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    OTA Mach-E DC Fast Charging speed and threshold increases coming this winter

    .. Sort of. It should be over 80kW most of the time (i.e. up to 80% SOC). The norm (after the first 2 minute early spike) is to sit between 80-120kW. The chart above is a pretty normal charge curve for the Mach-E (when it and the charger are functioning normally). I'm usually at around 82kW...
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    OTA Mach-E DC Fast Charging speed and threshold increases coming this winter

    Perhaps it's based on the charging history of the specific vehicle. IOW, those vehicles that have a favorable charging history (mostly L2, rarely to 100%, etc) will see a more lenient charge curve, while those that have treated the battery tougher stay on the tighter charge curve? (Almost like...
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    Model S Plaid & Mach E Rt 1 Roadtrip by MKBHD

    Yep, that's almost exactly my approach too. I don't use the Ford nav, I use AA (Google Maps). For chargers, I always prioritize EA first. I use the EA app a lot, but also Plugshare to monitor comments for recent issues/problems. And Plugshare is my go-to for finding any non-EA chargers in my...
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    Model S Plaid & Mach E Rt 1 Roadtrip by MKBHD

    Generally true. Remember too that BEVs are like 1% of Ford's sales right now (albeit growing gradually), so DCFC charging networks are way down the list of things that Ford needs. I say that just as reminder that people shouldn't expect them to throw $billions at charging networks or anything...
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    DCFC. How important to current EV owners?

    Ford recommends not charging above 90% regularly, unless you really need to (like on a road trip, or a really long daily commute). It's harder on the battery and degrades it faster. Not massively so, but lots of 100% charges chip away at it faster. (As does heavy use of DCFC.) Having said...
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    DCFC. How important to current EV owners?

    Wow, that sucks. Especially 2 EA stations in a row (scary for backup purposes). I do find bad chargers at EA semi-frequently, where I have to move to another. They're usually all empty so it's easy to move over, but still annoying. I've gotten used to parking between two if a 2nd attempt is...
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    DCFC. How important to current EV owners?

    That's my exception to 80% too. If it's the last DCFC of the day (hotel or home destination), that's the time I'll short it (below 80%) and just target arriving at 10-20% (to save a few bucks). Hotel charging is usually free, and home charging is way cheaper than EA. Although even that...
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    DCFC. How important to current EV owners?

    I'm up to ~40 DCFC road-trip charges now on our 3 trips. All EA except for 3. We do nearly the same - charge up to 80% at almost every DCFC stop. Top-down instead of the bottom-up game that may EV drivers play to arrive with barely enough at the next charger so as to minimize charging time...
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    DCFC. How important to current EV owners?

    Similar here. I wasn't sure whether we'd use it for road-tripping before we got it (we also have an Escape), but I knew I wanted to at least try it once as a test. Despite some quirks with EA at times, it's been a great road-tripper. The car itself is a dream on the road. And the charging is...
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    OTA Power Up 1.7.1 preview

    The download can fail (bad connection), so it retries a few weeks later. I think that's how they sometimes install out of order.
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    Model S Plaid & Mach E Rt 1 Roadtrip by MKBHD

    Sometimes a DCFC will be located that perfectly but usually not. And even when it is, we're talking 1-2 times every week. Even a favorite store or restaurant or gym gets old fast at that rate, and want some different options. Most people would buy an ICE over being locked into that. We...
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    Model S Plaid & Mach E Rt 1 Roadtrip by MKBHD

    I can't imagine there's many people that want to babysit the car for 30 minutes on every routine charge around home. It's one thing to do it on a few road trips/year, but twice a week every week would get old fast. Plus it's not good for the battery to DCFC all the time.
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    Model S Plaid & Mach E Rt 1 Roadtrip by MKBHD

    It's crazy how many they're building around here (Denver area). I hate it. I wish they'd used that money to put most of them on road trip routes instead, like from here to Rapid City, Yellowstone, southern New Mexico, etc.
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    2000 Mile Road Trip: Charging and Efficiency of the Mach-E

    The advertised max is 150 kW for the ER battery and 115 kW for the SR battery. But in practice, people are often seeing ~163 kW max on the ER. However that's only for maybe 2 minutes at the start of the charge. It typically falls fast from there to around 120, then slowly dips down to around...
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    Model S Plaid & Mach E Rt 1 Roadtrip by MKBHD

    Of course. It's still an industry in relative infancy and there's gonna be a lot of growing pains along the way. EV chargers face a much higher criticism when they have problems than most other products because (a) people naturally compare them to well-perfected gas refueling, (b) they're so...
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