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Published on April 21st, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan


Tesla’s 11th Death Anniversary — No Joke!

April 21st, 2019 by  

Okay, it’s a small joke, of course, since Tesla isn’t dead and certainly hasn’t been dead for 11 years! However, for those of you who thought this idea of an 11 year Tesla death anniversary was an April 1st joke, I assure you, it is not!

One of the frustrating things about following Tesla for many years is that misplaced attacks on Tesla, criticism of Tesla, and Tesla smears have not dissipated over time as Tesla has proven itself. In fact, despite so many “impossible” accomplishments and despite Tesla absolutely nailing its 2006 Secret Master Plan, criticisms and smears seem to have increased.

This can be super frustrating and annoying — the ignorance alone, not to mention the many implications. However, it can also be funny. I mean, seriously, critics have been forecasting Tesla’s imminent death for more than a decade! Where’s Mark Twain when you need him?

Writing Tesla flashback and Morning Monkey Business articles is one fun way to respond to the ongoing nonsense, but I realized there was something better I could do that could also have a much more positive and practical impact. I could organize a celebration, or even a global celebration, a network of celebrations!

Of course, for a network of celebrations, I need much more than myself. I need Tesla owners and fans around the world to chip in and share their love for Tesla in abundant, generous ways. As I indicated when I first announced this:

You could focus on test drives and showing off the supersplendulous Tesla Model 3, Model X, Model S, and Roadster.

You could host a house party, a pool party, or a Tesla camping party.

You could launch an epic road trip, organize a Tesla parade, plan a day of Tesla drag racing, or create a Tesla scavenger hunt.

You could have a frunkpuppy party, organize a day of pranks using Tesla Summon, or try to set a record for the highest number of dancing Model Xs.

There are many things you could do. The point is to have fun and spread the good news that Tesla, actually, is not dead and isn’t going to die anytime soon. To the contrary, Tesla is seeing its growth explode, Tesla has the most satisfied buyers on the auto market, Tesla offers a car that is better than a BMW 330i but has a total cost of ownership comparable to a Toyota Camry or Honda Accord, Tesla has broken countless sales records, and Tesla is essentially in a league of its own at the top of the auto market.

I spent some time trying to think of the best way to organize the organizers, and after considering pretty maps, a dedicated website, and more, I landed on a super simple and basic approach that I’ve seen work well time and time again with Tesla owners and fans — a Google Sheet (or two of them).

If you’d like to join an already planned event, take a look at what’s happening here and send an email or text message to the organizer.

If you’d like to organize an event, use our contact form and choose the option “I want to host or join a Tesla 11 Year Death Anniversary event!Just do it.

While the general plan is for all events to occur on May 19, since that’s the anniversary of the 11 year old “Tesla Death Watch,” we’re flexible. You can organize an event for another day if the 19th doesn’t work for you. Drop us the info and we’ll promote the heck out of it. Of course, you should also post about it on reddit, Twitter, Facebook, via your local Tesla owner group or EV club, and anywhere else you think you can attract attention.

The sooner you let us know of your involvement, the more we can market your event and help bring in more organizing support and participants. We are really going to blast the heck out of this network of celebrations — to an annoying degree — so we hope you don’t hold back your own desire to join the fun!

Thanks to a handful of initial leaders, we have the following events planned, but we’re just getting started:

  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Krakow, Poland/Polska
  • Oxnard, California
  • Tampa, Florida
  • Thisted–Nykøbing M., Denmark
  • Twin Cities, MN

Interested in buying a Tesla? Need a referral code to get 1,000 miles of free Supercharging? Use ours: http://ts.la/tomasz7234 (or not — up to you). 


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is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director, chief editor, and CEO. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in NIO [NIO], Tesla [TSLA], and Xpeng [XPEV]. But he does not offer (explicitly or implicitly) investment advice of any sort.

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