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Empowering our So Cal Teslaficionados! 

TeslaClubLA newsletter Volume 2 Number 1

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

We've extended the Early Bird sign up period for the "Back Hills of Ojai Tesla Drive and Bluegrass Brunch" until March 10th, sign up now!!!
Annual TCLA Holiday Party!
TCLA Celebrates the Holidays and Gives Back
Paige Seidel-Hutton
At 6:15am, Renee and Eric Swenson arrived at an empty parking lot at the Woodland Hills Westfield Shopping Center to secure space for Tesla Club LA members to show their cars.  By 7am, the Westfield lot was packed and buzzing! 
This year marked the 6th year that TCLA has partnered with Motor 4 Toys at this holiday kick off / car show event.  Cars ranging from the classics like the convertible Rolls Royce, to souped up monster trucks, and everything in between gathered to show their stuff.    But one of the biggest purposes of the event is the collecting of toys for kids in need. 
The Tesla zone is always popular.  And this year we had an extra special guest!  Tesla Motors own Oscar Cerrato joined us with his Model S.  This was an incredible draw for the crowd.  
The special Model S was designed by Oscar, himself a vet, and is wrapped completely in camouflage, logos tout the fact that this car is “Made in the USA” and really is a testament to the men and women in our Armed Services.  Oscar took the road trip from Fremont to Woodland Hills to specifically participate in the Motor 4 Toys event.  He even brought his co-pilot, son Joshua who is 7.  After joining TCLA for a drive across Mulholland Drive and through the Santa Monica Mountains, Oscar and Joshua joined the TCLA team for brunch at Meditteraneo in Westlake Village. 
Brunch was a delicious feast of salmon, huevos rancheros, burger-plus and more, followed by ice cream sundaes or a chocolate martini.   For a special treat, Tesla provided branded sugar cookies from Killer Confections.
The Tesla gift exchange was also a laugh with many “steals” taking place.  Hot items on the block this year were a bucket of champagne, Tesla umbrellas, and a Tesla official biking jersey.   An extra special thank you to our sponsor, Solar Power, for their gift bags and special treats.  
It was a wonderful way to get into the holiday spirit and share the spirit of the season with our special Tesla friends
Tesla Club LA Kicks off 2017 at Tesla’s Burbank Center
Paige Seidel-Hutton                      

If you joined us at the TCLA semi-annual meeting that was hosted by Tesla
Burbank in January, you know that have another great year planned with
drives, meet-ups, and opportunies to gather and talk Tesla!
Our meeting included an informatve Q&A with Adam Hinze, manager of the
Tesla Burbank location. Much was asked about the logistics of the newly
added policy of charging for Supercharging if you are fully charged, as well
as questions on P100Ds and Model 3 deliveries. Needless to say, not much
new info on the Model 3, but lots of good clarification on the Supercharging
Thank you to Solar Optimum who sponsored our meeting. They also
provided some great portable phone chargers at the Holiday brunch so,
'thank you' to a Tesla authorized Powerwall installer!

Make sure to check out the 2017 event calendar.  Some of the
fun additions for this year are the Mad Hatter Tea, formerly the Ladies Tea but for the first time it will be co-ed… big hats (ladies) AND bowties (men) required! Also, in
October we will have a return to the world famous Petersen Auto Museum
following it’s $125 million renovation! And we are planning an encore to last year's Drag Race Track day.


How long have you owned your Model S and what version do you have?  How many miles have you driven?
I have owned my Tesla for 3 ½ years. But it is 4 years old this month. I bought my P85 used 5 months after it was built. I set myself a price, and I just happen to find a seller in Los Angeles, that was selling on E-bay for that price. My P85 is a Gen1 pre autopilot. It is my daily driver, and I have 57,000 miles on it. I have the Tesla grin every morning I get in to drive to work.
What’s the furthest trip you have taken in your car?  Any adventure on the trip because of being in a Tesla / EV?
The furthest trip was up to San Francisco. The trip was planned out, and we stopped at all the superchargers on the way. I was definitely nervous when first starting the trip, knowing that once we got to the grape vine we couldn’t just stop anywhere. But it went off without a hitch. We stopped in San Juan Bautista, Monterey, and San Jose. After a wonderful day in San Francisco, we took a beautiful drive over the new stretch of the bay bridge and stopped to charge at the factory in Freemont. As for charging up in the bay area, there were chargers almost everywhere we parked. So it set my mind at ease. For the trip back home, we took the coast and drove the back way along Highway 101 hitting 3 supercharges to make it back home.
What’s on your big screen?  In your trunk?  Frunk?
While I drive, I keep the navigation screen up and the music. In my trunk there is always a stroller and diaper bag, but I also keep the Tesla bag in the hideaway compartment with a first aid kit, some charging adapters, emergency roadside kit, and a tire pump for a flat tire. I have had 3 flat tires and the pump has been a life saver. But when all else fails, the AAA card is in my wallet.
My frunk is usually empty, except for the custom bag Tesla sold for the space between the strut towers. I usually put groceries in there. Also when we are parking somewhere, I’ll put Emily’s purse and valuables in there .
Why did you decide to buy your Tesla?  What were you driving before?
Well, the first thing I loved about the car during my test drive at the Brea mall was the main infotainment screen. It looks so high-tech and stands out as one of the key features in the car. But during the test drive, I floored it around a corner, and the car just hugged the turn, and then just kept pushing you back in the seat. It was so fun to drive and I was hooked.
When I purchased my Model S, I was driving an Infiniti G37s 2 door sport coupe. It was a great car, and didn’t have any issues with it for the 5 years I owned it. I ended up selling it and put the money towards the loan on the Tesla.
Does your wife get to drive the Tesla?  Any arguments over who gets to drive it?  
Emily does drive My Tesla once in a while, but mainly when I’m not in the car. She will take it to her boot camp class or the store. But I have always loved to drive, so mainly I drive when I’m in the car. There have been a few disagreements about the car, but not about who is going to drive it.
Is Mischa allowed to eat in the car?  
Lol, now that is a funny question. Mischa is now 16months old, and she does eat in my car. I try to keep the loose snacks to a minimum. To tell you the truth, all 3 of us eat in my car once in a while. I try not to make it a habit.
I would much rather deal with a few crumbs, then a hungry and cranky baby. I try to keep it clean.
Favorite Tesla Club event so far?
I think the scavenger hunt was my favorite event, being that my wife was able to join me. We were able to work out the clues with an awesome group of members and ended up coming in second place. We were able to see some cool and different places that we didn’t know existed here in our own backyard.
You’re a pretty big cheerleader, have you convinced anyone to buy a Tesla?
When I first bought the car, I would give test drivers to strangers all the time. LOL, my wife would think I was crazy, and still does. It seemed back then that almost anywhere you would go a crowd of people would gather coming over to see the car and ask questions. And more than a few times we would end up going for a quick ride around the block. I am sure that there are a few people that found out about the car and got some of their questions answered from a real life owner and/or that got a test ride from me that have purchased one. I know I have convinced more than one skeptic that electric cars are the future, especially Tesla. 

Tesla Club LA Calendar

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

Sunday, March 19

Back Hills of Ojai Tesla Drive and Buffet Brunch

Join the Tesla Club LA at the Tesla Supercharges in Oxnard at 10:00 am on Sunday, March 19, to tour the back roads of Upper Ojai.  Final destination brings us to a Bluegrass Buffet Brunch at 11:30am, located at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa.  

Saturday, April 8
Mad Hatter Tea Party
NEW THIS YEAR!!  We are opening our Annual Ladies Tea Party to the Boys. Tesla Club LA will host a co-ed “Mad Hatter Tea Party”. We will meet in the parking area from 1:00pm – 2:00pm for a “meet and greet”, then head into Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena for high tea.

Coming Soon

Santa Barbara Earth Day Weekend, 4/22 - 4/23
Semi-Annual Meet-Up at Centinela Service Center, 5/9

And plenty more electrifying fun to come...
Welcome New Members
December 2016 - February 2017
Brett Abbey   Maria Lease
Rich Briny   Cyndi Lesinski
John Brophy   Kathleen Malone
Kinya Claiborne   Marlene May
Louis Fraix   Jay Patel
John Goldman   Andrew Pizano
Jim Gomes   Eric Reed
Rick Harbus   Raul Smith
Glen Hogan   Keith Spiro
Ryan Kana   George Terteryan
Miriam Kao   Mike Wany
Tesla Update
Tesla had their most recent quarterly earnings call on February 22nd and Elon was full of optimism.

Here are some quotes from Elon from the call:

“Model 3 on track for initial production in July, volume production by September...Our Model 3 program is on track to start limited vehicle production in July and to steadily ramp production to exceed 5,000 vehicles per week at some point in the fourth quarter and 10,000 vehicles per week at some point in 2018.  Installation of Model 3 manufacturing equipment is underway in Fremont.”
Keep in mind that Tesla employees and investors will receive the first cars off the line, no word on how many (thousands?) that will be.  Also, initial reports were that current Tesla owners would be at the front of that post-employee line.

“We expect to deliver 47,000 to 50,000 Model S and Model X vehicles combined in the first half of 2017, representing vehicle delivery growth of 61% to 71% compared with the same period last year."

“We plan to accelerate expansion of the Supercharger network this year, starting with doubling our number of North American Supercharger locations in 2017.”

Good news for all Supercharger users!

The solar roof tiles were also discussed:

"We plan to begin selling and installing later this year. Compared to regular roofs, we expect our solar roof to last longer, look better, and cost less than a traditional tile roof plus the cost of electricity. To support solar roof production, we announced a solar cell manufacturing partnership with Panasonic. Production is scheduled to begin in Buffalo, N.Y. this year."

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