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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

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


Tesla Announces Simple Pricing On Commercial Solar, $1.01/Watt (Will Blow Some Minds)

September 14th, 2019 | by Paul Fosse

Yesterday, Elon announced California customers can now order commercial sizes of solar power in 5 minutes at Tesla.com/bigsolar. Instead of starting the process with a site survey or a roof inspection, Tesla just publishes this sizing guide and assumes the commercial customer knows the size of his or her roof. It isn't about maximizing solar production, it is about simplifying the buying process. It's easy to see the price per watt going down from $2.22 ($1.55 after the 30% federal tax credit) to $1.44 ($1.01 after tax credit)


Elon Musk Announces Plaid Performance Upgrade To Tesla Model S, X, & Roadster!

September 12th, 2019 | by Paul Fosse

Elon tweeted earlier in the evening a clear reference to both Spaceballs and Tesla's upcoming power boost for the coming Tesla Roadster: "The only thing beyond Ludicrous is Plaid." In a followup tweet, he noted that the Plaid option would be available on the Model S and Model X as well as the Roadster. When Marques Brownlee noted that we are going to need details, Elon replied "Soon." Tantalizing


My Car Expenses The 15 Years Before Tesla

September 2nd, 2019 | by Paul Fosse

I've had an obsession with financial software for some time, something that I probably inherited from my father. I remember when we got our first Apple II in 1978 and he used it for investments and budgeting. When he moved to an IBM PC (which I bought for him at a discount since I was an IBM employee from 1984 to 1998), he fell in love with Managing Your Money. I moved to Quicken in the mid 1990s. I'm trying to spend less time tracking my finances and more time writing, so I'm moving to more cloud-based methods of tracking my finances. But I noticed that I had 15 years of data on my auto spending available as part of this obsession. I didn't have it easily tied to my 7 cars, but don't think of this as a review of any car, but as a general survey of the fuel, maintenance, and repair cost for 7 cars over about 400,000 miles


How Owning A Tesla Or Other EV Affects Hurricane Planning

August 30th, 2019 | by Paul Fosse

I've lived in Tampa for almost 30 years and have owned EVs for 7½ hurricane seasons, so I thought with Dorian coming to visit Florida that I should write an article on how having an EV changes your hurricane planning. Last year was different from previous years, because I had a Tesla, and this year is different again, because I don't have a gas car (but my daughter lives 10 miles away and has a Ford C-Max, so I could use that)


Tesla Has Great Potential In Asia Beyond China

August 24th, 2019 | by Paul Fosse

In this article, I want to discuss Tesla's potential to grow in the Asian market. Everybody knows China is a huge opportunity since it is both the largest auto market in the world and it seems to get pretty good support from the government, which seems to be trying to address the air pollution issue in the country, but I wanted to look at the size of all the rest of Asia


E For Electric Posts Video Of First Drive Of Byton M-Byte

August 23rd, 2019 | by Paul Fosse

The M-Byte uses batteries from CATL, one of the largest battery manufacturers in the world, and since CATL is an investor in only one car company (Byton), I don't think it will leave the company starving for batteries like many manufacturers are when they have a hit on their hands. Although I plan to buy a Tesla Model Y, if this car comes through as good as it sounds, I might buy one as a second car


1st Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Pluses Registered In Norway!

August 20th, 2019 | by Paul Fosse

For those of you who have followed the Norway Tesla registration statistics this quarter, it has been very slow since the end of quarter flurry in June. Tesla delivered most of its shipments in June and the country has been waiting for a ship since then


Breaking! IIHS To Crash Test Tesla Model 3 Next Week

August 7th, 2019 | by Paul Fosse

First, the bad news. Negative headlines are everywhere today, as the NHTSA has sent a letter to Tesla to stop claiming that the Tesla Model 3 has the lowest probability of injury of any car tested by


Trade In A Used Mercedes For A New Tesla? Which Has Lower TCO?

August 4th, 2019 | by Paul Fosse

This story is inspired by a friend from my day job who is a successful Technical Project Manager. I'm known at work as the "Tesla Guy" since I rave about the car if given the slightest opportunity, so when my friend Raquel Aluisy approached me for information on the car, I was more than happy to give her a test ride and explain what makes the Model 3 so special


Breaking! Tesla Soon Adding YouTube & Netflix To All Cars

July 27th, 2019 | by Paul Fosse

Elon Musk recently tweeted some exciting news to those who own Tesla cars and those considering buying them. Although all Tesla cars have had a web browser for a while, that browser didn't support Netflix or YouTube. Elon tweeted that Tesla will soon be rolling out both YouTube and Netflix capability to cars!


6 Ways Tesla Ruins Everything For Incumbent Automakers

July 27th, 2019 | by Paul Fosse

This article was inspired by a tweet by a popular YouTuber who commented that his driveway is going to look like a Tesla dealership. I replied that although I have only one Tesla now, everyone in my family wants a Tesla, even though none of them had any interest in the car during the 2 years I was talking about it but they hadn't yet seen it. Once they got to spend some time in the car, they all came to love it



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