Training Videos in backward states

Training Videos in backward states

I live in Texas and am expecting my S in a month. However I have now been told that the Tesla rep will not be able to show me how to run it because of the ridiculous Texas Auto Dealers lawsuit to prevent Teslas method of sales. The state, lead by a backwards governor, does not even offer incentives yet. The question is, has anybody seen these training videos and do they work? I'm pissed I cannot discuss with a live rep. Thanks

MB3 | January 2, 2013

I do wonder if it is worth writing your elected representatives.

Neech | January 2, 2013

Whether contacting representatives is worth it or not, Shannon should give it a try. Texas is an oil state, but they should be pressured to accept the future. Which makes me wonder what happened to the mantra that "Americans need to get off their addiction to oil?"

suj17 | January 2, 2013

I have seen it and it is very good, comprehensive.

GoTeslaChicago | January 2, 2013

How do you get it?

LoudMusic | January 2, 2013

I realize I'm dragging this off topic, but I've always found it highly frustrating when someone refers to another place as "backwards".

Texas produces more electricity from wind than any other state in the country, by more than 2.6x of the second most producing state, California.

Solar is a bit different matter. They're currently something between 7th and 13th, depending on types of solar you're considering.

And they have far less solar potential than I had anticipated seeing.

So with that in mind I'd say they're actually doing pretty well for solar production.

Even if it is an "oil state", it looks like they've pretty well "accepted the future".

LoudMusic | January 2, 2013

Oops! Didn't see Iowa's 4,322. Good for you Iowa! ;) So Texas is 2.4x second place IOWA. :D

My apologies to all the Iowanians out there.

Shelmire | January 2, 2013

LOUDMUSIC...let me remind you that there are trade association rules against a Tesla Representative showing me how to work my electric car. Really? I call that backward. Texas produces oil because that's where the oil is. This has nothing to do with the fact that I live at ground zero for conservatism, Dallas, Texas. There are huge doubts about evolution, so you can just imagine what they think about environmental issues. Yes, backward is the word i would use as far as incentives and rebates and welcoming Tesla to the state. Why give an incentive if over half of your state congress does not acknowledge there is a problem. So, back to the videos. One person told me they were well done and comprehensive. I guess if you have a problem you can call the help desk. Do you watch them on the screen in the car or with an iPad in your lap? Thanks to those who gave me answers to my question.

TikiMan | January 2, 2013

That's very surprising considering Texas is so anti-union, right-to-work, anti-government control, etc. I guess the Texas auto-dealers are the exception to the rule.

sandman | January 2, 2013

I'm not happy with the training situation either. Texas has some really old laws on the books that encourage small business growth in the state. The laws try to break up cash cow industries like alcohol and vehicles and require that a local business be in the "value chain" before it hits the consumer. Those laws don't work very well these days and are starting to change. They have started to for alcohol already. When Teslas start selling in larger numbers here in Texas and all Texas gets is the TTL fees, they'll change. Clearly not saying those laws are good now but they did serve their purpose once upon a time.

But hey, you are always welcome to vote with your feet and your wallet if you've got the universe(auto industry, God, and the rest of it) figured out.

Brad Holt | January 3, 2013

I'd love to see these as well! Maybe I should make some myself to help people out. Anybody wanna help me build out some content? I'd love to shoot some training videos if I could get a solid idea of how much info would need to be included in each video and what all would need to be covered. :)

Dallasite here: I just feel compelled to note that Dallas is actually a blue county, along with most of TX's other major cities. There are just way more non-city voters to turn the state red. My 2 cents. :)