In this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, CleanTechnica CEO Zach Shahan sits down with Roger Pressman, cofounder of EV Annex, to discuss his review of Tesla’s Model Y and his work at EV Annex. Roger owned one of the earliest Model S sedans, a Model X, and a Model 3. EV Annex sells aftermarket Tesla accessories to thousands of Tesla owners and was the first Tesla aftermarket supply company. Roger also discusses the Tesla consumer community a bit in this podcast.
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Roger has owned and driven many miles in each mass-produced Tesla — the Model S, Model 3, Model X, and Model Y. What started as a frustration with Tesla’s lack of a center console (the original Model S didn’t have a center console), Roger finally decided to create his own. As he posted in online forums about his design, he realized how many people wanted the same product, and thus EV Annex was born. Now, the company “specializes in the sale of automotive aftermarket accessories” for all Tesla vehicles.
Roger takes time during this episode to give his thorough review of Tesla’s Model Y and compares it to the other Teslas as well as some other vehicles. To Roger, Model Y can be represented best in one word: refinement. With its refined interior hardware and software, better quality build, and ergonomic interface, Roger believes the Model Y is a car that is both practical and fun to drive. It is also his favorite Tesla.
|Roger driving his new Tesla Model Y. (Photo by Casey Murphy, EVANNEX.)|
After reviewing the Model Y, Zach and Roger jump into questions from some of the participants in the CleanTechnica webinar (open to subscribers), with questions ranging from driving in the snow to the potential for attaching a bike rack to the SUV.
Roger also recounts his original decision to invest in a Model S, and the leap of faith he took even when others were saying the company would go bankrupt. Roger shares some early stories, he and Zach talk about how the Tesla community has changed over the years, and Roger notes that the Tesla community today, while still more knowledgeable about vehicles than the average buyer, is becoming a much more general group of car buyers.
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