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RE: Chevy, Ford... going into electric trucks.

I think population density and the MUCH higher cost of fuel makes Europe a better place to launch. For example: US $ and US Gallon Paris $5.54 London UK $5.79 Frankfurt $5.57 Yah that’s for sure Don. We travel a lot of miles by rental cars in Europe in a bunch of different countries. It’s pricey. A lot of fun though...and hard on the waste line. :) There should have been more wine than the servings of those tasty food for that fat dissolving true Mediterranean diet. Lol. Ain’t that a fact. We kind of go with the flow. More beer up north in Holland and Germany etc and lean towards the wine and such further south. We are amateur historians and follow history lines as guides for some of our trips. We even get down into North Africa a bit. Mostly Morocco. I’m a Polyglot and work hard at always improving. Such an advantage when dealing with other cultures and trying to assimilate into them even a little. It is an amazing world and there is so much to see and learn.
Reisender 09/21/19 07:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy, Ford... going into electric trucks.

I think population density and the MUCH higher cost of fuel makes Europe a better place to launch. For example: US $ and US Gallon Paris $5.54 London UK $5.79 Frankfurt $5.57 Yah that’s for sure Don. We travel a lot of miles by rental cars in Europe in a bunch of different countries. It’s pricey. A lot of fun though...and hard on the waste line. :)
Reisender 09/21/19 12:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy, Ford... going into electric trucks.

Here is an interesting tidbit. Ford Transit BEV. https://insideevs.com/news/343761/2021-ford-transit-electric-van-everything-we-know/Amazon just ordered 100,000 of these..... from Rivian I wonder why the launch is in Europe (Amsterdam). Probably a few reasons. EV Infrastructure is much more modern and built out in general in europe. The netherlands is kind of the new and up and coming Norway for EV's in europe. The Tesla model 3 is literally the number one selling car there. Not electric car, but any car. Demand is much higher than supply right now. Distances are shorter so a shorter range vehicle is a good fit. Vehicle emission standards are almost exclusive of any gas or diesel burning vehicle in some cities now. If you are a politician and you are not a hard a$$ on city air quality and pollution you don't have a chance. We have a lot of family there and it has really become a hot topic in the last 5 years. That and they want their vehicles to be as quiet as a bike. Kinda cool.
Reisender 09/21/19 09:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

And what is Elon's infatuation with Space Balls the movie? I wonder if the semi will have the Schwartz powertrain option if it is ever released.Pretty sure Semi is going with Mad Max Not sure if this is a joke. But I think he actually did make that reference but to the pickup. Or was it another Mad Max type movie? He must like his cult movies. Not sure but think he mentioned a blade runner style pickup. I’m not sure what that means as I haven’t seen the movie.
Reisender 09/20/19 05:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Wonder what broke ? Guessing either or both drive train or battery (duty cycle that Tusk doesn't get) A better test would be the old 24 hour Le Mans that requires both at the edge everything and duty cycle https://leftlanenews.com/tesla/tesla-model-s-breaks-down-at-nurburgring/ Something locked up tight if they had to crane the thing aboard the flatbed. You can see the cheater spoiler and ultra cheater tires if you look at them. What a joke. The ring with a car is childs play comparing it to a Semi under working conditions. An electric Semi is going to be 10+ times harder to make reliable than a toy car in the ring. I did think it was pretty funny when the Porsche lapped it real slowly. :B :B :B. I would have stopped and asked the Tesla shoe if he wanted any Gray Poupon and then did a burn out as I took off! LOL Here is the Tesla Semi of your future people. :B BTW Ben, about 5 more top dogs have quit Tesla within the last 4 months or so. There is nobody left and the ship is adrift. Tesla just needs a bigger turbo. Porsche already figured that out. :B Twitter must be on fire right now. In other news. https://www.autoevolution.com/news/2021-porsche-911-gt3-prototype-breaks-down-on-nurburgring-spied-up-close-135717.html
Reisender 09/20/19 04:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy, Ford... going into electric trucks.

Tow vehicles is an appropriate place for this discussion. Some provinces and states are out lawing non zero emmission vehicles as early as 2040. People will want to be informed about what they are buying and forums like this play a role. No different than discussing the current trucks out there. Not everybody on this forum is 70 and not everybody wants to buy a vehicle fueled by gas or diesel. Seems to me there are big differences between being told on a forum that Provinces and States "are" out lawing non zero emission vehicles, and actually out lawing them. I hear Fantasy Island may be out lawing them 1st? https://i.imgur.com/ADwWgVOl.jpg Can’t speak for other places but I believe Quebec’s law passed last year and BC’s passed last month. More common in Europe it seems and as early as 2035 in some countries. No idea in the USA. I don’t follow it. Most countries are divided up into provinces or states. There are a couple of other terms but don’t translate well. Even the word “state” doesn’t translate well in some languages as it can have a national connotation. It helps to be multilingual for some google searches.
Reisender 09/19/19 03:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy, Ford... going into electric trucks.

Tow vehicles is an appropriate place for this discussion. Some provinces and states are out lawing non zero emmission vehicles as early as 2040. People will want to be informed about what they are buying and forums like this play a role. No different than discussing the current trucks out there. Not everybody on this forum is 70 and not everybody wants to buy a vehicle fueled by gas or diesel.
Reisender 09/19/19 01:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy, Ford... going into electric trucks.

I’ve read a couple interesting articles on workplace charging. Utilities are promoting it in areas with reasonable solar output. A covered solar parking area can provide all the power needed for the average daily commute. BC hydro has a good write up on their website re total increase in grid load. If every personal vehicle in BC was to miraculously become electtic overnight the total increased grid load would be 19 percent. This is a hydro rich province. Pretty much all our power comes from hydro here and capacity continues to grow. There is some solar growth here but not lots.
Reisender 09/18/19 05:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy, Ford... going into electric trucks.

Outdoor charging is actually common. But would I want to do it every other day versus filling up in 5 minutes on my way to work? No. Especially if I lived in a common suburb home like my friend does where most people park on the street. I would hate to have to run an extension cord out there all the time versus filling up with fuel once or twice a week for 5-10 minutes. If I had to fill up twice a week, then I would probably rather plug in. It’s true. It’s a very personal thing. And not everyone lives in a place where it is easy to charge at home. But for us the three seconds to hook up and unhook, two or three times a week is worth not having to waste 10 minutes at a gas station. But you mentioned picking up a coffee. That brings up an interesting point. Best muffins we have ever had are from a particular gas station. From time to time (more often than my wife knows) I still stop there to pick one up. Old habits. LOL. But I doubt the gas/diesel car industry will ever get anyone who has grown up in an EV home to switch to a fuel that is four to eight times as expensive and not delivered to your home and dispensed to your “tank”. Not to mention the loud, stinky, crappy performance and high maintenance that goes with a gas or diesel vehicle. Shiner I’m not trying to trivialize your vehicles or fueling experiences. For some it’s even a social experience and there is nothing wrong with that. But (I think) the next generation is going to have a hard time finding the attraction. JMHO
Reisender 09/18/19 04:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy, Ford... going into electric trucks.

Currently gas stations don’t provide diesel or gas either. At least with an EV you can pay the fee, plug in your EVSE and the next day when you get up you are ready to go. Plus during your stay you don’t have to look for gas while you are enjoying the area. Charge at night at the campsite. Probably a good revenue stream for camp grounds willling to put in the extra 50 amp connection on the site.There's your problem. Around here virtually every gas station I go to typically has gas and most also have diesel. Now if they also carry beer and lottery that is the wild card here. :BGod I’m a moron. I meant campgrounds. My apologies for the confusion. I’ll see if I can correct the original. On edit. Done. Woohoo.And here I thought you meant petrol stations do not make house calls. Electricity does. ;) I didn’t. But that is correct. It’s one of the things gas and diesel car makers will have to get worked out if they want to compete with EV’s. Those driving gassers won’t realize what they are missing as that’s all they have ever known. But someone growing up in an EV household will never go to.vehicle where fuel is not delivered to the house and the car “filled up” overnight.
Reisender 09/18/19 02:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy, Ford... going into electric trucks.

Currently gas stations don’t provide diesel or gas either. At least with an EV you can pay the fee, plug in your EVSE and the next day when you get up you are ready to go. Plus during your stay you don’t have to look for gas while you are enjoying the area. Charge at night at the campsite. Probably a good revenue stream for camp grounds willling to put in the extra 50 amp connection on the site. There's your problem. Around here virtually every gas station I go to typically has gas and most also have diesel. Now if they also carry beer and lottery that is the wild card here. :B God I’m a moron. I meant campgrounds. My apologies for the confusion. I’ll see if I can correct the original. On edit. Done. Woohoo.
Reisender 09/18/19 01:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy, Ford... going into electric trucks.

None of the battery swap pilot trials evolved into anything. The charge times are quite reasonable now and most just time them to breaks or lunch. You can’t walk away from a gas pump when you are fueling but with an EV car you can just wander off and have lunch. The car sends you an email when it’s full or you can just track it on your app. Herein lies the challenge with EV trucks. The batteries will be quite big and the average charge times probably closer to an hour vice 20 minutes. That would probably be fine for me as that’s not much longer than a standard lunch break for us. Probably too long for some though. Then again. 95 percent of the time people will charge their trucks at home just like their cars. And at a small fraction of the cost. But... but... the Mr Magoo's are saying campgrounds will not provide the circuitry for EV charging in-site? LOL If those are the challenges, then I'm directionally going for EV for tow-truck replacement. Hm, no pocket-busting fill ups. Currently camp grounds don’t provide diesel or gas either. At least with an EV you can pay the fee, plug in your EVSE and the next day when you get up you are ready to go. Plus during your stay you don’t have to look for gas while you are enjoying the area. Charge at night at the campsite. Probably a good revenue stream for camp grounds willling to put in the extra 50 amp connection on the site.
Reisender 09/18/19 07:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy, Ford... going into electric trucks.

I honestly would not plan a trip where more than one charging stop en-route was necessary for all the reasons mentioned. I think they could have done better to charge to full 100% at every stop but again that takes even more time. Probably 300 miles per day is a practical limit when towing. Even then you need a smaller and low profile trailer. With any luck the Tesla/Ford/Chevy trucks will have 500+ mile range so that 200 towing will be possible. Probably not the first batch. One of things I wonder about is charging time with a higher capacity battery array. Will there now be 3 hour recharge times rather than 1.5 hours if I can double my range? At the start of a charge cycle you can dump in amperage much quicker than when at the top off stage, so I know this is not a linear time to capacity line but at some point you will be hitting the limits of what the charger can supply and the maximum input charge amperage the battery chemistry can absorb. Something I have wondered about as well. One of our EV’s has a 30 KWH battery. It is limited to 50 KW charging speeds. But because it’s rather small I don’t remember ever spending longer at a fast charger than 20 minutes. Now fast forward to a 1/2 ton EV pickup with say 150 KWh battery. If it’s a Tesla it will be able to charge at V3 Superchargers with 250 Kw limits and V2 speeds of 150 kw . Non Tesla’s will have CCS stations with theoretical 350 kw limits but there are presently very few of those in the wild. The vast majority are 50 kw or 100 kw units although apparently there are more and more 200 kw units being installed. For what it’s worth. In our immediate vicinity, say 75 km, there are a half dozen new stations in the last couple months. With the exception of one they are all 200 kw cabinets but software limited to 100 kw. The one exception is a couple of 25 KW stations in a fairly remote area that are serviced by a single phase line. That would be a slow charge on a big battery. We have charged there but only long enough to walk the chihuahua and go for a pee. Maybe 10 minutes. It will be interesting to see the first reports on real world charge times with these trucks and their larger batteries. Range when towing and re-charging turn around will be an issue for Tesla, Ford, GM, etc. trucks. My benchmark will be my ICE tow vehicles whose MPG drops by 50% when towing my RV less on steep canyons and strong head winds. If EV truck nameplate range of 500 miles and drops to 300 with a tow, this is still better than my ICE truck as the range drops just by 33%. I time my refuelling stops for lunch and my total turn around time is 45 minutes to an hour. Again, my benchmark for EV truck recharging. I read somewhere a 10-minutes battery swap for a fee of $50 to quicken recharging turn-around. Never heard update on this since. None of the battery swap pilot trials evolved into anything. The charge times are quite reasonable now and most just time them to breaks or lunch. You can’t walk away from a gas pump when you are fueling but with an EV car you can just wander off and have lunch. The car sends you an email when it’s full or you can just track it on your app. Herein lies the challenge with EV trucks. The batteries will be quite big and the average charge times probably closer to an hour vice 20 minutes. That would probably be fine for me as that’s not much longer than a standard lunch break for us. Probably too long for some though. Then again. 95 percent of the time people will charge their trucks at home just like their cars. And at a small fraction of the cost.
Reisender 09/18/19 07:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy, Ford... going into electric trucks.

I honestly would not plan a trip where more than one charging stop en-route was necessary for all the reasons mentioned. I think they could have done better to charge to full 100% at every stop but again that takes even more time. Probably 300 miles per day is a practical limit when towing. Even then you need a smaller and low profile trailer. With any luck the Tesla/Ford/Chevy trucks will have 500+ mile range so that 200 towing will be possible. Probably not the first batch. One of things I wonder about is charging time with a higher capacity battery array. Will there now be 3 hour recharge times rather than 1.5 hours if I can double my range? At the start of a charge cycle you can dump in amperage much quicker than when at the top off stage, so I know this is not a linear time to capacity line but at some point you will be hitting the limits of what the charger can supply and the maximum input charge amperage the battery chemistry can absorb. Something I have wondered about as well. One of our EV’s has a 30 KWH battery. It is limited to 50 KW charging speeds. But because it’s rather small I don’t remember ever spending longer at a fast charger than 20 minutes. Now fast forward to a 1/2 ton EV pickup with say 150 KWh battery. If it’s a Tesla it will be able to charge at V3 Superchargers with 250 Kw limits and V2 speeds of 150 kw . Non Tesla’s will have CCS stations with theoretical 350 kw limits but there are presently very few of those in the wild. The vast majority are 50 kw or 100 kw units although apparently there are more and more 200 kw units being installed. For what it’s worth. In our immediate vicinity, say 75 km, there are a half dozen new stations in the last couple months. With the exception of one they are all 200 kw cabinets but software limited to 100 kw. The one exception is a couple of 25 KW stations in a fairly remote area that are serviced by a single phase line. That would be a slow charge on a big battery. We have charged there but only long enough to walk the chihuahua and go for a pee. Maybe 10 minutes. It will be interesting to see the first reports on real world charge times with these trucks and their larger batteries.
Reisender 09/17/19 03:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy, Ford... going into electric trucks.

Most of the model X’s we see towing around here are boats and pop ups. Mostly week end campers. I’ve talked to a few. They seem pretty happy with their SUV’s.
Reisender 09/17/19 08:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy, Ford... going into electric trucks.

Why are there less plants using coal? Because natural gas is cheaper. Why is natural gas cheaper? Because it is a byproduct of fracing for oil. What will happen as more EV's on the road? Less oil is needed. What happens when less oil is being freced? Less natural gas being produced causing prices to increase. What happens when the price of natural gas cost more than coal? Power plants will start using coal again. Its all connected. No. It’s not. At least not in a general sense. Unless you are talking about a strictly American scenario. Technology marches on. Many countries allready get much of their energy from other sources. Two decades ago Great Britain got 40 percent of their electricity from coal. Now it’s 5 percent and dropping fast. Coal mining is almost non existent there. Wind plays a greater roll every year. Canada gets 60 percent of its power from Hydro and it is expected to climb to 70 percent in the next two decades. Coal will be phased out by 2030 and is already under 9 percent. This same story is being repeated in numerous places in the world. Although most Americans on this forum portray the US grid as a third world affair with no hope of ever being modernized and with the grid constantly teetering on the brink of total collapse I see little evidence of this at the utility level. It appears to me that modernization is taking place and that renewables are gaining ground albeit at a slower pace than some places in the world.
Reisender 09/16/19 08:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy, Ford... going into electric trucks.

Looks like the best argument against fossil fuel was just made with the big explosion in SA disrupting 5% of world supply. And I hope our young Americans won't again spill their bloods and our treasury squandered for this polluting and harmful to the environment fuel and materials I played it safe last night and charged our two EV’s just in case the price of power went up 10 percent this morning. So far so good. :)
Reisender 09/16/19 08:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: Not A Joke Top Off With Gasoline or Diesel

“Well said” simply points to heightened myopathy (checkers vs multi-dimensional chess) and says that ‘you agree’...This might matter had I been searching for peer to peer concurrence... Well said. :)
Reisender 09/16/19 08:01am Tech Issues
RE: Not A Joke Top Off With Gasoline or Diesel

Seems to me that we’re mostly just nibbling around the margins while willfully ignoring the root cause...At some ugly point, the adults in the room will have little choice but to confront the Iranian regime... Punting to EV’s (or Don Quixote windmills) as the solution to this difficult reality is of little use... I fail to understand the "confront Iran". We, the USA have been attacking them for over a lifetime, and they have never invaded our country. On the other hand 17 out of 19 hijackers 18 years ago this month where Saudi nationals. But we sell weapons to the Saudis to protect themselves from Iran. US claims to love Democracy. We hear of elections in Iran. Fair elections, I can't say, (in my home town less than 5% of registered voters raised our taxes) Any Saudi elections in the news? As far as I know, human rights is a wash. Well said.
Reisender 09/16/19 07:18am Tech Issues
RE: Not A Joke Top Off With Gasoline or Diesel

Bottom line is, unless you travel to work or anywhere else via shoeleather express... You gotta have it so if it goes up or down, don't matter. But then you could always drive a Tesla and ignore the pollution the power plant makes because it's 'green. Green my butt. I don't drive that much, a tank of gas usually lasts me a month. I do use a lot of diesel for farming but it's also a write off so don't matter a whole lot what it costs, it offsets my profit and I pay the government less. If it was 5 bucks a gallon (diesel) fine, between the overhead cost and passing it on to my customers, all is well. My guess is most Tesla or any other EV drivers don’t drive it because it’s “green”. Go for a test drive and you’ll figure out why most people buy them. I get it. Not everyone is into high performance cars or convenience so not everybody wants or needs an EV. But some are and my guess is that is most of their market. It is around here anyway.
Reisender 09/15/19 02:05pm Tech Issues
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