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Model X Accessories / Re: EVannex is has good products
« on: December 07, 2017, 06:32:33 PM »
I think they're the leader in Tesla accessories as of now.  They've been very aggressive.  Funny, I bought the teslaaccessories.com domain name years ago.  I wonder if they'd want to use it?


Bitcoin Just passed $16,000. Here's Why It's On Its Way To At Least $100,000 And Why You Need To Buy Some Now.

1. Goldman Sachs has been hiring 'Blockchain' and 'Crypto' Experts and is widely rumored to be working on a 'crypto exchange' that will open sometime in mid-2018.

2. Morgan Stanley has backtracked from its previous skepticism and is now calling Bitcoin 'Digital Gold', saying cryptocurrencies are a new asset class

3. Futures Trading has been approved by both CME, the world's largest options exchange as well as the (CBOE) Chicago Board Options Exchanges.

4. Japan has ruled that Bitcoin is a legal currency and futures trading is being planned for the Tokyo Financial Exchange.

5. Amazon is rumored to be considering accepting Bitcoin as payment for its products, following competitor Overstock.com which already accepts Bitcoin as well as Square, which enables users to pay with Bitcoin.

6. Bitcoin adoption has reached 'critical mass' with the general public and many mainstream institutions accepting it as 'legit'. Bitcoin and cryptocurrency ETFs are now being offered and mainstream publications such as Forbes, Fortune and Time are featuring cover stories on it.

7. The cryptocurrency and blockchain industry is experiencing tremendous job growth and features higher pay and better benefits than comparable positions in other industries

8. There will only ever be 21 million Bitcoins.  The Bitcoin protocol doesn't allow for any more.  Overwhelming demand meeting this very limited supply is causing and will continue to cause the price of Bitcoin to explode.  Some are forecasting it could hit $100,000 and world famous investors are predicting it will go even higher such as Mark Yusko ($400,000) and John McAfee and James Altucher ($1,000,000) within 5 years.

9. Tom Lee of Fundstrat advisors says - If bitcoin captures "5 percent of just the gold market, it's $25,000," Lee added. "But 5 percent seems like an awfully small number. Let's say it's 10 or 15. Then bitcoin could easily be in the $100,000 range."  We think this is on the low end. 

10. Bitcoin allows you to be in control of your wealth.  Instead of putting it in savings or checking accounts, allowing bankers to then use your money to make high risk investments that WE have to bail them out of (like in 2008) when they don't work out, owning Bitcoin allows you to keep possession of your wealth without the risk of someone else's decisions.  And by its very nature Bitcoin is a deflationary currency rather than inflationary.  This means it will GAIN value as time goes on rather than LOSE value like the US dollar where the Fed can print as much as it wants deflating the price.  Bitcoin is a better option for your savings.

Coinbase, the largest and most trusted Bitcoin exchange has added well over 100,000 new accounts in the past 30 days alone due to the exploding value of Bitcoin.   This is something you don't want to miss out on.

The time to buy Bitcoin is NOW.  You don't have to buy an entire Bitcoin.  Even a hundred dollars worth could be worth a nice chunk of cash if Bitcoin keeps increasing in value dramatically.   

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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.


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.

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.


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.


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


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:

“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:

“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.”


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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'

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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