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RE: Volkswagen completes first non Tesla cross US charge network

What is the cost to charge at these station ? Depends on where you are and sometimes when you are charging. Good rule of thumb is 3 to 4 times what it costs at home. A good thing as it it keeps the Fast chargers from getting to busy. Incentives charging at home or other level 2 charging.
Reisender 07/06/20 03:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Volkswagen completes first non Tesla cross US charge network

The only thing that bothers me is that the chargers are empty, as shown in your pics and my experience. Maybe, it is due to the ability to fill up at home. Maybe they are building for the future. But unused assets always bug me. Probably a combination of things. Yes, the vast majority (greater than 90 percent) of charging is done at home. Fast chargers and Superchargers generally speaking are not used by commuters but rather by people on road trips. They know they can do normal road trips because the infrastructure is in place and it is fast. This is partially what is holding back sales of other brands. The CCS/ Chademo networks are there and growing but in a more half hazard and unconnected manner. That and much slower There is a chicken and the egg thing as well. What comes first. Infrastructure or vehicles. For example. People buy Tesla’s because they know the infrastructure is already built. I think within a year or two the CCS/Chademo networks will be comparable and Tesla will begin to lose some advantage here. Jmho. Superchargers can be quite busy on weekends, even to the point of line ups in some key areas. I have never seen this but have seen pictures of long weekend lineups close to key highway interchanges. On quiet weekdays though these can look deserted. Everybody fills at home or in the hotel parking lot if on a trip. We pick our hotels based on charge facilities...well that and a good breakfast. :).
Reisender 07/06/20 06:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: Snow Birds ??

As we watch the Florida Covid numbers soar like the rockets we love to watch, we're having the "will we even go?" conversation. Fortunately, there are many months before we have to decide. Florida reached 100,000 infection in the first 3 months, now 200,000 in 3 weeks, at that rate we may have herd immunity by year end. That's evolution I suppose, but not so great if you are one of the ones eliminated by natural selection. Tequila. Here is a link you may find interesting. Basically how Japan with an aged population was able to avoid high transmission and mortality rates from the virus. Basically a combination of a bunch of things. We here in BC did things very similarly and have had very good results. A combination of culture and leadership. Cheers. https://www.bbc.com/mundo/noticias-internacional-53300653
Reisender 07/05/20 03:40pm Snowbirds
RE: Charge across 2 6V batteries is 11.78. Is that right?

At that level they are considered less than 10 percent charge if I remember my tables correctly. It’s been awhile. Did you have a load on it when you measured it? Measurements have to be taken at no load.
Reisender 07/05/20 01:52pm Tech Issues
RE: What will Canadians fo this fall/winter

Europe is opening up right now. There are tons of snowbirds in southern Spain and Morroco. Portugal can also be nice. But southern Spain is still one of our favourite winter vacations.
Reisender 07/03/20 05:19pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Tesla overtakes Toyota to become world's most valuable car maker "However, Toyota sold around 30 times more cars last year and its revenues were more than 10 times higher." For the June quarter, Tesla reported deliveries of 90,700, down 5% year-over-year (vs. 95,200 in Jun-19), compared to GM down 34%, Toyota down 35%, and Fiat Chrysler down 39%. For the June quarter, Tesla reported deliveries of 90,700, down 5% year-over-year (vs. 95,200 in Jun-19), compared to GM down 34%, Toyota down 35%, and Fiat Chrysler down 39%. Yep, Tesla is still about to go broke!If it costs more to produce your product than what you net on the sale...I assume you are talking about GM, Toyota and FC as Tesla has the highest margins in the industry. I think he’s specufically refferring to the Chevy Bolt. They are selling them with discounts of 12000 to 15000 each. This is apparently below the dealer cost of the car. What isn’t clear is if GM is chipping in to absorb the pain. It has apparently been quite contentious with some dealers as there are a considerable amount of 2019 models still on the dealers lots. Information is limited as I guess each dealer principal is dealing with it on an individual basis. It will apparently make it difficult for dealers to take more of them if they know they will lose money on each one. The Bolt is a great little car but not at the same price as a Tesla model 3 SR which is around 37000 ish. Maybe 25000 would be more appropriate MSRP. JMHO.
Reisender 07/03/20 11:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: Longer closure gathering momentum...

August 31st.... https://globalnews.ca/news/7132809/coronavirus-quarantine-canada-travellers/ Gary Thank you Gary.
Reisender 07/03/20 08:33am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Longer closure gathering momentum...

"Just open the **** border." That would be the stupidest thing to do, bar none. X2 Announced today, the border will remain closed until at least Aug.30. That would be excellent news Wilber. Couldn’t find it in an announcement. Is it just recent news??? Dr. Henry mentioned in today's briefing that she had just heard it and Dix said it was his understanding as well. Confirmation has to come from the feds though. Excellent news. I don’t know about you but we feel lucky to have Doctor Bonnie. Whatagal.
Reisender 07/02/20 09:11pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Longer closure gathering momentum...

"Just open the **** border." That would be the stupidest thing to do, bar none. X2 Announced today, the border will remain closed until at least Aug.30. That would be excellent news Wilber. Couldn’t find it in an announcement. Is it just recent news???
Reisender 07/02/20 08:12pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Well, you got to admit the consequences aren't as serious if they miss the barge. :)
Reisender 07/02/20 04:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

I think at some point it will become a stretch to call it a car company. The growing amount of revenue coming from grid storage products, commercial and home solar and storage and of course the world wide Supercharger network differentiate Tesla from other automotive companies. Tesla sold a ton of software performance and feature enhancement updates to model 3 and y owners in the last quarter. I wonder how many software performance and feature enhancement updates Toyota sold. I’m not sure it’s a fair comparison. Completely different business model. Just sayin. D In the late 50's Ford and GM both tried to become all things to all people. I hope that Tesla learns from their mistakes. I don’t know much about car manufacturing but I think that is probably sage advice. I have mixed feelings about the plans for the model B entry level EV for the Asian market. Right now Tesla is considered a premium brand. I’m not sure it’s a good idea to jeapordize that. Leave that market to ford or GM....although they don’t seem to have much interest in it right now. I think Tesla’s entry into the truck market is a good idea. There is definetly a market for a premium high performance truck brand which is pretty much empty right now. JMHO I wasn't talking about just building cars. Both GM and Ford got into selling home appliances and radios. GM sold some motorhomes, Ford sold tractors, some campers and a lot of charcoal.. Yah I hear ya. Stay focused on the prime objective. I think that’s hard to do for Elon. The guy always has a gazillion ideas running around in his head. Most seem wacky...at first. Seriously, landing a rocket on a barge?? Yah that’ll work. :)
Reisender 07/02/20 03:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Longer closure gathering momentum...

I, for one, don't like the border closed. As this whole mess unfolded, many of us Canucks began to realize it's not so much about public safety as it is about people control and government over reach/power. When I first started to read that post I was waiting for the punch line, then I realized you were being serious. The whole point of isolation is to slow the spread of the virus to the point where the medical community can handle those infected. You may have heard of the term “flatten the curve”? If you look at the infection rate per capita on each side of the border and let those numbers sink in, you might just change your mind. "the infection rate per capita" is another meaningless stat when you consider population densities here and there, and the number of large cities thay have versus the number of large and densely populated ones up here. How many infections require medical attention? How many hospitalizations? ICU visits? Morgue? That's why I suggested there are too many factors and too much ambiguity in terminaology, and the interpretations of the data they're collecting for there to ever be a right, one size fits all, answer, besides herd immunity and flattening the curve by attrition. We're chasing out tails endlessly on how to deal with this, and the experts can't even agree on mask or no mask. Just keep the highest risk people out of harm's way for a little longer, and lets get on with it. We've been nauseated from Covid19 for almost 6 months now, and I just think it's time to stick our finger down our throat, and get it over with. I still respect your opinions. FWIW. I bid you all adieu. Have a nice weekend, wherever you may be. I hear what your saying, but as my grandpa used to say, you've got your shoes on the wrong way around there. In the US the percentage of population that lives in a urban area in the US is about 80.7%. so then about 19.3 % of the population lives in a rural area. In Canada the percentage of population that lives in a urban area is about 81.4 %. so then about 18.6 % of the population lives in a rural area. So in fact Canada has a higher percentage of the population living in an urban area. Understood, and that's where the majority of the cases are being discovered. Their pace of testing is a half again as many as us. If we kept pace with them for testing ourselves, at the same rate, we'd probably look about the same or possibly a bit worse. It all depends on who you ask or where you get your stats. Type of test, who is performing them, what's the rate of inconclusives, false + or -, it can skew the numbers. Their total tests performed would cover our entire population. https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/ I thought I unsubscribed from this thread??? “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.” Hospitalizations and deaths per million is probably a better metric. Real happy to see their death rate start to come down. Wishing them future success and condolences for theirs and everybodies losses. We have so many family friends and neighbours there. So far we have lost none. Hoping it stays that way.
Reisender 07/02/20 03:50pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Second quarter numbers out. Over 90,000 delivered. Pretty much every other manufacturer saw 20 to 30 percent drop in sales. Tesla saw an increase and order books are already healthy for next quarter. Although I would agree that competition is coming there is currently no real competitors out there. I think Volkswagen is the only one close in the next couple years. Not according to this article. Tesla sales got hammered in March as well Yes. The factory was closed along with many delivery centres due to COVID. No production and few deliveries. My reference is for the quarter. https://electrek.co/2020/07/02/tesla-announces-q2-deliveries-90650-electric-cars-beating-expectations/ How do you shut down production for half a quarter and still increase production for that quarter? Easy. Last year this time they had one factory and a weekly capacity of about 7000 cars per week. This year they have two factories and a capacity of close to 11000 cars per week.
Reisender 07/02/20 12:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Second quarter numbers out. Over 90,000 delivered. Pretty much every other manufacturer saw 20 to 30 percent drop in sales. Tesla saw an increase and order books are already healthy for next quarter. Although I would agree that competition is coming there is currently no real competitors out there. I think Volkswagen is the only one close in the next couple years. Not according to this article. Tesla sales got hammered in March as well Yes. The factory was closed along with many delivery centres due to COVID. No production and few deliveries. My reference is for the quarter. https://electrek.co/2020/07/02/tesla-announces-q2-deliveries-90650-electric-cars-beating-expectations/
Reisender 07/02/20 11:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

I think at some point it will become a stretch to call it a car company. The growing amount of revenue coming from grid storage products, commercial and home solar and storage and of course the world wide Supercharger network differentiate Tesla from other automotive companies. Tesla sold a ton of software performance and feature enhancement updates to model 3 and y owners in the last quarter. I wonder how many software performance and feature enhancement updates Toyota sold. I’m not sure it’s a fair comparison. Completely different business model. Just sayin. D In the late 50's Ford and GM both tried to become all things to all people. I hope that Tesla learns from their mistakes. I don’t know much about car manufacturing but I think that is probably sage advice. I have mixed feelings about the plans for the model B entry level EV for the Asian market. Right now Tesla is considered a premium brand. I’m not sure it’s a good idea to jeapordize that. Leave that market to ford or GM....although they don’t seem to have much interest in it right now. I think Tesla’s entry into the truck market is a good idea. There is definetly a market for a premium high performance truck brand which is pretty much empty right now. JMHO
Reisender 07/02/20 08:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Second quarter numbers out. Over 90,000 delivered. Pretty much every other manufacturer saw 20 to 30 percent drop in sales. Tesla saw an increase and order books are already healthy for next quarter. Although I would agree that competition is coming there is currently no real competitors out there. I think Volkswagen is the only one close in the next couple years.
Reisender 07/02/20 08:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: Longer closure gathering momentum...

This is polled regularly. The majority (more than 80 percent) of Canadians want the land border kept closed. The premiers and prime minister are respecting the wishes of the citizens and taking appropriate action. Air travel is currently unrestricted out of the country but one must self isolate upon returning. If someone needs to leave the country they can. They just have to a fly. Gary thank you for your informative link. Cheers. That's because 80% of Canadians never venture outside their neighborhoods, let alone across the border, so it doesn't matter to them. Try polling the people that actually cross the border, those that live in border towns and cities, and regularly cross it, and see if your numbers hold up. Do they poll snowbirds, I wonder? Depends where you live I guess. We live in a town full of snowbirds and own property in a snowbird community. I haven’t met one person who wants the border open. In addition we haven’t met one person who plans on going south even if the borders open....unless of course there is an effective vaccine by then. Personally I would like to go south this fall as we are making some renos to our property there. But won’t risk my families health or that of my community to do it.
Reisender 07/02/20 06:12am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Longer closure gathering momentum...

This is polled regularly. The majority (more than 80 percent) of Canadians want the land border kept closed. The premiers and prime minister are respecting the wishes of the citizens and taking appropriate action. Air travel is currently unrestricted out of the country but one must self isolate upon returning. If someone needs to leave the country they can. They just have to a fly. Gary thank you for your informative link. Cheers.
Reisender 07/02/20 05:25am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

I think at some point it will become a stretch to call it a car company. The growing amount of revenue coming from grid storage products, commercial and home solar and storage and of course the world wide Supercharger network differentiate Tesla from other automotive companies. Tesla sold a ton of software performance and feature enhancement updates to model 3 and y owners in the last quarter. I wonder how many software performance and feature enhancement updates Toyota sold. I’m not sure it’s a fair comparison. Completely different business model. Just sayin. D
Reisender 07/01/20 07:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Canada Day

We lived in Saskatchewan for 7 years. We are located in Minnesota now, but we still fly our maple leaf along with the Stars and Stripes. Happy Canada day! Thank you. Cheers.
Reisender 07/01/20 08:29am RVing in Canada and Alaska
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