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About Paul Fosse

Paul Fosse I've been a software engineer for over 30 years, first working on EDI software and more recently developing data warehouse systems in the telecommunications and healthcare industry. Along the way, I've also had the chance to help start a software consulting firm and do portfolio management for several investment trusts. 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 in my investment trusts. Tesla investor. Tesla referral code: https://ts.la/paul92237



Author Archives: Paul Fosse

6 Months Free Supercharging On All Teslas Via A Referral Code Ends Tomorrow, Monday, December 10!

December 9th, 2018 | by Paul Fosse

It seems like every week there is a new deadline given by Tesla. I've only had a couple of marketing courses, but I seem to remember a huge problem in sales is people are 99% ready to buy, but are just not quite ready to pull the trigger. If you give them a reason to decide, some will decide to buy, some will decide to wait, but you will at least get some of the people off the fence to pay the bills


The Cat In The Tesla — A Dr. Seuss–Inspired EV Guide

December 1st, 2018 | by Paul Fosse

Today is my anniversary. No, not my marriage anniversary, but my 7 year EV anniversary. I was going to post a picture of our marriage certificate (purchase contract), but since I've traded in my Starter EV for a Trophy EV (same wife, different EV), the new car insisted we get rid of the reminders of the first relationship and I don't have that. In honor of that 7 year journey, though, this article is a summary of EV life back then, EV life today, and a few competitive EVs


Last Call To Order A Tesla For 2018 … Or Should You Wait For The $35,000 Model 3?

November 28th, 2018 | by Paul Fosse

Sometimes I feel like the boy who cried wolf. On October 12, I wrote an article that you should order a Tesla Model 3 by October 15 or you wouldn't be guaranteed delivery by year end. Then, on November 11, I wrote about 5 options to still get a Tesla in 2018. Tesla didn't want that to be the end of the story. As we wrote on November 15, the company secured extra trucking capacity and announced to the world it won't use rail to ship to the East Coast (since it takes too long and Tesla wouldn't want you to miss out on getting your Tesla by year end). But that's not all


7 Reasons To Not Buy A Tesla … Yet

November 24th, 2018 | by Paul Fosse

I've written a lot of articles about how great and affordable the Tesla Model 3 is, and I truly believe it has the potential to become one of the best selling cars of all time. Does that mean it is the right car for everyone? No — although it must be enjoyable for everyone to drive (or not drive, once the full-self-driving software is available), it just isn't the right car for everyone


Toyota Camry & Honda Accord Buyers, Don’t Assume Tesla Model 3 Is Beyond Your Budget

October 28th, 2018 | by Paul Fosse

Today, I want to update my use of the Edmunds True Cost to Own model to analyze the market for mainstream midsize sedans. I'll compare the Tesla Model 3 Standard Range to all the leaders in the midsize market today. The short story, as you'll see if you go through it all, is that the much quicker, safer, and more luxurious Tesla Model 3 can be cost-competitive with the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Kia Optima, and Chevy Malibu


Sorry, Elon — I Overestimated The Costs Of The Tesla Model 3

October 13th, 2018 | by Paul Fosse

For this article, I wanted to correct and update estimates of the maintenance and repair costs of the Model 3 based on some research I’ve done. Aside from updating those figures and the total cost of ownership (TCO) conclusions, I also wanted to compare the Model 3 to a couple more cars


Tesla V9 Update — My First Impressions

October 13th, 2018 | by Paul Fosse

My wife noticed a notification on her phone that a software update was available. Why was Henry letting her know before me? Was it because she washed him last week? But I digress. I ran out to our car and clicked the "Install Now" button like a kid running downstairs to look for presents on Christmas morning


Hot: Order A Tesla By Monday To Get Full $7,500 Tax Credit

October 12th, 2018 | by Paul Fosse

Tesla has put up a new note in its design studio. The note informs its customers that if they order any of Tesla's three models (the Model 3, Model S, or Model X) by Monday, October 15, they will receive delivery by the end of the year and will thus be eligible for the full $7,500 tax credit


Tesla Owners, Here’s How To Send A Photo To Space!

October 7th, 2018 | by Paul Fosse

Like many of you, I reserved my Tesla Model 3 on March 31st, 2016 (online, as I wasn’t into Tesla enough to take off work to drive to the dealer). I received my Model 3 about 3 months ago and since then I’ve given about 50 test rides


Tesla Model 3 Total Cost of Ownership Estimate — Crushing It

October 7th, 2018 | by Paul Fosse

For another article I am writing, I needed a good tool for estimating vehicle total cost of ownership (TCO), something that I could easily use to compare any cars out there. I didn’t want to develop all my numbers from my experience, since then I would have to research every other car that someone wanted to compare it to. I tried to find a TCO calculation for the Tesla Model 3 at both Kelly Blue Book and Edmunds


The Elephant Model 3 In The Room

October 3rd, 2018 | by Paul Fosse

If you read any articles on September vehicle sales in the automotive, financial, or general press, they all have two themes. One is that hurricanes artificially boosted demand for vehicles a year ago — this is a one-month impact. The other is that people are moving from cars to SUVs — this has been going on for years


It Costs Less To Fuel An Electric Car, And Why

September 30th, 2018 | by Paul Fosse

There are 8 major items in the Edmunds True Cost to Own figures: Depreciation, Taxes & Fees, Financing, Fuel, Insurance, Maintenance, Repairs, and a possible Tax Credit. For this article, I’m only going to focus on how fuel costs compare between gas cars and electric vehicles (EVs). The other categories should not have much variation. I’ve owned electric cars for the last 7 years, and although they have fewer repairs than my gas cars, the few repairs that have been required have been more expensive


Tesla Autopilot Improvements Are *Insane* — Technically Speaking

August 2nd, 2018 | by Paul Fosse

Editor's note: Paul Fosse is the kind gentleman who eagerly drove his brand new Tesla Model 3 from Tampa to Sarasota, Florida, to let me test drive it. I later found out he was a software engineer and today realized he could provide great context and insight into software and hardware matters related to Tesla, Waymo, and others. His debut article is below, covering the insane Tesla Autopilot news coming out of Tesla's quarterly conference call. Enjoy!



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