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Old 09-09-2017, 12:48 AM Thread Starter
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Funny you mentioned the TESLA, because I told my husband that I really hated pulling into the lot at the Dentists' Office in a TESLA, because they would get the false impression that "money was no object". We purchased a TESLA four years ago and loved everything about it. Then my husband decided he wanted to increase our mileage range, have the 8 cameras with radar sensors, all wheel drive, and have the auto drive feature, so he purchased a new one a few months ago. It is fabulous in so many ways. I'm sure you will love it! Which model did you order?
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Tesla, what a vehicle!

I am proud to say I am a tree hugging, eco-freak, snowflake. We put Solar City panels (a Tesla company) on our roof two years ago. We now enjoy "free" electricity from the sun 12 months out of the year. We expect that the system will pay for itself in 7 years from installation or sooner as electricity rates continue to go up.

The next phase of our plan is a completely electric car to become energy independent. I reserved a Tesla Model 3 on the first day, March 31, 2016. I expect delivery of our car next January or February.....and I am lucky to get it that soon! What happened is that Tesla got about 500,000 reservations for the Model 3 from around the world but those of us in California who reserved on the first day will get the early deliveries. Deliveries are already happening but they are going to Tesla employees first. Today, reservations are coming in at about 1,800 per day! If you place an order for a Model 3 today, you can expect delivery in about 18/24 months.

Why is the car so popular even before it hits the road? For starters, the base price starts at $35K. Then the IRS gives you a $7.500 tax credit and if you live in California you get another $2,500 rebate. So the price of a car that equals a BMW/Audi/Mercedes in quality and nets at $25,000!!!!!!! These incentives won't last forever, so people are jumping on the wagon to strike while the iron is hot. Of course, Ricky would never stand for a base model, so we are getting one that has several upgrade options including the "auto drive feature". This feature is called EAP (Enhanced Auto Pilot) which will eventually lead to a full self driving car. Two days ago, Congress approved self driving as a concept for adoption in the US.

The car is shockingly different! There is no instrument cluster in front of the driver. The only instrument is a screen at the center dash about the size of a 15" laptop in landscape mode. Everything is controlled from the screen and thumb scroll wheels on the steering wheel and voice commands. Some features of the car can be controlled by a Smartphone app from anywhere you can get a signal. The future of personal transportation has arrived!

Lori, we have friends in Northern California that have a Havanese (Abby) and a red Model S Tesla (actually his AND her Model S's). Tesla's and Havanese seem to go hand in hand - fast, sexy, beautiful,and oh so smart! Here is a picture of Abby in her Tesla
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Abby reminds me of a certain Havanese by the name of Shama!

Tesla cars have now become more affordable. In my opinion, they will become the norm for personal transportation in as little as 5 years as more auto manufacturers realize that the oil industry is dead for powering cars in the future. This last week I had a 240v outlet installed in my garage to power my car from my solar panels. I picked up my personalized license plates from the DMV today that say...................GAS GBY. Ricky is now ready for his new ride and it will be black and white like he is!

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Interesting, Popi, I've not known anything about Teslas, not being a car person.

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Do they have a decent range now? That was what has worried me in the past. We live in an area where we need to drive long distances without the ability to recharge.

We bought the Mini Cooper because it is very efficient for a gas powered car. I have not been a big fan of the Prius, because the batteries don't last long enough, and they are a big source of toxic mateTE the design of the rear... it is very hard to see out of)

We put solar on our house last winter. (or more accurately, on our garage and barn, as the house doesn't get enough sun) We won't generate nearly the amount of electricity you do, because of our weather, but it has already taken a big bite out of our electric bill.


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Tesla, what a vehicle!

I am proud to say I am a tree hugging, eco-freak, snowflake. We put Solar City panels (a Tesla company) on our roof two years ago. We now enjoy "free" electricity from the sun 12 months out of the year. We expect that the system will pay for itself in 7 years from installation or sooner as electricity rates continue to go up.

The next phase of our plan is a completely electric car to become energy independent. I reserved a Tesla Model 3 on the first day, March 31, 2016. I expect delivery of our car next January or February.....and I am lucky to get it that soon! What happened is that Tesla got about 500,000 reservations for the Model 3 from around the world but those of us in California who reserved on the first day will get the early deliveries. Deliveries are already happening but they are going to Tesla employees first. Today, reservations are coming in at about 1,800 per day! If you place an order for a Model 3 today, you can expect delivery in about 18/24 months.

Why is the car so popular even before it hits the road? For starters, the base price starts at $35K. Then the IRS gives you a $7.500 tax credit and if you live in California you get another $2,500 rebate. So the price of a car that equals a BMW/Audi/Mercedes in quality and nets at $25,000!!!!!!! These incentives won't last forever, so people are jumping on the wagon to strike while the iron is hot. Of course, Ricky would never stand for a base model, so we are getting one that has several upgrade options including the "auto drive feature". This feature is called EAP (Enhanced Auto Pilot) which will eventually lead to a full self driving car. Two days ago, Congress approved self driving as a concept for adoption in the US.

The car is shockingly different! There is no instrument cluster in front of the driver. The only instrument is a screen at the center dash about the size of a 15" laptop in landscape mode. Everything is controlled from the screen and thumb scroll wheels on the steering wheel and voice commands. Some features of the car can be controlled by a Smartphone app from anywhere you can get a signal. The future of personal transportation has arrived!

Lori, we have friends in Northern California that have a Havanese (Abby) and a red Model S Tesla (actually his AND her Model S's). Tesla's and Havanese seem to go hand in hand - fast, sexy, beautiful,and oh so smart! Here is a picture of Abby in her Tesla
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Abby reminds me of a certain Havanese by the name of Shama!

Tesla cars have now become more affordable. In my opinion, they will become the norm for personal transportation in as little as 5 years as more auto manufacturers realize that the oil industry is dead for powering cars in the future. This last week I had a 240v outlet installed in my garage to power my car from my solar panels. I picked up my personalized license plates from the DMV today that say...................GAS GBY. Ricky is now ready for his new ride and it will be black and white like he is!

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Isn't it amazing how the word "TESLA" generates such excitement and enthusiasm from those that are familiar with it?! I could write pages and pages on this subject, but I'd be preaching to the choir about it here. We've been members of the MN TESLA Club for over 4 years now. We have the Model S 100D in red with the white vegan seats and black interior trim. We have driven close to 400 miles on one charge and simply love everything about this car. We also have the high powered wall unit in our garage and by charging overnight (off peak), we only pay 4 cent per Kilowatt Hour. Our housing development doesn't allow solar panels...bummer. I just LOVE the picture of the Havanese riding in the red TESLA, because my husband insists that no small children or dogs will ride in the TESLA because he is over-the-top about not taking any chances of spilling, marking, smudging, etc. etc. So our new puppy (Casey-KC) will be riding in my Subaru until KC has a chance to totally win his heart .
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Do they have a decent range now?
Model 3 = $35K = 220 miles
Model 3 = $44K = 310 miles

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That was what has worried me in the past. We live in an area where we need to drive long distances without the ability to recharge.
Your local showroom/service center/supercharger is in Dedham

A new supercharger location is being built in Natick and will open by the end of the year. Supercharger locations in the Boston area will increase four-fold in the next year.....and even more after that. However, simply recharge your TESLA at home either off the grid or off your solar panels. Have your electrician install a NEMA 14-50 plug outlet in a convenient place. This will charge your TESLA at 30 - 40 miles range per hour, so full charge, 8 hours, overnight. Supercharger rate is 130 - 170 mile range per 30 minutes! All these numbers will improve dramatically over the next 2/3 years. Battery technology is advancing rapidly!

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We bought the Mini Cooper because it is very efficient for a gas powered car. I have not been a big fan of the Prius, because the batteries don't last long enough, and they are a big source of toxic mateTE the design of the rear... it is very hard to see out of)
We currently drive a 2012 plug-in Prius and get 70+ mpg. View out the rear is great BUT putting three crates in the back would be tough! I have no idea what "mateTE" is.

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We put solar on our house last winter. (or more accurately, on our garage and barn, as the house doesn't get enough sun) We won't generate nearly the amount of electricity you do, because of our weather, but it has already taken a big bite out of our electric bill.
We have a 3.3 Kwh solar system that provides for all of our needs, BUT we live in a small cottage and don't have the electrical needs that your beautiful estate might generate. Be aware that solar panels continue to produce (reduced) electricity even on cloudy days. The only thing that is bad for them is direct shade.

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Model 3 = $35K = 220 miles
Model 3 = $44K = 310 miles


Your local showroom/service center/supercharger is in Dedham

A new supercharger location is being built in Natick and will open by the end of the year. Supercharger locations in the Boston area will increase four-fold in the next year.....and even more after that. However, simply recharge your TESLA at home either off the grid or off your solar panels. Have your electrician install a NEMA 14-50 plug outlet in a convenient place. This will charge your TESLA at 30 - 40 miles range per hour, so full charge, 8 hours, overnight. Supercharger rate is 130 - 170 mile range per 30 minutes! All these numbers will improve dramatically over the next 2/3 years. Battery technology is advancing rapidly!


We currently drive a 2012 plug-in Prius and get 70+ mpg. View out the rear is great BUT putting three crates in the back would be tough! I have no idea what "mateTE" is.


We have a 3.3 Kwh solar system that provides for all of our needs, BUT we live in a small cottage and don't have the electrical needs that your beautiful estate might generate. Be aware that solar panels continue to produce (reduced) electricity even on cloudy days. The only thing that is bad for them is direct shade.

You have now discovered my SECOND favorite topic after Havanese!
Ha!!! "mateTe" is "material" typed on my lap in a moving truck. . We are on our way home from a Nova Scotia vacation.

Yes, except for the very WORST days during the winter (heavy dark cloud cover/ low sun angle AND snowing), our panels do produce SOME power. But not enough to make our electrical bill go away. (I don't tell Dave how much power drying 3 long haired dogs takes! )
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I just LOVE the picture of the Havanese riding in the red TESLA, because my husband insists that no small children or dogs will ride in the TESLA because he is over-the-top about not taking any chances of spilling, marking, smudging, etc. etc. So our new puppy (Casey-KC) will be riding in my Subaru until KC has a chance to totally win his heart
We don't have a TESLA, but we do have two Subarus, a Forester and an Impreza. (LoriJack is going to bring KC to visit Shama. Shama is so excited!)
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Do they have a decent range now? That was what has worried me in the past. We live in an area where we need to drive long distances without the ability to recharge.



We bought the Mini Cooper because it is very efficient for a gas powered car. I have not been a big fan of the Prius, because the batteries don't last long enough, and they are a big source of toxic mateTE the design of the rear... it is very hard to see out of)



We put solar on our house last winter. (or more accurately, on our garage and barn, as the house doesn't get enough sun) We won't generate nearly the amount of electricity you do, because of our weather, but it has already taken a big bite out of our electric bill.


The Model S 100D is all wheel drive, ability to raise the suspension to the height of an SUV and has a range between 340-400 miles per charge (based on driving conditions).


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Ha!!! "mateTe" is "material" typed on my lap in a moving truck. . We are on our way home from a Nova Scotia vacation.
Yeah, right, I've heard the old "CoFeFe" excuse once too often!
Out of curiosity, what are the toxic "mateTe" used in a Prius?

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Yes, except for the very WORST days during the winter (heavy dark cloud cover/ low sun angle AND snowing), our panels do produce SOME power. But not enough to make our electrical bill go away. (I don't tell Dave how much power drying 3 long haired dogs takes! )
I've often wondered how solar panels work when they are under a foot of snow. Any electric appliance that uses a heating element - clothes dryers, hair dryers, cooktops, house heating, water heaters, dishwashers, etc. - are energy hogs. Fortunately we have natural gas for heating, cooking, water heating, and clothes drying - in California. However, as solar panel technology improves and battery storage technology advances, I plan on going 100% electric and go completely off the grid. TESLA has designed a electric power storage system called Power Wall for domestic use. It is in the early stages of development and doesn't quite meet my needs yet.

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PS. Our license plate is: OHM RUN
Love it! TESLA crowd has become very creative with vanity plates. I wanted to put KIKNGAS on our new TESLA but Momi gave me an emphatic NO!

Lori, what did you name your car on the UI?

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