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AGSC Members Gather to Learn the Latest at Auto Glass Week™

October 29, 2015

Jean Pero, Penny Ouellette, Dale Malcolm and Bob Beranek update AGSC members on the validation process.

Jean Pero, Penny Ouellette, Dale Malcolm and Bob Beranek update AGSC members on the validation process.

The Auto Glass Safety Council™ (AGSC) held its annual member meeting just prior to Auto Glass Week™ 2015 providing several updates, including ones from the education, credentialing and marketing committees.


During the education committee update, chair Jeff Olive, training manager for Glasspro in North Charleston, S.C., said the new testing site for the AGSC certified technician exam is in full operation. Technicians can now take the test up to three times without additional fees if they don’t pass on the first try.

“We are also adding questions to our item bank,” he said. “Our goal is to reach 1,000 questions that will rotate randomly through the certification test.”

AGSC’s education committee had held a marathon eight-hour meeting the day prior that was dedicated to updating the industry’s replacement-certification program by going tenaciously through a data bank of exam questions and answers.

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70 kWh for $70k
Now, on to the awesome news of today. The 70 kWh version of the Model S in the single motor version at $70k costs $5k less than the dual motor version, consistent with the price differential for the single and dual motor 85 kWh car. Importantly, enough options are now standard that you will have bought a great car even if you pick the base version.

In many countries, national and state/province purchase incentives for clean energy vehicles improve the price to some degree. In the US, for example, the price after incentives is usually around $60k. Also, not having to buy gasoline and needing less service for an electric car typically saves around $2k per year, which accumulates to $10k over the national average car ownership period of five years. This economic advantage is often overlooked when evaluating gasoline vs electric cars. Moreover, these savings are experienced immediately in your monthly cost of transportation if you lease or finance an electric car.

90 kWh Pack
New buyers now have the option of upgrading the pack energy from 85 to 90 kWh for $3k, which provides about 6% increased range. For example, this takes our current longest range model, the 85D, to almost 300 miles of highway range at 65mph.

Existing owners can also purchase the pack upgrade, but I wouldn’t recommend doing so unless usage is on the edge of current range. On average, we expect to increase pack capacity by roughly 5% per year. Better to wait until you have more time on your existing pack and there is a larger accumulated pack energy difference.


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Unfortunately, auto insurance is a necessary evil, and it comes with the pride and freedom of a new car.

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Prepping You Car For Resale

Selling your used car is not an envious position to be in.  It is extremely frustrating as we never feel like we quite get as much money for our cars as they are worth.  However, it is possible to do some simple renovations and quick-fixes to increase the resale value of your car.  Here is a list of a few things that may get you a few extra bucks to put towards replacing your old rig. Continue reading