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  1. San Jose to LA trip -- not so good

    Is there any risk that when you pull up to the EA "station" there won't be an available plug and you'll have to wait? How is that managed? An extra few minutes isn't that big of a deal, but it can add up on multi-stop trips. I've been bantering with a friend who just returned from LA in his...
  2. San Jose to LA trip -- not so good

    Sound like you've got this process down. So at 8 min., is that at 150kW, or 20kWh onboarded? Sounds you like you might have a go to spot to rely on, Is there any competition for the taps when you roll in? Are you able to schedule the charge in advance, or is it first come, first serve? What...
  3. Munro is not happy with the Mach-E, back in Tesla fanboy mode

    If Alexander Graham-Bell opened a cell phone today, he'd probably fall on the floor as well, but definitely not an indicator that the phone sucked. Tech evolves, people not so much, and yes, a pretty content free video.
  4. San Jose to LA trip -- not so good

    A quick sidebar on power/velocity. Once speeds are reached where wind is the dominant force being overcome by the motor, power increases with the cube of the velocity. Remember the days of 55 mph, well just throttling to 65 mph increased the burn by 65%. The last time I drove less than 80 Mph...
  5. San Jose to LA trip -- not so good

    Based on the materials issues that have to be resolved, in spite of QuantumScape's coy statements, this is going to be a much longer timeframe than 10 years. Further, at the current $105/kWh pricing, auto companies are able to produce at margins of ICE vehicles. This new enabling tech, will be...
  6. San Jose to LA trip -- not so good

    It's not the Nav. nor the planning! The real issue is the need for an interstate infrastructure reboot, i.e. Route 66 2.0, or what I call the "auto-net." The scope that falls under this heading is massive, as well are the economic opportunities, from power generation, distribution, and local...
  7. What is the CPU model of the infotainment system?

    My iPhone shuts down after 20 min. sitting in my car on a hot day, 🤦‍♂️
  8. What is the CPU model of the infotainment system?

    As a nerd from outside the industry, does anyone know if there's support for 3rd party app development that would work like our cell phone apps, or will this all be funneled through the automakers and their relationships with Google/BB?
  9. What is the CPU model of the infotainment system?

    Okay, that's good to read, thanks for the update. As a relative noob to thinking about the EVsphere, it dawned on me that this could really hamstring the future of, say longish haul travel if this experience were wrapped into a "VHS vs. Beta-max" battle royale. I still do worry, though, about...
  10. What is the CPU model of the infotainment system?

    Seems like in a normal world, the auto industry would get out ahead of this and establish an industry standard on platform interoperability at a minimum to hold margins and optimize for customer experience. Given the 10x relative cap vales of tech companies to auto makers, I guess that's too...
  11. What is the CPU model of the infotainment system?

    Hah, very interesting thread, and what a complete and total sea change from my teenage gearhead days. Back in the 70's (ugh I'm that old) we'd sit around drinking beers on the beach, talking about the nuts and bolts of the latest improvements to our vintage stallions that we salvaged from the...
  12. Nissan Ariya

    Sadly I did not. At the time, I bought the car used from Carmax while living in northern NM. Because I lived over an hour from the nearest Infiniti dealership, it never got into their system, and I was completely oblivious of the option to do this until after it expired, and given the level of...
  13. Nissan Ariya

    Looking forward to when they leverage this platform at Infiniti. Absolutely loved my FX35, well except for the total PoS dash material, but turned into the perfect car for my son to take to college, so all is good. If Infiniti can got even remotely close to the FX lineage, with north of 300...
  14. Got my first electric bill.... share yours

    Yes, that's the other rub. I don't actually source my juice from PG&E generators, but from Marin County Electric (MCE) a community choice aggregator, which has plans that are much more heavily wind and solar based than PG&E Because of the bureaucracy, the California Public Utility Commission...
  15. Got my first electric bill.... share yours

    If you don't mind me asking, who did you contract with on your solar? Any significant shade issues?
  16. Got my first electric bill.... share yours

    Oh absolutely, the power walls are a completely flexible local load leveling system. As I understand it, the system will send all excess solar to the walls, then to the grid when at capacity. It will reverse when solar is inadequate to meet demand. Further, since it only makes sense to have...
  17. Got my first electric bill.... share yours

    FWIW, I'm engaged with Tesla at the moment and they are offering 10 years at 0.99% APR for financing. Way cheaper than my HELOC, so a no brainer. They are quoting me $19k for an 8.2 kW system, and then an additional 19k for 2 powerwalls with ~27 kWh capacity and able to drive my full load for...
  18. Seems like dates are corrected now

    Humph, I only got move 1 day forward. 🤦‍♂️ Petrol Independence day for me!
  19. Bipartisan Charging Bill

    Great insight, thanks for sharing. Your last comment really resonates with me. CA's interstate routes (I-5, 8, 10, 50,80, Rte 99, Rte 58) are rife for opportunistic investment to support EVs from passenger to long haul trucking. The current level of local generation, distribution, and network...
  20. Got my first electric bill.... share yours

    Huh, PG&E will at least let you have a TOU plan for the EV and a tiered plan for the home meter. For my current energy consumption, a home TOU wouldn't work. Of course, just the time and effort figure out the best strategy, or say whether to go solar not, is going to blow away any savings for...


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