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Putting Power back into the Southern California Teslaficionado 

TeslaClubLA newsletter Volume 1 Number 5

Check out the Tesla Club LA website (click here) to see the gallery of photos, upcoming events and 'About' section.  

Join the TCLA Holiday Party!

Don't miss out on the early holiday brunch price. Register by end of day on Monday, 11/28 and save!!!

We support Motor4Toys each year by bringing toys for the kids. Followed by a drive to BRUNCH and a gift exchange.Bring an unwrapped gift for Motor4Toys and a wrapped Tesla related gift to the Brunch. Fee: $55 before 11/28, $65 after 11/28.  To sign up click here.  

Paige Seidel-Hutton                      

On August 20, 2016, Tesla Club LA held it’s 3rd Annual Driving Photo Scavenger Hunt and it did not disappoint.   Starting in Pasadena, approximately 40 TCLA members participated in the “Drive ‘n Movies” themed event.

The photo hunt covered 40 miles, included 13 clues, 6 bonus clues, and spanned the east side of L.A. to the San Gabriel Valley, from Pasadena to Irwindale and back.  Teams were made up of 2 cars and ranged from 3 – 6 people.  Every clue had a movie twist, which added to the fun! 

Some of the “answers” included the sight of the Rose Parade, Einstein’s old digs at CalTech, and famous locations from other movies including Iron Man, Fantasy Island, Beethoven,  and Back To The Future.  Since this was a photo hunt, teams were required to photograph their team AND their Tesla at the site and then post to the TCLA club Facebook page.  

Back at the home base, Jason Fudenberg and Eric Swenson calculated points as posts came in.

If you survived the hunt, there was a lively wrap party and lunch at the beautiful Descanso Gardens where we also welcomed our newest player and member, little Mischa daughter of Tesla fans, Mike and Emily.

Thanks to Jason and Eric for creating another great hunt!  Look forward to an encore next

Tesla+Solar City!

Paige Seidel-Hutton
All eyes were on Universal Studios on October 28th.  What was this event going to be?  We knew it was something to do with Solar City since the email stated “Tesla+Solar City Event”.  But was it the merger?  Was it a solar charging system?  Or something else….
We converged on Universal Studios by the hundreds.  In true Tesla form, there was an elaborate check in and valet system.  This time, the valets used solely text technology to check in and to reclaim your car. 
Many of us spent a very long time winding through the backlot of Universal to get to the event.  But at last we arrived at Cherry Tree Lane.  Music, food, and drinks greeted attendees as they wandered down the street made famous by “Desperate Housewives”.

As the 5 o’clock hour neared, Tesla and Solar City staff corralled attendees at the end of the street.  The stage was set and out walked Lyndon Rive, of Solar City.  He greeted the crowd and then turned the stage over to ELON. 
Elon spoke off the cuff, explaining that all the houses around us actually had the NEW SOLAR ROOF!  4 houses.  4 different styles.   4 examples of how solar can be incorporated right into your roofing material!  We also were presented with the NEW power wall 2! 

Elon has stated that the solar roofing panels will be available by summer 2017.

It was a short presentation, but was received with much enthusiasm.  In true Tesla form, it was spectacular!

1)      How long have you worked for Tesla?    Since May 2008

2) What are the different roles you have had?    I always describe to my colleagues that working at Tesla is more like climbing a rock wall than a ladder.  The wall is ever changing so my role continues to evolve and new sections keep getting built.   I joined Tesla as the first Store Coordinator on Santa Monica, helped with Roadsters and Model S reservations as an Owner Adviser in LA and then in Orange County.  I was the Store Manager at Tesla’s 6th mall store at Fashion Island and became the Regional Delivery Manager Southwest in Q1 of 2014.  My role recently covers Northern California and a few more states. 

2)      What is your favorite part of working for Tesla?  There are so many.  Seeing our clients so excited with their vehicles and by the mission is the most rewarding.  I also like the challenge that each day brings and trying to make each day better than the last for our clients, future clients, and my colleagues.  

3)      What do you like to do in your free time (if any :)   I go to a lot of concerts, love running, practicing yoga & meditation, and I race sailboats in the summer. 

4)      What was your most unique or unusual experience with a customer?   My most unique experiences are with clients that the Tesla is their last vehicle they will own, whether its their age or a terminal illness.  Its incredibly touching to be a part of someone’s journey as they are really enlivened by leaving this world in a better place and a securing a place in history to accelerate the worlds transition to sustainable energy.   

Tesla Club LA Calendar

Lots of new activities for the next few months, hope you'll all be joining in!

Sunday, December 4, 2016Motor4Toys and Tesla Club LA Holiday Brunch.  More info here.  

Here's a taste of what's coming in 2017.  More details to follow as dates approach:

Wednesday, January 18, 7 PM, Tesla Club LA Semi-Annual Meet-Up, Burbank Tesla Store
Saturday, February 11, Animal Tracks Monkey Encounter, Agua Dulce
Sunday, March 12, Tesla Mad Hatter Tea, Ojai

And plenty more electrifying fun to come...
Want to do a little customizing with some Tesla adhesives?  Check out the selection at to order colored T's, spell outs of Tesla for the trunk lid, and other items. If you order soon you can get 15% off your order with the code 15%OFFMP.  
Welcome New Members
Mid-July through Mid-November 2016
Jack Arntzen TK
Asma Judy Lee
Jordan Block D Park
John Brophy Tony Picciolo
Oscar Cerrato Heather Ramsdell
Marc Crandall Fred Rosenthal
Sharon Curry Garrick Staples
Rainier de Ocampo Shelley Susman
Francine Epstein Jason Taylor
Eric Iwasaki Tony
Susan Jason Michael Wang
Warren Jason Jenny Youngblood
Delivery Info
In Q3, Tesla Motors said Sunday it more than doubled third-quarter sales, to 24,500 units, from last year
Tesla said Sunday it shipped 15,800 Model S sedans in the quarter, and 8,700 Model X SUVs. 

Tesla remains on track to crank out 50,000 vehicles during the second half of 2016 — which would meet Tesla’s most recent goal to deliver between 80,000 and 90,000 cars this year!

To get the job done, Tesla has introduced a two-year leasing option for both the Model S and Model X. It also launched the P100D, which in “Ludicrous Mode” can go from zero-to-60 mph in 2.5 seconds (soon to be 2.4 seconds), making it the fastest current mass production car in the world.

The Latest on Supercharging
For Teslas ordered after January 1, 2017, 400 kWh of free Supercharging credits (roughly 1,000 miles) will be included annually so that all owners can continue to enjoy free Supercharging during travel. Beyond that, there will be a small fee to Supercharge which will be charged incrementally and cost less than the price of filling up a comparable gas car. All cars will continue to come standard with the onboard hardware required for Supercharging.
So if you've been on the fence about picking up a(nother) Tesla, better get that order in!
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