Roadster @ Massachusetts Harvest Engergy Fair

October 17, 2010

This past Saturday, I attended the Harvest Energy Fair [PDF] (sponsored by the Mass. DOER) so I could network with folks and show off my new Tesla Roadster.  I met with folks like Commissioner Philip Giudice, the Director of Energy Markets Vivek Mohta, and the Director of Green Business Development Linda Benevides.  They were all happy to talk to me and excited to see the Roadster.  I took a number of people for a quick drive and spoke at length about the car, Tesla, the Model S, etc.

I came across a UMass Lowell engineering student who’d converted a ’96 Civic to an EV for $6,000 — including the chassis!  Linda also brought a Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid.  Pictures are here.

I’m not versed in government at all, but have come to feel that Massachusetts has no intention of using public money (via incentives such as tax breaks or via allocating tax money towards infrastructure) to help the public adopt EV’s — it’s literally the consumer’s responsibility right now.  I hope I can stand corrected or help change this attitude.  The average consumer isn’t like me and it will take more than just early adopters to create critical mass.  It’ll take some creative and agile thinking.  This is involves brand-new and rapidly-changing infrastructure — the likes of which hasn’t been seen since we all settled on the gas station many decades ago.  What kinds of things would consumers be OK with to help generate options?  Tax the energy consumed to charge an EV at a public charging station?  Put cheap/dumb charging stations everywhere instead of big, smart, expensive level-3 charging stations at key locations because we don’t know what things will look like in 5-10 years or how to deal with even a 1% EV market penetration?  Would love comments/thoughts on this.


My Tesla Has Arrived!

October 10, 2010

Some pictures from my camera. There are other photos and videos on my friends’ cameras which I’ll post as soon as I have them!

First videos have arrived:

Electric Meter While Charging:
First Drive: (UPDATED)
Drive #2: (NEW)

NEW (October 11, 2010):


Installation of the NEMA14-50R for the Roadster

October 7, 2010

Took some pictures during the installation of the NEMA14-50R.
The electrical installation was painless — about 30-45 minutes of work and $50 in parts.
Random note … the UMC cord is much shorter than I expected (about 18 feet). I’ll have to back the car up pretty close to the house for this to work. Some day I’ll have a garage …

My Tesla UMC 240 Has Arrived

October 6, 2010

My Tesla Roadster is due to arrive no later than Tuesday October 12th. In the meantime, the Universal Mobile Connector arrived in the mail today. I took a few photos and stuck ’em here.  More to come!