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    BlueCruise impressive in the Jersey Shore fog

    I was happily blue-cruising along the Garden State Parkway Saturday evening on my way down to Wildwood Crest. We ran into fog that got pretty dense in spots; the picture doesn't do the conditions justice as the phone probably cranked up the contrast to minimize the fog. Other than the time it...
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    C'mon Dodge

    Their big "innovation" with EV's is to once again trot out a concept car they never intend to build, but with a different paint job: Yeah, you clowns are going away sooner than you think...
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    EA Cycle 3 Plans (January 2022 to July 2023)

    It looks like EA is going to try to plug some of the charging deserts in the upper midwest. From their "our plan" tab on the website the cycle 3 investment plan has the following tables/diagrams highlighting the routes they plan to try to fill in: And some "community" metropolitan areas:
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    Tutorial: Road Trip Planning with ABRP (

    The attached PDF is a tutorial I put together that might prove useful to ABRP/road tripping newbies and veterans alike. It is based on extensive time wasted spent planning a 1600 mile trip I took in September. While the UI is generally intuitive I did find some "quirks" in the web app, and I...
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    Question on electronic frunk release

    question on the electronic Frunk release: did ford add a key combination on the keypad to open the frunk? I know it was mentioned early on, but I don't think they actually implemented it that way. It would be so much more useful than having to dig out my phone, open the app, and hit the frunk...
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    Premiums and Route 1's and FE's oh my!

    .. or "three Mach E's pull into a Sam's Club..." <insert bad joke here> I meant to include this when I took it on Oct 2nd, but I thought it was pretty nice that 3 different models were all charging happily together. Or more correctly that all three stations were working properly :) . It's since...
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    Scarlett the road warrior - with scars to prove it

    tl;dr version/highlights: Drove 1580 miles from NJ -> Atlanta -> Port Canaveral -> Sanford FL (train to Lorton VA) -> NJ, with overall efficiency of 3.3 mi/kwh. The reason for the trip was to hit the georgia aquarium to swim with the whale sharks and to catch a cruise out of port canaveral. We...
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    EA/ABRP trip report

    After a 4 day 1300 mile road trip from NJ to Port Canaveral via Atlanta, I figured I would share some of my results on ABRP accuracy and Electrify America reliability. It won't be a long report as we're about to set sail, but in brief: ABRP: after changing the "base" mi/kwh to 3.4 and setting...
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    It doesn't take an ICE to "ICE" a charger (or: "why people hate Tesla owners")

    I stopped by Walmart with EA chargers to fill up after our day trip to the shore, and met 2 other happy Mach E owners also taking advantage of the free weekend. That was the good part. Just as I was unplugging my car a Tesla bro (complete with Tesla t-shirt) pulls into the stall next to me. I...
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    @outofspeckyle does a range test on the Route 1 Unfortunately @OutofSpecKyle didn't realize he hit the bug with the mi/kwh being "stuck" after the reset, which is a bummer because he was so excited about the efficiency of the route 1. He actually got about 3.26 mi/kwh (287...
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    Mach E sales still going strong in Norway - #1 again in July

    This has probably been posted in the "Norway" thread, but I figured it was worth posting on its own. Mach E sales are still going strong in Norway, and more importantly ICE cars are not.
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    Route 1 wheels without Aero Covers - the finished look with center caps installed

    After an exhausting day of yard work I checked the mail, and lo and behold my center caps finally arrived. Scarlett needs a bath but I really love how the covers look, so here she is dirty and all. Oddly enough I wanted to post a link to the amazon page, but for some reason the seller and/or...
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    MME Service experience in South Jersey?

    I am looking for anyone with experience getting their Mach E's serviced in a reasonable distance from the Marlton/Cherry Hill area. I bought my car from Medford Ford because I've had good experience buying from them in the past, but I didn't realize they weren't EV maintenance certified. I want...
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    Q: Rebalance tires after taking aerocovers off?

    Question for those that might know - after taking my Rt1's aero covers off, do I need to get my wheels rebalanced? I have no idea if the wheels are typically balanced with the covers on or off?
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    Good to see Audi is finally figuring the market out

    To paraphrase George Bush James Carville: "It's about the range, stupid"
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    Fordpass SNAFU: reducing "free" balance AND billing you for the charging

    Both @usmcsatcom and I got billed for our "free" charging sessions today, AND our remaining "free" charging got reduced too. Anyone else having this issue? Fortunately I only did a quick session during a bio break, but if this happened during a long trip it would be annoying. Receipt from Fordpass:
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    "missed it by that much..." - Android Auto and VLC

    I was playing with Android Auto tonight, and thought I found a loophole when I saw that VLC was available as an AA app. For those that don't know, VLC is a powerful third party media player available on tons of platforms. I copied an .mp4 to my phone, installed VLC, and checked that it could...
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    To all of you current and former members of the armed forces: Thank you

    No platitudes or anything else, I just wanted you to know you ARE appreciated
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    South Jersey: Miller Ford has 4 Mach E on the lot (no ADM)

    I was with my daughter buying a new Escape at Miller Ford in Lumberton, and they had 4 Mach E's on the lot. 1 was a CA RT1 that is their demo model, but the other 3 were apparently orders that backed out. Forgot to ask if they are adding ADM, sorry *** EDIT: Asked today, and no ADM
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    Reputable Solar companies and what I need to know

    Now that I've got my car and a new roof on my house, I need to buy solar panels. There seems to be plenty of sleazy companies out there, so I'm wondering if any of the bigger players are reliable or if a smaller company would be better- I have no idea how much aftersales support is necessary. I...