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Forum: smart fortwo Electric Drive   09-16-2019, 01:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 175
Posted By rfernatt
eMotorWerks was making a "JuicePlug" that would...

eMotorWerks was making a "JuicePlug" that would turn any dumb L2 charger into a smart charger and it plugged in like an adapter between the charger and EV, but I don't see it on their site any...
Forum: smart fortwo Electric Drive   09-13-2019, 07:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 272
Posted By rfernatt
Yeah, regarding "no start" with an EV, my...

Yeah, regarding "no start" with an EV, my understanding is that this can happen to all EVs, including Tesla. The 12V battery is separate from the high voltage (HV) traction battery that supplies...
Forum: smart fortwo Electric Drive   09-11-2019, 06:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 151
Posted By rfernatt
Another plug for NDEW events! I'll be at two this...

Another plug for NDEW events! I'll be at two this year myself.
Forum: The Car Lounge   09-11-2019, 05:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 157
Posted By rfernatt
I like what VW is doing with the ID series. I...

I like what VW is doing with the ID series. I also like what Hyundai/Kia are doing in the EV space. Now if they'll just make the things in any volume approaching what Tesla is doing with the Model 3...
Forum: smart fortwo Electric Drive   09-02-2019, 08:54 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,123
Posted By rfernatt
Awesome! You can really maximize the range off...

Awesome! You can really maximize the range off the interstate Enjoy the new EV!
Forum: smart fortwo Electric Drive   08-30-2019, 05:49 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,123
Posted By rfernatt
I've done this with the Leaf following our Nissan...

I've done this with the Leaf following our Nissan SUV to maximize the range. You're right, it can certainly help, but everyone has to be paying attention!
Forum: smart fortwo Electric Drive   08-30-2019, 05:45 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,123
Posted By rfernatt
The variable is that it depends on how cold or...

The variable is that it depends on how cold or hot it is at the time you're sitting in traffic and your tolerance vs burning through electrons for heating or cooling and how long you're stopped or...
Forum: smart fortwo Electric Drive   08-30-2019, 06:17 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,123
Posted By rfernatt
I don't own a smart ED, but have had to think...

I don't own a smart ED, but have had to think along similar lines with a first gen Nissan Leaf. Regardless of what range you might be able to get depending on conditions (wind direction, temps, heavy...
Forum: smart fortwo Electric Drive   07-24-2019, 06:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 851
Posted By rfernatt
I have a couple EVs now (Leaf and Tesla) and...

I have a couple EVs now (Leaf and Tesla) and would definitely recommend future proofing as much as you reasonably can. One EV tends to lead to another and probably to a solar system. Powering two EVs...
Forum: smart fortwo Electric Drive   06-13-2019, 07:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 396
Posted By rfernatt
Yep, there are a lot of EV myths and some real...

Yep, there are a lot of EV myths and some real issues that are going by the wayside as more EVs are produced, technology improves, and infrastructure improves. It wasn't too long ago that LED bulbs...
Forum: smart fortwo Electric Drive   06-06-2019, 07:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,058
Posted By rfernatt
I'll second the long range BEV idea. A warning...

I'll second the long range BEV idea. A warning though, once you experience Tesla torque and no transmission to get in the way, it's hard to go back. The sub $40K Model 3 could be an option if you...
Forum: smart fortwo Electric Drive   05-07-2019, 10:30 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,058
Posted By rfernatt
Congrats on the number of EV miles! Not in a...

Congrats on the number of EV miles!

Not in a similar situation, but personally, I agree that it doesn't make sense to take a car that is used very little and replace it with something else.
Forum: The Car Lounge   03-01-2019, 10:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 404
Posted By rfernatt
Same here. I'm really excited to see the Model Y...

Same here. I'm really excited to see the Model Y compact crossover from Tesla to have a dual motor (AWD) compact SUV option. Yes, lots of new EVs coming with 200+ mile ranges are good. The charging...
Forum: The Car Lounge   03-01-2019, 08:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 404
Posted By rfernatt
It will have to be cheaper if they want it to...

It will have to be cheaper if they want it to complete favorably against the likes of the $35K Model 3 with 100 miles more range, a nationwide charging network, AP availability, and ostensibly better...
Forum: The Car Lounge   02-26-2019, 06:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,146
Posted By rfernatt
I saw my first Roadster at an event this past...

I saw my first Roadster at an event this past summer. I had no idea they were so small! Makes a smart look huge on the inside. Of course, the smart passenger room was always good.
Forum: The Car Lounge   02-26-2019, 05:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,146
Posted By rfernatt
I have no doubt that the Chinese can build...

I have no doubt that the Chinese can build quality products. Anything can be built to a price and that shows in the product no matter where it's built.

I worry more that at least some of the lower...
Forum: The Car Lounge   02-25-2019, 09:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,146
Posted By rfernatt
Yep, NIO will be one to watch. But, like Faraday...

Yep, NIO will be one to watch. But, like Faraday Future and Lucid and Rivian and the host of other startups, we'll see what they can actually do. Tesla is still smarting from the growing pains of...
Forum: The Car Lounge   02-25-2019, 08:42 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,146
Posted By rfernatt
Yes, I've seen some of the Munro tear down videos...

Yes, I've seen some of the Munro tear down videos for the Model 3. He gushed over the battery and electronics and was critical that the body was too complex/stiff (of course that might be why it's...
Forum: smart fortwo Electric Drive   02-25-2019, 08:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 974
Posted By rfernatt
As a Tesla and Leaf owner, I second the...

As a Tesla and Leaf owner, I second the suggestion to just buy a good L2 EVSE and you can use it to charge both vehicles (that's what I do). I have a JuiceBox Pro 40 EVSE connected to a NEMA 14-50...
Forum: The Car Lounge   02-21-2019, 11:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,146
Posted By rfernatt
Yes, the Model 3 is a very unique and futuristic...

Yes, the Model 3 is a very unique and futuristic vehicle. It's not the first EV by a long shot, but I think it may be the Model T of the second electric era (first truly mass produced EV that shapes...
Forum: smart fortwo Electric Drive   02-21-2019, 11:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 977
Posted By rfernatt
As a Tesla and Leaf owner... Yep, nothing...

As a Tesla and Leaf owner...

Yep, nothing but Tesla equipment will work at a Supercharger since there is communication happening to identify the car, billing in the background, etc. I have seen...
Forum: The Car Lounge   02-05-2019, 08:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,146
Posted By rfernatt
An ironic link between my '08 smart and the Model...

An ironic link between my '08 smart and the Model 3. I waited over a year for the smart and hit a deer with it the day after I picked it up. I had never hit a deer before or since. Until now. It took...
Forum: The Car Lounge   11-02-2018, 01:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,146
Posted By rfernatt
New Model 3 finally arrived...

Hello smart folks and fellow car enthusiasts!

I've been waiting a while for this EV to arrive, but it finally showed up and I've been driving it for a week. All I can say is that this thing is a...
Forum: smart fortwo Electric Drive   08-30-2018, 06:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 437
Posted By rfernatt
Here's another plug for Drive Electric Week (pun...

Here's another plug for Drive Electric Week (pun intended)! Check out the events near you and stop by to check out the EVs, ask questions directly to owners, take a ride with willing owners, etc. I...
Forum: smart fortwo Electric Drive   03-10-2017, 10:05 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 453
Posted By rfernatt
Even if there isn't a "breakthrough" battery...

Even if there isn't a "breakthrough" battery technology that can be commercialized anytime soon, traditional Li-Ion is getting better and cheaper at a consistent rate. The Tesla gigafactory and other...
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