Yes, this is my Tesla Model 3, and yes I am (generally) an introvert.
Let me tell you how this idea was born.
Not long after the summer solstice, I came across a news story about a group of meteorologists who all wore the same ties on the summer solstice.
They did this to raise awareness of a trend in our atmosphere that has been going on for well over a century.
What has been happening is that the average temperature on our earth has been increasing. Some areas faster than others, globally though, it has been about 1.35 degrees Celsius, or 2.43 degrees Fahrenheit. Just for comparison, the difference in the global average temperature between the last ice age and the beginning to the industrial revolution is only about 5 degrees Celsius.
Professor Ed Hawkins at the University of Reading in Great Britain came up with this wonderful visualization (actually he has a lot of really interesting visualizations, I highly recommend go checking them out). The full data with references are available at this link.
Professor Hawkins also has graphics showing the temperature changes of different geographical areas, such as central England, the lower 48 states of the US, and the city of Toronto.
He also includes links to all the data and references if you are interested in the nitty-gritty details.
While the specifics can change somewhat, the general trend is all in the same direction, cooler to warmer.
So this brings me back to my car :)
After seeing that story about the meteorologists and the graphic, I though that was a wonderful way to raise awareness as well as starting conversations.
I reached out to Triet Nguyen at Tint Pros - Platinum Auto Wraps. I shared with them what I wanted to do and they were very excited about the project.
Working with their designer, and Professor Hawkins graphic (after asking for and receiving his permission) we came up with a plan.
Triet sent me photos of the process, which took a few days.
Putting a two dimensional graphic on a three dimensional object, with lots of curves and corners is very impressive. Triet's crew did a phenomenal job keeping the stipes straight, and all lined up whenever a stripe crossed from one body panel to another.
As for my goal of raising awareness and starting conversations, it appears to be working!
Below are photos of two of the events I was at this weekend. I want to give a shout-out to the Minnesota Plugin Electric Vehicle Owners Circle (MNPEVOC) group, as well as all of the other EV owners that helped organize these events as well as sharing their experiences with people at the events.
I have had more conversations in the last 10 days than I have in a very long time. At one of the events, I heard a woman using the 'warming stripes' design to show her daughter how the earth's temperature has been changing :)
Besides events such as the above, I have had conversations in parking lots, while eating lunch, and almost anywhere. Some of them about the Tesla Model 3, some about the car wrap and many about both!
I want to, once again, thank the team that really got this introvert out of his shell:
Mr. Elon Musk, for building my own personal spaceship.
Dr. Ed Hawkins, for creating such a wonderfully concise graphic that relays over a century of data so simply.
Mr. Triet Nguyen and his crew for such phenomenal work.
AND all the people that have taken time to stop, and talk to me.
Mark really doesn't like to talk about himself, the house is much more interesting.