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I see a Tesla on the Road in Houston Every Day!

edited November -1 in General
Confirmed! Every day I get out on the road in Houston, especially on the way to work, I see a Tesla! I usually ride my motorcycle to work so my wife can drive the P85D. When it rains, I drive the P85D to work. Every time I see a Tesla while riding my motorcycle, I'll get right up next to them and give them a big thumbs up. Anybody in Houston ever see a motorcyclist do that to you? That was probably me!

When I bought my MS60 back in March of 2014, I saw another Tesla on the road in Houston about once IN EVERY THREE MONTHS. NO KIDDING! But over the years, the frequency of spotting another Tesla gradually increased. Nowadays, it is every day I see another Tesla on the road in Houston.

All this crap I hear in the business news about Tesla and its demise is just that. Crap! I see it with my own eyes that Tesla is catching on, even in oil country. I have noticed that the level of service has degraded some since I bought my MS60. But that is certainly understandable because I'm sure our two Service Centers in Houston are swamped!

I did have a good mobile service experience last month. I got a door handle replaced, and Tesla Service came out to my house and got it done. It is a matter of scheduling and waiting a while for your turn. Tesla. Please. Open up a new Service Center in Houston!

I have a dream that here in Texas, we will catch up to you snobby Californians with the annual number of Tesla car sales!
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  • edited June 2019
    One thing that would really help your dream would be the allowance of direct sales of Tesla to the local population. Start working on your climate-denying elected officials.

    As for the "snobby" label: Californians are simply more interested in climate-sustainable transportation. Rats! It doesn't fit your cute little label or the characterization of us Left Coasters.
  • edited November -1
    I see climate change happening every day.

    Socialism for the rich, rugged individualism for the poor.

    Oil gas and coal get to use our air and water to shit out their pollution.

    No mas.
  • edited June 2019
    @SamO +1
  • edited June 2019
    The last time I was in Houston, I saw a charging station ICEd by a double wide diesel truck
  • edited November -1
    Tesla does not need a lobby, or the force of law in Texas. It is growing quite nicely in Houston and in Dallas on its own. The consumer is catching on to Tesla in Texas. The only thing I would lobby for is more Service Centers.

    Where was that jimmy? I would suspect somewhere along I-10 in East Houston. The only time I got iced was in North Carolina. And I had a solution for that. Send me an email to [email protected] and I will send you a photo of what I did.
  • edited June 2019
    No more handouts for the rich. Or deadbeat Texans. Secede already.
  • edited November -1
    @Sam0. There are enough sane people in Austin. Beto came close against Cruz. Perhaps the Dems can win in Texas this time. The deniers will then all complain and move to another sister f***ing state.
  • edited June 2019
    Let them pay their own way. No more deadbeat states. California isn’t subsidizing your extravagant socialist lifestyle any longer.

    No more handouts for your fossil fuel socialist crybaby scumbag polluters.
  • bpbp
    edited June 2019
    The lack of direct sales in Texas hasn't impacted Tesla's ability to sell a lot of vehicles in the state. We've purchased 3 Tesla vehicles (early 2013, 2017, 2018), and each time the delivery process has been easier, to the point where it's much easier now to accept delivery of a Tesla than an ICE at a dealership.

    Tesla/Musk announced plans months ago to shift all sales to online - since ordering a Tesla online is easy - and eliminates overhead costs for Tesla, making it easier for them to scale to higher volume sales without adding stores and galleries.

    The lack of direct sales is a red herring - Tesla has enough challenges and is right to avoid challenging the dealerships in every location (Tesla isn't the only state where the dealership lobby has been able to prevent Tesla direct sales). The dealerships are defending a business model that will be increasingly difficult to justify - they're like bookstores and music stores - markets that have shifted online eliminating most of retail locations.

    If Tesla continues to expand sales and market share, Tesla may force the other manufacturers to reassess their dealership strategy for sales and service. Online sales is the direction for most industries - and Tesla's mobile service strategy directly attacks a major revenue stream for dealerships by bringing service to the customer.

    Since the Model 3 was released, the number of Tesla vehicles in Texas has exploded - they are everywhere - including many in the energy industry buying a Tesla EV.

    The energy industry is on the verge of a major change as global demand starts to drop - not because Tesla is selling EVs - but because countries (especially China) is going to force a shift to EVs. Based on the number of EVs in Houston - there's no indication the energy industry is fighting against Tesla - since many EV company employees are now driving Tesla vehicles.
  • edited November -1
    Another +2 @bp
  • edited June 2019
    One of the points is that the party of "government hands off private enterprise" uses its naked power to *try* to favor its own. I'm not commenting on whether Tesla is winning in Texas, I'm just commenting on hypocrisy.
  • edited June 2019
    "I see climate change happening every day." It is not climate change if you see it every day. It is weather.
  • edited June 2019
    minimum of 1 Tesla per day that i see now.
  • edited June 2019
    Highly informative post bp!! Thank you for taking your time to share your knowledge with us. Whenever I stop by the Northwest Houston Supercharger, I see a lot of Model 3s there - mostly young people. The older folks like me are in a Model-S or X. You are correct about the explosion of Model 3 sales. About 1 out of 2 to 3 Teslas I see on the road in Houston are Model 3s. My stepdaughter's husband is an IT guy for an oil company in Houston. When they bought my MS60, they were a little concerned about driving the Tesla to work back in 2015. But that fear quickly went away. Nobody cares! Lots of people who work for oil companies drive BEVs now. After all, it is their natural gas that is fueling the electricity to run our Teslas in Texas!

    bp, one little correction to your post - "(Tesla isn't the only state where the dealership lobby has been able to prevent Tesla direct sales)" - I think you meant to say, (TEXAS isn't the only state where the dealership...) Otherwise, perfect post. Are you in Houston?
  • edited June 2019
    Pepperidge, I've been trying to tell these global warming zealots that for years in the Tesla Forum!
  • edited November -1
    andy.connor.e are you in Texas? Houston?
  • edited June 2019
    Silly sabby, you, 60cc SamO, and SCCRENDODO are out in the ozone hole with mike!
  • edited June 2019
    Nikita, you and me can agree on one thing - bp's post!
  • edited November -1
    Capital district NY.
  • edited June 2019
    @mitch: I was running the houston half marathon and some random parking lot with a charger. The ICed cherger struck me as quintessential texas. My son was going to UTMB at the time and the run made a good excuse to visit him.
  • edited June 2019
    jimmy, send an email to me. And I'll show you what this Texan does when he gets iced! [email protected]

    Hope you had a good time with the Houston half marathon and your visit with your son.
  • edited June 2019
    OK andy. You see one every day in New York. I telling you. This stuff I hear in the news about the demise of Tesla is horse crap!
  • edited November -1
    Those who deny reality, claim the world is flat and crave to breathe in fetid air, poisoned by burning the putrified corpses of millions-year dead life.

    No thanks.

    I'll collect rays from the sun and preserve the species on the planet for my children and grandchildren.

    Sad that this is considered revolutionary and that know-nothings have such large megaphones.

    Michael Bloomberg has been shutting down coal plants and will shut the rest very soon with his $500M pittance to fight FFF (Fucking Fossil Fuels).

    Tesla will be the guillotine.

    :-)
  • bpbp
    edited June 2019
    The legislature in Texas only meets every 2 years - and only for 4 months.

    Since Tesla began selling Model S, the legislature has not passed any laws that impact Tesla, neither has it passed any laws that would help Tesla.

    The dealership laws that prevent Tesla from direct sales were on the books before Tesla - and the dealership lobby (which is strong in Texas - and many other states) has been able to prevent Tesla to be granted an exception for direct sales.

    However, the dealership lobby has been unsuccessful in trying to impose any new restrictions on Tesla.

    There was a brief opportunity for Tesla to get the legislature to consider direct sales for Tesla - if Tesla had located Gigafactory 1 in Texas, it's likely the legislature would have passed a bill helping Tesla.

    Otherwise, the state government has allowed this all to play out - without implementing any exceptions or restrictions on Tesla.

    And based on Tesla's success in selling many vehicles in Texas without direct sales - that demonstrated to Tesla (Musk) that direct sales isn't needed - and Tesla could reduce their investment in stores and galleries without significantly impacting sales.

    [in Houston]
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