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Many of you might know that the next model that Tesla plans to introduce is the 'Y'.  Based on the same platform as the 3, the Y is set to be a min-SUV, kind of an electric sport-ute or a baby brother to the Model x.  The Model Y is not due to go on sale until 2019 and no pictures of the car exist except for a tease image shown by Elon Musk.  However, a talented graphic designer named Jan Peisert took the teaser image and using his imagination and the Model 3 for design cues whipped up the above video which shows us what the Model Y just might look like.  Great job Jan...we're excited for this next Tesla model and hope it looks as good as your rendering.

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(Hint, it's much more than just digital money)

Up until a few months ago, like a lot of people I'd heard of 'Bitcoin' and 'cryptocurrency' but frankly while it seemed mildly interesting, I didn't feel any overwhelming urge to figure out how to get some or use it.  It sounded like a less secure, new fangled, roundabout way of paying for things 'electronically' and since so few places accept them for payment vs. the dollar...I didn't see the point. Why bother, right?

Wrong. Boy was I wrong. Because what I didn't understand...and most of you reading this probably don't either...is that many of these new 'cryptocurrencies' that we see in the news are not 'currencies' at all...they are actually a new technology utilizing a structure called the blockchain that are creating the next version of the internet, an internet 3.0 right now...and the vast majority of people have no idea this is going on.  How is that you ask?  Because many of these digital 'coins' are actually more like programming languages that let you build decentralized applications.  What the heck is that you ask?  Let me explain.

Let's say you want to buy a product off of Ebay, or Amazon like a pair of shoes.  Or perhaps you want to rent a room for a weekend through Airbnb, or get a car ride to the airport through Uber.  All of these businesses utilize a middleman that you have to pay a fee to for their service.  Think about it. You buy something from Ebay or Amazon and they take their little cut out of the seller's gross.  You book a room through airbnb or a car from uber and again...they take a little cut out of the seller's piece or charge a fee to the buyer...either way there's a middleman.

But what if you could get rid of the middle man?  What if there was some kind of company that did each of these things...sold goods..rented homes...drove you around....and there was no middle man?   What if transactions were peer to peer...you to the seller direct...without the middle man's fee?  Well that is exactly what the blockchain allows programmers to do.  Create decentralized applications, businesses, markets, etc.  It does this by utilizing the blockchain as a way of keeping everyone honest.  How?  Well, this video does a nice job of explaining it. 

http://www.youtube.com/v/6WG7D47tGb0

But the important thing to realize is that what we are looking at here is basically the dawn of a brand new internet.  Just like in 1992-94 nobody could have predicted that Amazon or Uber or Facebook or Google could become the behemoths we see today.  Twenty years from now people are going to look back and say the same thing about decentralized, blockchain based companies that will be just as big...or bigger.

It's very likely we'll have decentralized search engines without advertising, we'll have decentralized selling with brand new 'amazons' or 'ebays'. We'll have decentralized banking without the bank taking fees and we'll have virtually every kind of business you can imagine from insurance to education to manufacturing to distribution and it will be done through decentralized applications and companies that basically 'live' on the internet and don't require a middle man taking a fee.

Once you understand this concept the next thing to understand is that the cryptocurrencies that we see today...and the new ones being introduced...are all representative of different kinds of decentralized  businesses and these digital 'coins' are being used to fund the development of these businesses. Now there are some like Bitcoin and Litecoin that are still just digital money.   But others like Ethereum, Golem, Stratis, EOS, Factom and others each represent a new type of decentralized company or platform that are part of this new internet 3.0.  And in order to use any of these companies or platforms you'll have to know how to use these new 'digital currencies'.

Some of these new kinds of decentralized companies are already in operation.  For instance http://steemit.com is a hybrid of reddit and facebook where you use Steem coins as a way of rewarding content.  Instead of Zuckerberg and staff at FB choosing what to show you...it's more democratic and the use of Steem coin rewards content makers.

So how do I begin getting into this world?  What's the first baby step I can take? Open a Coinbase account.   

Coinbase is the oldest and most reliable and safe of the online wallets to start buying your first digital 'coins' with.  You can buy a bit of Bitcoin or Ethereum or Litecoin...the three coins they currently support...and begin to learn how to use them.   For example, you can purchase some 'Steem' at Steemit.com by opening an account there and sending some Bitcoin to yourself from Coinbase to Steemit.  Then you'll convert that Bitcoin to Steem to use.

As you become more comfortable with these currencies you might want to open a trading account on a site like Poloniex...which just like a stockmarket trading site allows you to buy, sell or just watch all kinds of digital coins and see their values fluctuate just like a stock.

But frankly the very first step you should take, just so you can get started and start to explore is to open a Coinbase account.

Right now Coinbase has a promotion where they're offering $10 in free Bitcoin to you if you open an account with just $100, which is exactly what I did to start.  Then you can start playing with it.  One of the first things I did was transfer half of my Bitcoin into Ethereum right within my Coinbase account so in mere minutes I was now both a Bitcoin and Ethereum owner and I could build from there.

Want to learn even more and become a cryptocurrency expert?  Start reading sites like Cointelegraph.com and Coindesk.com and TheMerkle.com to learn more about all these new currencies and what they do. 

Look, I know it seems intimidating at first.  But trust me, this is not just the future of money, it's the future of the internet being built right in front of our eyes.  This is an amazing opportunity.  Don't miss out like you did the last time.  Just think how many times you've told yourself 'if i had just invested in Facebook or Netflix or Amazon back in 199x...well this is your next chance...because the next version of the internet...the decentralized internet is happening right now, today.  Open your Coinbase account and take your first step into that world today.  You'll thank me later.



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As has been discussed by some Model X owners and even mentioned in the Consumer Reports evaluation of the Model X, while the expansive panoramic glass windshield offers an amazing view for the driver and passengers it can also cause problems during times of extremely bright sunlight as the sun can beam down directly on passengers with the tint not able to cool or dim the light enough for some passengers.  By providing this sunshade the company has stated that 2/3rd of both heat as well as sunlight will be cut down fixing the problem.  The shade itself is a high quality mesh that is installed with the use of a couple of clips.  It folds away quickly and comes with a storage bag when not in use.  Installation Instructions walk you through putting the shade up and down.  Hopefully the company will offer a built-in shade or better yet perhaps an automatic or adjustable window tint on future models.  To be honest having driven in Model X myself recently I really liked the expansive panoramic view the windshield offers and having a bit too much sunlight seems like a cheap price to pay for the great view...still it's nice to have this shade when it's needed, especially if there are complaining kids involved.

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Model X General Discussions / Re: Model X wind noise
« on: June 02, 2016, 12:52:32 AM »
According to Musk in yesterday's shareholder meeting at least two new software updates will be going out to fix most of the door issues.  One is going out this week and another in about a month.  He said all the problems with the doors are software related and will be fixed by these updates.

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If you've ever been interested in the history of Tesla Motors and wanted to hear anecdotes from some of the original employees and contributors then today's shareholder meeting headed by Elon Musk was a tour de force of Tesla Motors history and info.  Starting off with the original strategy and revealing that at first suppliers didn't even want to return their phone calls it's a fantastic watch for all Tesla fans.  It's going on live now so we'll post the full video afterwards for you to watch.  We've linked the complete shareholder meeting in two parts below.



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Husband and wife team from a website called 'Drag Times' did a unique experiment with their Tesla S and Tesla X autos...they drag raced them!  With Brooks (the husband) driving the Model S and his wife in the Model X they staged a series of drag races between the two vehicles at the Palm Beach International Raceway.  Armed with a handful of GoPro cameras, a drone overhead and two very fast electric vehicles equipped with 'ludicrous mode', they not only had a lot of fun but succeeded in setting a new world record for a first time driver in an SUV when the Model X achieved a quarter mile time of 11.61 seconds., 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and 0 to 100 in 7.9 seconds.  Check out the video above and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Drag Times


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Tesla released the above video showing a light and music show put on by several Tesla Model X SUVs.  Performing to the ubiquitous “Wizards in Winter” music by Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the company released the holiday video to promote its newest vehicle and spread some holiday cheer. 

Some comments showing up on the Youtube page include:

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“So this is what is holding up deliveries?”
“They need to put this as an option on the touchscreen. Imagine going down the high way at 80 miles an hour. X-mas mode, ON”
“Please make this an Easter Egg on the Model X. if 3 ever meet in a car park, and they are all unlocked at the same time maybe? then they start to play music and perform!”

TechInsider had this to say about the video:

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“Tesla doesn’t spend money on ads, but that doesn’t mean the company won’t share a short promotional video or two, especially around the holidays. … As the music plays, the headlights flash to the music, but after about a minute the performance gets a little more interesting with the Falcon Wing doors opening and closing to the beat of the song.

“Considering 2015 was all about getting the Model X into production for Tesla, the video is a fitting way to close out the year and showcase the car’s most impressive feature: its Falcon doors, which allow for seamless access in and out of the vehicle.”


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Today Tesla announced that all models of the Tesla X are available for order instead of just the fully decked out P90D version which topped out at a pricey $132,000.  Those first fully loaded versions which rolled out in late September were known as 'Founder Series' cars and went to silicon valley luminaries and high rollers such as Google's Sergei Brin and venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson.  With today's announcement you can now order the P90D which starts at $95,000 and perhaps most compelling the P70D which comes in at $80,000 before incentives and gas savings which bring the 'real' ownership cost closer to $61,000.  The pricing of the P70D is competitive with other high end SUVs by Porsche and Landrover among others.  The chart above breaks down some of the mileage, battery and tech specs of the various models.  We're looking forward to seeing more Model X's on the road real soon now that the price of the entry model is within range of more consumers.

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Bloomberg's Betty Liu reports on her first encounter with Tesla's new SUV, the Model X.  From 'ludicrous mode' to the wrap around windshield she sounds thoroughly impressed with Tesla's new vehicle, the 3rd and last before the company's 'mass market' Model 3 is due in 2017.  Some other highlights include the air filtration system which has a 'biohazard' mode, that half-jokingly makes the vehicle a safe refuge in case of toxic gas or fumes outside through the use of an elaborate state of the art air filtration and purification system.  In conclusion Betty Liu seems very impressed and sad to not have a Model X of her own.


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On October 14th, 2015, Elon Musk participated in a press conference focused around the Update 7.0 of its Tesla software on the Model S.  This update features an 'autopilot' feature which is the next step towards what eventually is expected to be fully autonomous driving.  The update includes a host of new features, all of which are expected to appear on the Model X as well and include Automatic Emergency Steering and Side Collision Warning, 'Autosteer' (Beta), Auto lane changing and 'Autopark' as well as some more 'mundane' additions such as improved maps, etc  Definitely worth listening to if you want to be up on the latest cutting edge features for Tesla autos.


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Tesla's earnings were announced yesterday and although they narrowly missed estimates the street seems to like what they see considering the stock price gained over $20/share today.  Elon Musk took part in the earnings all and had a few words to say regarding the recent launch of the Model X SUV as well as the recent software upgrade for the S series featuring autopilot.  I've embedded the audio of the conference call above so you can hear what he had to say yourself as well as all the details about Tesla's recent quarter.


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The Tesla Model X is available in both a 6 and 7 seat option.  Above, we take a look at the 6 seat version which replaces the 7th seat with a Founder 2nd row built-in console containing cup holders and storage. This console means one less seat than the 7 seat model but arguably the improvements in room space for both the two middle row passengers as well as the 2 rear/3rd row passengers make this a worthwhile option.


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Bigger is better...at least where SUVs are involved.  While unconfirmed until now it seems that according to multiple sources the Tesla Model X is in fact eligible for the $25,000 'Hummer Tax Deduction'.  Now this gas guzzler tax allowance is specifically targeted towards those owners that are small business owners using their Model X's for business.  In order to qualify you should of course speak with your accountant and follow the rules laid out to qualify.  Here's a quote from 'Green Car Reports'

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Remember the gas-guzzler tax allowance, nicknamed the “HUMMER deduction” because it allowed small-business owners to buy massive, heavy, fuel-sucking SUVs and deduct a large piece of the cost from their taxes? The HUMMER brand went away as a result of the 2009 GM bankruptcy and government-backed restructuring. But the Section 179 tax credit has had more lives than a TV zombie. The Section 179 deduction allows large capital purchases to be deducted as a business expense, instead of amortized over a number of years.

It first showed up in the Tax Code during the Bush era, with the goal of cutting the cost of purchasing large capital equipment for farmers–think tractors and combine harvesters–as well as other small business people. But the provision was written to allow any vehicle weighing more than 6,000 pounds to qualify.

That let thousands of wealthy white-collar professionals with their own business deduct some or all of the full cost of buying large SUVs, heavy-duty pickup trucks, or (at the time) new HUMMER SUVs.

You can get more details from the IRS website.

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Tesla has released it's level 2 autonomous system known as Autopilot.  It enables owners of the Tesla S (for now) to experience a bit of their car driving itself.  Calling it 'weird and creepy' but at the sametime 'awesome', Jalopnic writer Michael Ballaban likened it to the 'ultimate execution of cruise control'.  It won't navigate to your ultimate location on its own yet and it won't read the traffic signs yet but it will keep you driving safely using its array of sensors, GPS and cameras, even in the chaotic traffic of New York City where he tested it out.  While it's not perfect yet...and there's definitely somewhat of a trust curve between the driver and the car that will eventually be overcome, we can see how in the very near future we all could be sitting in our cars watching the steering wheels turning and our cars slowing and speeding up on their own. Let us know your thoughts after watching the video.  We're sure this functionality will be coming to the Model X sooner than later.

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