Battery and electric car manufacturer Tesla seems to have a permanent seat at the front of the hype train, so in a year with as many ups and downs as 2017’s seen, you can imagine it’s been a pretty intense roller coaster ride.
Love it or hate it, from shaking up the entire trucking industry to getting a smackdown from a major consumer research publication, it’s been interesting to watch the sparks fly, so we’ve rounded up the five most interesting Tesla moments of 2017.
Tesla Semi shakes up the trucking industry
One of Tesla’s most anticipated announcements of 2017 was, ironically, for a vehicle that the vast majority of Teslaphiles will never get a chance to drive. Dubbed the Tesla Semi, the brand debuted its first full-electric commercial truck at an event in November, electrifying the trucking industry in the process.
The Semi will boast a cruising range of 300 or 500 miles, depending on the size of the battery pack chosen, and is powered by the same motor that you’ll find in the Model 3 sedan, only the Semi has four of them, one for each of the four driven wheels. It’s expected to start at $150,000 for the 300-mile model when it hits the road in 2019.
Tesla’s new Semi doesn’t burn a drop of diesel and runs completely emissions-free. The lack of smokestacks should be better for the environment, but the Semi also boasts lower operating and maintenance costs, promising potential savings in the tens of thousands of dollars every year over a comparable diesel truck, making it a very tempting gamble for the trucking industry.
Surprise Roadster revival
Musk’s “one more thing” at the tail end of the Semi event was a surprise announcement of the new Tesla Roadster.
The new Roadster will feature three electric motors and enough torque and grip to make a zero-to-60 mph sprint in just 1.9 seconds before blurring through the quarter mile in just 8.9 seconds. Take it easy on the accelerator and the 200kWh battery pack should provide enough juice to cruise for up to a claimed 620 miles.
But such insane performance is going to cost you. The Roadster will cost $250,000 if you want one of the first 1,000 “Founders Series” reservations, or $200,000 with a $50,000 deposit to get to the end of the line when it begins production in 2020.
Telsa co-founder and CEO Elon Musk even joked that a new Roadster would be part of the payload on one of his other projects: theheading to Mars. At least, we think he was joking…
Model 3 ‘production hell’
Tesla generated a lot of hype and drummed up a lot of deposits and reservations for the aforementioned Semi and Roadster. Hopefully, all of that raised capital will help the automaker actually get its Model 3 affordable EV out of the door after a 2017 wracked with production delays.
After an event in July 2017 hailing the first production Model 3s rolling off of the assembly line, the automaker is still struggling to get the car into the hands of the public. Deliveries have been made to Tesla employees — at least one of which made its way onto Craigslist with a $150,000 asking price — but the vast majority of the nearly 500,000 reservation holders have been left twiddling their thumbs for months.
The reasons for the delays are complicated, ranging from production bottlenecks to personnel issues and other complications that have pushed production back into 2018. However, just last month, the Tesla opened up its Model 3 configurator to the first non-employee reservation holders, perhaps signaling the beginning of the end for its “production hell.”
Model X takedown
As disappointing as the Model 3’s production issues were, perhaps even worse were the blows that the Model X SUV experienced in 2017.
In October, Tesla announced a voluntary recall for about 11,000 Model X SUVs due to second-row seats that might not stay in place during a crash. On the bright side, Tesla discovered the problem during internal testing rather than finding out the hard way.
Just a few days later, Consumer Reports downgraded the Model X to dead last on its list of 10 Least Reliable Cars. That’s gotta sting. CR’s report was based on a survey of owners, focusing on “17 trouble areas, from nuisances — such as squeaky brakes and broken interior trim — to major bummers, such as out-of-warranty transmission repairs or trouble with four-wheel-drive systems.”
Tesla fired back that stating that CR’s survey was woefully out-of-date, lagging months behind the most recent improvements made to the Model X, but alas, by then the damage had been done.
The Gigafactory gears up
Perhaps Tesla’s biggest win of 2017 was its first one. In January, the massive Gigafactory battery production plant started mass-producing battery cells. Given that pretty much everything Tesla does relies on batteries, from electric cars to Powerwalls to powering entire cities, this was sort of a tent-pole moment for the brand.
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Through economies of scale, the Gigafactory is a major step toward significantly reducing the cost of batteries, which it will need to do if it hopes to turn a profit on all of those Model S, Roadsters and Semi preorders it’s lined up.
The increased battery production capacity has also fueled a few of Tesla’s more ambitious projects, including building the world’s largest lithium ion battery in South Australia and bringing solar power to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico. CNET
Cannabis and Your Voice
Today’s the day, that’s right 4/20…Can we be real for a second and talk about the elephant in the room for a few minutes? I’m talking about that green sticky stuff with the funny smell when lit. Some people call it Pot, Grass, Herb, Mary Jane and remember back in the day some people even called it Reefer? For the purpose of this article, I will refer to Marijuana as “weed”. I wanted to talk about the possible effects that weed can have on your voice. Before we get into this very interesting and controversial topic let me be clear, I’m not here to judge or point figures, nor pick sides to each is own. I’m here to point out some facts and perhaps give you something to chew on, pun intended LOL!
Many of you know that April 20th often just referred to 4/20, international “Pot” holiday, originated by five high school students from California in 1971. The story itself is pretty fascinating but whats even more fascinating, to me is how it quickly became an international holiday all over the world. If this subject tickles your fancy, you’ll have to do a little research to learn more.
As I look through different articles looking for the long and short-term effects weed (the most used illegal drug in the world ), I was surprised at the small amount of information I found about the cause and effects with emphasis on the voice. I found this interesting because many of you already know artists and musicians are often perceived as heavy drug users of many different kinds, not always weed. While we often hear about and are driven to focus on harder drugs, weed it’s often accused to be the gateway drug. We all know or have read about singers, rappers, actors, pastors, even former President Bill Clinton was accused of using the drug many refer too as “weed” but don’t fret, he didn’t inhale…
Okay, here goes the tea… Regardless of how you smoke weed, (or any other substance) rather it’s in a vaporizer, pipe, blunt or old fashioned joint, any inhaled agent has the ability to over time damage the overall quality of your voice. Just as caffeine, heating/cooling systems and allergy medication, and even sleeping with your mouth open at night dry your voice and sinus completely. Dryness in your throat causes a plethora of problems you might not even be aware of some of which include difficulty swallowing, coughing, heartburn and body aches, just to name a few. Some studies show that a vaporizer is safer because the substance isn’t burned and fewer toxins are actually produced. However, other studies shown say that any smoke at all inhaled has potential to damage your voice.
Marijuana is now legal in nine states for recreational use and other 15 states for medical purposes, weed has quickly become in higher demand among the states that haven’t been considered for legalization, as of yet… You can cut the tension with a knife among both citizens and legislators when this touchy subject resurfaces.
We live in a stressful world that seems to be constantly on the move, with pressures of becoming bigger and better by the microsecond. People who suffer from stress, anxiety, depression, ADHD and health problems, particularly pain and much more is at an all-time high in our nation as a whole. From the stress of raising a family to the stress of being an entrepreneur creating your dream job, weed has become a multi-billion dollar industry. Millions of people all over the world swear by the substance called “Marijuana”. In a small serve, I conducted today, some claim they couldn’t, and some even stated they wouldn’t live without. Weed helps “take the edge off and calms me down at the end a stressful day,” several people said from my serve, verbatim.14-20 people I asked, (would like to remain anonymous) admitted to consuming daily.
6 Singers (2 college students)
4 Males (over age 60)
3 Mothers (between 25-44)
7 Professional “White Collar” (Unisex ages 23-52)
All of which had valid reasons why consume daily, all of which were compelling. The other six had various reasons for daily use from chronic pain to high anxiety. At the end of the day, we all must do what we think is best for our overall mental health and well-being. Being a person who was without a voice for almost three years, I tend to examine things a little differently than I once did, especially when it comes to my voice.
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The Woman Who Brought Us “Don’t Make Me Over” Sybil
Classy and truly a woman of excellence, Sybil brings light to fading world. It was a pleasure to have an opportunity to have met an angel.
The beautiful and talented Songstress Sybil sat down for an exclusive interview with Exposure Magazine CEO & Founder of @MsTam Lawrence- during the Women’s Gathering in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 9th 2018.
Sharing her take on walking in your purpose. Sybil drops some golden nuggets on the audience, “Trust the process and believe in you!” Sybil graced the stage with her heartfelt presence–singing her hit single, “Don’t make me over.”
Tam Lawrence: Sybil have you ever been in a dark place? If so, how did you break-through?
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