Welcome

You might be wondering what the heck is this new super cool cyber place? I figured it’s time to get with the program, blogs are in, emails are so last-year.

In case you are not familiar with the term “blog”, consider it an interactive online diary. And the great part is you can read my diary and live to see another day even comment! Don’t you wish that’s how it went when I was 13? 😛

The reason I created this blog is to keep in touch with all of you. I’ll be updating you about our lives (or lack-thereof) through this fabulous blog. Of course, you can feel free to still email us. And of course, we will still reply! But when it comes down to general updates, it might be easier to just put it here for everyone to see instead of writing one thing to Chris’ parents, then something else to Jill, then telling my parents something else on the phone, and finally writing something else entirely to my brother on chat. Of course, we will still do all of those things, but I’ll be sure to also post pure boring randomness awesomeness here often so you guys don’t miss a beat!

Now that you’ve been introduced to the blogosphere and more specifically to this blog, let’s get some content, shall we?

First of all, have you seen the picture of the new Tesla S sedan?!

The sweetest green car of all times

drool........

Click on the image to see more pictures!

We’re in love (not with each other, with the car!). It is officially our next car, and despite the hefty price tag – it is half the price of the first generation Roadster AND electric and therefore practically pays for itself. And it saves Mother Earth, so there you have it. It’s perfect. Tesla (the name of the company making this car) has opened a store in L.A. and we are planning to visit it on Sunday. It will be a nice excuse to do a little road trip to LA, and it would be great to even just sit in a car in the showroom! I hope they have a model of the sedan. And being a huge fan of Telsa the man* and Tesla the car, I hope they sell something else in the store that I could actually leave with. I’d be happy with a t-shirt.

*(Philippe, remember when we were studying to build a tesla coil!)

In other news, my UCSB winter-quarter yoga class finished a couple of weeks ago and the next quarter doesn’t start for another couple of weeks. Jenny and I, much desperately needing the exercise, decided to try out a yoga class in a “real” yoga studio. Holy cow, what a difference! While the UCSB class is nice and a great stretch for the body, this was a total kick-in-the-face 2 hour workout! I will be sorry tomorrow.

Talking about tomorrow, a friend of ours is having a costumed party – the theme? Knights. Monks, wizards, princesses, jesters, and any other creative interpretations are welcome. We will spend the day tomorrow making our costumes. Chris wants to be  a wizard, he has a great idea for making a staff with blinking LED lights on top (anything excuse to use his new electronics skills!) and I made plans for sewing myself a jester costume with some felt I had laying around. We’ll be sure to take pictures!

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7 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. I still don’t get it, it takes the same energy to move a car regardless of the mode of propulsion used, be natural gas, regular gas, electricity. Electricity in California comes a bit from nuclear and mostly from natural gas. In the later case, it is just a big motor (a turbine) burning gas and spinning a generator which creates electricity. How is efficiency of this turbine differs from the efficiency of a car motor ? I don’t know but it can’t be that different. Then electricity gets distributed across hundreds of miles of wires to your home, most of the cabling is in aluminum, the resistance of this wiring ain’t null, so there is quite a loss of energy along the way.

    So, while you go visit Tesla, could you please ask the vendor to detail, for California, a serious energy cost comparison and CO2 emission comparison between a regular fuel car (say an Acura TLto be fair, not a Prius) and their electrical car including electricity production cost.

    Also, electricity in California is prices according to the consumption, the price for baseline is about $0.10/kWh but quickly go to $0.22/kWh (there is a surcharge in the summer). Problem is baseline is rather basic, I did an anlysis (I bought a kWh meter for that) and the fridge, plus the TV set (that include the 24-hour running of the DVR) plus computers (which goes to sleep after 15 minutes of inactivity) is more than the baseline. I still have to turn on the light during evenings.

    So, I am interested to compare the monthly bill of running a Tesla car and a regular car using the real electricity cost, not some unachievable baseline.

    I am looking forward to get all the details!

    But I have to admit the car looks great.

  2. Electricity cost in California is $0.22/kWh in the winter, it goes higher in the summer and I don’t have the cost yet on this.

  3. This is a link that compares the cost per mile of different “green” cars. It includes the Tesla Roadster, although there is no data for the S yet since it was just unrevealed.

    http://www.popularmechanics.com/automotive/new_cars/4215681.html

    It mentions the cost to be about $0.022 per mile. Although this is a generic number and I’m sure will vary by area, I would assume to be only a mild variation to this number.

    In any case, I’m not sure your argument holds. If you want to take into consideration the cost (financially and environmentally) of an electric car (including power plant energy consumptions) to a gasoline car, then you also have to consider the financial and environmental consequences of using gasoline. If we bring foreign oil (with its political implications) into the picture, along with the tons and tons of gasoline actually used during the transportation on cargo boats of said gasoline and subsequent CO2 emission of the boat and waste it leaves in the ocean and the frequency of oil spills in the ocean, then gasoline doesn’t look so innocent either. At least most of our electricity is American-made. If you want to include what the US gets from Canada, then let’s just say most of it is North American made. And as such, it is up to us to dedict how the electricity is made, and efforts are being made to switch from natural gas to greener alternatives like wind and solar power.

    This link offer a good numerical analysis:
    http://www.popularmechanics.com/automotive/new_cars/4215681.html

    You’ll notice that the link above also mentions that Tesla is co-marketing SolarCity, a company that creates a solar panel that you can attach to the roof of your garage that can power your car up to 50 miles per day. Which prooves that electricity – while available thru power plant – can also be generated at home. Can you say that about oil?

    And even if your argument held water, at least Tesla is a step in the right direction, and as such we should do everything we can to support it.

  4. Wow, you turned around quickly! Hey, as long as alternative-energy cars are being bought, I’m happy. But I get to borrow it when you’re on vacation 😛

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