There seems to be a lot of wasted energy on these forums as of late with reposting deleted threads, complaining about other members, debating topics that just go nowhere, etc. I'm guilty of participating too. I sometimes can't help myself. But I think the effort spent on such activities could be better utilized trying to help advance Tesla's (and Elon's) mission of switching energy and transport to cleaner options.
I would like to see what other members have done and better yet, actively doing to help advance the mission of Tesla and show the benefits of electric cars. Perhaps share ideas on what we can do to help the goals of allowing Tesla to sell and service in ALL states.
I know there are several posters like TeslaTap.com that have contributed greatly!
1. Model S owner in a state that is very much pro dealership, hence anti Tesla (Michigan). Delivered as of Feb 2017. (I should have purchased a Model S years earlier.)
2. After my purchase and delivery, I had to go to the Secretary of State in Michigan and give them about $7,000. I wrote a letter to my local state representative and explained how awful I thought it was that Michigan can happily take my money but then make it difficult for me as a consumer to have that product serviced. (Especially in a republican led state that is supposedly "pro-business".)
3. My rep replied and agreed with me 100%. We spoke on the phone for about 45 minutes. He said that I should send that letter to all the other representatives in the state. (110). I was reluctant because typically representatives only respond to people in their district. But I did it anyway. Took a few hours since I customized the intro to it for each rep.
4. I told my rep that I sent those letters and that I heard back from 12 so far and all but one was in full support. (I'm surprised I heard from any). My rep invited me to Lansing. On April 27th, I offered to drive him in for the day in my Tesla and he accepted. He was blown away by the car and had never been in one before. I was able to park in his spot at the capital for the day which was really close to the main capital building entrance and therefore all the other reps had to walk by it. They noticed. While I was on the floor with the reps and was introduced by my rep, at least 6 stopped by mentioning the car. Several reps stood by my car and I had a couple sit in it. They were asking all sorts of good questions. My rep really thanked me for the ride that day and I said I would be happy to do it again (every other week if he's open to it). I stated I would just like to meet other reps who are against Tesla in the state. He was open to the idea and we shall see how it goes.
5. I also spoke with rep Aaron Miller who is leading the campaign to help Tesla in Michigan. I said I would like to help out in any way I can. He gave me a contact with the president of a lobby firm. (I'm not typically a fan of lobbyists but unfortunately, that's how the game is played.) I contacted this person and have a meeting with him this Thursday May 11 while I spend hopefully another full day in Lansing. I will post back how it goes. I highly doubt my efforts will help in any way, but I am going to try. Also, you'd be surprised.... It's actually kind of fun to discuss this with other reps and to show off the car.
6. I am signed up for the EV program with consumers energy which allows cheaper rates from 11 PM to 6 AM. 10c per kW. This tells the power companies that yet another person owns an EV. (And of course it helps my rates a little.)
7. Since I currently own a condo, I am not allowed to have solar on the roof. But I instead signed up for the consumers energy green generation option for 100%. I have been on this plan even before I purchased the Tesla. Back then, it cost under 2 dollars per month for that surcharge. (Granted, my electricity is still coming from other forms like coal but the power company supposedly offsets that with greener energy options elsewhere.). Now with my Model S (and the fact that I love to drive so much more now), that surcharge is about 9.80 per month. (Still very reasonable). I plan on building a house with a Tesla solar roof in about two years.
So some suggestions if you are willing and able:
1. If you get your power from an electric company, see about getting the green energy option. If nothing else, it will tell the power companies that yes.... people DO prefer to have less pollution even if it costs a little bit more.
2. If you live in a state that is hard on Tesla, contact your rep. You might actually be able to move the needle a bit....maybe. But at least you can say you tried. People I have told that I am doing this, were just impressed with the fact that I'm doing this at all. But I actually enjoy it because I am passionate about this mission even if it does take my time.
Please report your ideas on other ways to help. I would like some suggestions. Thanks!
1. Get friendly with reporters to help pursuade reps who may not otherwise agree. (I'd rather not do that option right now but it is a good suggestion.)
May 11 Update - I met with Michigan Legislative Consultants today. It went well. They said having Tesla owners contact their reps is EXTREMELY important. Especially in Michigan. Because without owners contacting their reps, their reps only receive pressure from the dealership network on one side and then Tesla on the other. But having a rep's constituents contact them requesting Tesla to have service centers and sales galleries in Michigan , allows reps to say they are supporting their voting base. Again...extremely important! Please contact your rep! Show them you want Tesla to operate in this state. If you did contact them, do it again!
There is an owners meeting in Southfield MI next Tuesday from 5-7 PM. I will try to be there.
Other next steps for me, trying to pull together a meeting with multiple reps and Michigan Legislative Consultants.
Also, if you can spend a day in Lansing, offer to drive your rep in your Tesla for the day. Then you can park near the capital with your Tesla. It gets noticed! Trust me. People are still talking about it two weeks later when they saw my car. They thought my rep bought it.