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  1. Free nighttime EV charging in TX -- for GMs

    The "How it Works" section doesn't really say how it works. What technical checks are put in place so that it is restricted to GM vehicles? If the wall box uses a standard J1772 connector, what's to say you can't charge a non-EV with the program? As for what you do with the car when it's not...
  2. Lithium EV vs Up coming Solid State EV

    Yes, "200 miles of real world range is a good compromise" is one I agree with, but to get 200 miles of real world range on a car that's only 3-4 years old, you may need 300 miles of EPA advertised range to get there unless you're always driving in ideal unloaded conditions on flat land. Range...
  3. Lithium EV vs Up coming Solid State EV

    The problem with superlatives is that they are never 100% right (see what I did there?) Most people's daily commuting is indeed well-served by vehicles with well under 300 miles of range, but you're rarely able to reach that rated range in most cases. Add in inclement weather, highway speeds...
  4. Charging prices and why

    Charging by the minute would discourage charging companies from building faster chargers. Tesla charges per kwh in most localities. Here is a quote from their supercharging FAQ: Where possible, owners are billed per kWh (kilowatt-hour), which is the most fair and simple method. In other...
  5. Lithium EV vs Up coming Solid State EV

    It's true that batteries' internal resistance changes at different temperatures, but to a point, a warmer battery will have less resistance and charge "easier" than a cold battery. Also, the additional cooling on the towing package wouldn't be needed to cool a battery. If the stock cooling...
  6. Lithium EV vs Up coming Solid State EV

    I'm guessing it's the wheels on the Platinum that affect the "miles per hour" as the truck may get more or less range with the larger wheels on the Platinum (probably less). The charge rates and batteries would be the same between the trims. The Platinum may also be slightly heavier which...
  7. Ford, GM Are All-In On EVs. Here’s How Their Dealers Feel About It

    There are a couple points there. EV owners are indeed not the average American, that's for sure, though I don't think I'd call myself a product of social engineering. I'm able to make a purchasing decision on its own merit, not at the direction of an EV influencer. Most EVs are still very...
  8. Lithium EV vs Up coming Solid State EV

    Was using stability to refer to the packaging inherent to the cell itself. A cylindrical cell has a built in case, while the pouch requires a separate one. I didn't think prismatic cells were in use in EVs, though I think Toyota is planning on making a go of it.
  9. Ford, GM Are All-In On EVs. Here’s How Their Dealers Feel About It

    You can actually take "EVs" out of your first sentence and still have everything correct. If any business is not adept at performing a task for any vehicle, I'll find another business (or just do it myself). This would go for dealerships or 3rd party shops, though with a dealership you'd think...
  10. Lithium EV vs Up coming Solid State EV

    Pouch cells are nothing new though and have always been more dense than a cylindrical cell of equal makeup. It's just how they fit together. Pouch cells are nice for packaging since there are so few voids within the pack,, but they have tradeoffs vs. cylindrical cells in that they are less...
  11. Ford 80A Charge Station Pro

    Maybe they're referring to charging efficiency? AC/DC converters are not 100% efficient. If the truck takes 19.2kw in via AC from the station and outputs 17.6kw DC to the battery, that's 91.6% efficient which is pretty good IME. I get about 87% charging efficiency on average at home with a...
  12. Ford, GM Are All-In On EVs. Here’s How Their Dealers Feel About It

    It's true, there are plenty of things to break on an EV. They are still very much cars that require replacement parts just like their ICE counterparts. You could argue (successfully) that EVs require more brake maintenance as the pads can seize in the calipers if not properly lubricated on a...
  13. F-150 Lightning EV Demand Soars – Over 100,000 Reservations Received (in Just 3 Weeks)!

    There's certainly nobody sticking up for subscriptions with any evidence that it benefits the consumer.
  14. F-150 Lightning EV Demand Soars – Over 100,000 Reservations Received (in Just 3 Weeks)!

    Is the cell connectivity for the car included in the fee for Blues Clues or is that another add-on? I wouldn't think they would bolt on mobile connectivity to a driver aid. Cell connectivity would be used for many other things like navigation, media streaming, and sending commands / pulling...
  15. Lithium EV vs Up coming Solid State EV

    Yes, on the Model 3 the permanent magnet motor is in the rear, so the front induction motor sleeps. On the newer S and X it's reversed and the rear motor sleeps. And on the earlier S / X (before 2019) both motors were induction. The rear slept as it was bigger and less efficient at low power.
  16. F-150 Lightning EV Demand Soars – Over 100,000 Reservations Received (in Just 3 Weeks)!

    Not psychic. You could just could read the comments of any article that mentions subscription based features and keep a tally. (Hint: you probably won't need one to get the idea.)
  17. Lithium EV vs Up coming Solid State EV

    I am also hoping for a burgeoning cottage industry that keeps EVs going. I'd also love to see 3rd party tuning shops that adjust the power curves and charging speeds of a car. My specific experience is related to Tesla taking an Apple-ish approach to preventing 3rd party repair and...
  18. Lithium EV vs Up coming Solid State EV

    It's true that electric motors (and power supplies) have an efficiency curve, the motors are so powerful that the single front motor in a Model S is capable of 259 horsepower by itself - and that's the small one. With both motors at 50%, the car is producing 381hp! Tesla puts the rear...
  19. Who's an Electric F-150 shopper?

    Yep, as with most everything, the truth lies somewhere in the middle.
  20. Who's an Electric F-150 shopper?

    The majority of the time my vehicle is at home, it is fully (90%) charged. My average charge time at home is 1 hour 27 minutes, and that's charging at 240v / 40A. It would be slightly less if I charged at the speed of the Ford home connector (240v / 48A). As for power going out at home for an...


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