Tesla Model 3 Gets New Battery Cells (4416) – Teslanomics Live for July 24th, 2017

– Hey everyone, thanks for joining me here today on Teslanomic’s Live I have a lot of fun stuff to talk about And way too many questions to cover, in fact this was the first time I wasn’t able to be able answer all the questions, I had to filter some of them But there were a lot of repeats and all that too, so thank you for sending those in, in advance I will be taking a live Q&A at the end of this session, so please hold your questions until then, as I won’t be able to scroll back and see everything before then So first and foremost, there are some really fun, big things to talk about but I gotta cover some of the news events And the first one I want to talk about is this report from Bloomberg that renewable energy is not a threat to the grid in the U.S So this was a draft of a study that was done by the Department of Energy, which is now led by Rick Perry who was very skeptical and being from Texas and all this wants to see more coal and these kind of things in our grid because they, I don’t know, that’s their base that votes for them so they’re trying to play favorites a bit And he ordered a study of it to be done and the findings, which are still under review by the department’s leadership, go against Perry’s arguments that the base-load sources, such as coal and nuclear power that provide constant power are jeopardized by Obama era incentives for renewable energy making the grid unreliable So this draft of the report that was leaked basically said the opposite of that And so you know just some quotes from here, from Perry, he said, “I’ve asked the staff “at the Department of Energy to undertake “a critical review of regulatory burdens “placed by the previous administration “on base-load generators.” So basically saying, the stuff Obama did to try to make us have a cleaner, you know less CO2 emitting source of energy is creating a burden on the folks that generate a lot of the CO2 emissions and you know cause climate change and those kind of things So let’s try to understand that burden, so it doesn’t harm you anymore So over the last several years, grid experts have expressed concern about the erosion of critical base-load resources So he ordered this thinking that he would get what he wants and noting this is still a draft, so there may be some new stuff coming out if you’re watching this in the future, you know this may be a bit different So this was exciting news for us that believed that sustainable forms of energy are the ones we ought to pursue instead of the other forms of energy which you know harm the environment and regardless of that are just not sustainable anyways So I’m excited about this, because it just further supports the evidence that renewable sources of energy are the way that we’re gonna go in the U.S. here and that is kinda without, you know even people like this, in positions of power like this trying to stop us So I’m excited about this and I hope you’ll check it out After this video’s done all the links to these things will be in the description down below And you can get them on the email list at teslanomics.co as well So the next thing I want to talk about is Tesla’s going all vegan and this is kind of an interesting thing where they will no longer have leather seats as an option But the car won’t be totally vegan, I’ll explain that in a second here So Business Insider, and the reason I’m calling them out on this or showing this is because they had a pretty cool thing that you, they actually surveyed folks here about what other manufacturers are doing and you know you can see them here, Lexus does not currently have a vegan car interior Audi, yeah, you know yes, no, basically nobody’s really doing it Acura though, had an interesting statement where they said we do offer a leatherette on our base ILX, however, even if the dealer installed the animal-free seating services, the steering wheel is leather, which is true of Tesla as well Now Tesla did say though that they, if the customer requests, could replace that with a non-leather option So they’re going vegan I don’t know if this is a good thing or not, I’m not too off-put by having leather in the car Maybe some people this will actually be more damaging because they want those higher-end types of finishes in their car and they already give Tesla a hard time about that So we’ll see how that goes So that was number two Now another one that’s kinda fun is Elon recently made some Tweets about being able to go from New York to D.C.,

that’s New York City to Washington, D.C In 29 minutes in a hyper-loop Now there’s a couple things here that are kinda weird and I’m gonna do a video on this in a couple weeks or it’ll be coming out in a couple weeks So here’s the Tweet from Elon and I’ll try to maximize this a little bit so you can read it He said, “Just received verbal government approval “from the Boeing Company to build an underground “New York, Philly, Baltimore, D.C. hyper-loop “New York to D.C. in 29 minutes.” So this is confusing to me because I thought the Boeing Company was making these underground tunnels in which you would drive onto them, it would lower you down and then take you at about 130 miles an hour to your destination, you’d pop back up and then drive away And this seems to be something different, or it is, there’s some other details there So this is the confusion and he didn’t really clarify He did have another statement here where he said, “City center to city center “in each case with up to a dozen or more “entry/exit elevators in each city.” So see again, if you wanted to go from New York to D.C I did a little bit of research here That’s 226 miles between the cities via the roadway So granted you won’t have to drive the exact roadway, but close to you know 226 miles Currently it takes over four hours and if you wanted to be on a skate, that skate would need to go near 500 miles per hour in order to get there in 29 minutes So that seems unlikely based on what they’ve already shared about those skates, which means it will be a hyper-loop instead, the actual floating, levitation kind of vacuum-tube thing that he came out with a while ago But then his statement here about city-to-city with a dozen or more entry/exit elevators, that makes me think it is the Boeing Company skates, so if you have information on this I’d love to hear your thoughts in a comment down below after the video posts because I’m a little bit confused by this I’m excited about it, ’cause that’s awesome, although I don’t live on the East Coast I think this would be just great for transportation out there and help, you know this new concept he’s pushing grow and become even more prevalent But I’m a little bit confused, I’m looking for details on this, if you have ’em, please let me know And I’ll keep an eye on this story because I think it’s gonna be a very interesting one in the future here soon Okay, so if you’re new to the show here what I have is a few different segments and this one I have, I’m just callin’ This is Cool I don’t know what else to say, but I saw this photo recently and this was from something floating around on, I think, Instagram, where it had a photo of an electric vehicle from 1905, it said And it’s real, so this is Snopes, if you’re unfamiliar with this This is a website that does research into things to figure out if they’re true or false And so a lot of times when you see these things on the internet they’re just lies, right, they’re just fake or doctored or whatever So it turns out that this, and you can see this was the Twitter account here History Lovers Club, “Charging electric car, 1905.” Well it turns out that that’s not actually the case It’s not 1905, but it is an electric car charging So if I go down you can see that “The plugged-in-car featured in the photo, “which initially caught my eye was a Detroit Electric “A vehicle produced by Anderson Electric Company “from 1907 to 1939.” So it couldn’t have been 1905 unless this is like basically the Model 3, sneak peaks we’ve been seeing, way-back-when “The photo’s part of a group of promotional images “showing the auto on a trip from Seattle to Mt. Rainier “Other photographs from the group show the car “wending its way through the mountains of Washington.” So you can see those photo’s here So this is pretty awesome I think this is really cool I’m not quite sure what to make of it, but yeah I mean it’s exciting to see that, that you know electric cars were around back then So yeah, again this is just my you know, today in What’s Cool Okay, now the next thing I want to talk about is my short So for the short this is the thing I don’t like or the thing I’m betting against A term that people often use to describe an act that they’re doing in the stock market So when we’re talking about the economy a lot of times we’ll say I’m short on that, meaning I’m against it or I don’t like it And for my short this week, it is the keycard rumor about how to enter and exit the Model 3 So here’s a shot, this is from Teslarati where,

“Senior Vice President of Engineering, Doug Field “was spotted at the Fremont factory driving off “in his Model 3, serial number 003.” congrats Doug on having such an awesome car By the way I hope to see you this Friday, I’d love to chat And so one of the things here is that there’s a keycard, now people were assuming or saying that he was entering and exiting the vehicle with a keycard So the way these work in today’s world is that you have to go up to something and tap it and there’s a RFID chip Now an RFID chip is a radio frequency ID tag and there’s active and passive So the active one requires electricity and it’s basically looking for that matching radio frequency that it’s been programmed to accept and then it will perform some action, typically unlocking a door And you can see the shots of him here with that stuff Now if you go look, there are some issues with this So first off, these can be hacked really easily You can clone them from far away In fact this researcher here had a quote about it, and they said that, “using Brown’s device “all a criminal has to do is walk past you on the street “in order to clone your RFID equipped cards “even if they’re buried in your purse or pocket “and thereby gain access to your office.” So here what they’re talking about are, are they typical ones that you use on doors Now there are some other technologies that I think are more interesting that would be even better If Tesla’s gonna go this route, like for example, I know you can unlock your car currently with your phone, by going to the app and clicking a button, but there are also other locks that are Bluetooth connected to where you walk up to your door, let’s say, and it automatically recognizes your device and unlocks before you even get to the handle I would like to see that, so that way I don’t have to carry a card in addition to all my other stuff and also I don’t have to then actually take the card out and tap it to the door as you see in this photo here ‘Cause to me, that is worse than what I currently do is just walk up to my car and the door handle pops out Even my wife’s Acura RDX, I walk up to it, I stick my hand down underneath the door handle and it recognizes the key-fob is nearby and automatically unlocks So I never have to take the key or anything out of my pocket, click a button or do anything like that This seems like more work to me Now I do agree that, and I don’t know if I have my keys around here, but having a bunch of crap on your keys sucks so I like that it’s slimmer, but I don’t like that it would be essentially more work Now if they’ve figured out some way to make that better and to automatically just work as you go up to the car then fantastic But I think this is pretty speculative here Now if there’s more evidence of this, I would, you know love to see it And this Friday of course we’ll find out But yeah, this is my short for the week, I don’t like this idea and I hope it doesn’t become a reality but it’s not like a game-changer It’s not really like something that’s a show-stopper for me Well, next I want to talk about having some fun And this is my son’s new Tesla He’s only two, he already owns a Tesla This is a Model S, a P90D They had to make some modifications to it Namely make it smaller, cut off the top so he could sit in it and he’s actually a little bit too small, he can’t quite reach the pedals But I just wanted to say thank you to everybody that helped me you know earn the referral rewards for this as well as the Model 3 event that’s coming soon So this is him He was fascinated with the rims He couldn’t, he wouldn’t let go of the rims, he just kept trying to pull ’em off and spin ’em around and stuff But yeah, thank you to everyone, here’s it charging And you know, I don’t know, I’ll have more videos about this coming out soon but right now I just wanted to share this with you, it’s kinda fun Okay, let’s see, and the big news that I wanted to share today that I’m gonna go back to just this one just to, because I don’t actually have any details or anything websites to show you Well, maybe I do, I lied So somebody reached out to me very recently and they gave me some info about the Tesla Model 3 And that info, hold on, let me take a drink That info is that, as my hunch I had earlier, turns out to be pretty accurate, in that the Tesla Model 3 will have new, larger battery cells than the previous models So let’s break this down for a second here

And I’ll go back to the browser So the way lithium ion batteries work is you know you have the lithium in there, and all the other metals that store the energy and you know they discharge pretty similarly to how any other battery works But they come in these different sizes and if I look, you can see I’m looking at this link here which has a lot of details about how these cars, or sorry, how these batteries are made And there were these different cell sizes and there’s the typical capacity, these are in milliamp hours So, and correct me if I’m wrong, I believe that’s correct So if you look, the 18-650, these are the ones that are currently being used in Teslas And not too long ago, Tesla announced the 21-70 cells were new and were gonna be used in some of the other ones, but that they were not gonna be used in the Model S or X So they have these different cells and these cells come together in modules and these modules come together in the kind of big, giant pack, the skateboard that you’re used to seeing And those are all wired up and connect into the electric motor, the drivetrain, and then that’s how the car goes essentially Those are the high-level components So the information I have, from somebody close to Tesla, just received basically, you know I willed this into existence to use a phrase from Ryan, is that they will have new cells that are 44-16 cell Not the 21-70s, not the 18-650s, but a 44-16 cell And that would mean that the cell is bigger and more energy dense, which means you can have less of them to achieve the same energy output Now I had this hunch awhile ago, because what I kept seeing were things that appeared not to be possible How could you achieve over 300 miles on this car with 75 kilowatt hours? It’s not that much smaller and more aerodynamic than the S is, but it gets a ton more mileage, how is that possible? Well, if you have a more energy-dense battery then you will lighten the load by, I don’t know, depending on how, what kind of level of efficiency they achieve, you’ll be able to lighten the load, you know 40 plus-percentage Now this also, was supported by the fact that Tesla is discontinuing the cheapest version of the Model S, the 75 kilowatt hour, rear-wheel drive, ahead of the Model 3 launch A lot of people are speculating that this is because, they want to separate these two vehicles so that you know you’re not looking and going, well I’d rather get a souped-up Model 3 than a base-model S Which a lot of people are probably on that fence, you know I know a lot of you guys have emailed me asking about that same question So here though, what I think the reason for this is that the new base is gonna be 100, with these new cells and we’re gonna see upwards of a 200 kilowatt-hour pack for the larger, larger models Now, of course that means that they’ll get a much larger range, I haven’t done the math on exactly what that would mean, but you know just back-of-the-napkin type stuff, we’re looking at 450, maybe close to 500 miles on a single charge So that’s my speculation, right? The information I received is that they will have new cells, the cells are 44-16s and that is you know gonna lead to, or that is how they’re achieving a lighter load on the Model 3, which gives them the range And then so it makes sense that it stands to reason, as my father-in-law would say, that they would use those cells on the S and the X to give them even extended range over what they currently have, also making it a higher premium and really just kinda catapulting this stuff into the next level to where the electric vehicles are no longer limited by range In fact you might even be longer than a lot of other cars in a similar category So that’s huge and I only have one, you know, one source right now, so I haven’t corroborated this with others So it could be you know bad information or not 100% right, but we’ll find out this Friday when I and many others you know descend on San Francisco to see the final production models and what’s going on with them there But I’m excited about this, if this turns out to be true then that is a major, major win for Tesla and as well as the EV market itself I assume they’d be selling these new cells to other manufacturers, after they probably, you know make all of their cars, which they have a huge backlog of

So I’m really curious about that Like I said, I haven’t corroborated this with others, but a source close to Tesla shared this with me, just recently, and I wanted to share it with you guys It’s not fact, they don’t have details, so chalk it up as a rumor, if you like In any event it’s exciting and that was my big news that I was really dying to share with you guys today So next I would like to move on to the Q&A section And thank you to everyone that submitted your questions in advance And I will switch over to those now So first and foremost, Jeff Price asks, “Will this be the last round of free referral supercharging? “Got my assigned Vin yesterday.” Congrats, Jeff and, “Some friends want to buy but my referral code “will likely expire by then “by the way thanks again for the referral, “will be driving around 20-30,000 miles this year alone, “for work and supercharging will be perfect.” Well, you’re welcome, Jeff And if you or anyone else, you know does want to, is looking to buy and you know wants to use my referral code you’re absolutely welcome to do that You have to be my friend first and foremost, so to become my friend go to teslanomics.co/td and there’s a form there you fill out The official friendship form, approved by Tesla, and then we’ll be friends and then I can send you my code So anyways, go check it out, teslanomics.co/td So to answer your question though Jeff, will this be the last round of free supercharging? Who the hell knows? They change this thing every other week I wouldn’t be surprised if we have another change before the end of the year, if not multiple So yeah, I mean encourage your friends to buy, sooner rather than later I don’t know what else to say But thanks for the question John G. Asks, “I’ve been waiting on my Model S, “pre-owned for a few weeks now, “I need to cancel due to family responsibilities.” That’s a bummer “Do you or anyone you might know have experience “canceling and getting the $1,000 deposit back?” John, I don’t, it sucks that you have to go through this Or that you’re not gonna be able to join the Tesla family, but hopefully they take care of you and serve you well I would contact your sales rep, that’s, when I was buying a car that’s who I worked with and they were always really good to me So Lester from British Columbia, asks, “It was previously stated “that day-one reservation holders will receive “some type of bonus for their early reservation “I’ve heard people thinking it might be a special color “or badging, other’s have thought “as much as free supercharging or free glass roof “What do you think it will be?” I think there will be free supercharging, I’ve never actually said that before, but just after actually looking at your question and thinking about it more, you know people use supercharging less than 10% of the time Some people don’t ever use it So it’s really not a huge cost to Tesla to offer it You know of course they’re adding and they’re continuing to grow that network I think we have a lot of unfounded fear that you know you won’t be able to use superchargers, they’ll all be booked Remember a lot of these are out in the middle of nowhere where very few people are there, you know to charge It’s only really the ones that are located within cities So those are kinda the things to think about, so I’m guessing it’s free super charging Maybe a special color, but yeah who knows? I would hope it would be free super charging because that would be something everybody could take advantage of A special color, you know for example for myself, if it’s the signature red, I particularly don’t like that color, so I wouldn’t go for it Thanks for the question Dave in Chicago Hey Dave, haven’t been to Chicago yet, but I do have some family there so I need to come visit “Any news about the cost to upgrade the battery? “I love your posts because they’re extremely up-to-date.” Well thank you for that and thanks for the question I don’t have any specific news, I assume this Friday we’ll hear a lot more details on it So stay tuned Also I’m gonna be doing a vlog for the whole event on Friday I won’t be, you know doing live streaming and that kind of thing There’ll be literally dozens and dozens of major media outlets there, follow them, they’ll give you all the details Come back on the next day and you’ll see my experience about it, I’m gonna be overnight, editing and publishing that video So I’ll be up 24 hours right there Thanks for the question Jonathan in Austin asks, first let me take a drink “On a previous video you showed the electrical route “from your breaker box to where the Model S is parked “Are you going to install “a second connection for the Model 3? “Or are you going to share with the Model S? “If you install a new connection “will you use the Tesla wall charger “or the NEMA 14-50 outlet with the mobile charger?” So I am gonna share with the Model S I’m not gonna install another one Me nor my wife drive a ton for work I you know am in my studio here at my house, my wife’s only about three or four miles away where she works, so we won’t really need one So I’m not gonna install one because it is a good expense But if I were I would probably just install the NEMA 14-50

I like the idea of the Tesla wall charger, but the cost of it doesn’t seem like it’s worth it to me I may replace my current one with a wall charger, one day, but you know we gotta redo the garage and it’s just a lot of work, so Thanks for the question Aitor Alonso from Bilbao, Spain asks, “Hey Ben, I recently saw the statements “about the Tesla master plan “Creating a pick up and a bus “appear to be Elon’s next long-term goals, “correct me if I’m wrong.” Bus, I don’t think so, semi And, “do you think that Tesla “should take on those challenges “or should it be focused on building a strong brand?” You did have a lot more on your question there, sorry I had to cut it off to fit on the screen here But I get the sentiment, so I think their plan makes sense I think they actually, one of Tesla’s strengths has been their strategy, from the get go, of making you know a very expensive, yet sexy roadster, which very few people but a lot of celebrities and other folks endorsed which really sparked the interest in them Then they made this awesome sedan which really just dominates the market now, in the luxury sedan world And then you know their roll-out strategy here, I think is great I think they’re doing it right The one thing I’m really confused by is the semi Now I understand that these are big-ticket items, but I don’t know where they’re gonna build them and I don’t know if they even have the capacity and really the economics of that just have to work You know that industry, the way it works is you have to, the economics are the thing You know unlike the consumer market where the flashiness or the aesthetics can draw people in In the trucking space, you know companies are gonna care less about the how the damn thing looks, it’s just gonna be is it economically viable? And if so, that’ll be the winner which actually plays to the idea of them installing these super charger 3.0s that will have a 300 something-kilowatts, you know speed of energy transfer so they can charge even faster That would make sense if you had semis and you put these out on trucking routes So yeah, I think they know what they’re doing, but thanks for the question and I love hearing from people from Spain ’cause I’m such a fan (speaking Spanish) Okay, Dave Glotfelty, “Any idea we’ll see a major car magazine write-up “after the delivery event?” absolutely, but you know, instead of those major car magazines, just come watch my vlog And I know I haven’t done a vlog before and it’s gonna be the first go and not as good as it could be, but hey just come watch my vlog, forget the major car magazines Anyways, thanks for the question Joe asks, “My future Model 3 will be parked “in my garage for at least 15 hours per day “Will a standard 120 volt outlet be all I ever need? “Would installing a 240 outlet in my garage “be a waste of money in my case?” I don’t think 240 is the right number, but yeah, I get your point So the thing that I would say is yes, you should install the NEMA 14-50 outlet, which isn’t a 240, or maybe it is, I forget But yeah, whatever, I would install that or the Tesla wall charger Because the 120 volt, I believe only pulls, something like three to five miles per hour So 15 hours, you’re still only getting, you know maybe 50 something-miles of charge on 15 hours So yeah, I would go with the big one It still will take you, depending on the range and all that, you know six to seven hours to charge fully if you were down to zero So I would do it for sure Cameron from San Clemente, hey, another So Cal native “Do we know when Tesla will be announcing “features and pricing for the Model 3?” This Friday, stay tuned Mr Handball asks, “Any chance those expected “to receive their Model 3s this November “will at least have a chance to sit in one “before making full commitment to purchase? “Us tall guys, 6’3”– Not me included “have some concern as currently Tesla’s happy “to have you test drive the Model S “which is comfortable to fit, “but 12 inches longer than the Model 3.” So a couple comments on this, one, the way I understand it, because the way EVs work and basically the whole car is underneath, their ratio of the outer footprint, you know the length, the height of the car, essentially the shell of it on the outside compared to how much interior space they have is really second to none And I know I think Lucid is coming out with something that’s a bit better, maybe in 10 years, who knows if and when that thing happens But anyways, I’m hoping that we’ll all be a bit surprised about how roomy and nice it is on the inside But chances that you’ll actually be able to sit in one are actually pretty good I’ve heard a lot of rumors about this where they’re gonna be shipping out Q3 of this year, to the stores so you can actually test drive one,

and sit in one and all that So I’m not sure exactly how the process is gonna go, but I will say there is a chance if those rumors are to be true And of course as soon as I get my Model 3, I will be doing all kinds of videos including having some of my taller friends sit in it and tell me, you know and share that experience So thank you all for those questions that you submitted in advance I am going to now take some questions here from the live chat So if you have any, please go ahead and ask them now Let me go back just to the webcam shot and I will be awaiting your inquiries So let’s take a look Oh man, there’s too many “How would you have a self-driving motorcycle though?” That’s a great question With a gyroscope (laughing) Oh man, it looks like you guys are having a fun discussion here Let me see Courtney Gamer, hey welcome back “I’m gonna pick up my Tesla Model 3 from Fremont “and bring it to Chicago, I already got authorization.” Good for you, congrats “They said for all-wheel drive “I would get the car mid-summer, 2018 “Does that sound right?” You know I don’t know, that’s awesome that they told you that, but that’s the first I’ve heard of them giving this info out If you find more, I’d love to see it It depends a lot, like so for example, when you placed your order is very important and that’s probably the most important factor Whether or not you’re a Tesla owner also And then where you live, so you know I’m surprised that they’ve given out any details about that and expect that we’ll hear more I guess coming soon “I misunderstood the Fremont factory, “they have a lot of opportunity spaces, “they can at least double their amount of assembly lines “in the dark places of the factory.” Okay, cool, when I was there it didn’t look like that It looked like they were pretty much maxed out “Did you hear about the syndicate charger “for the big-five from Germany, you’re thoughts on that?” I’ve not, I’ve not heard about that I do know that a lot of the big companies are trying to keep up with Tesla and try to make electric vehicles and all that So but that’s about all I’ve got And Eli asks, “Any news about Elon Musk’s Neuralink?” I haven’t heard anything new I’m excited about it, in fact a friend of mine who I did an interview with, Joe Scott, he has a channel called Answers with Joe is pretty good and he goes into that quite deeply So I would go check out his channel if you want some more info on Neuralink “Hey Ben, do you think the Tesla sharing network “is likely to follow after the Model 3 launch “allowing users to rent their cars by the hour?” Yes, but I think follow after the Model 3 event as in like years, I don’t think it’ll happen anytime soon “What do you think about Faraday Future?” I like competition in the market, I hope they make it I know that they’re, I think bankrupt right now, or they’re out of business completely, I hope not Yeah, it sounds like Faraday and Lucid are having troubles and I could be misinformed on that But I hope they make it, I hope they figure it out “Ben, what do you need to charge a Tesla in your house?” So, you can actually plug into a standard wall outlet and as I mentioned it’ll take forever But you need to install a NEMA 14-50 outlet or a Tesla wall charger and you can go, if you just Google for that Tesla charging, there’s a whole page dedicated to what you need Now different countries have different setups and so yeah, I would check those out, depending on where you live, so there’s that “Any chance to some truly advanced voice-assistance “in the Model 3?” Jarvis, yes, I would love that I do think that the Model 3 or the Tesla current voice commands are lacking But I understand why, they need to make APIs to go into some of the more hardware aspects of the car So yeah, so there’s that “What do you think about the shorter back seats “in the Model 3?” So, yeah I saw that photo too, it didn’t look too bad to me Who knows, what it will be like once, you know you actually sit in it, but yeah, I think it’ll be tight just like a smaller car would be, even in the Model S I think it’s kinda tight So yeah, I mean it’s not gonna be good, but hey it works and I don’t typically have that many people in the back seat “Do you think we will hear more about the Supercharger V3 “at the Model 3 event this Friday?” I doubt it, I don’t think so I don’t think we’re gonna hear about that “How about battery swapping for the Tesla semi-truck?” That’s cool, “special stations along popular trucking routes might make this viable?” Yeah, I agree I think that’d be cool

“Do you know about any plans for India?” Last I heard they were in talks and that the Indian government was saying some stuff about them being able to not have, to meet some manufacturing requirement that they thought they had, so anyways “Hey do you have any idea about when we’ll get information “about payment options for the Model 3?” Well I imagine this Friday we’ll hear a lot about the Model 3 and that could be part of it If not as soon as people start getting the actual configuration invitations out then it’ll happen, so “Is California still charging tax “if you pick up in another state?” Yes “I would like to pick up in factory.” The factory’s in California, so I’m not sure if I understand your question, but yeah So I think what you’re talking about if you go to Arizona and buy a car and then come back to California and then register it If you do that within two years you have to pay sales tax on the entire vehicle in California as well because they don’t want you avoiding paying taxes on cars, so there you go Let’s see, what other questions do we have here? “What is your take on the 18 inch wheels “versus the 19 inch?” I like the 19 inch, I think you know they look nicer, but yeah, we’ll see I think that the bigger wheels have smaller tires which wear out faster, if I understand correctly, everyone’s been telling me this after I had to replace all my tires on my Tesla just recently So yeah, there you go “Do you think the Model 3 owners “will have the keycard or the key-fob?” Yeah, I addressed that earlier, I hope it’s not the keycard, I don’t like the keycard, but you know it may be It’s a rumor out there, it seems odd to me, but anyways “Do you think the browser in the Model 3 “will be faster than the current in the Model S?” You know I don’t think it’s the browser that’s slow, I think it’s the internet connection Hopefully the browser is more compliant and you can do cooler things Like right now the reason Spotify doesn’t work on the browser is because the browser doesn’t have a connection to the speakers in the car So you can’t play things, play audio through the browser So I hope that the browser just has those things, you know it’s more updated But anyways, there we go “Can you post the link to the live event on your site?” I will be, as I go there I will be posting it, but I’m not sure what you mean outside of that “Will you use the self-driving feature “as soon as it rolls out?” Man, I don’t know I think it’s one of those things that I’ve been telling a lot of people about this The first time you get in a car with auto-pilot you will, it’s scary, but then after maybe 10 times you’re okay with it And maybe after 100 times it feels normal and after 1,000 times, it’s just second nature So I think the self-driving is gonna be the same way I think the very first time you let your car go somewhere you’re gonna be in a parking lot asking it to go park or something You’re gonna be very, very you know nervous and cautious with it, and then after you do that a dozen times, it’ll feel more normal and then eventually, you know My big dream with that is that I can go to a restaurant and get out of the car and hit a button and have it go park I don’t need it necessarily drive me there and back, that’s like cool, but you know until that’s really, really good I don’t think it’ll really be that awesome But parking is a pain in the ass, especially here in Southern California, so there, there you go “Model 3 in Europe by 2020?” Absolutely, think it’ll be there in maybe late 2018, early 2019 “Wouldn’t it be cool if you could choose to pick up “your reservation at the Fremont factory?” Yeah, that would be cool, I wonder if you can do that? “Could it be optional to use the keycard or a key-fob?” Yeah, I don’t know, maybe? I think that’d be weird if they did both because it’d be extra work and all that stuff Oh, man, “what’s my thoughts on the aero wheels?” Their hideous, they are so hideous, the aero wheels on the S are even worse They tried to put one on my car the other day and it didn’t work, anyways Yeah, so there you go (laughing) “Connecticut changed it’s rules “and 3K is only for purchase from authorized dealers.” Okay “For electric all-wheel drive “do you need to replace all the tires at the same time “like gas all-wheel drive?” I don’t know, yeah I would assume so On mine, it’s only rear-wheel drive and I replaced all of them just because they were all dead anyways, but yeah “Any chance that Tesla could have an app store eventually?” Yes, yes, yes, yes, I love this idea and I absolutely think they need to do it Of course that makes it more risky because potentially somebody could do something that would interfere with the car’s ability to drive or takeover the car and all that, but that’s already in existence, so “Ben, could car companies make an agreement with Tesla

“to use superchargers?” I assume sure, from a business standpoint, but then they would have to have a way to actually use them and that would mean their cars would have to be compatible, I don’t see it happening But yeah I mean sure, from a business standpoint, why not? Jason Perez, “Ben, will you be meeting up with other YouTubers?” Yes, I will be and yes we will be doing videos, so we have now this is our second time meeting up The first time was at the Tesla VIP factory tour This one is called Tesla-con 1.5, we’re calling it because it’s only been a few months since the last meetup In fact only like, geesh, like two or something But yeah, we’re gonna be having a dinner and chatting and doing all kinds of fun stuff like that I’m gonna try to get a lot of interviews with folks I want, if I can, just to get shots with all the 30 people that are gonna be getting their cars As well as I know some other big YouTubers like MKBHD are gonna be there and some other folks So I’d love to, I’ll try to do a lot with a lot of folks as I go, in fact, I’ve got a whole vlogging rig setup that I’ve got I mean I’ve been ordering all kinds of parts I’ve got extra batteries galore, all kinds of crap just for this event Yeah, yeah, I’m planning on doing quite a bit, so stay tuned for that Let’s see, “Why does the media always talk about when Tesla crashes?” Well, you know it’s like anything, people love to see things fail and there’s a lot of skeptics in the U.S You know it’s funny because a lot of the skeptics, typically a lot of the skeptics that you find, with something like Tesla, real brand-new technology that’s disrupting you know an American Institution, is usually they play the foreign card and they say, ah you know the Japanese whatever cars are gonna ruin our economy, this-and-that And then the free market, if you really believe in the free market you just say well look, make a better damn car and then people will buy it Here they can’t play that card because Tesla’s the most American car manufacturer that there is So you know they just have to go on, oh, electric vehicles are gonna ruin the world, it’s like anything There’s always the haters and the skeptics, at first, and then eventually everybody’s on board and it’s just you know that’s the way it is, the same with the iPhone You know a lot of people when the iPhone came out, said, well it doesn’t have any buttons, this things horrible You know this things just a fad, this is gonna die No one will ever go with an all-glass screen and not having a physical keyboard and blah, blah, blah And now look, you know, there’s no way So Tesla’s the same thing, people love to hate on things that are new or that are scary or whatever I like to embrace them for the most part, I’m still a little scared about AI and that kinda thing, so anyways I could go on and on about that “Who gives you that awesome haircut?” My wife, she’s a hair stylist (laughing) I hope you’re not being sarcastic “What do you think the price should be for the Model Y, “around Model 3 price or Model S and X?” Well, I think it’ll be a little bit more than the Model 3 because it’s more vehicle And yeah, but I don’t think it’ll be S or X prices, that wouldn’t make any sense at all because it supposed to be the more economical version Yeah, I’d love to meet up with Bjorn, I messaged him, yeah so there you go I haven’t heard back, so yeah I’d love to meet up with him “The Model 3 will have the most parts assembly “of any vehicle currently in production.” Yes, I saw the video by Marques about Project Loveday, it was awesome Of course he’s as good as they come, so yeah, there you go And yeah, I’d love to meet up with him and chat a little bit more, so And you know I’m still wondering about when they’re going to actually have the Project Loveday winners announced, because I put one in, as you may or may not know And it got you know some praise, I’m not you know the best at those kind of things but hey, I gave it a good shot And so we’ll see, hopefully that’ll go well and they’ll recognize it I’m also curious to see all the other entries and stuff like that, so Yeah, okay well thank you everyone for joining me Again, if you have any questions or anything else please go get on my email list at teslanomics.co You can also ping me at teslanomics.co on Twitter and I’ll try to chat with you there And as always give this a big thumbs-up if you liked what you saw And stay tuned on Thursday for my regular scheduled video where I will share some more in-depth analysis with you By the way, next week, officially,

is it next week? What day is it? Yeah, next week I’m gonna switching to three videos per week I know you guys have asked me for this for awhile and I’ll actually be doing that So what we’ll have is on Monday, Livestream, like this Then we’ll have a Wednesday analysis video Then Friday, we’ll have a more fun, kind of video that’s either an interview with somebody or just kind of like a different style of video, something that’s just a bit more, less detail analysis and just more fun So stay tuned for all of that coming soon, here on my channel at Teslanomics So thanks again for watching everyone and I will see you guys here next time Peace out