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Postby offsides » Sat Jul 18, 2020 2:15 pm

Male them less expensive with further distance and more charging stations and you’ll get your wish. Until then, it’ll be the fringe.
Yep, agree. I think they will get the battery distance issue better but those charging stations may take some time. I still like (old) internal combustion motors. At least they make some noise.

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Postby Faftorial » Sat Jul 18, 2020 2:17 pm

How long do the fast charging stations take to "fill up?"

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Postby NTP66 » Sat Jul 18, 2020 2:43 pm

50% after 20 minutes of charging on a Tesla Supercharger. If they improve the range, then maybe the charging station issue isn’t as severe.

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Postby DigitalGypsy66 » Sat Jul 18, 2020 2:59 pm

They are getting closer to 400 miles on the S and over 350 on the X models:
The latest version 2020.4 firmware follows last month’s range increase for Model S and Model X. The Model S is now listed with a range of 390 miles, up from 373 miles, while the Model X has an EPA estimated range of 351 miles from 328 miles
https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-model-s ... boost-ota/

That's not too far off what I get with our two Hondas.

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Postby NTP66 » Sat Jul 18, 2020 3:09 pm

They are getting closer to 400 miles on the S and over 350 on the X models:
The latest version 2020.4 firmware follows last month’s range increase for Model S and Model X. The Model S is now listed with a range of 390 miles, up from 373 miles, while the Model X has an EPA estimated range of 351 miles from 328 miles
https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-model-s ... boost-ota/

That's not too far off what I get with our two Hondas.
Except that you could buy two Hondas for every one Tesla.

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Postby dodint » Sat Jul 18, 2020 4:11 pm

50% after 20 minutes of charging on a Tesla Supercharger. If they improve the range, then maybe the charging station issue isn’t as severe.
Notice how you never get a straight answer to those questions?

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Postby Faftorial » Sat Jul 18, 2020 5:38 pm

So an hour to fill up?

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Postby Shyster » Sat Jul 18, 2020 6:25 pm

I think it depends on the Tesla model, the capacity of the battery, and the type of the Supercharger. The older Superchargers might take a little more than an hour. I think the newest "V3" Superchargers are much faster, although there aren't as many of those yet. An hour or so would probably give a full charge on everything. Of course, one wouldn't necessarily need a 100% charge to get home or to the next charge station.

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Postby NTP66 » Sat Jul 18, 2020 6:25 pm

50% after 20 minutes of charging on a Tesla Supercharger. If they improve the range, then maybe the charging station issue isn’t as severe.
Notice how you never get a straight answer to those questions?
Didn’t surprise me. And I read different charging times elsewhere, so who the hell knows.

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Postby dodint » Sat Jul 18, 2020 6:44 pm

I know how long it takes to fill a tank with gas. About 90 seconds. The only variable is tank size.

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Postby Shyster » Sat Jul 18, 2020 7:00 pm

Charging time really only comes into play when taking long road trips, though. Even before the pandemic, I figure more than 95% of my daily driving was well under 200 miles per day, and most days I drove less than 30 miles. Overnight charging on a home charger would have easily covered all of my charging needs. I wouldn't have even needed to charge every night. I could go months between taking trips that would have required any in-trip charging.

I figure my car is probably good for another five years at least, but after that I might take a hard look at the EV market. It's getting difficult to find cars with manual transmissions, and if I can't get a manual any more, I might as well switch over to an EV. It would cover the vast majority of my driving, and if necessary I could always just rent a car for longer trips. I do wish Tesla would make something to slot in under the Model 3. I'd be first in line for a Tesla hatchback around the size of a VW Golf, say.

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Postby NTP66 » Sat Jul 18, 2020 7:18 pm

Where are they going to put the batteries? In a trailer behind it? I want to see more EVs from other companies, because there’s no way I’d pay what Tesla is asking for those cars.

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Postby Faftorial » Sat Jul 18, 2020 7:21 pm

VW's will be coming out soon.

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Postby offsides » Sat Jul 18, 2020 7:21 pm

I think in 5 years there will be many many EV models from many car companies to choose from.

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Postby Shyster » Sat Jul 18, 2020 7:30 pm

The Chevy Bolt is up to 259 miles of range, so it's possible to fit a sufficiently large battery in a small vehicle, and Tesla keeps improving its battery tech to pack in more power. I like the look of the Volkswagen ID.3, but unfortunately VW has decided that the US won't get it and will only get "crossover" versions of the platform. Why would I want something that's heavier and has shorter range?

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Postby Faftorial » Sat Jul 18, 2020 7:35 pm

The Chevy Bolt is up to 259 miles of range, so it's possible to fit a sufficiently large battery in a small vehicle, and Tesla keeps improving its battery tech to pack in more power. I like the look of the Volkswagen ID.3, but unfortunately VW has decided that the US won't get it and will only get "crossover" versions of the platform. Why would I want something that's heavier and has shorter range?
People want CUVs over range.

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Postby offsides » Sat Jul 18, 2020 7:53 pm

One of the problems i see could be the people that live in apartments or don't have a garage and park on the street. Lot of that here in lil Warsh. Could be tough keeping it charged.

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Postby mac5155 » Sat Jul 18, 2020 9:25 pm

That was a word problem with no question call.
Lol. You're supposed to say "ITLL HAUL IT" or "NO FREAKIN WAY DUDE"

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Postby NTP66 » Sun Jul 19, 2020 9:26 am

Returning my recalled HF jack stands today, and am making the switch to pin style jack stands (sorry dodint).


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Postby dodint » Sun Jul 19, 2020 11:08 am

Just get a QuickJack.

I have a set of eack kind of jackmstand but haven't used them in a few years.

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Postby NTP66 » Sun Jul 19, 2020 11:43 am

After 4+ months of driving my wife’s CR-V around town for groceries, etc, I took the TL-S out on the turnpike today to return those jacks. Felt good to open her up a bit and pass all of the jagoffs chilling in the left lane.

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Postby NTP66 » Sun Jul 19, 2020 11:57 am

While on the topic, I initially took the HF gift card for the jacks, as they gave you an extra $5. Walked every single single, some of them basically empty, and couldn’t find a single thing that I really wanted. Ended up swapping for the cash instead.

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Postby mac5155 » Sun Jul 19, 2020 9:20 pm

Made it home with travel trailer in tact, truck didn't blow up. Only real struggle was on 22 climbing up to Cresson/Summit. Man that is one hell of a mountain to climb. We took it slow and made it. Trans got slightly hot but not enough to kick a warning light, I still stopped for 15 minutes so it could cool down.

I'm utterly impressed with the airlift 1000 bags. If you have a dodge or any other coil spring tow vehicle that sags bad, you must get them.

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Postby DigitalGypsy66 » Tue Jul 21, 2020 9:59 am

I got to drive my new car again yesterday; we're now heading towards 250 total miles! :lol:

Android Auto is really cool, and I discovered another hidden feature (I guess?)

As one would imagine in July in SC, it's really hot out - mid 90s before the heat index. The A/C was blasting, and when I said "Hey Google," Google Assistant came on and turned the A/C fans down while I finished my request. As soon as it was done reading my calendar or whatever I asked, the fans went back up to full blast.

Kind of cool, as my wife's 2017 Accord's assistant doesn't do that. Which I gladly told her about when I got home. :pop:

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Postby mac5155 » Wed Jul 22, 2020 9:39 am

My mom called today and her '15 Kia Sorento had a blinking Check engine light. Which is never ever good. Anyway, read the code and it's a P1326 knock sensor. Apparently several TSBs about it. And likely needs an entire motor replacement... 61k miles...

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