Big Red at
Tamarack Beach Resort in Carlsbad, California.
This is my Twelfth report on our 5-month-old 2020 Tesla Model 3, Standard Range Plus,
Rear-Wheel Drive, 19" wheels, Multicoat Red posted
In this report I cover:
Photographing a Tesla in Southern California
TesaTouring.com likes a different photo of my Tesla Model 3 at the
beginning of each of my reports. Therefore, on a recent vacation
in Carlsbad, California, I decided to take several photos of the car
with the Pacific Ocean in the background. In case you want an
ocean view behind your Tesla, here are a few locations I found in San
Diego County, California. One camera I used was my iPhone MS Max
which not only records the image, it records the GPS location where the
photo was taken. I also used my Canon T6i, but used the GPS data
from the iPhone for location. One advantage of my Canon is the
tilt screen on the back which allows me to hold the camera near the
ground and manage framing before releasing the shutter by using the
Professional auto photographers suggest shooting
so low that you can see all four wheels.
I took a photo of our Model 3 at the resort
where we were staying. Not a 4-wheel shot, but I wanted the words
on the sign all showing.
Photo Location: 3200 Carlsbad Blvd.
With my camera on a raised tripod and
10-sec. timer, I raised my camera to show some ocean beyond the rocks.
The photos of the Tesla above and below were taken at the Tamarack
State Beach's south (lower) end. It is lower than 101. The
rocks have been placed between the lot and the ocean. The
lifeguard towers were stored for the winter along the lagoon inlet.
Another ocean background shot with lifeguard towers. This image
was a bit farther south on 101.
Now, farther south, on a bluff above the shore, I walked to the median
and held my camera at arms length above my head and with surfers.
At the Midway in San Diego, I was able to pull over quickly for a shot
with the victory kiss modeled after the renowned photograph by Alfred
Eisenstaedt taken at the end of World War II in front of the Midway.
photo of the "beach model" was at the Hotel Del Coronado.
may notice in the map above, that the photo was taken on the north side
of the Hotel Del Coronado. The reason for taking the photo on
this side of the hotel was because the front (south) main portico was
completely closed for renovation. My wife said to include the
photo with the iconic red roof so readers would know where the photo
Finally, the most traditional photos from the day were the two above
which showed the front of the car and one side..a traditional 3/4 shot.
of railroad locomotives, classic cars, airplanes, etc. are often shot
in 3/4 view so that both the front and sides of the subject are
visible. Sometimes an elevation is also used so that the top of the
subject is also in view. The elevated 3/4 view is often used in product
photography as well. The term 3/4 view is also very common in the
rail fanning community in the United States. The most desirable shot
imaginable to many in that hobby is a "3/4 shot with a cloudless sky
and a sunlit nose." Any other aesthetic qualities the photo may or may
not posses seems immaterial to many, if not most, railfans."
So this image seems to best match the description of a "3/4 shot with a
cloudless sky and a sunlit nose."
Professional auto photographers suggest
shooting so low that you can see all four wheels. I found this 3D
rendering which I rotated to show the 4-wheels-showing angle for
photographing a car.
However, go to the site and you can use your mouse to rotate the car
and see it from any angle. Click Here.
I think Mike might have done this 3D drawing of Model 3 before it
was announced. firstname.lastname@example.org
For more on automotive photography, including more than Teslas photos and more than Southern California backgrounds Click Here
or copy and paste this: www.moknowsphotos.com/AutomotivePhotography/
What does the "5-Star" safety rating of a Model 3 mean
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
"Each year, NHTSA crash tests vehicles as
part of our 5-Star Safety Ratings program. In addition, we do
verification tests on advanced crash avoidance technology systems in
vehicles. The 5-Star Safety Ratings program evaluates how vehicles
perform in crash tests. NHTSA conducts frontal, side and rollover tests
because these types account for the majority of crashes on America's
The yellow bars are the "Recommended Safety Technology" which all
The graph above is broken down and explained at the Source.
Also at this site, you can enter any year, make, model.
Tesla Model 3 2021 changes from 2020.
Our 2020 Tesla
Model 3 is not the newest Model 3 out now even though it is only 5
months old, but , this YouTuber gives
a rundown of the changes in the 2021 Tesla Model 3:
speaker Pedestrian Warning sound will be music, not fan noise.
Snake Jazz (One I like):
Tropical Elevator Music (I like this
better than Polynesian Elevator Music):
of "gas" Stations?
WAWA, Pa. — Wawa
Inc. plans to double the number of convenience stores that have Tesla
Superchargers by the end of 2020.
opening Superchargers in 2017 after customers who were also Tesla
drivers began requesting them. Wawa stores with the
charging stations typically have eight Superchargers per site.
"Wawa proudly hosts 33 electric charging stations to date — with a goal
of reaching 40 by year end, across our entire operating area, with the
purpose of providing 'boundless convenience,' for friends and neighbors
seeking access to food, beverages and charging stations at one
destination," said Brian Schaller, chief real estate and fuel officer
for Wawa. "We selected our Vienna, Va., store as a backdrop to announce
this sweepstakes as it’s the first store in company history to open
with EV chargers only, no fuel pumps, which demonstrates our commitment
to innovation, sustainability and our continued desire to meet the
needs of our customers."
Wawa began offering EV charging stations at its first convenience store
in 2017. To date, it hosts 33 EV charging stations, including 31
Supercharging sites and two Electrify America CCS and CHAdeMO stations.
The retailer currently has 16 locations with the proprietary charging
stations: six in New Jersey, three in Delaware, two in Virginia and
five in Florida.
The next Wawa store to offer Superchargers is currently under
construction on Route 73 in Maple Shade, N.J., and is expected to open
by December. Pennsylvania will also see its first Superchargers at Wawa
during the coming expansion, according to Wawa spokesperson Lori Bruce.
A Supercharger allows drivers to add approximately 150 miles of driving
time with 15 minutes of charging. The company's newest charger model
allows around 75 miles of driving per each five minutes of charging,
but it is not yet available on the East Coast."
"Wawa" is a Native American word for the Canada Goose that was found in
the Delaware Valley over 100 years ago. Our original Dairy farm was
built on land located in a rural section of Pennsylvania called Wawa.
That's why we use the goose on Wawa's corporate logo."
for Sale in the US.
to the original article and the 58 other Plug-In Hybrids: Click Here.
Formula E, how the cars have
evolved through the years. (2021 Model below).
I've followed Formula E (fully electric
race cars) since their inception (2011) and even attended their
only west coast race in Long Beach, CA. I found this article
interesting about the evolution of
the cars. They originally had 2 cars for each driver because of
the lack of range, but they now have one car with enough range for the
whole race and instant power boost from driving over a section in the
track. BMW has had a car in
the series and is now applying some of their research to consumer
models. Click the title below
to be linked to the interesting article.
How Formula E Cars Have Evolved Through The
The ongoing argument that EVs are not less polluting considering production pollution, debunked.
U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Alternative Fuels Data Center
Emissions from Hybrid and Plug-In Electric Vehicles
"Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in
hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and all-electric vehicles (EVs)
typically produce lower tailpipe emissions than conventional vehicles
do. When measuring well-to-wheel emissions, the electricity source is
important: for PHEVs and EVs, part or all of the power provided by the
battery comes from off-board sources of electricity. There are emissions associated with the majority of electricity production in the United States.
Electricity Sources and Emissions
EVs and PHEVs running only on electricity
have zero tailpipe emissions, but emissions may be produced by the
source of electrical power, such as a power plant.
In geographic areas that use relatively low-polluting energy sources
for electricity generation, PHEVs and EVs typically have lower
emissions well-to-wheel than similar conventional vehicles running on
gasoline or diesel. In regions that depend heavily on coal for
electricity generation, PEVs may not demonstrate a strong well-to-wheel
So, electrics have lower emissions than gas or diesel, even in states which generate the electricity by other than coal.
Let's take California for instance, the state with the most electric vehicles:
Click to enlarge
Bottom line is the "All Electric" bar above..in all cases, is less wheel-to-wheel polluting than any other type of car.
"Direct and Well-to-Wheel Emissions
Vehicle emissions can be divided into two general categories: air
pollutants, which contribute to smog, haze, and health problems; and
greenhouse gases (GHGs), such as carbon dioxide and methane. Both
categories of emissions can be evaluated on a direct basis and a
Conventional vehicles with an
internal combustion engine (ICE) produce direct emissions through the
tailpipe, as well as through evaporation from the vehicle's fuel system
and during the fueling process. Conversely, EVs produce zero direct
emissions. PHEVs produce zero tailpipe emissions when they are in
all-electric mode, but they can produce evaporative emissions. When
using the ICE, PHEVs also produce tailpipe emissions. However, their
direct emissions are typically lower than those of comparable
Well-to-wheel emissions include all emissions related to fuel
production, processing, distribution, and use. In the case of gasoline,
emissions are produced while extracting petroleum from the earth,
refining it, distributing the fuel to stations, and burning it in
vehicles. In the case of electricity, most electric power plants
produce emissions, and there are additional emissions associated with
the extraction, processing, and distribution of the primary energy
sources they use for electricity production."
Check your state at the Source of this article. Source.
Tesla's heated seats are just what the Physical Therapy Doctor ordered for back pain.
Can a Tesla with heated seats be written of a medical expense?
I go to Physical Therapy for an arthritic
back. I asked Dr. Tom whether heat or cold would be best for my
back. He said, "Heat, that's why cars with heated seats are so
popular." Whoa, I have a Tesla with heated seats, do you think
the IRS would accept my car as a medical expense?
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