Tesla VP Discusses Powerwall, Model 3 & More – Video Interview

MAY 30 2015 BY MARK KANE 10

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Tesla’s VP of Regulatory Affairs, Jim Che,n was recently interviewed by Lon Seidman at Lon Reviews Tech.

The topic was new energy storage products for home and industrial use.

Sidetopics were Tesla Gigafactory, Tesla Model III and general company innovations.

For Tesla, energy storage systems are a welcome diversification, which could be very valuable if Model III is delayed. With a high backlog of orders for ESS, Tesla could just produce more Powerwalls and Powerpacks in the Gigafactory.

“Tesla Motors’ new product isn’t a new car, but rather a battery pack for the home called the Powerwall. In this video I talk to Tesla’s VP of Regulatory Affairs Jim Chen on the new product as well other developments in the works.

The Powerwall can store up power from a solar array or even from the grid when rates are lowest, and dispense that power at another time. Some applications include charging a car, or even powering a home after the sun goes down completely off the grid.

The new system includes both commercial and residential applications. Multiple units can be purchased and linked together depending on individual power demands. Large scale systems are also in the works to help utilities store excess power.

We also talk about the Tesla Gigafactory currently under construction, the new Model 3, and more.”

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10 Comments on "Tesla VP Discusses Powerwall, Model 3 & More – Video Interview"

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It’s kind of sad that a VP at Tesla is confusing kW and kWh when referring to battery capacity… he even says kW PER hour when he’s talking about the price per unit of capacity (and he actually meant “below 300 dollars” (not below 300 kW per hr) for a kWh (for which he said kW again).

VP of regulatory affairs…

Jim has knowledge in law (especially safety, health and environmental) and skiing 😛
He has no technical background at all and don’t need one to do his job.

But with that said a techical crash course might be in order even for a lawyer.
Just like it’s not bad if a technician knows some basic economics, law etc. to not be totally lost when for some reason involved in those areas.

I find it odd that he claimed there is only a handful of States where Tesla can’t sell cars thru its stores. It has been only a year since someone published a map showing that over half the States prohibited that, claiming “States that Ban Direct Sales: 26”.


Is Tesla’s regulatory guy just downplaying the reality, or was the map that wrong?

I know that Tesla has made advances in some States in getting legal permission to sell cars, but I don’t think they’ve made that much regulatory progress in only a year.

We really need to clarify this because there’s a lot of confusion regarding Tesla direct sales.

Tesla can sell products *to* all 50 states, they just cannot sell products *from* all 50 states.

What this means is I, as a Michigander, can go online and order a Tesla Model S, pay for it, register it in the state of Michigan, and have it delivered to my house without any issues. I just can’t go to a Tesla store in Michigan and buy the car.

Exactly. Everyone if you go to the my.teslamotors.com link above, please read the whole discussion, unlike Lensman who clearly did not.

Thanks for the correction, jmollard. You’re right, I should have read more on the subject, and the map I linked to is highly misleading. Most of those 26 States merely lacked a Tesla store, rather than there being any State law prohibiting sales thru stores.

Here is a map which, apparently, showed what the true situation was a year ago, and shows that what the Tesla rep says in the video is true:

In the year since, New Jersey has started allowing sales thru a limited number of Tesla stores, but Michigan has banned them.

It’s cool when employees can’t wait for their company to release a product they’d want to buy for themselves and their family.

Nothing speaks as flatteringly as that.

Go Go Model 3!!!

I can hardly wait for the model 3. I like my leaf but I want a Tesla. As a retired teacher I have to wait for a more reasonably priced Tesla.

Hmm..I’d like to see a better interviewer.

When is the Tesla E-Bike coming? It is parked behind the Tesla Model S.