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RE: Is the EV transformation of the market over hyped ?

A new range record. 2,781km (1,728mi) in 24 hours in a Tesla Model 3 Long Range AWD ??? link to story. What highway did they manage 70+ mph including charge time. Germany. Autobahns. Much of the time they were at 170 kmh (105 miles) per hour but the average was just over 110 kph (70 mph). The story kind of emphasizes what most of us driving EV’s know. Charge while you are eating lunch, walking the dog, pee break etc. No time lost to charging. V3 Superchargers are a game changer though. Quick. https://electrek.co/2019/07/05/tesla-youtuber-breaks-24-hour-electric-car-distance-record/ He drove at about 105mph and roughly doubled the amount of energy needed. 1740 miles at 105 mph means about 17 hours driving and about 7 hours recharging. Driving at normal speeds would have extended his range on the initial charge and halved the amount of time for additional juice beyond that, reducing his stopped time down to less than 3 hours. Probably more like 2 1/2. Driving 1740 miles would be at least two full days for me, allowing at least one, if not two overnight charges. So actual time spent waiting for a charge would be maybe and hour and a half. Not unreasonable at all. And that was with currently available technology. I realize that these charging stations are not readily well distributed yet but the tech is here now and just needs to be replicated. Charge rates are limited in proportion to battery size and trucks will have bigger batteries so with the right chargers should be able to achieve similar results. And with gas station/restaurant combos becoming common on highways you could do that charging while stopped for food.
Groover 07/06/19 08:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: 3.5 Ecoboost Feels Like a V6

Interesting that I had the exact opposite experience. I sold my 2015 ecoboost expedition and bought a 2019 f250 6.2. Both had 3.73 and same size tire. Pulling the same trailer (7500 gvw) I felt the ecoboost preformed as well as the 6.2. Now the f250 was way more stable and felt much safer. But power wise, I was a bit disappointed. Expedition got better mpg solos and about the same (10) pulling trailer The 6.2 seems to have a stellar reputation for reliability durability but when it was offered in the F150 it returned 3 mpg less than the Ecoboost and lower performance, even though the 6.2 is rated for more hp. So your experience was what the test data would predict. It will be interesting to see how the 7.3 stacks up against the 6.2. I've got a 6.2 and like it but I believe the 7.3 is going to get better fuel mileage and pull better. How much is hard to say. Some say it will have one or the other but not both. I'm anxious to see what it will do. If I ever buy one it won't be in the next few years. Ford is building up expectations about its efficiency and power. A more efficient engine could do both IF it is driven in similar fashion as the less efficient engine. On the other hand, if users get too much pleasure from the extra power then fuel burn very well could go up.
Groover 07/05/19 06:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: 3.5 Ecoboost Feels Like a V6

Interesting that I had the exact opposite experience. I sold my 2015 ecoboost expedition and bought a 2019 f250 6.2. Both had 3.73 and same size tire. Pulling the same trailer (7500 gvw) I felt the ecoboost preformed as well as the 6.2. Now the f250 was way more stable and felt much safer. But power wise, I was a bit disappointed. Expedition got better mpg solos and about the same (10) pulling trailer The 6.2 seems to have a stellar reputation for reliability durability but when it was offered in the F150 it returned 3 mpg less than the Ecoboost and lower performance, even though the 6.2 is rated for more hp. So your experience was what the test data would predict. It will be interesting to see how the 7.3 stacks up against the 6.2.
Groover 07/04/19 10:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 GMC

And this truck will still be a better truck than the first new one I had in 81! or 86, 88, 89, 89, 92, 96, 2000, 2005......... ANy other questions regarding this truck? Marty I hope that you just needed a lot of trucks if you bought new ones in 88, 89, and 89.
Groover 07/04/19 12:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 GMC

I was just looking at the 2019 Ford towing guide and thought that it is interesting that the F450 is listed as being the lowest and the duallys are lower than the single rear wheel versions: Model F-150 F-250 F-350 SRW F-350 DRW F-450 DRW Max. Tailgate Height** 58.3 inches 59.8 inches 59.6 inches 58.7 inches 58.0 inches **Distance from ground to top of closed tailgate.
Groover 07/02/19 10:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Replacing Tires on my GMC

I too am curious about why the original tires wore so quickly. Some of the best tires that I have owned were Firestone and I generally got well over 50,000 on a set.
Groover 07/02/19 09:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 GMC

Well maybe the truck builders are finally listening to the RV crowd for a change: Just got a brochure on the 2020 GMC HD trucks. 1. They have finally made the bed rails lower 2. They have a bed camera to see your 5th wheel hitch. 3. 10 speed Allison 4. All types of options for camera views with trailer I know, it all costs money but at least it is avaliable. I may be in the market for a new one. I read somewhere that Ford is lowering their dually too. Maybe it is a new trend. With the number of trucks sold to pull fifth wheel trailers I am surprised that they haven't developed a special bed with the rails just over the wheel humps so that the front of the trailer can be lower. Yes. I was happy to see that they lowered the bed rails too, until I looked over the specs. They only came down .100" from the previous model.
Groover 07/02/19 02:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 GMC

Gooseneck hitch behind rear axle centerline. How stupid. Yeah it must be waaaay back there to only be rated to tow 35k! Lofl. Some people would bitsch and complain if you hit em upside the head with a bag of money.... Industry standard has been in front of axle for ever. Dumb to unload front axle. The effect of loading/unloading the front axle varies with how far you are from the axle. We are talking 3 or 4 inches here vs maybe 50 or more with a bumper pull and most new trucks are rated to carry some astonishing weights on the bumper. You probably won't notice the small change here. However, with the trend towards short bed pickups smacking the back of the cab has become a real issue. A few inches backwards will make a huge difference on that. I hope that doesn't sound too much like a certain politician.
Groover 07/02/19 02:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What Fuel Do You Use in Your EcoBoost?

I asked the same question a little while back: 3.5 Ecoboost fuel I am running a 2016 model with max trailer tow package at rated capacity and have plenty of power. I have thought about running a test with premium just to see what the difference is but I am a cheapskate and when I see that $0.60 to $0.80/gal difference I say to heck with it, I really don't need to be driving any faster with that much weight behind me anyway.
Groover 07/02/19 08:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: 3.5 Ecoboost Feels Like a V6

Those who are saying there is some kind of replacement for displacement, how does your tiny turbo engine do at low boost levels? And what rpm is needed to make 300 lb ft at low boost levels? I don't concern myself with boost level. Why would I want to? I press the go pedal and it goes. That is all that matters. I have not noticed any turbo lag. It just goes. It does not lag like the diesels that I have driven.
Groover 07/01/19 08:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: 3.5 Ecoboost Feels Like a V6

My philosophy is.... There is no replacement for displacement. Don't own a weenie motor and don't want one. Little motors are for poser trucks. My 3.5 EcoBoost will run circles around either the 7.5 V8 or the V10 that I had in the past and give much better fuel economy while doing it.
Groover 07/01/19 04:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: Got some more real weights today

As a general rule the GVWR for bumper pull trailers is the sum of what the axles are rated for. As you commented you should have 10 to 15% on the tongue and in reality as long as your axles and hitch are not overloaded you are fine. I just ordered a commercial trailer with two 7K axles and the standard rating for it predictably is 14K. However, I was talking with a factory engineer and he volunteered that on request they would rate it as high as 16.4K at no charge except for a sturdier hitch because of the amount on the tongue.
Groover 06/30/19 03:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is the EV transformation of the market over hyped ?

Jaguar uses the waste heat for cabin. I see this a more of an evolution than a revolution. Primarily city people will have a higher take on EVs in the beginning. Long distance travel will be a bit of an adventure for quite some time. Most charging will be at home and long distance travel will still be by jet airplane. I see the market rising to 20%/50% in the next 10 years. May never reach 90% EVs depending on battery technology. Yes a bit over hyped for now. Pretty much if you don't have access to SuperChargers you don't go far from home. And you still have to get a Tesla to access SuperChargers. Tesla has offered to share their network with anyone else willing to help bear the cost but no-one else has stepped up so far. I think that is going to be the biggest impediment to EV sales.
Groover 06/29/19 02:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is the EV transformation of the market over hyped ?

I lived in Regina and i doubt a current ev would be able to go anywhere in the winter as all the juice would be used to run th heater non-stop. Most of the mainstream ones would be fine for trips up to about 200 km in winter. If you need more range that that stick with an ICE vehicle. Great commuter vehicles in winter though. If all you have to do is something like a 150km commute even in winter EV’s rule over ICE from the convenience point of view. Think you guys get colder winters than us though. Do your research. For us we much prefer our EV’s over gassers in the winter but different people have different needs. People in Norway seem to like them. Hopefully few Americans have colder winters than Norway. Norway zero emissions sales As in virtually all aspects of EV's Tesla seems to have the best tech for cold weather. Don't forget that if you charge at home you can program your car to be warm before you leave and electric cars do still have enough waste heat to keep the cabin warm.Yeah, what distances are those Norwegians driving? That's a pretty darned small country. Smaller than California, with probably a lot less highways. Uh yeah, even Kansas has nearly twice the miles of highway as Norway. So let's face it: you just can't drive very darned far in Norway, so range is pretty immaterial. They are selling pretty well in Canada too and their is lots of room to roam there along with some very cold weather. The Model 3 outsold the Camry and Accord in 2018. Canada Model 3 sales 2018
Groover 06/29/19 02:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is the EV transformation of the market over hyped ?

I lived in Regina and i doubt a current ev would be able to go anywhere in the winter as all the juice would be used to run th heater non-stop. Most of the mainstream ones would be fine for trips up to about 200 km in winter. If you need more range that that stick with an ICE vehicle. Great commuter vehicles in winter though. If all you have to do is something like a 150km commute even in winter EV’s rule over ICE from the convenience point of view. Think you guys get colder winters than us though. Do your research. For us we much prefer our EV’s over gassers in the winter but different people have different needs. People in Norway seem to like them. Hopefully few Americans have colder winters than Norway. Norway zero emissions sales As in virtually all aspects of EV's Tesla seems to have the best tech for cold weather. Don't forget that if you charge at home you can program your car to be warm before you leave and electric cars do still have enough waste heat to keep the cabin warm. Our EV,s don’t use waste heat so I can’t speak to that but I have heard some do. Don’t know how that works. One of our EV’s has a heat pump which is pretty effective till about minus 5 C. Then the resistance heater kicks in. I use to program my car for preheat but with my changing schedule it was a pain. Now I just hit preheat on the smart phone app about 5 minutes before I go. Heats up pretty quick. Small cabin. Big heater. Huge improvement over the Grand Cherokee. But our winters are mild and it seldom gets below minus 15 c here. If I was in Lessmores situation I would be driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee. Right tool for the right job. My son tells me that his Model 3 was water cooled batteries and relies on waste heat for the cabin, at least as long as you are moving at a decent rate. That heat can be supplemented by strips as needed. He also says that Tesla is the only company that uses waste heat. Back during the winter he did a 4 hour drive in 20F weather and only lost about 10% range. His Leaf loses about 30% in the same weather.
Groover 06/29/19 01:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is the EV transformation of the market over hyped ?

I lived in Regina and i doubt a current ev would be able to go anywhere in the winter as all the juice would be used to run th heater non-stop. Most of the mainstream ones would be fine for trips up to about 200 km in winter. If you need more range that that stick with an ICE vehicle. Great commuter vehicles in winter though. If all you have to do is something like a 150km commute even in winter EV’s rule over ICE from the convenience point of view. Think you guys get colder winters than us though. Do your research. For us we much prefer our EV’s over gassers in the winter but different people have different needs. People in Norway seem to like them. Hopefully few Americans have colder winters than Norway. Norway zero emissions sales As in virtually all aspects of EV's Tesla seems to have the best tech for cold weather. Don't forget that if you charge at home you can program your car to be warm before you leave and electric cars do still have enough waste heat to keep the cabin warm.
Groover 06/29/19 12:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is the EV transformation of the market over hyped ?

My son has a Model 3, a Nissan Leaf and electric yard equipment. He used to fly RC helicopters competitively and we witnessed the transition from liquid fuel to batteries in the area. He does not expect to ever buy another ICE. I have an assortment of battery powered tools, including a string trimmer and a chainsaw but haven't gone in whole hog as he has. He drives the Model 3 on the job covering a 3 state area and is very happy with it. Between the large battery, the Supercharger network and being able to charge at home and some motels he never feels constrained. On the other hand, the Leaf barely gets his wife to work and back every day. Charging it away from home is a nightmare. Still, very low maintenance is a huge plus for the battery powered vehicles. I am not ready yet to go all electric. I have kept my old liquid fuel powered chainsaws and string trimmers for tougher jobs and will consider hybrids for my next vehicles. The point here is that battery powered devices are gaining traction and growing market share rapidly. Do batteries work in some applications? Absolutely and they are getting better every day. Are we ready for 100% battery power? Not in my book but 10 years from now I expect them to way outsell ICE engines with ICE engines filling some niche markets, marine and aviation. Meanwhile, a lot of work has to done to supply all that electricity, lower the cost and build thousands of charging stations. So to answer the question, I think that it is happening now and picking up speed rapidly. Just think about the explosion in battery powered hand tools in the past 25 years. Cars are where hand tools were 20 years ago. But, I do expect to see ICE engines hanging around for quite a few more years, at least in some applications. Just like hand tools.
Groover 06/29/19 09:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM Colorado bent frame towing 2,100 lbs

I am going to take issue with that. Many companies have gone bankrupt and emerged stronger than before. I believe that the goal of the government bailout was simply to preserve to union voter base at the expense of the shareholders (many of which were retirees) and that it will probably lead to the same situation re-occurring. To reply to this would be political, but if you looked at history you might find "preserve to union voter base" and "expense shareholders" pretty much out of character for your statement... Over years I have seen many pickups bent like in the OP. Small pickups pulling welders or air compressor on single axle, no brake chassis. I was referring to "They should have been allowed to fail." followed by "Yeah, and your reasoning would make for massive unemployment. Brilliant!" My point is that the " massive unemployment" issue is debatable but I recognize that the truth will never be known on that.
Groover 06/27/19 09:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford has an answer to the Power Wagon

Besides being 14 years too late, big tires and an inch of lift do not a Power Wagon make. Without the lockers and integrated winch, this is not a competitor to the Power Wagon, Rubicon, or TRD Toyotas. Anyone who has used a vehicle off road with lockers would immediately recognize that this feature alone is way more important than a slight amount of ground clearance and tires. I really wish selectable lockers were available on all pickup trucks. Given the state of the technology, it's very strange to me that they are not offered. The Tremor does come with a locking rear and limited slip up front. Is the Power Wagon's rear better in some way? The Power Wagon does have some cool stuff for serious off roading but in that 14 years I have only seen about two of them. Unless they are selling much better in other parts of the country Ford isn't missing out on much of the market. And the Raptor is a serious competitor for pure off road use which is about the only good use for a Power Wagon with its soft suspension. As I said, the Tremor might be good balance some people, probably those that work off road. But it still needs a winch.
Groover 06/27/19 09:38am Tow Vehicles
Ford has an answer to the Power Wagon

Not quite the off-road vehicle but more truckness. It could be a good balance for a lot of people. It does need a winch.2020 Ford Tremor
Groover 06/27/19 07:31am Tow Vehicles
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