Never mind the outstanding acceleration, low running costs, and quiet ride, there are other stronger reasons why Teslas are a game-changer in the market-place.
Watch this video on Someone Killed My Model 3 – but we’re uninjured! to see what they are:
- Autopilot and Collision Avoidance Systems
- Auto-updates of software whenever improvements are made
- Structural strength to protect occupants from collisions
- Alert sent to the company if an accident occurs.
IMAGINE that you’re female or an elderly driver involved in a collision on a rural road at night. The car immediately alerts Tesla to the fact that your vehicle has been involved in a collision, and someone calls your mobile to check if you need assistance. Data about the collision is collated, and improvements can be made to improve braking, autopilot, etc., then issued as updates within weeks (as happened when a car review site highlighted longer stopping distances).
Drivers need to understand that the current autonomous driving is driver-assist, not full self-driving. Even Autopilot on aircraft needs to be overridden by the pilot sometimes, and there are not nearly so many other close-proximity vehicles in the sky as there are on the road.
Full Self-driving is getting close, but is still in Beta, at the middle of 2022. It may take a few more years before regulators will permit cars on the road without a driver. The UK may take even longer to catch up with the US, but by the end of 2025 I expect to see fully autonomous vehicles on the roads.
No Need to Advertise
While other car manufacturers are spending huge amounts of money on advertising and dealerships, Tesla needs neither. Tesla fans create countless videos on social media reviewing their cars, and some go to great lengths to build customised Tesla models. When other EV manufacturers advertise their products, the inquiries and sales of Teslas increase when buyers do their research and realise that Tesla cars offer better value for the total cost of ownership, and have superior software.
Ignore the FUD
Whenever disruptive technology first appears, many say that it will never catch on, and are quick to point out the disadvantages. They do not understand the issues at all.
The Range is Too Limited
CURRENTLY, the range is about 300 miles on a single charge. That is adequate for daily use, but for long journeys one will have to stop to recharge. However, one should stop after driving for four hours anyway, if only to take a toilet break and buy a snack. Super-chargers can add 80% of the car’s range in about half an hour. The new model S has a range of 400 miles, the Cybertruck will have a range of 520 miles, and the Roadster a range of 600 miles.
They Cost Too much
The initial purchase price is high, but the total cost of ownership breaks even after about five years, depending on the model and the mileage. Lower maintenance, depreciation, and insurance will mean significant savings. Tesla insurance has a significant advantage over other companies because Tesla have vast amounts of data about each user’s real-world driving habits, so they can offer lower insurance premiums to safer drivers.
Full self-driving will allow your investment to earn money whenever you’re not using it. The vehicle may wear out sooner if used as a robotaxi, but it will earn many times its purchase price in revenue.
Even if you don’t want to have strangers riding in your smart new car, you can send the kids to school in it, transport elderly relatives to the shops or hospital, fetch urgent deliveries, etc., all from the comfort of your home or office without spending your precious time to be an unpaid chauffeur.
Where will the Extra Electricity Come From?
Solar, wind, wave, and biomass are all developing. The main problem with solar and wind is storage. Polar Night Energy have one of many possible solutions to this problem. An electric vehicle connected to the grid is a power storage device. Charge it when the wind blows, and feed energy back to the grid when you do not need to use it. Invest in a solar roof to produce all that you need for your own use.
Electricity is Not Green if Produced from Fossil Fuels
Some electricity is produced by burning coal, but more and more is now produced from renewable resources. Octopus account holders use only electricity purchased from renewable sources. • Are Electric Cars Really Green? Even if the electricity is generated using coal, EVs use the energy much more efficiently, and have no tailpipes emitting toxic pollutants at street level.
The World will Run Out of Lithium
Lithium may become more expensive, but that will drive the search for alternative sources. Nearly 100% of lithium can be recycled. Degraded EV batteries can be used for Power Walls; degraded Power Wall batteries can be stripped and the lithium recycled. We don’t need to throw away aluminium, copper, or lead; why would we throw away lithium? • The Race to Recycle Batteries
FSD Won’t Work Without Lane Markings
Comments like: “Come round here in the sticks and try that on single track roads with no markings or features and see how the Tesla self-drives with mud for verges,” are based on gross ignorance of how Tesla FSD works.
If the lane-markings are not present, a Tesla can drive using just the cameras and GPS mapping data (for route-planning). On a single-track road with no markings and no kerbs, it will drive safely in the middle of the road, until another vehicle approaches, then it would move to the side to avoid the oncoming vehicle. If a slow-moving vehicle, bicycle, or horse is up ahead, it will slow down, and move to the opposite side to pass when it is safe to do so. It is especially cautious around vulnerable road users like cyclists and pedestrians. The software can detect trash-bins, traffic-cones, large dogs, and speed bumps. It does not detect small animals yet, but something like a deer is detected. Future versions will, no doubt, improve detection of small animals, and pot-holes or road-debris.
WORK at the Gigafactory in Texas continues at a rapid rate all over the huge site, not just at the main factory building. They are constructing an electricity substation, connecting waste water pipes to the nearby water treatment plant, extending car parking areas for workers and new vehicle storage before shipping, and there is even a Heliport. The Construction of the battery cathode plant is well underway.
September 2022 Update: Work at the Texas Gigafactory began on 23rd July 2020. Production of the Model Y is ramping up. The grand opening was held on 7th April 2022. Behind the Scenes Supercut (Tesla Daily). The Battery Cathode plant now has steel skeleton and decking. The Solar Panels on the main factory roof now outline the word TESLA. Most of the roof will eventually be covered in solar panels, providing an estimated total capacity of 50 Megawatts when it is completed. Gigafactory Texas produced its 10,000th Model Y on September 17th.
Main Factory Layout
Joe Tegtmeyer does regular drone flyovers of the Gigafactory at Austin, Texas, with a detailed description of the work that is currently in progress. His video of 13th April 2022 provides an update on the layout of the factory. This video takes a lookback at two year ago.
EV Performance Records
In 2020, a production Tesla Model 3 Performance set a new world record for the annual Pike’s Peak hill climb race. Sponsored by Tesla fans without corporate finance, they achieved an amazing result.
28th June 2021 Update: Unplugged Performance win the Exhibition Class with the Tesla Model S Plaid.
3rd August 2021 Update: Unplugged Performance sets a new lap record of 1:28:21 on Laguna Seca.
10th September 2021 Update: Model S Plaid (unmodified production car) sets a new world record at the Nürburgring.
27th November 2021: Model S Plaid production vehicle, with passenger seat removed, achieves 8.944 seconds for the quarter mile drag race.
28th June 2022: Unplugged performance Model S Plaid severely hampered by foggy conditions on Pikes Peak and a fogged up windshield.
30th June 2022: Tesla Model S Plaid achieves record 216 mph top speed. The factory model is software limited to 175 mph, probably for safety reasons, but after bypassing that, 216 mph was achieved.
ANOTHER perfect market for Tesla Performance cars: Police, Paramedics, and others who do a lot of mileage or need to get around fast. The Police department is talking to Tesla engineers to incorporate their radios into the software. They can securely store equipment such as computers and weapons, and allow access to medical equipment in the frunk using their mobile without leaving the victim. Boulder City Police just bought a fleet of Tesla cars.
🚀 TSLA to Mars 🚀
The TSLA stock price is very volatile, but in the long-term, the growth has been exceptional. I am confident that it will continue to grow steadily for many years yet. At market close on 27th September 2022, the price was $282.94. TSLA stock is valued at 109% of its price a year ago ($259.1867). Rob Maurer of Tesla Daily gives his views on how to deal with the Volatility of TSLA. He is always worth listening to, offering a well-balanced view. If you invest for the long-term, low prices are a great opportunity to buy more shares at a bargain price. Look at the growth over at least three years to see the true value of an investment. Think of it as a pension fund, or a college fund for your children, not as a building society savings account for Summer holiday trips or emergencies. If you have to sell at short notice, you may lose a big slice of your investment.
The Competition is Coming!
SEVERAL manufacturers have released premium range electric cars that can be compared to Tesla cars. The Lucid Air Dream edition at $180,000 is significantly more expensive than the Model S Plaid, and still limited to 250 vehicles. The end of December saw the delivery of the first few vehicles to customers. Ford admitted that their popular Mach-E is not profitable. Rivian has massive debts, and its R1T is Not Cutting It.
Self-driving Beta Test
Many videos of the Beta software in use can be found on YouTube.
September 2022: FSD Beta 10.69.2 The price of FSD Software has now increased from $12,000 to $15,000. It has a rewritten code-base, improved creep behaviour, with a blue line on the display indicating how far the car will creep forward. It has better behaviour on roundabouts and unprotected left turns. FSD Beta 10.69.2 is being released to all 100,000 FSD Beta testers. It will be overly cautious around pedestrians. 10.69.2.1 coming out in a few days with additional polish, 10.69.3 comes out shortly after AI Day (September 30th). Currently, Tesla requires drivers to have a safety score of 95. The new score of 80 (for 10.69.3) will allow a larger number of Tesla owners to participate in FSD Beta testing. This move hints at Tesla’s confidence in the software’s growth and improvement.
Model S Plaid
On June 10th 2021, Tesla held a delivery event for the Model S and X Plaid versions. The Model S Plaid was the quickest production car of any kind. (The Rimac Nivera is quicker, but it is a limited edition super-car). Review by Tesla Raj. The Lucid Air Dream edition recorded a time of 9.912 on 28th December 2021. Review by Fully Charged.
- 0-60 in 1.99 seconds – Quicker than a Bugatti Chiron
- Standing quarter mile in 9.23 seconds
- Top speed 200 mph, 1020 HP
- Lowest drag coefficient of any production car: 0.208
- Range 390 (Plaid) – 405 miles (Long Range)
- Charging 187 miles in 15 minutes – new battery pack
- Carbon-sleeved rotors 20,000+ rpm delivering full power right up to 200 mph with no gearing
- Improved heat pump 30% more efficient for cold weather range
- Yoke steering with no stalks, smart gear-shift, back-seat PS5 quality entertainment and 36 watt wireless charging, three zone air-conditioning, double-glazed acoustic glass, 22 speakers 920 watts! New UI on 17″ main screen, waypoints on route-planning.
Tesla Extreme Journey
Can a Tesla Take this Freezing Abuse?
Lars, of BestInTESLA, drives his three-year-old Tesla to the north of Norway, the land of EVs. Heading for the Arctic Circle in Winter, up and down mountains, sleeping in the car.
Tesla Conquers Ford
Tesla Energy will benefit from Federal Tax Credits for Solar Roofs, Solar Panels, and Battery Storage (Power Packs), Rob Maurer reports on Tesla Daily. Many owners of Power Walls are enjoying good profits from selling energy to the grid during events at $2 per KwH.