (Administrator)

    The New York Power Authority (NYPA) in partnership with Electric Insider Magazine recently held an EV event at the Niagara Power Vista in Lewiston (near Niagara Falls), in which a couple of our own TOCNYS members introduced their vehicles to the public.

    Though the weather turned out to be somewhat windy and cold (Oh Summer, where art thou?), it was well-attended and from all reports, a very lively event.

    Thanks to members Anthony C. (white Model 3) and John W. (blue Model X) for their dedication in spreading the joy of clean energy and Tesla! TOCNYS, through its passionate and friendly members, continues to make its mark on NYS, one positive interaction at a time :)

  • June 17, 2019 2:46 PM | Joe Moore (Administrator)

    Upstate TOCNYS members have been excited since the recent news broke that Tesla was opening Service Centers in both Latham (Capital - Saratoga Region) and Henrietta (Finger Lake Region). Also, for a while there was Buffalo Service Center location that could be found on Tesla's map, indicating it was on the way.

    Unfortunately, excitement transitioned to question marks for some of our members who seemed to get mixed signals from the Service Center locations. Among these were being able to schedule appointments at these locations some times but not others, buildings locked during what seemed to be normal business hours, and even markers on the Tesla map disappearing!

    In response to this feedback from TOCNYS members, we did some digging with our contacts at Tesla and are happy to pass on the answers we (so promptly) received:

    • Buffalo Service Center: It is definitely coming (!), but they can't provide an estimate at this time of when it will open.

    • Henrietta Service Center: It is not fully operational yet and is open by appointment only for the time being (Wednesdays and Thursdays).

    • Latham Service Center: It opens fully starting today (Monday, June 17) and the hours are Monday to Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.

    • Both open locations (Henrietta & Latham) have small inventory/supply at the moment, so parts will likely have to be ordered first and inquiries may result in future repair appointments.

    So we hope that helps clear up any Service Center related confusion that may be out there and we will keep doing our best to inform you as soon as we have updates from our end!


    Being the only Tesla-sanctioned Tesla owners club in New York State, TOCNYS members have access to channels with Tesla that aren't available to just anybody. We're proud to advocate and provide this exclusive value to our members! Join here to become part of TOCNYS today!

  • June 12, 2019 10:04 AM | Joe Moore (Administrator)

    In the abstract sense, Tesla Owners Club New York State members already have a sense that we're part of something bigger than ourselves; the EV revolution, the Green movement, the dream of saving the planet and having lots of fun while we do it... However, there's also something more concrete that we're all a part of: the worldwide Tesla Owners Club (TOC) network!

    You see, TOCNYS is not the only Tesla-sanctioned TOC out there - we just happen to be the club that covers New York State. Currently there are clubs worldwide totaling 50,000 members! Check out the official Tesla Owners Club Directory for a list and the map below to see where in the world they are.

    The next question is where do we (TOCNYS) fit in this big picture? According to the numbers (see figure below), TOCNYS at 355 members currently is more populous than the average North American club, but less so than the average European and Asian club. (That's sure to be temporary though, as we're growing fast!)


    Did you know... that in April we participated in the first ever global TOC event? It was the Tesla Owners Earth Day event and TOCNYS took part through 3 local events: Drive Electric Earth Day Penfield, Skaneateles, & Syracuse. Here's the official summary:

    Over the weekends of April 13/14, 20/21, and 27/28, Clubs around the world were encouraged to engage with Earth Day events in their local communities, and help spread awareness of Tesla’s mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.

    Clubs taking part in these events were provided graphic assets and talking points based on Tesla’s first ever Impact Report, creating the first ever truly global Tesla Owners Club event.

    Clubs held various types of events, ranging from Cars-and-Coffee, to ride & drives, to scavenger hunts promoting ways to recycle and clean up litter in their local neighborhood.

  • May 29, 2019 9:40 AM | Joe Moore (Administrator)

    Bloomberg put on their New Energy Forum (BNEF) recently in San Francisco. Many aspects of the world's transition to clean energy were discussed, but perhaps none were more insightful into the direction of the path that auto makers will take than this talk by speaker Colin McKerracher.

    Click here to watch the talk "Understanding China's EV Market"

    It's been said that when China sneezes, the world catches a cold. If that's true, what happens when the Chinese government aggressively encourages EV technology in the market to the exclusion of traditional ICE vehicles?

    When watching this video, keep in mind two questions:

    1. What will the effect be on the legacy auto makers?

    2. How well is Tesla positioned (or positioning) to take advantage of this windfall?
  • May 23, 2019 10:07 AM | Joe Moore (Administrator)

    Top Gear recently took the Tesla Model 3 and BMW M3 out on the track in an attempt to see if Elon Musk's claims about Model 3's performance can actually be proved correct...

    Click here to read rest of Evannex article

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