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About Paul Fosse

Paul Fosse A Software engineer for over 30 years, first developing EDI software, then developing data warehouse systems. Along the way, I've also had the chance to help start a software consulting firm and do portfolio management. In 2010, I took an interest in electric cars because gas was getting expensive. In 2015, I started reading CleanTechnica and took an interest in solar, mainly because it was a threat to my oil and gas investments. Follow me on Twitter @atj721 Tesla investor. Tesla referral code: https://ts.la/paul92237



Author Archives: Paul Fosse

Ford Mustang Mach-E — Why Ford Made The Right Choices

December 2nd, 2019 | by Paul Fosse

In this article, I'll try to summarize some of the challenges Ford faced developing the Mustang Mach-E, a little of the controversy over naming it a "Mustang," and why I think Ford made the right choices for the most part. But before I get to that, the timing of the unveiling was probably unfortunate


Is The Tesla Cybertruck Radical Enough? A Look At The Body Design Choices

November 29th, 2019 | by Paul Fosse

When the CyberTruck came out on the stage, I was as shocked as everyone with the look of the vehicle. I was impressed by the specs and intrigued by Tesla's ability to innovate in a direction nobody expected, structural efficiency of the body and frame. I was one of the few people, however, who expected a more radical surprise, like an autonomous interior without a steering wheel or cold air jets to fly over rough terrain. We may still get those in the future, but today I'm going to dive into the choices the Tesla team made and even ask if they considered something more out of the box than they released


Tesla Cybertruck Checks All The Boxes, Surprises On Look, Price, & Armor

November 24th, 2019 | by Paul Fosse

Last week, I wrote an article that claimed that the Tesla Cybertruck announcement (even without delivering a single truck) would put the Detroit Big 3 in a pickle in 3 markets if it met their basic needs and offered them something worth waiting for. This article will go over those 3 markets and rate the desirability of the Cybertruck to each market


How The Tesla CyberTruck Puts Ford, Chevy, & Ram In A Pickle

November 20th, 2019 | by Paul Fosse

In this article, I'll talk about how Tesla's announcement of its CyberTruck will hurt sales of other pickup trucks, even before the truck ships its first unit. Make sure you also read Frugal Moogal's article about the broad effects of the industry's transition to electric vehicles and compares this transition to how other industries dealt with (or didn't) their own transitions. Frugal also wrote an article that is more specific, dealing with the Mustang's effect on Ford


Is The Ford Mustang Mach-E A Tesla Killer? No, But …

November 16th, 2019 | by Paul Fosse

Now that the specs of the Mustang Mach E have been leaked (we got them as well but decided to follow the rules and not leak them), most articles are interested in how it compares to the Model Y. It's going to be other items that differentiate the two cars and determine which one people are more comfortable with and decide to buy. Instead of listing all the ways the cars are similar, I'm going to list the ways they are different


12 Reasons Why The Ford Mustang Mach-E Will Be A Huge Hit

November 16th, 2019 | by Paul Fosse

Before I explain all the reasons why the Ford Mustang Mach-E will be successful, I want to mention that this is no "Tesla Killer." We will have detailed articles explaining why this car won't "kill" Tesla after the reveal, but short version is this car will take most of its market share from the 99% of vehicles that are gas or diesel powered. Other media outlets will promote the false narrative that Ford, Tesla, and all other EVs are fighting each other for the 1% of people who want EVs, and thus, if this car sells well, many of those sales come directly from Tesla


Save Money, Downsize, & Ditch Your Money Pit!

November 11th, 2019 | by Paul Fosse

As we digitize our lives, there isn't a need to have a big house, fancy car, nice watch, or expensive suit to impress people. In the future, maybe the only belonging that people will own is a VR headset and all their belongings will exist in the virtual world


Tesla One-Pedal Driving Update — In A Word, Perfecter

November 2nd, 2019 | by Paul Fosse

Last night before going to bed I noticed one of my friends on Twitter (Sofiaan) was getting a new software update (2019.36.1). I read a little about it and then I noticed I got it too! I set it to install and went to sleep. When I woke up, I took Henry for a spin to try out the new features. Before I give you my impressions, I'll go over the 4 enhancements


What Tesla’s Present Capital Expenses Tell Us About Future Depreciation

October 28th, 2019 | by Paul Fosse

Two of the big pieces of news on the Tesla 3rd quarter earnings announcement were that margins were up dramatically and the cost to build the new lines to manufacture the Model Y in Fremont is half the cost as the existing Model 3 lines, and that the cost to build the Model 3 line in China is 65% less than the same US Model 3 lines on a capacity basis. This means the cost for the Model Y line might cost half of what an existing Model 3 line costs, or it might mean that it costs the same amount of money but has twice the capacity — or some combination of the two


How Tesla Will Roll Out Full Self Driving, + Q3 Safety Update

October 25th, 2019 | by Paul Fosse

During Tesla's 3rd quarter conference call last night, Elon Musk got a very important question regarding the widespread skepticism that Tesla will be able to roll out "feature complete full self driving" by the end of this year (only 69 days from now). This questioner asked him to define what "feature complete" means and give a list of features that establish a baseline. He answered it this way


Norway Update: Tesla & Chinese EVs Could Spell Doom For Legacy Automakers

October 19th, 2019 | by Paul Fosse

Here at CleanTechnica, we have been following Norway closely, since this is the first country to hit the tipping point where EVs and PHEVs have become the default purchase for regular people instead of the exception, due to a generous combination of incentives and long history of awareness raising. My last article on Norway highlighted the Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus coming to the country, which hasn't taken off as I thought it might — most are still willing to pay a bit more for the Model 3 Long Range. This article from May highlighted a local story about a large Mercedes dealer in Oslo reporting plummeting sales, resulting in layoffs. Today, a local outlet speculates the end for some car brands that are behind in electrifying their lineup


Chevy Bolt & Tesla Model 3 vs. Toyota Camry — 5 Year Cost Of Ownership

September 29th, 2019 | by Paul Fosse

I was browsing Facebook a few days ago and I saw a member of the Southwest Florida EV group posted that Chevy Bolt prices were really low. The Bolt got a lot of publicity a couple of years ago as many made a big deal that it beat the Model 3 to market. Though, now that Model 3 production is ramped up and meeting US demand (although foreign demand is still unsatisfied in many places), we don't hear much about the Bolt


Don’t Be A Dummy, Buy A Tesla Model 3 If You Value Your Family’s Safety!

September 22nd, 2019 | by Paul Fosse

A few days ago, we wrote about Tesla earning the Top safety score (TOP SAFETY PICK+) from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). I had publicly asked them last month why they hadn't yet tested the car and was happy to get a reply that they were working on it. I'm not surprised how things turned out


Attending National Drive Electric Week Event In Florida

September 16th, 2019 | by Paul Fosse

Yesterday, I attended the Drive Electric Week event in New Port Richey. Next week, if all goes as planned, I'll attend another one in Florida. I've been attending these sorts of events for a few years. Although I enjoy them, I don't think they are very effective at their stated purpose. Every time I attend a Drive Electric event, it seems that it is preaching to the choir. I was happy to see a few non-EV owners at the event, but the majority of the people there owned an


2020 — The Year Of The Tesla Model Y & Other ICE-Killing Crossovers

September 15th, 2019 | by Paul Fosse

I'm a big fan of the Tesla Model Y. I've written about the Model Y's 3rd row being the key to it becoming the best selling vehicle in the world, the Model Y beating the Lamborghini Urus (which is over 3 times the price), styling tricks that Tesla used to make an SUV looks like a performance sedan, and most recently Tesla cutting Model Y prices



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