Tesla Owners’ Group UK (TOGUK) / Tesla Owners UK is growing, in fact, it’s growing pretty fast, we’ve just hit 2500 confirmed owners and have another 300 pending, I don’t see it slowing down anytime soon either!
As you may have seen we’ve already expanded from just the Facebook discussion group (which will always be the main area for discussion) to this website with its various guides, directory and events sections, along with other social media including a public Facebook page (accessible to all), Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
We’re also pleased to see various members of the group continuing to organise superb events such as Gaydon 2017, supercharger opening parties and many more events nationwide.
Just like the other owners’ groups in Europe, to ensure funds are kept separate & to ensure the longevity of the group in the future a limited company called Tesla Owners UK Ltd has been setup with the current plan of getting 4 or 6 other directors on board by the end of November (if not sooner) and to have supporters vote directors in and out every two years.
No director will profit from the company and the aim is to ensure Tesla Owners’ UK is self-funded and not completely propped up by personal funds from the various moderators & event teams.
Our primary goals are:
- To gather all UK owners & reservation holders of Tesla products under one roof for easy discussions, problem-solving and social events (TOGUK will always remain confirmed owners only)
- To create & maintain a knowledge base of information for current & future Tesla owners.
- To maintain the approved supplier directory so owners can quickly find a suitable well-reviewed company to help them with their needs.
- To promote the uptake of electric vehicles in the UK and Europe.
- To promote good & safe charging practices on a local and national level
- To organise exclusive benefits for supporters.
To reach these goals we need funds to pay for various items including event teardrop flags, printing of stickers, reusable PVC name badges, printing & distribution of welcome letters, commercial marquee, various insurance policies for events and the other costs associated with running an owners group (all costs will be outlined at year end to all supporters).
Therefore I’m excited to announce we’re launching a yearly supporter programme for those interested in helping to fund the group, the main focus is to raise funds for the items listed above but alongside this we’ve created a welcome pack full of various goodies that will help us reach our goals, help you secure the odd Tesla referral whilst also helping fellow group members to recognise each other whilst on your travels.
If we get a healthy uptake we plan on expanding the welcome packs and also the supporter benefits (we’re welcome to your suggestions), one idea is to offer a free rental scheme for CHAdeMO adapters and/or European travel charging cable bundles.
Your supporter welcome pack includes:
- Four cling-on window stickers (2 small & 2 large)
- Personalised reusable PVC name badge + lanyard for events
- Pack of referral cards (business card sized)
- Printed pack of A5 printables with space for referral codes (Silk Coated 400gsm)
- 4 traditional circular stickers
- Bundled together in a presentation pack
- Additional items may be included in the future and all current supporters would be entitled to those extras as well.
Alongside the welcome pack, all supporters will receive:
- Exclusive discounts on Tesla official merchandise (once per year)
- The ability to buy Tesla Owners UK clothing from our website
- Voting privileges
- Other supporter-only discounts
- The knowledge you’re helping to fund/support the owners’ group & its yearly costs
How do I buy one?
Follow the instructions on this page to become a paid supporter. This is a subscription which will renew each year on the anniversary of purchase, however, you can amend or cancel your subscription at any point from your account. The suggested supporter fee is £50 a year, however, you have the option of paying more or less. If we have a healthy uptake we may be able to reduce the yearly supporter fees and/or offer extra benefits in the future.
What happens to the leftover money?
It will be used to grow the group or put on other social Tesla Owners UK events as per our primary goals above, nobody is profiting from the supporters. We’ve recently placed an order for 4 large event flags, an event gazebo is the next purchase and we will continue to use supporter money to hit our goals & help fund future costs.
In short, no money will be sat wasted and the more paid supporters we get the more items we can consider for future welcome packs, if we have a very healthy uptake we may be able to reduce the yearly supporter fees and/or offer extra benefits including free CHAdeMO adapter rental. We’re open to your suggestions.
The suggested supporter fees are in line with other groups in Europe.
Are the President & moderators sat on a beach watching the money just roll in?
I wish! We’re currently all unpaid volunteers that have other day jobs, Tesla is our passion but we’ve spent a lot of time and our own money creating these welcome packs, this website and formalising the group to ensure the group as a whole can continue to grow and thrive. As I’m sure you can imagine a lot happens behind the scenes to keep the group running smoothly. We hope you support us with our mission by purchasing a welcome pack & becoming a yearly supporter.
On a serious note, all expenditure is accounted for and once the board of directors is approved our yearly expenditure will be viewable to all paid supporters. All directors will pay the same supporter fees & a strict expenses policy will be in place to ensure we cannot waste supporter money on frivolous expenditure.
In the unlikely event, the Limited company cannot continue for any reason any monies owed will be paid and the rest will be donated to a suitable road safety charity.
Will I still get access to the discussion groups if I don’t pay?
Yes, the discussion groups will remain the same regardless of whether you’re a supporter or not, however, if you find them useful we would appreciate your support.
Why doesn’t Tesla fund this?
In short, it’s not something they’re willing to offer and I’m not sure we would accept it even if they did offer, by being self-funding it ensures that we continue to be independent which I believe is vital.
My partner, spouse &/or children would like a name badge do we have to buy multiple packs?
You can do but I’d recommend you buy one supporter pack and once you’ve completed payment then go to secondary/replacement name badges and purchase one or more of these as required.
Do you store my debit/credit card details?
No debit/credit card information is ever stored on our servers. We use Stripe.com, one of the most secure and reputable payment processors available. All card numbers are encrypted on disk with AES-256 and decryption keys are stored on separate machines. None of Stripe’s internal servers and daemons are able to obtain plaintext card numbers; instead, they can just request that cards be sent to a service provider on a static whitelist.
Stripe’s infrastructure for storing, decrypting, and transmitting card numbers runs in separate hosting infrastructure and doesn’t share any credentials with Stripe’s primary services (API, website, etc.) For more information, you can visit Stripe’s security policy right here!
In other words, your debit/credit card details are safe!
I don’t want a welcome pack &/or don’t want to sign up to a yearly subscription, is there an alternative?
Sure, we’ve got the limited edition signature supporter package which is a fixed one off payment for 3 years of access. Pay what you want for it and don’t worry about it for 3 years.
I want to support the group but the price is too high/expensive
Please remember we work hard to get exclusive discounts for our supporters and we hope you should be able to recoup some of your money back straight after joining.
You can also amend and cancel your subscription at any point, so in the very worst case you would be paying £35 for 1 year, we hope you continue after the first year but that option is available.
However, we do understand that not everyone is comfortable paying £35-£50 a year so we can offer a discounted signature supporter rate of £30 per year if you pre-pay for 3 years of access which grants you to exclusive discounts and other perks. Lower the amount before adding to checkout.
When will I get my pack?
This depends, we do print runs roughly every 3 months as this helps to keep costs down, so you will get yours as soon as it’s ready. We could offer weekly prints but we’re all volunteers so I’m reluctant to down tools every week to pack up welcome packs. If there is a large event upcoming we will do our best to get packs ready for these.
Can I purchase in person?
Currently, we’re only accepting orders via our online shop. Due to personalisation of various items within the packs, we will not be selling welcome packs on any event day. If you’re not attending an upcoming event you can pay £2 extra to have your welcome pack sent via post.
If you require a second name badge (for partner/spouse/children etc) please purchase the above pack and then after payment purchase an additional badge and lanyard from this link.