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  1. EVCheese

    I drove a Tesla Model S Plaid around the block

    And by "block" it was a big block in an industrial area, so it took like 10 minutes. On that break from my booth shift at the Earth Day event, I got a test drive of a Model S Plaid. Style-wise it has the S styling, which I think is just fine. Interiors felt a bit "dense" instead of "soft", for...
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    Cybertruck up close

    I took a break from our booth at a San Francisco Earth Day event and walked over to the Tesla booth. They had test drives for their cars including the Model S Plaid which I drove around for 10 minutes---that's another thread. And they had a Cybertruck that people could play with. (No test drives...
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    Happy Pi(e) Day

    Ford's designers were very forward thinking with their "Pie for Two" caddy in the center console. Thank you for the tasty engineering!
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    2 long distance trips: 1,586 miles later

    TL;DR the Mach-E is comfortable and efficient, charging network on the highways was fine. If you get to 80% SOC you can go about 120 miles and have a 30 mile buffer (Standard Range battery pack). After my last trip I wanted to get some more real-world data. I've now covered about 1,586 miles of...
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    NorCal to SoCal: there and back again in about 900 miles (Jan 2024)

    Finally. A proper road trip with an April 2023 Mach-E Premium RWD standard range (71 kWh battery). Let me say that the Mach-E was a delight to drive and was easily the best part of the traveling experience. This trip was from home in the Bay Area down to far inland Southern California. The...
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    What's your checklist after an Power-Up update?

    It's great that the Mach-E continually gets better after each Power-Up update. But, of course, not all the settings seem to stick around. :P After every OTA I run a checklist. What's your post-install checklist? Here's mine: Profile: make sure I'm still logged in as me Drive mode: make sure...
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    Tiny mods: red Pony caps

    A small thing: red aluminum valve stem caps with a tiny Mustang.
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    The cheese machine gets its stripes

    The process of getting stripes was interesting. Instead of using separate pieces of vinyl, the shop I used just prints out the colors. So why not add a custom pattern? From a distance it looks like a black stripe with red borders. But I wanted to add a texture that you can only see close up.
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    Advice needed: November Pacific coast trip

    There is a good chance I might need to do a long drive from California all the way up to Canada in late November--so maybe 2500mi there and back. I'm expecting to hit cold, rainy, and possibly snowy conditions. So I'm looking for advice! The car has a standard range 70kW battery, rear wheel...
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    What is your favorite Mach-E feature?

    For me the indispensable feature is the 360 degree camera. I never thought I would use it this much when parking or navigating in tight spaces.
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    Successful update symbol is FordPass is alarming ⚠️

    Does anyone else find the "warning sign" vehicle alert symbol concerning when receiving a successful software update? I always have this moment of "oh what's broken now" when I see it. Which is funny because on the Home app tab it does have a better icon:
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    4,000 miles in, awesome so far

    And just like that, after 11 weeks the odometer hit 4,000 I still really like it and find new things often. Like today I didn't realize that Blue Cruise will follow traffic down to a full stop and then start rolling again automatically. I was in bumper to bumper traffic and the car handled...
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    First public DCFC experience

    The day has finally come where I needed a midday charge up. So I tried pulling up to a Whole Foods. Of 4 stations, 2 cars were just parked not charging, no cable connected. But someone finally moved and I got to plug in. Apparently I still don't have plug and charge set up right and just ended...
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    "1-pedal patina"? Should we call it that?

    I think after driving with 1PD, I have the "rusty brake rotors" issue. It was more obvious this morning, so I turned off 1PD and drove around a bit. It looks better now. It isn't affecting braking at all. Do we have a name for this yet? The "dirty" or "rust" look you get from just not using the...
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    FasTrak toll tag transponder: put in dotted windshield area

    Just surfacing this up for forum searches. From the manual: "Install any devices that use radio frequency identification, for example, toll readers or vehicle identification cards, to the specified area on the windshield." There are similar threads for E-Z Pass and garage door openers.
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    First impressions: some rough bits

    I'm using a brand new Premium trim and now about a week in and almost 450 miles later, I'm loving so many aspects. The other day I experienced the auto high beams and that was a feature I didn't know I needed. All the surfaces feel awesome and high quality. Except ... Can we talk about the...