Steve Grande's Tesla X
Jim McCarthy, President, Electric Vehicle Association of Southern California
After checking in at the
registration table, and plugging into a Level 2 charging station, Jim
asked us to move our Tesla X over to a specific parking area when
finished, so we could talk with visitors about our car. Level 2
charging stations give 10 - 25 miles of driving range added per hour of
charging. Previously I have only used Tesla Superchargers which
give up to 130 miles of range in 20 minutes.
Some of the 100 charging stations had solar panels above them, we just chose one in the shade.
Being the first time for Paul and me to use a Level 2 charger, we
first found the adapter for the Tesla, then Gregg, who owns a 2014
Toyota with Tesla engine, charging in the while car in the photo above,
came to help us. He pointed out the controls and how to get
Michael Kimura arrived to help us, explaining that since it was free
charging, we only needed to call an 800 number on the charger, tell it
which unit number we were using, and we were good to go.
Phone number at bottom left with station number.
Michael Kimura's new premium Bolt identified by the roof rack.
Standard model Bolt.
Chuck and Sunshine Knapp, 2015 Model S
Press Release from Plug In America:
08.09.2017 - by Joel Levin
The Most Important Vehicle of the Century
“The Most Important Vehicle of the Century”
Those aren’t my words. That is what Motor Trend glowingly called the
Tesla Model 3 when they were fortunate enough to take a test drive in
one of the first few vehicles on the road. I haven ’t been in one yet,
but I am eager to get behind the wheel.
The Ford Model T is considered the most important vehicle of the last
century. Before the Model T, the automobile was an expensive toy for
the wealthy. Each one was hand made in small quantities. The Model T
was mass produced on an assembly line and priced for common man. In
1926, it sold for $260, about $3600 in today’s money. The 15 million
that were produced made cars available to the middle class for the
first time and completely reshaped the American landscape.
Certainly the Tesla Model 3 is already one of the most anticipated
vehicles in history. When Tesla first began taking orders for it in
March 2016, over 300,000 people plunked down $1,000 in the first week
to get a spot in line. Nothing like that had ever happened before. Elon
Musk recently told reporters the line is now up to 455,000.
By the end of this year, Tesla plans to ramp up production of the Model
3 to 20,000 per month, which is a bit more than all the plug-in
vehicles sold monthly in the U.S., combined. Clearly, that will not be
simple. In his remarks at the launch of the Model 3, Elon Musk observed
that they were heading into a “manufacturing hell” over the coming
months. But if they can deliver on that goal and the car dazzles the
rest of us the way that it has the good folks at Motor Trend, then it
might just be the most important vehicle of the century.
The most significant thing about the Model T was not just the car
itself, but the way it forced Ford’s competitors to respond and changed
the whole industry. When the last Model T rolled off the assembly line
in 1927, all car manufacturing had moved to assembly lines and prices
had dropped precipitously.
The Model 3 could just be the car that demonstrates that electric drive
really is better, consumers truly want it, and forces the rest of the
industry to respond or be left behind.