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  1. Francis Lau

    Planning a road trip from Pomona to Grand Canyon

    Thanks for the detailed response. Very helpful. Since it is 9-hours door-to-door, I am exploring staying 1 night in the middle of the drive. I am considering something close to Lake Havasu. If anyone has recommendations for fun half-day things to do near Lake Havasu and lodging. I love to hear...
  2. Francis Lau

    Planning a road trip from Pomona to Grand Canyon

    Anyone has recommendations for good places to visit and spend the night between Pomona and Grand Canyon?
  3. Francis Lau

    Planning a road trip from Pomona to Grand Canyon

    Thanks for tip, I found the Best Western charger info on Plugshare too. I booked that Best Western.
  4. Francis Lau

    Planning a road trip from Pomona to Grand Canyon

    I am planning a road trip from Seattle to Pomona and then to Grand Canyon. I have a few questions and hoping that the forum can help. I have a classic 2012 Model S 85 so only about 230 miles range. Planning 5-day, 4-nights trip from Pomona to Grand Canyon and back. Seems like enough time. Plan...
  5. Francis Lau

    Airport parking at SeaTac?

    The Seatac airport attached garage has 110v charging. I don't use it frequently. The last time was maybe a year ago. It was $28 per day. - - - Updated - - - Also, did you try Wally Park? I think they have ev charging. Could be 110 though. See Seattle (Sea-Tac) Airport Parking
  6. Francis Lau

    Tesla Get Together at Lauren Ashton on Saturday October 24th 2015

    Yes, you can bring kids. Just no wine or driving :)
  7. Francis Lau

    Tesla Get Together at Lauren Ashton on Saturday October 24th 2015

    A reminder that this event is this Saturday. Sign up has been a lower than I expected but hopefully I will see many of you at the event.
  8. Francis Lau

    Washington State Good To Go Pass - best installation location?

    I have a fairly low VIN - 14xx, and it works for my car. I just drove in the HOV lane a few minutes ago and I saw the white light flash when I drove under the sensors.
  9. Francis Lau

    Tesla Get Together at Lauren Ashton on Saturday October 24th 2015

    A quick reminder that the Tesla event at Lauren Ashton is in 2 weeks, sign up at here: Tasting & Tunes for TESLA Enthusiasts I like to get feedback from everyone if you like to have talks at the event and if yes, what topics you like covered? Or if you like to give a talk? Just personal...
  10. Francis Lau

    Washington State Good To Go Pass - best installation location?

    I think the rear window location is working. I had a charge on day 1 but that was when I had the flex pass mounted higher. Since that first day, I had mounted it lower and there has not been charges since day 2 of tolls taking effect. We drive the toll lanes with the HOV setting almost everyday...
  11. Francis Lau

    Washington State Good To Go Pass - best installation location?

    I am not one to sue but would some sort of class action legal action create some pressure to stop the insanity i.e. drivers can JUST call in every time to get a 75 cents credit.
  12. Francis Lau

    Washington State Good To Go Pass - best installation location?

    Unfortunately, I too see a charge for the toll for 9/27 so my solution may not be working too. We drive the 405 with HOV mode quite often so I probably will see 3-5 more charges soon. Darn! :mad: I will post if I see more charges.
  13. Francis Lau

    Washington State Good To Go Pass - best installation location?

    @Alysashley79: For what's its worth, I was not offended. Just like email, it is difficult to detect "tone" in forum posts. I too am pissed about this whole HOV Toll mess. @breser, the new flex passes transmit actively even when in HOV mode. My understanding is that when your car drives under...
  14. Francis Lau

    Washington State Good To Go Pass - best installation location?

    Yes, I was using tape just to get the placement right. Once confirmed, I will use command strips. Although I do wish the flex pass was smaller and sleeker. It is better than the 4 bumper stickers required in California for electric cars in HOV though.
  15. Francis Lau

    Washington State Good To Go Pass - best installation location?

    Thanks for the post and photos. Today, I tested the flex pass by taping it in the rear window and it worked! I confirmed that it works for the following cases: * west bound on 520 with Flex-Pass set to toll - billed me the correct amount and shown on my online account when I checked 60 minutes...
  16. Francis Lau

    Washington State Good To Go Pass - best installation location?

    By shelf, do you mean the interior parcel shelf? Assuming that the rear glass is also metallized, that would not work.
  17. Francis Lau

    Washington State Good To Go Pass - best installation location?

    I did some research and it looks like when set in the HOV mode, the pass transmit a different code to signal the HOV mode to avoid charges. So if the HOV mode is not read (for whatever reason), you will be charged. It can be as high as $10 :( I am thinking of an external mount too and...
  18. Francis Lau

    Washington State Good To Go Pass - best installation location?

    Now that the HOV toll lanes are starting on 9/27, I need to figure out how to use the flex pass in the model s. Anyone has ideas?
  19. Francis Lau

    Tesla Get Together at Lauren Ashton on Saturday October 24th 2015

    It has been a while since we had a large gathering of Tesla owners and enthusiasts. I remember one of the first with Model S when I organized a lunch at Triple X in Issaquah on October 21st 2012. We had only a few Model S Signatures then Then, we organized a get together with owner...
  20. Francis Lau

    Retractable Door Handles - Is It Practical?

    Mine were the original versions that did not have the little give when you pull on it so when they asked if I wanted the new handles, I said yes as I like the new ones with the little give to it.
  21. Francis Lau

    Retractable Door Handles - Is It Practical?

    I am chiming in to provide a data point. I have been driving my Model S since December 2012 and my original handles had no issues. A few months back, Tesla replaced them during a scheduled service with the newer version. So far, no issues as well.
  22. Francis Lau

    Hanford Nuclear Reservation Tour trip planning...

    Nicely done @reddyleaf. It is so nice to see the community members helping each other. I have taken trips and it is so nice that we can get advice and help almost anywhere in the country, probably in the world too. I actually contacted some members in Hong Kong.
  23. Francis Lau

    12 Model S for $60k a piece?

    I thought this is sold by Costco. Good price but you need to buy 12.
  24. Francis Lau

    Seattle dashcam installer recommendations

    I am thinking getting front and back dash cams installed. Can folks provide an update on the choice of cameras and installers?
  25. Francis Lau

    United States based Model S internet connection working in Canada now (Dec 2014)

    It started working for me too back in October when I drove to Vancouver from Seattle. It is nice to have data connection.
  26. Francis Lau

    Cargo Area Liner Mat for Easy Cleaning

    I am interested too. Got 2 fuzzy dogs.
  27. Francis Lau

    Very Special Tesla at United Nations TONIGHT 8-11pm

    Lelani Will you bring a similar event to the Northwest? Seattle? I am sure you will get lots of regional folks supporting a preview or early viewing event. Francis
  28. Francis Lau

    A most unfortunate event :-(

    I am glad you and your son are fine. Please take care.
  29. Francis Lau

    Anyone have definitive proven way to keep ac running while sleeping overnight?

    Thanks everyone. Great summary @mgboyes. I will read the links everyone provided.
  30. Francis Lau

    Anyone have definitive proven way to keep ac running while sleeping overnight?

    Sorry if the info is somewhere in the forum already but does anyone have a definitive proven way to keep ac running overnight while sleeping in the MS? Sleeping in the back and not in the driver's seat. Preferable from someone who has done it, not ideas and theories.:biggrin: Thanks.
  31. Francis Lau

    Trip Down Memory Lane - Pics of Concept and Prototype Model S - how many differences?

    I had these photos for a long time, 2009 I think, and just saw them again. I figured that some folks have not seen them.
  32. Francis Lau

    Trip Down Memory Lane - Pics of Concept and Prototype Model S - how many differences?

    Here is a trip down memory lane with photos of concept and prototype Model S. How many differences can you spot? Photos 1 thru 8
  33. Francis Lau

    Stanford team creates stable lithium anode

    Interesting article - Researchers achieve 'holy grail' of battery design Researchers achieve 'holy grail' of battery design: A stable lithium anode Researchers achieve 'holy grail' of battery design: A stable lithium anode
  34. Francis Lau

    Completely ICEd at Ellensburg Superchargers! Grrr

    Left home at 9 am, spent 2 hours settling daughter into Gonzaga dorms, got home at 10:30 pm. 560 miles total. Beautiful day and drive. Priceless not paying for gas at all.
  35. Francis Lau

    Completely ICEd at Ellensburg Superchargers! Grrr

    I recently used Ellensburg and Ritzville the following times and did not have any ice'ing issues. So maybe it is getting better. Keeping my fingers crossed. Mon July 14th Eastbound from Seattle to Spokane * Ellensburg 11 am * Ritzville 1 pm Mon July 14th Westbound from Spokane to...
  36. Francis Lau

    A Day Trip from Bellevue to Vancouver BC in my MS-85kWh

    Welcome to Bellevue. Here are my thoughts: * I found that I did more road trips than ever before since the Model S is such a joy to drive and so economical for road trips (assuming using superchargers) * I drove our ICE less and less and actually cringe at driving my Audi for road trips :) * At...
  37. Francis Lau

    Minor scratch from keying - how to best repair it?

    There is specially bad karma coming to folks who key cars. It is sad that someone can be so bitter. When I see something nice, I admire it. Why would I deface it?
  38. Francis Lau

    What Is It Like to Work at Tesla Motors?

    Check out all the reviews at Tesla Motors Reviews | Glassdoor. It gives you lots of first hand employee thoughts.
  39. Francis Lau

    Hong Kong: Model S initial Signature Model S launch event July 23, 2014

    Was this a delivery event? If not, when are deliveries expected?
  40. Francis Lau

    Thank You

    Thanks to Doug and all the organizers, Bonnie for a great BBQ, Vernon for the rides from and to SF and Lori for organizing the great beach party. Here is a pic of the sunset at the beach. Also, I had a great time meeting everyone. It was great meeting new attendees and folks from last year's...
  41. Francis Lau

    Update: Place your Tacqueria order HERE by 4:00 Saturday

    Seafood combo bowl please
  42. Francis Lau

    Awesome disks on wheels!

    Personally, I think they look ugly but hey, to each their own :)
  43. Francis Lau

    TMC Connect 2014 - Save the Date - July 18-20

    I have been so busy that I am out of the loop. When is Refuel? And what is happening on Monday?
  44. Francis Lau

    TMC Connect 2014 - Save the Date - July 18-20

    I am booking my flights and I am wondering what time does the conference run until on Sunday? Anyone knows?
  45. Francis Lau

    A Day Trip from Bellevue to Vancouver BC in my MS-85kWh

    I have done many trips to Vancouver BC and Portland. I will be driving to Gonzaga U in July but I have not driven to the Bay Area yet. I look forward to finding time to do it. From what you are saying, it sounds simple now. I was at last year's TMC conference and took a ride back in another...
  46. Francis Lau

    A Day Trip from Bellevue to Vancouver BC in my MS-85kWh

    Jack I drive anywhere from speed limit to 80. I would go for 85 as range is the one downside of an electric car. In Richmond, I charge if it is convenient ie Aberdeen mall where it is a prime parking spot. Otherwise, I don't charge. An hour on a level 2 charger is 10 minutes on the super...
  47. Francis Lau

    A Day Trip from Bellevue to Vancouver BC in my MS-85kWh

    I took a day trip from Bellevue to Vancouver BC in my MS-85 and it is remarkable how range-anxiety free it was. I have done this trip about 6 times in the past 18 months since I got my MS in Dec 2012. Prior to the Burlington Superchargers, I had to stay a night and do a bit of planning. I...
  48. Francis Lau

    How do I lock the car, walk away, but leave internal systems (i.e. HVAC) running?

    This use to work. Leave the car via the front passenger door.

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