Beyond Exciting!

June 9 ,2020

The first Canadian delivery of the Tesla Model Y

Paul Carter, Founder/President of Tesla Owners Club of British Columbia. Programmer/Instructor, Sustainability Advocate & Baker*

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The moment the happy family who became the first proud owners of a new 2020 Tesla Model Y in Canada. Along with their new Tesla family, the Tesla Team and Owners all shared in this momentous occasion. The delivery was arranged for June 9 after the vehicle arrived during the weekend to prepare for the awaiting owners. Orders first started during the night of the reveal nearly 18 months ago.

In May 2020, Tesla again moved up the timeline to the delight of customers who’ve had orders placed since the reveal or since. Initially slated to begin production in the United States in 2021, Tesla moved it up to Summer 2020 in October 2019. Tesla has again delivered ahead of schedule for its two latest vehicles. Something that had been a bit of frustration with prior reservations holder anxiously waiting for the car of their dreams and perhaps the most enjoyable and safest cars on the planet.

On delivery day at the Tesla West 4th Sales, Service, and Deliver Center in Vancouver, BC, Canada, everyone gathered around to witness the 5th Tesla vehicle to hit the roads in Canada. The excitement was so energizing. Everyone expects the Model Y to be a huge hit. After all the crossover segment in the auto industry and 2nd to pickups for light duty vehicles. Tesla and friends posing for the camera to capture this great occasion gave the camera the number one salute and me, the club President, in an exciteful Y stance. I’ve been fortunate to experience a few times before, first being an owner in 2014 of a Tesla Model S 60, trading up to a Tesla Model S P90D and now has two (a Model X P100D and a Model 3 Performance). I was so ecstatic for the owners for their own Model Y it felt I just got a new car too! So hang onto your shorts, the Model Y could very well become the highest selling vehicle in the Tesla S3XY line-up!

I’ve created a story to welcome the Tesla Model Y to Canada around a theme. It’s “Y We 💙U” (“Why” We love You), a play on Model Y letter: why. Check out the presentation below. Don’t worry, it’s mostly full of wonderful photos I took along with a few Tesla stock photos.

Future Tesla Owners

The Model Y is now also available for the Tesla referral program, where the soon to be owner, is sometimes eligible for incentives. In most places the owner who refers you also gets some referral rewards like small perks, a chance to win some great prices, invites to events, and earn their way into a free car! However in a few places (like BC and 2 States), it’s against the law. Write into your MLA and tell them it’s unfair as virtually everything you can buy these days has perks like this (if you agree).

Likely, by now you’ll probably know someone who owns a Tesla or chatted up a total stranger and about theirs! So before you buy, reach out to an existing owner who you know or has helped you and ask for their code.

If your curiosity is now peaked, go up to any owner, they will be more than delighted to answer any questions you have. That’s one of the great things about the Tesla family. Owners who have seen the community around Tesla foster kinship and community. Chances are they will also know about the benefits of other electric vehicles, not just Tesla. Some are advocates like myself who help educate the benefits of the performance, time, costs, and environmental savings that come along with it also be extremely fun to drive due to the instant torque that all electric vehicles provide that joy.

Current Incentives

Check for electric vehicles incentives and do the math on total cost of ownership. The extra upfront costs for this state of the art technology and battery

The current referral program gives the new owner 1,500 free Supercharger enabled kilometres. The Supercharger network allows for very fast charging while on long distance travel and fast charging while shopping at some malls.

You’re now free to go about the country (Well via Highway 1 from Victoria to Nova Scotia with a few detours available on you trek in a great piece of high tech!

As of June 2020 there are 100 Supercharges in Canada allowing you to go from Vancouver Island to Nova Scotia via the Trans Canada Highway. In the USA there are 824 in which covers nearly the entire United States.

Happy Hypermiling or dreams of never going to the gas station again!

Paul CarterTesla Owners Club of British Columbia

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Personal: http://WithSparkle.ca | Paul@WithSparkle.ca | Twitter: @ShuttleAkajor

Vancouver Tesla Birthday Drive

April 12, 2020

Here is the little blog of the event. …. Alfred

Our proud Tesla owner, Aimee King set up a drive by birthday celebration for her lovely son, Gavin 3 weeks before his birthday which was April 12th.   Gavin was also a Tesla enthusiast. More than 45 Tesla owners showed up at the event.  It was a simple drive-by event and no gathering happened during the most challenge time in human`s history.

Here is the story, one of our proud Tesla owners, Aimee King invited all the Tesla owners on  Tesla Owners of Vancouver (Lower Mainland/GVRD) and Tesla Owners of Vancouver (Lower Mainland/GVRD) FB pages three weeks before her lovely son Gavin`s 7th birthday.  On April 12th, more than 45 Tesla vehicles showed up at Gavin`s .  neighborhood.  Most of the Tesla owners were blasting Gavin`s favorite music during the drive by.  The music were Thunder Struck, Smooth Criminal, All Tragically Hip songs, Guns and Roses`, Thunder by Imagine Dragons and the Happy Birthday song. The event was successful and “Quiet“ except the loud music. 😉

Thanks for organizing such a great event, Aimee has notified the neighbors and local police before it took place.  It was a meaningful event during the most challenge time in our human history.  Well-done to our Tesla owners in Vancouver, B.C.

Powerful Drive for a Cause

Dale Cory – Apr 4, 2020 / 7:10 pm | 

Fill your Frunk

It was called: Fill Your Frunk — All-Electric Food Drive for Central Okanagan Food Bank.

And it was a huge success.

The Tesla Owners Club of British Columbia, Okanagan Chapter, took to the streets Saturday, and filled their cars with food donations. Everyone met at McCurdy Corner Parking Lot, and transported food to the Central Okanagan Food Bank.

“In total we were able to donate three carts of essentials to the Central Okanagan Food Bank, while maintaining safe social distancing,” said Tesla car club member Olivia Nowek. “In light of more recent guidelines to avoid non-essential trips outside the house, we will be re-evaluating future electric food drive plans, but hope to continue in some capacity so long as it remains safe. 

“We would love to donate to other Okanagan food banks, the SPCA or Animal Food Bank, and fill other community needs as identified.

“The newly-formed social club is unable to socialize or have public events due to the COVID-19 outbreak, so…

“We have shifted our focus to giving back to the community, and decided to collect food donations and fill our front trunks, also called ‘frunks’ with food, and go together as a group to drop off the donations to the Food Bank,” added Nowek. “We are strictly enforcing a two-meter social distancing rule during the group photo and the drop-off of the goods.”

Drive Electric Week: EV Advocacy by supporting Ride and Drive Events.

National Drive Electric Week, presented, now globally by Plug In America, Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association, Drive Electric Events are on now.

Plug In America also released in conjunction with Sierra Club, AchiEVe 3.0: Transition to EVs Policy Toolkit. Part of their toolkit talks about Consumer Education and Protection including EV Proclamations, Driver Bill of Rights, Ride and Drive Events, Open Access and Interoperability, and Uniform Signage Requirements.

We again see a theme regarding Ride and Drive Events. They state “Nothing gets people more excited and sold on the idea that an EV could work for them than a ride and drive event. These opportunities give people the chance to kick the tires and check out EVs for themselves, so they can see just how easy a transition it is.” (Page 21).

We totally agree and support local events by offering ride alongs whenever we can (not just this week)! Nothing beats a bum in a seat! Tell your friends & family if they are curious about electric vehicles that these type of events are a great way to experience it and talk to an owner with first hand experience. These owners are passionate about it for a reason and want to help others see how driving electric is right for them. They help combat myths & stereotypes that people start believing as misinformation is shared without fact checking. We applaud our members and all other volunteers for volunteering their time doing this public advocacy work.

Thank-you Tesla Owners Club of British Columbia club members for you support! We are making a difference. People walk away and Take the 2 Degrees Institute Electric Pledge (https://www.electricpledge.org).

For further reading on what you can do and what legislative efforts to support, please see this great resource of what the best policies around EV adoption are to incentivize people to make the switch.

https://pluginamerica.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/AchiEVe-Model-Policies-Toolkit-3.0-2019.pdf

Tesla Owners Club of British Columbia
Drive Electric Week has been postponed due to the Corona-19 epidemic