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  • May 21, 2019 12:14 PM | Joe Moore (Administrator)

    The Bear Mtn. Meet & Drive was a significant event as it formally kicked off TOCNYS activity in the Hudson Valley. Thanks to member Kamal S, who conceived and planned out the event, laying the groundwork so that it could be as successful as it was!



    First proposed as a small meetup way back in January, the event was somewhat a victim of its early planning as it had several months to gather momentum. Drawing nearer to the event date, we were starting to worry that our mountain-top destination would be too small to accommodate all the cars. Back-up plans were loosely drawn up and we even stopped actively marketing the event as a result!

    As the morning of the event rolled around, we were excited to see the weather was going to be beautiful, which meant we had one less thing to worry about raining on our parade (pardon the puns)! Despite the relatively early 8:30am start, Teslas started taking over the Tarrytown Supercharger parking lot and signing in.

    Before we departed, Kamal grabbed the mic and gave everyone a pre-departure rundown of what we were going to do (drive in a Tesla caravan to the top of Bear Mtn.) as well as what we weren't going to do (get speeding tickets :) and then we were off!






    Things were going swimmingly until we arrived at the base of Bear Mtn. What I'd love to say is that we then all started our 5-month-anticipated, curvaceous ascent up the famed mountain, enjoying the crisp mountain air as we threaded forest and cliff. Gosh I would really love to say that, but what really happened is that we met an orange-ribbon barricade and stern men in uniform telling us that the road was closed :<(

    At this point, I'd later learn, an exchange was occurring at the front of the line: one of the followers asked leader Kamal, "Now what are we going to do?!" To which Kamal calmly and in epic fashion responded, "Just follow me" (as he meanwhile was thinking to himself, "Man, what are we going to do?!") Fortunately, he had remembered an overlook parking lot on the other side of the river, that though small, was probably not behind a police line and the great Tesla caravan did a 16-car u-turn and was off again.

    The overlook parking lot was not even close to empty when we found it, but fate would not have us denied twice in one day. Whether it was the intimidation of our collective lack of engine noise or the wild enthusiasm with which we claimed our valuable parking spots, we soon had commandeered almost the whole lot within minutes of arrival. Let the festivities begin!


          

    Finally, our Tesla caravan took its final trip south again and took over Chili's restaurant for nice lunch. For the first time today, parking was not a challenge.

      

    Here's a final goodbye from the Hudson Valley. As fate would have it, Bear Mountain remains yet unconquered by TOCNYS, but our spirits were not crushed and we vow that we will return!


  • May 16, 2019 2:34 PM | Joe Moore (Administrator)

    There's something so beautiful and novel still about having a vehicle that performs better in the morning than when you went to bed the night before. The source of this beauty is the OTA (Over the air) Updates, which smart phone owners have taken for granted for several years now.

    It makes sense then as Tesla is as much a software company as it is a car company, that Tesla owners get to experience this joy in their garage now too.

    "However, the latest set of over-the-air updates for Model 3 is really something special: substantial increases in both power and range..."

    Click here to read the rest of the article by Evannex

  • May 16, 2019 2:20 PM | Joe Moore (Administrator)

    With all the Tesla vehicle -related activity going on in Fremont, Nevada, and even Shanghai, it's nice to see that our own Buffalo, NY will be getting off the bench and receiving some playing time. The new Superchargers that will be coming are the very same that boast up to 1000 mph charging rates!

    "Tesla Inc. announced Wednesday that it has added a new manufacturing line in Buffalo that will support its V3 Supercharger stations. The line will assemble electrical components for the newest version of the company's electric charging stations; a network that is expanding across the country..."

    Click here to read the rest of the article at Buffalo Business First

  • May 16, 2019 11:37 AM | Joe Moore (Administrator)

    As a Tesla owner, have you ever wondered how awesome it would be if other aspects of your life could be as cool as your car? What about your face, for example? Yeah, it probably looks ok already, but billions of people have 2 eyes, a nose, and a mouth. What if there was a high-tech, yet tasteful way to enhance your face to match your wheels? Look no further: introducing the TOCNYS sunglasses...

    TOCNYS has officially launched a collection of premium Polarized Photochromic sunglasses that are designed with influence from S3XY Tesla vehicles and the needs of Tesla drivers in mind. Prescription lenses are available, as well as silver flash mirror lenses and/or extended temple lengths.

    Click here to view the sunglasses and other TOCNYS products

    Keep in mind that these sunglasses are only available to Tesla Owners Club NYS members, so if you're a Tesla owner living in NYS, you can register for free to be a member. All sales proceeds go to the club to support its operations and club activities.

    *** Satisfaction guaranteed: you have seven days after receipt to return the sunglasses in original packaging for a full refund (shipping excluded). No refund if the sunglasses has been fitted, altered, or damaged. ***

  • May 14, 2019 2:28 PM | Joe Moore (Administrator)

    Last Saturday afternoon, 15 Tesla owners attended the first ever TOCNYS New Owners Workshop, held in Rochester.

    The workshop was headed by 3 presenters (Harry B, Ken F, and John G), each of whom have significant experience owning, driving, and maintaining Teslas.


    Fielding one of the countless questions

    The session began with general introductions, so everyone could get to know the presenters a little, as well as a survey of the different vehicles represented in the group. After that, the questions started coming rapid-fire and fortunately the answers and advice did too! This session covered everything from basic operation to emergency procedures.

    Next, special thanks to Buffalo member John W. for contributing his excellent Powerpoint presentation on charging, which was then presented by Ken F, who supplemented the content with his own experience. As charging and the nature of batteries are a radical departure from pumping gas, several related points and questions were brought up and discussed as a result.


    Presenter Ken F. talking the group through John W's charging presentation

    The workshop rounded up with a general maintenance-themed Q&A session, highlighted by John G. sharing his meticulous vehicle cleaning routine and advice. Per usual with a gathering of enthusiasts like Tesla owners, the interaction continued well past the official end time and spilled over into the parking lot :)


    Smiles all around as the first ever New Owners Workshop drew to a close

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    New Owners Workshops are periodically put on by TOCNYS in our various NY State regions to address the new concepts and differences that EVs and Teslas specifically present compared to traditional internal-combustion vehicles. We aim to bridge that gap of understanding for our new Tesla-owning members.

    Click here to see our currently scheduled workshops or sign-up to be added to a local workshop waiting list.

  • May 10, 2019 4:45 PM | Joe Moore (Administrator)

    After restricting Tesla’s ability to set up sales offices in NYS, Tesla and vehicle owners once again find themselves being discriminated against by the New York Public Service Commission.

    Let's respond as a club - action steps at the end of this message!


    Background:

    The New York Public Service Commission (NYPSC), a State entity funded through the State budget (our tax money), authorized NY utilities to offer incentive electricity rates for new DC Fast Charging (DCFC) stations with the goal of encouraging and promoting EV adoption New York State. The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has committed up to $250 million through 2025 to invest in EV infrastructure including deployment of DCFC chargers along the NYS Thruway and other key corridors. (source)

    The DCFC chargers NYPA plans to deploy would have ChadeMo and CCS connectors (Tesla Model S and Model X vehicles can use the ChadeMo connectors with an adaptor). The incentive electricity rates from NYPSC will spur additional charging investments and keep the charging cost down to encourage consumers, both in-state and out-of-state, to drive Electric Vehicles of all makes and brands and to a great extent, reduce range anxiety and increase adoption.


    Now here's the big problem:

    The NYPSC is excluding Tesla Superchargers from receiving the subsidized rate because Tesla Supercharger connectors only work with Tesla vehicles and not with other EVs. Without the incentive, NYS Tesla owners (also NYS taxpayers) will have to pay higher rates at the Tesla Supercharging stations. You can read more about this issue here.

    The NYPSC exclusion has many issues:

    1. It is clear discrimination against Tesla and Tesla owners.
    2. Since Tesla vehicles represent about 80% of Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) on the road, they exclude the bulk of the EV drivers from receiving the benefits.
    3. NYS Tesla drivers are also NYS taxpayers and NYPSC, as a State agency, cannot deprive NYS residents from benefits offered by NYS.
    4. The NYPSC, by the act of excluding Tesla from the incentive, can be perceived as endorsing the ChadeMo and CCS technologies over that of Tesla's Superchargers.
    5. The NYPSC, as a State agency, should be impartial to all charging technologies, regardless of connector designs, technologies, and vehicle manufacturers.

    Here is a link to the NYPSC case, where you can read about Tesla’s petition for a rehearing.


    Message from Tesla:

    Tesla has already requested a petition for rehearing to allow Tesla to benefit from the program and we could use your support to urge the NYPSC to grant Tesla’s petition for the upcoming rehearing. If you believe the NYPSC should not prohibit your ability to take part in a beneficial program that would lower electricity rates for Tesla chargers, please take a few minutes to send your comments to the NYPSC.

    *** All hands on deck: Action steps for Tesla owners ***

    1. Spread the word about this issue to the other NY Tesla owners - Forward this email to other owners you know. There's over 12,000 Tesla owners living in NY State, which is an army just waiting to be mobilized.

    2. Then tell them about Tesla Owners Club New York State - Have them register for free at https://www.tocnys.org/register. The more members we have, the louder our collective voice gets, and the more influential we become.

    3. Create and send a petition to the NYPSC below

    Tips:

    • The petition form will have pre-populated content, but we strongly encourage you to personalize your message as much as possible.

    • Mentioning that you are a member of Tesla Owners Club New York State, and a NYS voter will add extra weight to your petition. Comments submitted as a TOCNYS member add credibility because it shows you are a verified Tesla owner with no ulterior motives.

    • It would be helpful for you to share your experience as a driver and how the Supercharger network has been important to you (and whether you want access to more charging, where there are gaps in charging, etc).

    Click here to write and send your petition!

  • April 29, 2019 8:43 PM | Joe Moore (Administrator)

    Spurred by excellent pre-event media publicity (including major local TV, radio, newspaper, and internet sources), this past weekend's Buffalo Model 3 Test Drive event was a success in all measurable aspects! Here are some the numbers:

    • 755 people registered for the event
    • 86 people took test drives with the Tesla team
    • 20 TOCNYS members volunteered to help out
    • 80 test rides given by TOCNYS members
    • 34 degrees Fahrenheit - low temp. for the weekend

    A big thanks goes out to Brennan's Bowery Bar for providing a home base for the event. Not only did they provide a welcome respite from the outside cold, but also Tesla-themed food and drinks!


    Beyond the out-of-area Tesla staff and TOCNYS volunteers, the event was attended by local Gigafactory 2 employees as well as the Tesla Mobile Technician who services cars in Western NY. The latter was in high demand, fielding questions from both Tesla owners and test drivers alike.


    According to TOCNYS member John W., "the flow of patrons couldn't have been better. Never a waiting line for test rides, and just the right attitude by everyone."

    Feedback from the test drivers themselves was also highly positive with Buffalo native Michael M. saying, "a Tesla Model 3 owner let me take a drive in his car. How fantastic! Now I really want one. I am still not sure if I want to get a new Model 3 or a used S. I definitely want the full self driving... Thanks again."

    Test driver Gary S. also had no shortage of positive things to share about the event:

    I just got home from the Tesla event at Brennans. I live in Clarence which is close by. I attended both days and am glad I did. I met a lot of Tesla owners and was able to discuss the cars. On Saturday I brought a friend who was interested in driving a X, which he did. I think the event was a great idea and a success. Though the weather could have been warmer the turnout was good. I hope to see more Tesla events in the Buffalo area... Thanks for putting this together!

    To cap things off, members of the press also stopped by during the event and contributed to the post-event media coverage. Here's one such article from The Buffalo News.

    All in all, a very successful first Tesla test drive event in Buffalo and the hundreds of names on the sign up list ensure that it won't be the last!

  • April 29, 2019 6:19 PM | Joe Moore (Administrator)

    The faithful among Rochester area EV owners and interested public were out in full force on Saturday as the Drive Electric Earth Day event was held at the Penfield Community Center. How do we know it was the faithful that showed up? The 20 mph winds and snow ensured that to be the case!

    First, to provide a high-level overview of the event, there were a total of 43 EVs & owners participating in the community education event, 15 of which were Teslas! Among discussions, Q&A, and show and tells, there were also some test rides given to the attending public.


    The TOCNYS tent doing its job well: nobody got sunburnt or had a heat stroke at the event!

    Next for some first-hand accounts, we'll pass things off to a couple Tesla Owners Club New York State members, first of which is Morgan W:

    Penfield NY's spring EV meet for 2019 did not disappoint, although Mother Nature tried to slow the proceedings with unseasonably harsh weather. Access to the Penfield Library for warm ups and free donuts and coffee compensated for the weather. Five long rows of EVs hunkered down in the library's lot near the Penfield public car chargers, some of the first public EV chargers installed in our region.

    People came to share their rides. The EV home kit car builders, including the legendary Blue Bug EV, were again in attendance. These home built EVs use all kinds of batteries and most predate the commercially made EVs. The constructors driving them know whereof they speak.

    Recent used EV purchasers included a fellow and his dog Nigel, happy in their newly bought used 17' BMW i3. This carbon fiber car is getting scarce in showrooms but if you look it’s a great used EV. This one had 23 K on the clock and cost the same, 23K. In addition to his new used off-lease Fiat 500 EV, another attendee car guy has a Lotus and a Jaguar and does all his own work on cars. He can sure shop! His late model Fiat EV, purchased off lease from the west coast cost him just $7000!

    Many, many new and used Teslas appeared. Tesla has the only full line of EVs and they were all in Penfield on Saturday: The Model S, Model X, and Model 3. One veteran EV owner of a recently-bought, super clean used Model S arrived still trapped in his car's restrictive Valet Mode. TOCNYS rescued him, so that he can now open the glove box and exceed 70mph :) The Model 3 Performance I was hoping to beg a ride in did not appear. "My wife's got it someplace!" explained the car's owner, stepping out of his Model S. People interested in owning these cars found Tesla owners through the snowstorm and gathered data and took rides. Electric vehicles make sense, and talking to the people who own them is still the best way to understand why the cars are gaining in popularity.

    Considering the weather, not all the interaction happened outside exposed to the elements. TOCNYS member Jill B. shares how her "interior outreach" went:

    I had people join me in my car, including several singles and an entire family, parents and 3 kids: 16, 10-ish and 2 years old! I showed them as many bells and whistles I could think of. The father asked about the rear view mirror, as he had read you couldn’t manually adjust it and I assured him those adjustments could be made. They did like the amount of legroom in both front and back. Mom really liked the Model 3, but agreed that realistically the X would be better for their needs. Another gentleman got in the driver's seat and got a good feel for the car - thank goodness he didn’t ask anything I couldn’t answer :)

    Thanks to Tesla and non-Tesla EV owners alike, willing to brave the springtime Winter weather, more and more of the public have been and will be able to experience the future of transportation that's already available. The Penfield Drive Electric Earth Day event has kick-started the Spring/Summer event season successfully - the only thing left is a little cooperation from the sun!


  • April 22, 2019 3:41 AM | Joe Moore (Administrator)

    Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. Worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day now includes events in more than 193 countries, which are coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network.

    -Wikipedia

    "Environmental Protection", though seemingly an innocuously positive phrase, can actually stir up divisive sentiments in society as too often protecting the environment has been framed as coming at the expense of the conveniences of modern life. This is where Tesla comes in. Tesla and its mission "to accelerate...sustainable transport by bringing compelling mass market electric cars to market..." not only fits hand in glove with the spirit of Earth Day, but actually goes one crucial step further: making it compelling to people. In other words, it's no longer a choice of saving the planet OR driving a cool, fast car, but saving the planet BY driving a cool, fast car! For this reason, Tesla's strategy of environmental protection not only promises, but has proven to be, much more effective at actually seeing its goals achieved.

    Now to introduce the Earth Day events in which TOCNYS is participating this year! We encourage anyone in the Rochester and Syracuse areas to attend the following events where TOCNYS members will be in attendance, willing to talk Tesla, EVs, answer questions, and more...

    Drive Electric Earth Day - Penfield - Saturday, April 27 9am-1pm (13 Tesla owners attending)

    Drive Electric Earth Day - Skaneateles - Saturday, April 27 11am-2pm (5 Tesla owners attending)

  • April 18, 2019 9:31 AM | Joe Moore (Administrator)

    BUFFALO, APRIL 18, 2019 -- Tesla, in conjunction with Tesla Owners Club New York State (TOCNYS), will bring a fleet of new Tesla vehicles to demonstrate the technology of the most popular EVs on the market, including Model 3, to Western New York. This free test drive event, open to the public, takes place Saturday, April 27 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday, April 28 10 a.m.–2 p.m. in the parking lot facing Brennan’s Bowery Bar & Restaurant, 4401 Transit Road, Clarence.

    The location is adjacent to the local Tesla Supercharger, the high-speed charging station that enables routine long distance travel. Vehicles on site will include Model S, Model X and Model 3, representing all current platforms in production at the company, and Tesla staff will provide test drives on a first come, first served basis to those who pre-register at http://bit.do/buffalotestdrive.


    Site of Buffalo Tesla Test Drive Event

    Stated by TOCNYS founder Patrick Ho, “Members attending with their own vehicles will engage the public and share their unique ownership experiences. Attendees will also learn more about energy products and solar components that Tesla produces in Buffalo at Gigafactory 2.”

    This marks the second collaboration between Tesla and TOCNYS. A similar event in Rochester last December provided over thirty test drives. These mobile informational events offer Upstate residents a hands-on opportunity without hours of travel to a physical Tesla location.

    About Tesla Owners Club New York State

    Tesla Owners Club New York State is exclusively sanctioned by Tesla for the State of New York. Its volunteers promote the benefits and impact of sustainable energy through electric vehicles and solar energy.

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