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  1. More Tesla Competition Sony Vision-S

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    I don't see Sony getting into auto manufacturing, but I can see them offering advanced tech and software to legacy OEMs since that is not their strong suit. Sony commercialized the original lithium ion battery so they could probably assist legacy OEMs trying to build efficient EV batteries and...
  2. Finally cold and range sucks

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    Yep, all EVs suffer in the cold. Depending on which lithium ion chemistry is used the effect can vary along with battery heating techniques. If you're traveling a distance in the cold with an EV and want a better idea of range in actual conditions, check out abetterrouteplanner.com I've used...
  3. The Tesla Model 3 Performance

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    Related to my previous post, a new software update is going out right now with some small improvements: improved auto wipers with their own neural net, more assertive auto lane changes, and various fixes. And, the lower range Mod3 cars are having their max charging rate bumped to 170kW from 120...
  4. The Tesla Model 3 Performance

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    Yeah, you don't want to line up against a performance Tesla off the line unless you are bringing something very exotic or very custom and know how to use it.
  5. The Tesla Model 3 Performance

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    And, just remember that the Tesla software is always improving. There are new features that have been delivered since this video was made. They arrive while your car sits in your garage and cost $0. The latest update added a 5% power increase and one pedal driving. It's like Christmas every time...
  6. 2018 Smart fortwo Electric Service question

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    Yeah, with that mileage and no warnings or anything odd going on, I'd be tempted to skip the initial as well!
  7. 2018 Smart fortwo Electric Service question

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    For the Nissan LEAF there was a recommended annual battery check where they would run diagnostics on the battery and provide a health report. Nissan covered the first couple of these, but then you had to pay afterward. I think it was around $100 for the LEAF. So, sounds like something similar...
  8. Look out Tesla, Ford Mustang Mach E

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    It is a strong second effort from Ford, but yet another Tesla Killer? Not really, IMO. I give it better chances at sales than the Bolt. GM should have introduced the Bolt as a Buick or Caddy small crossover with specs to back it up. They missed their chance. I'm not so crazy about sticking the...
  9. What does your state charge to register an EV above the ICE normal fees?

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    Maybe not for too much longer in PA: https://www.penncapital-star.com/blog/electric-vehicle-drivers-in-pa-would-pay-250-year-fee-under-advancing-state-house-bill/ WV charges $200. The main problem with these fees are that they are fixed. By it's nature, the fuel tax for ICE is variable...
  10. Just a thought, using our EV as a powerwall for our homes.

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    There are companies working on this (e.g., Nissan) under the banner of Vehicle-2-Grid (V2G). Nissan has shown some working examples. There are of course some technical hurdles, standardizing communication among different OEMs, etc., but one of the big issues talked about is shortening the...
  11. EV/Tesla discussion

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    Tesla "Blade Runner cybertruck" reveal scheduled for Nov 21. Should be unique. Right on schedule with the original film - November 2019.... LOL. First media reviews of China made Model 3s are very encouraging as well. The Chinese EV market is going to get very interesting. P.S. In an unnatural...
  12. EV/Tesla discussion

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    But seriously, where are you getting that figure and in what context? Tesla has been increasing vehicle production and deliveries every year. 2017 to 2018 almost quadrupled and 2018 to 2019 will nearly double. The best selling EV model in the world this year is the Tesla Model 3 starting under...
  13. EV/Tesla discussion

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    A bit more info for others: Tesla's customers are about to lose access to the already reduced federal tax incentive. Customers of other manufacturers will still have access to this tax incentive for a little longer since they haven't hit the 200K vehicle cap. GM customers will lose it next then...
  14. EV/Tesla discussion

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    There are lot easier ways to create a sham than actually designing, producing, and delivering record numbers of the safest (NHTSA), longest range, most efficient, technologically advanced EVs available and are still not beaten on those measures by any OEM 7 years after the Model S debuted, but...
  15. EV/Tesla discussion

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    After a recent upgrade, they are now charging at 150kW for existing Superchargers and 250kW for the newer V3 Superchargers. 🙂 Same over the air software update also increased the power of the Model 3 by 5% at no cost. Let's see another OEM pull that off...
  16. EV/Tesla discussion

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    It's not a problem with a Tesla and high speed charging nationwide, but I understand that's not everyone's cup of tea - no car is perfect for everyone. In my non-CARB state, I do regular 10 hour roundtrip drives without issue and I love leaving the garage with a 300 mile tankful whenever I need...
  17. Is this battery drop normal?

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    Yes, BEVs do see a drop in colder temps. There are variables such as which Li-Ion chemistry is being used and the design of the pack, but there is some impact and it is more noticeable on EVs with smaller packs. Regardless, I have a couple EVs with their energy needs offset by solar along with...
  18. Looking to an Electric car

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    In the US, that Zoe is the new LEAF which is slightly larger and even with the new 62kWh battery is not doing all that well - Nissan LEAF Sales On Downward Trend Both In Japan And U.S. Small hatches historically just don't do well in the US unless you turn them into a small CUV. Actually, I...
  19. PSA, in the market for a pre-owned ED/EQ??

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    In a bit of irony after posting in this thread, I got some weird messages on my Leaf and it would not go into gear and ended up being towed to the dealer. The dash was on, windows went up and down, etc. so the 12V was not my first guess. Dealer looked and determined that one of the cells in the...
  20. National Drive Electric Week - Cincinnati

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    I don't want to go too far down the rabbit hole, but a few comments on the T... With the Model 3 selling models under $40K, I consider that to be Accord/Camry class, so mainstream. Heck, you can spend about the same on a Leaf or Bolt. I spent close to that on my first gen Leaf. So, the cla$$...
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