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RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Another Canadian cross country network announced. This is the third one now. Interesting that two of them are installed by gas station chains and the third one is Tesla. Petro-Canada best Tesla by one week with the completion of their cross Canada network. The secondary highways in BC and Quebec are fairly well covered but the rest of the provinces still have a ways to go although Alberta is coming along quite well. https://electricautonomy.ca/2020/01/15/canadian-tire-boosts-electrification-strategy-with-a-commitment-to-install-240-fast-chargers-before-year-end/
Reisender 01/15/20 02:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Latest production estimates. https://teslamotorsclub.com/blog/2020/01/14/report-tesla-semi-production-to-begin-in-second-half-of-2020/ https://teslamotorsclub.com/blog/2020/01/14/report-tesla-semi-production-to-begin-in-second-half-of-2020/
Reisender 01/14/20 05:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Regenerative braking is only as good as the amount of battery capacity and its rate of absorption Meaning, any battery has an absorption rate in voltage/amperes. You can tell the controller to dump more regenerative power, but the battery will NOT take much more without heating up FAST and shortening it's life span If you do have the large enough of a battery array, then the rate of power dumped into them is spread over many, many batteries so that it can brake harder Below some rate, mechanical brakes are a must Look up rail dust from trainsRegenerative braking in an EV will reduce brake wear by 2/3rds or more. In normal driving conditions I rarely touch my brake peddle. Not an expert but I would think larger batteries in vehicles could take upwards of 50 to 100 kw on regen. I know our humble old leaf gets north of 30 kw on the meter. A Tesla model 3 battery is good for 250 kw at a Supercharger. No idea what the regen number would be.
Reisender 01/14/20 01:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Rome bans diesel vehicles ! Yah we could see this coming. So many sidewalk cafes and shops that suffer because of not just diesel but gassers as well. Soon it won’t be just diesel. Lots of other European cities bannning any ice vehicles downtown. In 5 years this will be widespread. Beginning to not make sense driving any ICE vehicle there as more and more only electrics are allowed downtown. Here are the countries planning measures to eliminate diesel and gasoline cars:Norway. ... Germany. ... France. ... UK. ... Scotland. ... Netherlands. ... Ireland. A few days ago I saw an article about the dangers of metallic brake dust to people in the area. If any regulations come about on that it could at least boost the requirement for regenerative braking, whether it is hybrid or full battery. Yah. We barely use our brakes because of regeneration and our EV’s are 4 and 5 years old. With the new generation of Tesla’s and leafs etc they have one pedal driving and the brakes are rarely used.
Reisender 01/14/20 11:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Rome bans diesel vehicles ! Yah we could see this coming. So many sidewalk cafes and shops that suffer because of not just diesel but gassers as well. Soon it won’t be just diesel. Lots of other European cities bannning any ice vehicles downtown. In 5 years this will be widespread. Beginning to not make sense driving any ICE vehicle there as more and more only electrics are allowed downtown.
Reisender 01/14/20 10:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

One of the reasons (in my opinion) that cars like the Audi ETron and Jag Ipace have horrible range compared to their completion is their blocky shapes. We took a close look at an ETron and although it’s very nice inside it is a huge square ugly block outside. It has a huge battery and gets less range than a Nissan Eplus Leaf. I know range isn’t important for everyone but the price tag is literally double the Tesla model 3...or more. Sedans and hatchbacks are just easier to make aerodynamic than SUV’s. The Ipace is also a nice car but again kinda boxy for my taste. The Porsche is very similar to the model S. Both georgeous cars.
Reisender 01/14/20 07:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Is there a short version of the "update"? And I really don't understand the thread link about idling a V10? Whoops. Fixed. I was sending somebody a link to a question they had sbout idling their V10 for generator purposes. Somehow it was still in the clipboard. My aploligies to all.
Reisender 01/13/20 06:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Semi update. https://electrek.co/2020/01/10/tesla-semi-update-test-program-improvements-timeline-electric-truck/
Reisender 01/12/20 09:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

One of the expected designs is a 100 to 150 mile 20,000 commuter. My guess is it will happen by end 2020. While I applaud Tesla doing that, my only question is WHY THEY DIDN'T DO IT HERE. All along they went 35k for the Model 3 and said they were losing money. If they can afford to lose money on those, I don't know why they didn't offer a model 3 for 20-25k. I mean, used 2017 - 2018 Leafs around here with a 90 mile range or whatever they are - STILL around 20k. I'm curious how they're going to be making money, even though it's manufactured overseas. Although they sell the 35400 SR version of the model 3 Tesla it is not very popular. No idea what the margin is on it. But the SR plus version has healthy margins and they sell a ton of those. They already said the next Tesla would be smaller than a model 3 and will have less tech. The bigger market for that is Asia. Also, the world has changed a lot in the last few years. Tariffs are now a way of life. Export is difficult. It is better to build in the market you will sell the most in. Less logistics and politics. That’s why they are also building a factory in Germany. It’s also why cars like Nissan Leafs are built in the US for the North American market and not in Japan. I also think Tesla is a company hated by many Americans and they would probably meet a lot of resistance in opening up another factory in the USA...and from some pretty powerful lobby groups. Big oil, Unions, car dealer alliances. Many would just prefer to see Tesla go broke or at least move operations to another country. It makes sense for Tesla to decentralize away from North America.
Reisender 01/08/20 02:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Diesetgate may turn out to be the best thing that happened to VW, it made them go all in on EV's and PHEV's. The Porsche Tacan 4S starts at 103K and supports 800V charging. 80% charge in 22 minutes. Nice looking car too. I haven’t heard much about them building out a charging network like the Supercharger network. Maybe they’ll strike a deal with Tesla for usage rights. Can’t believe no one has done that yet. The Porsche's EPA range is pretty bad for the money it takes to get that car. I have heard some say that it is just due to the testing methods. If so there should be real world stories by now of the Taycan exceeding the 200 mile range but I haven't seen any. Also, the short range is due to poor efficiency, not a small battery. That means that you only go 2/3 as far on a charge but it still takes just as long to charge up. That range is surprizingly low. I wonder if they are not enabling all the battery for longevity purposes. Anything that has a range of 200 seems to be a joke. And for a prestigious car company, the question begs, why did they even bother. Would have been wise to have one but with another low-end sub-brand and one with the size of Smart and released in Italy, lol. I think there is a place for sub 200 mile even sub 140 mile range EV’s. But not for 80,000 bucks. :) 100 mile range commuters for a reasonable price can be quite marketable in the right environment. Tesla is setting up a design centre in Shanghai for the Asian market. One of the expected designs is a 100 to 150 mile 20,000 commuter. My guess is it will happen by end 2020.
Reisender 01/08/20 12:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Diesetgate may turn out to be the best thing that happened to VW, it made them go all in on EV's and PHEV's. The Porsche Tacan 4S starts at 103K and supports 800V charging. 80% charge in 22 minutes. Nice looking car too. I haven’t heard much about them building out a charging network like the Supercharger network. Maybe they’ll strike a deal with Tesla for usage rights. Can’t believe no one has done that yet. The Porsche's EPA range is pretty bad for the money it takes to get that car. I have heard some say that it is just due to the testing methods. If so there should be real world stories by now of the Taycan exceeding the 200 mile range but I haven't seen any. Also, the short range is due to poor efficiency, not a small battery. That means that you only go 2/3 as far on a charge but it still takes just as long to charge up. That range is surprizingly low. I wonder if they are not enabling all the battery for longevity purposes.
Reisender 01/08/20 07:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Yes. We have an account with them and use them from time to time. I was referring more to getting access to a well deployed high speed charging network. EA is doing well though. And we like their App. We still prefer EVGO or ChargePoint for access reasons but EA is becoming a major player. I don’t believe EA has any affiliation with Porsche though. Maybe they do. EA also has a Canadian buildout planned called surprisingly Electrify Canada. Right now Petro Canada has the best network layout both planned and in operation although in BC, BC hydro has the best network with FLO and Greenlots as prime operators. The Prince George corridor should be mostly up within a a couple weeks. VW set up EA and Porsche is part of VW Group. I wouldn't know if there is a direct affiliation but you would think it would be in VW's interest to have one. Ahhh yes. That makes sense. Thanks.
Reisender 01/07/20 06:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Diesetgate may turn out to be the best thing that happened to VW, it made them go all in on EV's and PHEV's. The Porsche Tacan 4S starts at 103K and supports 800V charging. 80% charge in 22 minutes. Nice looking car too. I haven’t heard much about them building out a charging network like the Supercharger network. Maybe they’ll strike a deal with Tesla for usage rights. Can’t believe no one has done that yet. Electrify America Yes. We have an account with them and use them from time to time. I was referring more to getting access to a well deployed high speed charging network. EA is doing well though. And we like their App. We still prefer EVGO or ChargePoint for access reasons but EA is becoming a major player. I don’t believe EA has any affiliation with Porsche though. Maybe they do. EA also has a Canadian buildout planned called surprisingly Electrify Canada. Right now Petro Canada has the best network layout both planned and in operation although in BC, BC hydro has the best network with FLO and Greenlots as prime operators. The Prince George corridor should be mostly up within a a couple weeks.
Reisender 01/07/20 06:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New RV Electric RV Toad In Depth Review - Mike Mas

I'll stick with my Smart car---same size as a golf cart yet has all the bells and whistles for the street and will go down the Interstate at 90 if you desire and it is a MERCEDES!!!!!!! True. And the electrics are pretty quick.
Reisender 01/07/20 05:19pm Dinghy Towing
RE: New RV Electric RV Toad In Depth Review - Mike Mas

Wonder what the drive train is.
Reisender 01/07/20 05:18pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Diesetgate may turn out to be the best thing that happened to VW, it made them go all in on EV's and PHEV's. The Porsche Tacan 4S starts at 103K and supports 800V charging. 80% charge in 22 minutes. Nice looking car too. I haven’t heard much about them building out a charging network like the Supercharger network. Maybe they’ll strike a deal with Tesla for usage rights. Can’t believe no one has done that yet.
Reisender 01/07/20 05:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Central America trip

Everything navegator said. In addition, go thru the motions of changing a tire, changing a belt, strapping up a hanging exhaust systym etc. Have tools. A ryobi 18 volt impact gun is your friend. Speaking the language is a huge advantage but I get the impression you have that covered. If you are the only person that speaks it expect to be busy. As they say En la tierra de los ciegos el tuerto es rey.
Reisender 01/07/20 01:30pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: New RV Electric RV Toad In Depth Review - Mike Mas

I get the impression it’s meant to be used as a golf cart within communities. Probably safer than a standard golf cart although I see some golf carts have seat belts now. Neat idea. Probably work for some. Death wish???. Meh. A lot of us drive bikes and scooters on the road. We spend a lot of time in Europe. People tend to be a little less afraid of living there. :).
Reisender 01/07/20 12:15pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Tesla’s market cap is now bigger than Ford’s was at its peak https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.marketwatch.com/amp/story/guid/6A942C3A-3164-11EA-A104-9520470DA890
Reisender 01/07/20 12:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Central America trip

It would be an amazing educational trip for the kids and you. Bring critical spares. Water pump, per fittings for capping off leaky lines. Belts, hoses, filters, V10 spark plug. Proper water filter. Bathroom tap with shower diverter etc. Think it thru for what you will need. Duct tape. Hose clamps. Etc etc.
Reisender 01/06/20 04:25pm RVing in Mexico and South America
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