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TESLA Stores
11-03-2013, 08:57 PM (This post was last modified: 11-03-2013 09:15 PM by Neonzapper.)
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TESLA Stores
Tesla has been marketing their cars with some boutique-styled stores. Here are a few cellphone pictures I took inside the local Tesla store at Montgomery Mall, Bethesda, Maryland...

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I apologize for the poor quality cellphone photos. The batteries are lined-up along the bottom of the frame for a low center of gravity, and the store has two private rooms in the back with all white leather decor. There are charging stations at the mall, and a few other places around town. Starting price is around US$72,000 and can go as high as around US$130,000 with fully loaded options. US Gov't rebate of US$7,500 is available to offset price.

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11-03-2013, 10:45 PM
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have the courts decide whether tesla can sell directly to customers yet?

the roadster looks like a fun second car to me. i like road trips and don't live in california, so it wouldn't work as a primary vehicle, but i hope more people (people who use airplanes when they travel long distances) let go of the irrational range fear and embrace the model s.
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11-04-2013, 04:06 AM
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Shows how cheap internal combustion engines are.

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11-04-2013, 04:53 AM
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(11-04-2013 04:06 AM)Yaaay Wrote:  Shows how heavily subsidised internal combustion engines are.

Corrected that for you. We're paying the environmental cost one way or the other: the question is whether it's just the people driving the petrol engined vehicles or everyone who's coughing up.

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11-04-2013, 05:16 AM
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newly developing tech + the low sales volume of hesitant customers = high prices.
internal combustion motor carriages were expensive when they were trying to displace the horse as well.
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11-04-2013, 06:12 AM (This post was last modified: 11-04-2013 06:13 AM by leonbray.)
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they did some analysis here in Oz around plug in hybrids and because we use coal powered power stations and the cost of our power is high, there isn't much of an advantage until oil prices go sky high. Pity as electric motors are a great form of propulsion

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11-04-2013, 11:34 AM
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According to Tesla's website, we have a showroom here in Raleigh. It's a bit out of the way, but if I find myself out there, I might check it out. It might explain why we saw a Tesla @ Panera Bread last weekend...

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11-04-2013, 02:38 PM
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hahaha, that's exactly where i'd look for one.
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11-04-2013, 03:33 PM
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All the players with their Teslas gotta get their soup in a breadbowl somewhere!

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11-01-2014, 09:24 AM (This post was last modified: 11-01-2014 09:25 AM by Neonzapper.)
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From TESLA Website:

October 16, 2014


A Raw Deal in Michigan
By The Tesla Motors Team
TAGS: Customers /

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On October 1, the Michigan Automobile Dealers Association succeeded in passing a bill that is harmful to consumers. The bill, HB5606, was originally a single amendment to existing law designed to ensure that the car dealers can tack additional fees on to the purchase price for all vehicles (from any manufacturer) sold in Michigan. Such fees have a controversial history, are generally regarded with skepticism and have been the subject of consumer concern in other states.

Not content with enshrining their ability to charge consumers dubious fees, on the last day of the legislative session, the dealers managed to make a last-minute change to the bill in an attempt to cement their broader retail monopoly. Using a procedure that prevented legislators and the public at large from knowing what was happening or allowing debate, Senator Joe Hune added new language in an attempt to lock Tesla out of the State. Unsurprisingly, Senator Hune counts the Michigan Automobile Dealers Association as one of his top financial contributors, and his wife’s firm lobbies for the dealers.

By striking a single, but critical, word from MCLA 445.1574(14)(1)(i), the law governing franchise relations in Michigan, the dealers seek to force Tesla, a company that has never had a franchise dealership, into a body of law solely intended to govern the relationship between a manufacturer and its associated dealers. In so doing, they create an effective prohibition against Tesla opening a store in Michigan.

This amendment goes even further. It also seeks to prevent Tesla from operating a gallery in Michigan that simply provides information without conducting sales. We could even be barred from telling people about our car.

This anti-competitive behavior mirrors similar tactics in New Jersey and Missouri, where dealers have resorted to backroom political maneuvers to shore up their monopolies. The dark-of-night tactics highlight the dealers’ concerns that their arguments don’t stand up well to public scrutiny.

Indeed, no consumer unaffiliated with dealers would ever want this. Officials at the Federal Trade Commission have spoken out about the potentially harmful consequences of the dealers’ anti-competitive behavior, saying “competition ultimately provides the best protections for consumers.” Leading economists have also weighed in, saying dealer monopolies come “at the expense of consumers and innovative technologies.” And in September, in considering a similar body of law, the Massachusetts Supreme Court handed down a ruling that made it clear that such laws were not intended to exclude a manufacturer without franchise dealerships from selling to consumers directly.

While the car dealers’ anti-consumer bill has made it through the legislature, it has yet to be signed into law. The bill is now on Governor Rick Snyder’s desk. We are calling on concerned consumers to contact the Governor and urge him to veto this legislation and return the issue to the legislature for a full and open debate in 2015.

Please make your voice heard.

Other ways to contact Gov. Snyder:
◾ Phone: 517-373-3400
◾ Mail: P.O. Box 30013, Lansing, MI 48909
◾ Twitter: @onetoughnerd

http://www.teslamotors.com/blog/raw-deal-michigan

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11-02-2014, 11:13 AM
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Isn't free market capitalism just, like, amazeballs?

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09-29-2016, 04:41 AM
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I may have moved this discussion.

(09-28-2016 02:05 PM)Jackson Wrote:  I hope Peter will talk to me about it.

Yes, for you, anything.

(09-28-2016 02:08 PM)chemics Wrote:  
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Is this the used one to see you to the Model 3's arrival, or did you decide to get a new one?

I decided to go new. They are holding secondhand prices so well there is little difference, at least I get my spec this way. Less than a 3 month wait. Model 3 is on order but I can sell that anytime for more than face value. It could easily still be 2 years away.

The buying experience is refreshingly different. First surprise is that the car gets Europeanised in Holland where Tesla have a facility.

This arrived yesterday. Posed to prove I can still waste fossil fuels.

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09-29-2016, 09:32 AM
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Cool.
I saw half a dozen Teslas during my recent Cali holiday and I wasn't particularly keeping an eye out for them. I also noticed about the same number of Ferraris and of Lambos, but a shedload of really nice Indian motorcycles, both ancient and modern.

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09-29-2016, 11:12 AM
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(09-29-2016 09:32 AM)drmarkf Wrote:  Cool.
I saw half a dozen Teslas during my recent Cali holiday and I wasn't particularly keeping an eye out for them. I also noticed about the same number of Ferraris and of Lambos, but a shedload of really nice Indian motorcycles, both ancient and modern.

I think the Ferrari's & Lamborghini's outnumbered the Tesla's in London when we were there. Although I wasn't looking out for them either and a Ferrari/Lamborghini tends to announce itself before you see it.

I also saw a P1, which was a stunning piece of kit, just not sure I'd want to drive it in Central London traffic.

It's interesting seeing the difference in 2 busy major cities between London & Rome where London has so many large luxury cars and Rome is all scooters and Smart cars.
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09-29-2016, 11:16 PM
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(09-29-2016 04:41 AM)Yaaay Wrote:  I may have moved this discussion.

(09-28-2016 02:05 PM)Jackson Wrote:  I hope Peter will talk to me about it.

Yes, for you, anything.

(09-28-2016 02:08 PM)chemics Wrote:  
(09-27-2016 02:17 PM)Yaaay Wrote:  [Image: 30sbsw5.jpg]

Is this the used one to see you to the Model 3's arrival, or did you decide to get a new one?

I decided to go new. They are holding secondhand prices so well there is little difference, at least I get my spec this way. Less than a 3 month wait. Model 3 is on order but I can sell that anytime for more than face value. It could easily still be 2 years away.

The buying experience is refreshingly different. First surprise is that the car gets Europeanised in Holland where Tesla have a facility.

This arrived yesterday. Posed to prove I can still waste fossil fuels.

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09-30-2016, 04:15 AM
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Already Done




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10-26-2016, 11:39 AM
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Hello Peter,

First off, congratulations on purchasing your new Tesla S.

My name is Jo and I am excited to introduce myself as your Delivery Experience Specialist! I will be guiding you through the Delivery Experience for your brand new Model S. It’s my goal to ensure all goes smoothly for you in this exciting time leading up to ownership.

You may have now noticed on your MyTesla account that your Model S has now completed its assembly. Once your car is on a vessel to Europe, we'll reach out to you to discuss a delivery window. When the car arrives in Tilburg and assembly is complete, we'll confirm your delivery date.

If you have any additional questions feel free to contact me on the details below.

Kind Regards,

Johanna Proud | Delivery Experience Specialist | London

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10-26-2016, 06:48 PM
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Johanna Proud | Delivery Experience Specialist |

When I was a lad she'd have been...

Johanna Proud | Midwife |

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10-26-2016, 07:37 PM
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I can't believe Yaaay bought an American car!

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10-27-2016, 03:52 AM
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and it's more 'mercan than your regular 'mercan brands and burns less public money than your regular 'mercan brands, Mr. Lutz

Mine went through production two weeks before Elon announced full autonomy hardware. I have my fingers very crossed but my expectations low.

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10-27-2016, 02:09 PM (This post was last modified: 10-27-2016 02:17 PM by Yaaay.)
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Johanna wrote to me again today. Exciting news:



Hello Peter

I hope this email finds you well.

With the arrival of your Model S fast approaching I just wanted to touch base to update you that your car is currently on the final part of its journey to Tilburg in Holland!

Once your car arrives in Holland then it will go through its necessary measures and final checks. Then will come the time for me to contact you to advise of your two week countdown!

It is at this point that we can work together to find a convenient time for you to collect your new car. We anticipate this to be week commencing 28.11.2016 .

If there is anything I can assist you with in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best wishes,

Kind Regards
Johanna Proud | Delivery Experience Specialist | Delivery Department

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10-28-2016, 06:48 AM
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I'd be interested to hear Johanna's response to this post and the background article (actually I wouldn't really, because she's bound to come up with some dissembling guff about autonomous technology still being under intense development and not ready for the complete driver experience etc etc, but you know what I mean).

http://blog.experientia.com/a-study-on-h...-the-road/

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10-28-2016, 09:29 AM (This post was last modified: 10-28-2016 09:30 AM by chemics.)
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(10-28-2016 06:48 AM)drmarkf Wrote:  I'd be interested to hear Johanna's response to this post and the background article (actually I wouldn't really, because she's bound to come up with some dissembling guff about autonomous technology still being under intense development and not ready for the complete driver experience etc etc, but you know what I mean).

http://blog.experientia.com/a-study-on-h...-the-road/

Of course, driving like an arsehole in front of a car with a dozen cameras and whatever else installed means your going to have a hard time talking your way out of fault if you cause an accident, or even arguing your case if the driver can use the data to report you for dangerous driving.

(10-27-2016 03:52 AM)Yaaay Wrote:  and it's more 'mercan than your regular 'mercan brands and burns less public money than your regular 'mercan brands, Mr. Lutz

Mine went through production two weeks before Elon announced full autonomy hardware. I have my fingers very crossed but my expectations low.

That's quite unfortunate if you miss out on the hardware, both in terms of future upgrades and potential impacts on resale.
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10-28-2016, 11:06 AM
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>> Of course, driving like an arsehole in front of a car with a dozen cameras and whatever else installed means your going to have a hard time talking your way out of fault if you cause an accident, or even arguing your case if the driver can use the data to report you for dangerous driving.

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I don't think that will cut much ice with the baseball-cap-on-backwards-in-a-1982-Vauxhall-Nova brigade who will see it is a way to show off their pitiful manhood in the same way they regularly do now by jumping red traffic lights and cutting up old ladies at zebra crossings.

Or the drivers of black, over-chromed 2016 Audi Q8s with obscured number plates like the one that overtook me down the inside on the M6 at 120mph+ on Thursday evening last week. I am not joking.

Mark my words, sonny...

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10-28-2016, 12:00 PM
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(10-28-2016 09:29 AM)chemics Wrote:  That's quite unfortunate if you miss out on the hardware, both in terms of future upgrades and potential impacts on resale.

Yes, but I am not that worried, if I have missed out the loss in resale will be very little, the things won't go full on for four or five years and by then it will be that old. In that time things will look very different all round.

Would be nice to have more than just standard Autopilot as they introduce more and more features though. Fingers crossed.

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