How I pre-ordered a Tesla Model 3 with Bitcoin
In his spare time, Mason enjoys fostering creativity and innovation in the Bitcoin space as the organizer of the 21 hackathons.
Today I pre-ordered a Tesla Model 3 for 2.413612 BTC.
When I first read about Tesla Motors, it was about the Tesla Roadster release in 2007 on slate. I remember reading the vehicle stats thinking, how is it possible for an electric vehicle to have a time from 0 to 60 that rivals that of the last model Ferrari. The reality of such acceleration for an electric vehicle seemed illogical at the time. I was just as skeptical and excited.
This revelation led me to join the Electric Vehicle Engineering Club at the University, where I led a team to build a battery swap station for commercial electric vehicles, and coordinated regular visits to Tesla. Motors from 2010, where we were able to drive a Tesla Roadster. .
The ride was better than I had imagined. It was very close to the ground, agile and one of the fastest vehicles I had driven in at the time. The acceleration stuck me to the seat and propelled me down the freeway at oddly constant torque. I had to have one.
Fast forward to 2016, still a big fan of new and emerging technologies, I am rooted in the world of bitcoin. Today, there are many online applications that allow consumers to buy everyday goods for bitcoin.
So I decided to do the capital act of pre-ordering my Tesla Model 3 with bitcoin.
My weapon of choice was Shakepay, a new app that lets you charge a single-use credit card for bitcoin.
Use my homebrew SMS interface for my BitGo Web Wallet, I loaded a card on Shakepay with bitcoin and used the card to pre-order a Tesla Model 3. The whole process took me 60 seconds after my card was loaded. There was no credit check, no waiting period for the credit card to arrive in the mail – it just worked.
As Steve Coast said, “The world will only be stranger”.How right he was. I just pre-ordered an automobile that I have never seen or touched, which is powered by electrons flowing through copper wires, has a 0-60 of less than four seconds and is supposed to be without a dashboard .
I pre-ordered this vehicle with invisible currency which was invented by a pseudo-anonymous computer programmer who calls himself Satoshi Nakamoto and who is probably not Japanese.
I made this purchase using a service that distributes ephemeral credit cards made by a Canadian I met online named Jean, who I met after placing a $ 400 bitcoin bounty for creating a Payable Bitcoin API endpoint that could order and deliver a pizza to me for cash. Weird.
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