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Sep 21, 2018
Looking to make a difference with your gifting this holiday season? What if you could fund climate action while securing a chance to win the quickest SUV on the road or the most capable electric SUV off the road? You’re in luck because Climate XChange has launched our 7th Annual Raffle.

The Climate XChange raffle was shaped by the Tesla Motors Club community. It was started in 2015 by an early Model S owner who solicited ideas and input from other members to structure the raffle and its prizes. The first few years we held launch and drawing events with lots of owners in attendance, some of whom volunteered to put raffle promotional stickers on their Teslas. Covid-19 put an end to in-person events, but the raffle continues with drawings streamed online. From the start we’ve always paid federal and state prize taxes on the grand prize, and this year is our biggest prize pool yet — over $270,000 total!

But the world of EVs is evolving, and it was time to offer something extra. So this year we’ve just added new options for our Grand Prize winner to choose: a Rivian R1S SUV or R1T Truck with any and all options!

With rising gas prices, improvements in battery technology, and historic federal investments in EV infrastructure, there’s never been a better time to drive an electric vehicle. Not to mention that the transportation sector is one of the largest contributors to climate change in the U.S., and passenger vehicles make up more than half of its emissions. Every year our raffle not only supports our work, but also tackles greenhouse gas emissions by adding one lucky new EV driver on the road.

The U.S. is beginning to catch up on electrifying transportation, with Congress passing recent bills that make driving EVs more convenient and affordable. Last November’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (2021) launched major investments in building out the National Alternative Fuels Corridor — a network of highways and roads that highlight public charging stations to make EV travel convenient and accessible. The law supplies $5 billion for states to construct public charging infrastructure and compile a network for EV data collection and sharing and $2.5 billion for grants to states, local governments, and municipalities to install publicly accessible charging infrastructure.

This past summer, Congress passed the Inflation Reduction Act (2022), the country’s largest clean energy investment ever, extending 30 percent residential EV charging tax credits through 2032. These unprecedented investments will allow EV drivers to conveniently plug in during trips across town or across the country, making the decision to go electric easier than ever. But why buy a Tesla or a Rivian when you could win one?

This year, we’re offering our largest Grand Prize yet with a total value of up to $250,960, including federal and state taxes paid by us! Our Grand Prize winner will drive away in a custom-made Tesla of their choice, with options including the Model X Plaid — or a Rivian R1S SUV.

Tesla’s Model X Plaid combines instant speed with spacious luxury. Powered by three motors, the Model X Plaid can accelerate from 0–60 in 2.5 seconds and travel a quarter mile in 9.9 seconds, making it the quickest SUV on the road. Beyond its incredible speed, Tesla’s latest offering features the famous falcon wings, steering yoke and stunningly simplistic design the company is known for. Our winner can also choose one of Tesla’s S, Y or 3 models.

But we didn’t stop there. We just added a new alternative Grand Prize, the Rivian R1S SUV with any and all available options. Car critic Doug DeMuro called the R1S “the best all-around car I’ve ever tested,” and “the most amazing electric SUV yet.” Designed for an active lifestyle, the R1S seats seven and has dual or quad-motor AWD, 300+ mile range, 0-60 in 3 seconds, a ground clearance of up to 14.9” and the ability to wade through water up to over 3 feet. Unique features include a power front trunk hood, built-in air compressor, two 120v outlets and removable/rechargeable flashlight and bluetooth speaker. Or choose the Rivian R1T pickup, with a five person crew cab, 5-foot bed and many of the same specs and features.

We’re also offering 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th place cash prizes to increase your odds of winning.

This Year’s Prizes:
Grand Prize:
Your choice of:
Tesla Model X Plaid Luxury SUV or
Model S Plaid luxury performance sedan or
Model 3 Midsize Sedan or
Model Y Midsize SUV or
Rivian R1S SUV or
R1T Truck
with any options
Max car total (which is for Model X Plaid) = $165,640
Max Tax Payments = $85,346
Total Value = $250,986
Alternative Grand Prize: $100,000

2nd Prize $10,000
3rd Prize $5,000
4th Prize $3,000
5th Prize $2,000
Total Prize pool value over $270,000


Every ticket purchase in the 7th Annual Tesla Raffle directly supports our nonprofit’s work decarbonizing our economy by advancing state-level climate policy. With historic federal investments in building a clean economy, states are primed for implementing climate plans and policies, accessing long-lasting funding sources, and assisting those on the front lines of the climate crisis. However, funding alone won’t solve the myriad of other challenges that stand in the way of states equitably reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It’s imperative that policymakers, business leaders, and advocates work together to pass climate policies that can achieve the greatest impact.

Learn more about Climate XChange

At Climate XChange, a Boston-based 501c3 nonprofit, our team is dedicated to making these policies a reality by equipping climate actors with data and resources for passing legislation and facilitating interstate collaboration. Through our campaign on the ground in Maryland and our State Climate Policy Network and Dashboard connecting policymakers and advocates from across the country, we’re harnessing the strength of thousands to push forward climate action on the state level.

There’s never been a better time to join the EV revolution. Get your hands on the quickest SUV on the road or the most capable electric SUV off the road in 2023 by entering our 7th Annual Tesla Raffle today.

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A quick update from the Raffle Director:

Hi all, as some of you may have guessed, the whole Elon Musk Twitter adventure has soured a number of former and potential Tesla fans, particularly those who tend to support climate action, on Musk and the Tesla brand. I've heard from multiple past and potential ticket buyers that they're no longer interested in winning and driving a Tesla - and we've seen it in terms of lower ticket sales this year. We were already considering adding the R1S and R1T as new options for next year's raffle, but moved quickly to add them last month.

Unfortunately we are still way behind our normal sales track, as we still need to get the word out more broadly about the Rivian R1T Truck and R1S SUV that are now additional Grand Prize choices. So far we've sold a fraction of our maximum 5000 tickets. But what's bad for us is good for you - right now your odds of winning are much better, and if we don't succeed in selling out by the late February drawing you will have better than 1:5000 odds of winning. So please help fund our mission - to achieve a rapid and equitable transition towards a zero-emissions economy by advancing state climate policy - and buy a ticket today! Just click on the logo below - you might win a Tesla or Rivian, taxes paid!

Thanks in advance,

Hi all,
Time for another update. Sales are starting to pick up, as more past and potential buyers who were turned off by Elon's Twittering become aware of the additional prize options from Rivian. But we are still way behind our usual sales track. To let people know, we have turned on our ticket sales "speedometer" on the raffle site. Here's a current screen shot:


This is a problem for Climate XChange - we need to sell out or at least come close to pay for our programs and staff - but an opportunity for you! Right now your odds have never been better to win a Tesla or Rivian. Please buy one or more tickets to support state climate policy and maybe win a car or cash prize! They make a great last-minute gift!

Thanks and Happy Holidays,

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Hi all, Happy New Year!
Sales are slowly growing - but too slowly! We have just over 6 weeks left, and 3300 tickets to sell! So right now your odds are really good to win a Tesla or Rivian of your choice, with any options, and taxes paid. My daughter is helping - she filmed this ad for TikTok, in exchange I gave her the Rivian t-shirt and bandana, and a pair of Adidas.

Thanks in advance for your support and participation - we really need it this year!

A quick raffle update...

Got my daughter to help me make a new video for TikTok, during a Rivian R1T test drive last week.

Also sales have continued to pick up, helped significantly by some publicity we got from Business Insider. We are now at 3625 tickets sold out of 5000, with exactly two weeks remaining. The raffle site sales "speedometer" shows current sales. So this is not looking to be a disaster at least, but it's still a long ways away from our usual sellout, which means odds are better than usual!


Thanks all who have participated or shared about the raffle for your support. The funding it generates is critical for our work supporting states to develop and implement climate policy.

Thanks to your and others' support, we actually managed to recover from our extremely slow start and sell out this year's raffle just hours before sales closed - about 3000 tickets in the final month!

The drawing via live stream went off smoothly last Friday afternoon, you can watch it here. Winners have been notified and the list is posted on carbonraffle.org, where there is a form to enter your email to be notified of our next raffle. We don't yet know which EV our Grand Prize winner will choose, he's thinking about it.

Thank you again!