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

Tesla overtakes Toyota to become world's most valuable car maker "However, Toyota sold around 30 times more cars last year and its revenues were more than 10 times higher." For the June quarter, Tesla reported deliveries of 90,700, down 5% year-over-year (vs. 95,200 in Jun-19), compared to GM down 34%, Toyota down 35%, and Fiat Chrysler down 39%. For the June quarter, Tesla reported deliveries of 90,700, down 5% year-over-year (vs. 95,200 in Jun-19), compared to GM down 34%, Toyota down 35%, and Fiat Chrysler down 39%. Yep, Tesla is still about to go broke!
Groover 07/03/20 06:41am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

I think at some point it will become a stretch to call it a car company. The growing amount of revenue coming from grid storage products, commercial and home solar and storage and of course the world wide Supercharger network differentiate Tesla from other automotive companies. Tesla sold a ton of software performance and feature enhancement updates to model 3 and y owners in the last quarter. I wonder how many software performance and feature enhancement updates Toyota sold. I’m not sure it’s a fair comparison. Completely different business model. Just sayin. D In the late 50's Ford and GM both tried to become all things to all people. I hope that Tesla learns from their mistakes. I don’t know much about car manufacturing but I think that is probably sage advice. I have mixed feelings about the plans for the model B entry level EV for the Asian market. Right now Tesla is considered a premium brand. I’m not sure it’s a good idea to jeapordize that. Leave that market to ford or GM....although they don’t seem to have much interest in it right now. I think Tesla’s entry into the truck market is a good idea. There is definetly a market for a premium high performance truck brand which is pretty much empty right now. JMHO I wasn't talking about just building cars. Both GM and Ford got into selling home appliances and radios. GM sold some motorhomes, Ford sold tractors, some campers and a lot of charcoal.
Groover 07/02/20 02:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Second quarter numbers out. Over 90,000 delivered. Pretty much every other manufacturer saw 20 to 30 percent drop in sales. Tesla saw an increase and order books are already healthy for next quarter. Although I would agree that competition is coming there is currently no real competitors out there. I think Volkswagen is the only one close in the next couple years. Not according to this article. Tesla sales got hammered in March as well Yes. The factory was closed along with many delivery centres due to COVID. No production and few deliveries. My reference is for the quarter. https://electrek.co/2020/07/02/tesla-announces-q2-deliveries-90650-electric-cars-beating-expectations/ Most car builders keep a 60 to 100 day inventory. Tesla builds most to order and has minimal inventory. Everytime there is a glitch in production for Tesla a lot of Tesla haters have a celebration that Tesla sales fell. The fact that other car makers can't sell as many as they build most of the time and end up with large inventories seems irrelevant to them.
Groover 07/02/20 02:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

I think at some point it will become a stretch to call it a car company. The growing amount of revenue coming from grid storage products, commercial and home solar and storage and of course the world wide Supercharger network differentiate Tesla from other automotive companies. Tesla sold a ton of software performance and feature enhancement updates to model 3 and y owners in the last quarter. I wonder how many software performance and feature enhancement updates Toyota sold. I’m not sure it’s a fair comparison. Completely different business model. Just sayin. D In the late 50's Ford and GM both tried to become all things to all people. I hope that Tesla learns from their mistakes.
Groover 07/02/20 08:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford's twin turbo 2.7 Eco-boost V6 (new and older versions)?

Chris, If some one had that motor in a 150, seems like power wise, should pull a 5-600 lb trailer readonably well. No, it's not going to keep up with a current day 400-500 HP TD. Should not be going 25 like some BN V8 s of you're from 70s and 80s. Marty 5-600 or 5-6000???? Chris According to my brother his does very well towing that much weight. And it should. The 2.7 Ecoboost is rated at 325hp and 400lb-ft of torque and a 10 speed. My 1991 F250 with a 460 engine was rated to pull 12,500lbs with 230hp and 390lb-ft of torque and a 4 speed. In its day it was a towing monster with the highest tow rating of any pickup that year from what I could find.
Groover 06/27/20 06:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Ford F150 Revealed

I am still looking for air suspension. At least factory level ride for the rear. I like the hybrid with generator option but hope that it doesn't take away from rated tow capacity. They mention 12k for the hybrid but the current truck can be configured for 13.2k. Now there need to work on putting max tow and max payload on the same truck so that you handle the tongue weight of the trailer.
Groover 06/26/20 07:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford's twin turbo 2.7 Eco-boost V6 (new and older versions)?

Well the deal is done for the new 2020 Edge ST with the 2.7L Eco-boost. Most of the bells and whistles. No sun roof, which is great as we did not want one. This was a service dept loaner with 1500 miles on it. List Price $44,520, we paid 35K + tax and license. Guess I will have to turn all my text to Blue!!!! That sounds like a good discount. I hope that you enjoy it! I own two vehicles with sunroofs and have been surprised at how little we use them. I probably will not pay extra for a sunroof again. Due to the extra weight and potential repair costs it may even be a negative.
Groover 06/23/20 08:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford's twin turbo 2.7 Eco-boost V6 (new and older versions)?

I know three people with the 2.7. Two older ones and a newer one. They all report great fuel economy and no problems. Ford does have a blurb in the manual about using premium "for best performance" but nobody that I know uses premium and they still love the performance. I use the cheapest fuel that I can find in both of my 3.5s with no issues and plenty of performance even while doing serious trailer pulling. A lot of modern engines can adapt to fuel octane and contain similar advice for best performance but still don't require premium. The 3.5 high perfomance found in the Raptor and Limited do require premium but they are the only ecoboost engines that do.
Groover 06/22/20 08:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Tesla wants a $68M property tax break to locate its Cybertruck gigafactory near Austin If people are giving money away I would like a few million myself. I don't see why some people act like the recipient has committed a crime, it is the giver that you should question. Also, it seems like we flip flop back and forth as to whether Tesla is going broke or make incredible riches. Either way, it is still good business to make the most of any investment. I think that the most valuable concession they could get from Texas would simply be permission to sell their product in the state.
Groover 06/22/20 05:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: towing ability of the f-150 3.5L

I pull close to 12K with mine and am never short for power. Traction sometimes, but not power. And that is using the cheapest gas that I can find. The 4wd auto setting that comes with Lariet and above comes in handy for the traction issues. I bought mine with load range C tires and max tow package. I have added 2K airbags and Rancho 9000 shocks. I made sure that the load distributing hitch is set up properly and that the trailer brakes work well and it tows solidly.
Groover 06/19/20 06:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Here are some interesting thoughts from Germany on why many people like Tesla software better any other. Peter Mertens, Former Head of Audi R&D
Groover 06/15/20 04:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford delays Electric F150 to mid 2022

I saw somewhere that Ford could only produce 50,000 Mach E's the first year due to battery constraints. I am sure that the truck will need many more.
Groover 06/11/20 07:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Not an American but ... yah. I think Shiners issue is primarily with the US Goverment and the US defence department. He seems passionate about his stance but would be better served bringing his point to political forums as opposed to venting on contractors doing what they are paid to do. Nope. My issue is with the alarmist hypocrites who say they are for the environment pointing out others in their use of coal or rolling coal diesels when it suits then yet turn around and get excited a company that wants to launch a rolling coal diesel burning rocket just to take people to space for pleasure. As I keep saying(yet you guys seem to keep ignoring) I have no issue with SpaceX or any other company blasting rockets into the air even rolling coal diesel rockets because I don't believe we are in as bad shape as the alarmist claim. I do have a problem with the hypocrites who are celebrating it while chastising others for not doing their part(like buying EV's) to to save the environment. Many EV guys like to point out ICE carbon footprint in their debates about which one is better yet ignore the carbon footprint of launching rockets into the air especially when it is for something that is not needed like taking people to space just because they have the money to go. So as I said before, if you are celebrating this then I don't want to here a word about my or any other ICE owner's carbon footprint or which one is dirtier in your debate because you obviously don't care about it when it is for something you like. I agree with you on most issues but you are not putting your best foot forward on this one. From what I was able to find out the Falcon 9 consumes about 211 barrels of oil per launch. At 25 launches per year (a figure they have yet to reach) that is 5287 barrels per year. The US consumes about 20 million barrels PER DAY. The amount consumed by SpaceX is just a drop in the bucket, maybe less. Plus, they aren't rolling coal, the fuel is mixed at the proper ratio. And whatever smoke they create is kept well away from people. People rolling coal create smoke on purpose then aim it at people for the sole purpose of being obnoxious. If you really want to clean the air by burning hydrogen you would accomplish far more by converting semis and trains over. They can much better afford the weight and bulk of the tanks required. I would like to see the rockets cleaned up but they are already much cleaner than the shuttle was(when the solid fuel boosters are considered) and Elon is saving the government enough money with every launch to pay for a new F35.
Groover 06/03/20 08:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

I did not start the SpaceX topic in this thread. I just inputted my own opinion into the debate after it was already started. In fact, a few of you even celebrated SpaceX launching a rocket before I even made my first post about it.There was no debate. Just proud Americans congratulating SpaceX for successfully getting USA people back in space from our own soil with our own rocket. If this makes a sad day for you I am sorry. I have nothing to cheer you up. Myself I am filled with pride that Americans can still get this done. If my small and insignificant reduction in burning gasoline contributes toward this success then I am even happier. BTW I have never driven a Tesla. As a taxpayer I am happy that SpaceX is offering much better value that the previous vendors and that the money is staying in the US instead of going to Russia.
Groover 06/03/20 06:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone order a new Ford 7.3 gas?

I have an appointment at the Ford Dealership to check out my 2003 Ford F250 V10 with 124K one owner miles. It has been a great truck. Just have to find out why it dies for no reason. Supposedly they have a Tech with 34 yrs experience. For $60 hopefully he can tell me what's wrong. If I cannot get my V10 repaired I will buy the 2020 XLT with the 6.2L for $40K out the door. Nearly everyone I talk to think my problem is the fuel pump which will cost $800 plus You can take the bolts out of the bed and lift the bed for complete access to the fuel pump without dropping the tank. My old 2000 V-10 still runs good at 206,000 miles but thinking about a new 7.3 gas truck. The 6.2 is actually a more advanced engine then the 7.3 The 6.2 is more advanced in that it is an overhead cam. However, the 7.3 has some improvements in the combustion chamber for more efficient swirling leading to better fuel mixing and improved efficiency. It is also designed for use in medium duty trucks as a diesel alternative and is extremely robust. It was also designed to fit into the E450 leading to getting away from the overhead cam. At the rpms expected in these applications there is little benefit from an overhead cam anyway, just extra expense and bulk.
Groover 05/25/20 08:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: Airbags?

last set of firestones I installed came with a "T" for plumbing both bags into one air up fitting which i installed adjacent to the rear license plate. I see no need to have them filled separately and don't subscribe to that urban legend of the air transferring from one side to the other when cornering. Two decades, two F250's, nary a problem. I believe that the air transferring is real but whether that is good or bad depends on the application. If you have a high CG load like a fifth wheel camper or slide-in and need stability you don't want the air moving. Likewise if you need to level the truck side to side, like if you parked on of those rigs on a side slope and need to level the truck. On the other hand, if you don't need lateral stability having them separate will make your ride rougher, increase lateral pitching on bumps and can cause traction issues on uneven ground.
Groover 05/19/20 07:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Ram 2500 CTD owners

You would be looking at only a 9% increase going to the lower gear ratio, barely noticeable. As ShinerBock said, just lock out 6th gear when towing unless you have some other reasons for changing the gears. That way the engine will turn a more reasonable speed when not towing too. And don't forget that tire size affects rpm as well. Newer trucks seem to be trending towards larger tires so they need the lower gears to get the same power to the ground at any given speed.
Groover 05/18/20 10:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: Anybody ever buy a truck with a salvage title?

I have had a salvage vehicle for 8 years. We have driven it 80,000 miles and still haven't found any evidence of the damage that led to the salvage title. The only problem has been that financing was harder to get but the discount was substantial so we just paid cash. No regrets so far.
Groover 05/18/20 06:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Am getting old...90% efficiency for touch-less charging ?!? Wonder how they solved the flux field build up and gap losses? Now added to my research reading list I don’t know Ben but I see this as more of a useful technology for delivery trucks, police cars, ambulances etc. For the average person in a garage at home I don’t see this gaining traction. Mostly because I’m sure the equipment and installation will have an expense. Whereas using the EVSE that comes with the car is free. Maybe some additional expense for a 240 outlet in the garage if one needs faster charging than a 120 connection can provide. Jmho Groover. I think you encapsulated your reply in your quote from me. It would be clearer if you would shift your remarks outside of my reply. Cheers My bad. You are absolutely correct and that is not what I meant to do. Like most new tech I expect it to start out fairly high but come down with age. I would like to have it at home (if I had an electric car). Also, the 90% efficiency number is a baseline from several years ago. The new numbers are: "the passenger prototype has already been scaled up to 120-kW at 97 percent efficiency over a six-inch gap". For most cars the six-inch gap means that the charger could be flush with the pavement. 120Kw is a bit overkill for home use too, 12Kw is about all that most home power supplies will be able to manage so that should bring down the cost and heat quite a bit. That would still charge any car out there overnight.
Groover 05/06/20 11:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Am getting old...90% efficiency for touch-less charging ?!? Wonder how they solved the flux field build up and gap losses? Now added to my research reading list I don’t know Ben but I see this as more of a useful technology for delivery trucks, police cars, ambulances etc. For the average person in a garage at home I don’t see this gaining traction. Mostly because I’m sure the equipment and installation will have an expense. Whereas using the EVSE that comes with the car is free. Maybe some additional expense for a 240 outlet in the garage if one needs faster charging than a 120 connection can provide. Like most new tech I expect it to start out fairly high but come down with age. I would like to have it at home (if I had an electric car). Also, the 90% efficiency number is a baseline from several years ago. The new numbers are: "the passenger prototype has already been scaled up to 120-kW at 97 percent efficiency over a six-inch gap". For most cars the six-inch gap means that the charger could be flush with the pavement. Jmho
Groover 05/05/20 01:28pm Tow Vehicles
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