22nd April 2019 by Paul Fosse
Although we have already published an article on the launch of Falcon Heavy at CleanTechnica I decided to write about it as well. I learned at the event.
There are many answers to this question, but the first answer is FOMO or fear of failure. I did not know what this event would bring, but since I was invited, I did not want to miss it. Similar thoughts crossed my mind when I introduced the Model Y a month ago. My income tax return is due in a few days. My project at work could use my attention. A few members of my family are still recovering from the operation. But it would be an excuse to spend some time with my son, who lives comfortably in Orlando.
I have been living in Florida for almost 30 years and never went to a start. Would Elon Musk be at the event and would I meet him in person? With all these thoughts in mind, the deciding factor was that the event was a secret Tier 3 Tesla event, and with few exceptions, only people with 35 or more referrals would be present. This would be a much smaller event than the unveiling of the Model Y (with about 700 people), and according to this website, only about 120 people in the world were qualified. I knew with work schedules and the delays that came with the start of space that many people would not make it.
My logic was correct and it was a small event of less than 100 people. The small size (and the fact that the launch was delayed) meant that I could spend more time meeting the amazing people who made Tesla famous in recent years.
Bus trip to Cape Canaveral
Although it would have been better for me to just drive to Cape Canaveral, meeting and driving with the group of Tesla enthusiasts in Orlando At the event on the bus, I chose the bus for two reasons: First, I wanted more time to meet with the group and, secondly, I worried about the group Traffic and did not want to miss the start because I got stuck in traffic or made a wrong turn or had trouble finding the event.
That was a wise decision. "The first person I met was a smart one Trauma surgeon who was with Tesla much longer than I was and was willing to share how these events usually work out, he had brought a photo and a badge just in case we had Elon t could reffen (unfortunately that did not happen). He talked about other Tesla events he had attended, and I realized that these events were very special when important people like him took time for them.
We come in the exploratory tower
We came to the event and found that they had rented a 7-story tower just for our group and had provided a SpaceX Launch Engineer to us give a presentation about the upcoming launch and answer any questions we had. I was confused as to why SpaceX is developing two rockets of similar power – the Falcon Heavy and the Starship (previously called Big Falcon Rocket or BFR). I asked Trip afterwards and he said the difference was that the Falcon Heavy was built with proven parts, while the Starship is the next generation using new technologies that hopefully will be great but are not yet ready for production ,
Since the start was delayed from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm (before being postponed by 22 hours until the next day), we had plenty of time to eat and drink the event to enjoy.
Enough of the details of the incident – what I've learned about the people who promote Tesla (most for years).
They fall into 4 main groups (as usual) I do not fit in one of them.)
- The YouTubers did a lot to promote Tesla and convey the message that Tesla makes great cars. Andy Slye, LikeTesla and Ben Sullins were some of the biggest creators of the event. No wonder everyone made videos at the event – that's what they do. They did a great job recording the event, so watch their videos. I enjoyed meeting her and learning some of her tricks. Focus on your unique perspective and do not try to beat the pros. That was the best tip I got from Ben. In addition to Ben was in conversation with Kim and Andy obvious why they have successful channels. They have a real interest in Tesla, have a great charisma and have learned the technical skills to make a quality product.
- The veterans are members of the community, as was the aforementioned surgeon who has since joined the Tesla community. They bought the original Roadster and most of them bought the S and / or X and maybe even the 3 when they all came out. They do not have 100,000 followers like the YouTubers, but they have been talking about Tesla with their friends and colleagues for 10 years. They were Tesla fans before it was cool. They have accompanied the company through some hard times and kept up with Tesla through thick and thin.
- The Renters (who usually use the Turo platform) have done a lot to make people experience the thrill of electric vehicles, and especially Tesla's. The Model 3 is a car that is different from any other model. The Model 3 is difficult to accept with a two-kilometer test drive. The fact that many people have decided to park their cars on Turo to let them hire others to try them out has done much to encourage people a little more cautiously to buy a Tesla. The best tip I got from this group is, "You do not want to be the cheapest Tesla in your market." This is because the buyer who focuses solely on price may not be the type of renter you want to drive in your car. I have used the Turo platform in the past and had problems with last minute cancellations. Turo has now introduced a cancellation fee that prevents cancellations and largely eliminates this problem. That's cool to hear.
- The Tesla Owners Club Presidents I have not been involved in the Florida Tesla Enthusiasts Club so far, but I am a member and attending an event. I was quite involved in organizing both parent-teacher groups and some political groups. So I understand what a thankless job is that leads volunteer groups. There is some overlap with the above-mentioned veterans, but some of these presidents are newer to the party than the veterinarians. I have not spent as much time with this group as I should, but I will definitely look them up at the next event.
The launch was a great success for SpaceX and the two-day event was a great opportunity for me to meet with some amazingly talented people to communicate. I also want to give a shoutout to the Tesla team that hosted the event. They held a first class event and had to deal with the uncertainty of a space launch and a total of 3 delays. Despite all this, they have never complained and have focused 100% on making it a lifetime experience for everyone present.
I'm glad I had the opportunity to attend this event and learn from all those people who know more about Tesla than me. The reason I can go to the event is that our editor and mentor, Zachary Shahan, encouraged me to share my passion for Tesla with the readers of CleanTechnica *. I'm grateful for all the readers who bought Tesla vehicles, especially those who used my referral code so I could be invited to such events.
If you want to use my Tesla referral link Get 1,000 miles of free charge for a Tesla Model S, Model X or Model 3, here is the code: https://ts.la/paul92237 (but if you like already mentioned, help another owner, please use this.) Link instead of mine). I recommend buying before May 1, if you believe Tesla will be able to get Full Self Driving (FSD) up and running soon. Elon said he would raise prices for FSD on May 1, but if you buy now, you can avoid this price increase. I have just ordered the model Y, because I know that I want to have a model Y with FSD. So I could order it right now (you can not use a reference code for it, but that's the car I want.)
* Editor's Note: Paul was generous enough to shut down his Model 3 from Tampa to allow me my first trip with the transformative vehicle. I got him because of his long passion for electric vehicles (he bought a Nissan LEAF years ago) and because I learned from his software experience, asked him if he wanted to write an article about a Tesla autopilot update for us. Obviously, he has done a good job of seizing the opportunity!