Discussion in 'West Mall' started by Joe Fan, Jul 25, 2016.

  1. Monahorns

    Monahorns 5,000+ Posts

    That would be a huge investment even more so than charging station investment. It would take automated equipment using even more electricity whereas a charging station is a fairly simple device that hooks directly in to distribution cables.

    Charging faster means higher voltage. The fast chargers take 45 minutes to fully charge today. Overcharging batteries is a serious safety issue. Higher voltage or current would lead to more thermal runaway events. Improved control software can mitigate, but just makes it all more expensive and longer to implement.

    This is the big hurdle and why I strongly oppose green mandates and attempts to force the transition by law.

    The reason to buy an EV today is for the cachet of owning one or the added performance in acceleration and handling.
  2. Monahorns

    Monahorns 5,000+ Posts

    Yes, the basic maintenance goes away. Shafts and bearings still wear, so major repairs will still be needed at times. Maybe replacing electrical connectors or repairing failed soldering connections.

    The issues are around safety, range, charging speed, purchase price, and lifetime. Li+ batteries don't do well in hot environments. I can't remember the exact timing but I think in 5-8 years the battery capacity reduces to 80% when exposed to "average" conditions. Texas ain't average. Once the battery pack goes bad (80% isn't bad) the car is worthless.
  3. Mr. Deez

    Mr. Deez Beer Prophet

    200K-300K miles from the battery is pretty good. I'm not anti-EV per se. I have reluctance, but I could probably be talked into it at some point.
  4. Sangre Naranjada

    Sangre Naranjada 10,000+ Posts

    I am not an early adopter. Let other people pay the highest prices to be the bug discoverers. This isn't just an EV thing for me, it is a lifelong choice.
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  5. Mr. Deez

    Mr. Deez Beer Prophet

    Same here. I didn't get my first cell phone until 2003. Prior to that, I had a landline with a corded phone and a separate answering machine with a tape. (My greeting was just "Giddy up.") Got my first DVD player in 2004, my first smart phone in 2013. I'll let others rush out and pay a bunch of money for stuff that still has all its kinks.
  6. Horn6721

    Horn6721 10,000+ Posts

    Mr D
    Do you mean your first smart phone?
    Surely you had a "mobile" phone before 2003?
  7. Monahorns

    Monahorns 5,000+ Posts

    I am not either, but early adopters are important for new technologies to be developed.
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  8. Mr. Deez

    Mr. Deez Beer Prophet

    Nope. Before 2003, I only had a landline with an answering machine. My first smart phone was in 2013. I still don't buy expensive smart phones. I have a Moto g60s that I bought in December '21 for £179 (about $220), and that replaced my Moto G5+ that I bought way back in July 2017. I but late and cheap, and I keep the cheap stuff around for a long time.
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  9. Monahorns

    Monahorns 5,000+ Posts

    You have a low time preference like myself and Sangre. Very left-brained of you.
  10. Dionysus

    Dionysus Admin Admin

    I’m a technology nerd and definitely an early adopter if the tech is interesting and I want to dig into it.
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  11. OUBubba

    OUBubba Reluctant and Bullied Sponsor

    The power that those electric motors give off in a truck would be something.
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  12. guy4321

    guy4321 250+ Posts

    The main value for a EV to me (if I had one) would be to give less money to the Arabs.
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  13. Vol Horn 4 Life

    Vol Horn 4 Life 5,000+ Posts

    The main value to me is to save me money. I would be willing to possibly sacrifice a little convenience if the savings outweighed the inconvenience. When I say savings, I mean not only fuel costs, but also saving more than the increased price difference of the vehicle vs gas vehicles then some. If it costs me anything more per year to own and operate I won't buy one. The "cool factor" of owning a Tesla means nothing to me either.
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  14. horninchicago

    horninchicago 10,000+ Posts

    I thought someone posted in here a while back to keep the thread on topic.
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  15. Vol Horn 4 Life

    Vol Horn 4 Life 5,000+ Posts

    It's apparent that failed.
  16. Sangre Naranjada

    Sangre Naranjada 10,000+ Posts

    We are all just glad you adopted Hornfans, Dion!

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  17. theiioftx

    theiioftx Sponsor Deputy

    HIC sighting. Good to have you back.
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  18. humahuma

    humahuma 1,000+ Posts

    So Elon said Trump would be back, Trump said he staying with Truth social. It will be interesting.
  19. Mr. Deez

    Mr. Deez Beer Prophet

    I just don't see the point. I view all of these items as luxuries. I lived just fine before smartphones and before mobile phones in general, so whatever I spend on them is somewhat frivolous. (Frankly, I kinda liked not being so easy to reach.) If I spend too much on them, I'll start thinking of what else I could have done with that money. I could save it for retirement. I could travel with it or visit friends with it. Hell, I could buy more beer or better tequila with it.

    I also don't see the upside. I know many people with iPhones and the fancier Samsungs, and none of them can tell me anything meaningful their phone does that mine doesn't or that isn't redundant with other technology I already own (and so do they). I typically hear 3 things.

    (1) They're faster, and that may be true, but I notice no lag time in my phone.

    (2) They play video in 1080p or 4K, while mine plays in 780p. Again, probably true, but when the screen is only a few inches in size, does anyone really think this makes a difference? Besides, I watch short videos on my phone, not movies or tv shows. I have a full-size 4K TV for that.

    (3) Their cameras are better. On the specs, that may be true, but like with the screen resolution and speed, it's overkill. Their pictures don't actually look any better. And if I really want a world class picture, I'll bring my digital SLR, which will outdo any cell phone camera.
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  20. humahuma

    humahuma 1,000+ Posts

    Elon put the Twitter deal on hold. He offered $54 and change Twitter stock price is currently around $40 and change.
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  21. OUBubba

    OUBubba Reluctant and Bullied Sponsor

    That Tesla dip is taking a bite out of crime. It's down almost 37% for the year. Also, is the dip of crypto impacting this as well? I looked at my position on crypto and it is down 54% since I purchased it. I'm sure if AC were here he could give us some context. Too bad he ran off because of all of the groomers and deep state flunkies here. I think he's working on some gallows outside of gitmo.
  22. Dionysus

    Dionysus Admin Admin

    We got off topic but it looks like we’re back now.
  23. Vol Horn 4 Life

    Vol Horn 4 Life 5,000+ Posts

    So's my 401k thanks to the dipsh** in chief and his whackadoodle klan.
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  24. OUBubba

    OUBubba Reluctant and Bullied Sponsor

    The dow is down 11.9% in that same period. We should just stick with "Thanks Obama!"
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  25. Driver 8

    Driver 8 Maybe

    F**king Truman!
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  26. mchammer

    mchammer 10,000+ Posts

    40% less maintenance according to Ford:

    2022 Ford F-150 Lightning: The Everyman’s EV
  27. OUBubba

    OUBubba Reluctant and Bullied Sponsor

    Elon defrauds investors to make a little money - 0.143 billion. He now has a $1 billion buyout that he almost must do to save his Tesla market equity. Tesla has lost 46% this year.

    The Truth Social SPAC is mirroring Musk's twitter moves.
  28. mb227

    mb227 5,000+ Posts

    Seems rather odd for a land thief to scream about defrauding people...

    I fully expect to see the SEC involved if there have been $TWTR shenanigans. It won't be the first time Twitter lied in a filing, but this shines a much brighter light on their failings. And you may reasonably presume that Jack has been whispering little nuggets of information related to where the bodies are buried. Parag does not want to see the house of cards fall on his watch.

    Oh, and unless you have records showing Elon Musk has SOLD any of his holdings or even had shorted the stock when it was back around $50, then he has not made a dime...but then again, you are a typical Demonrat that believes paper profit is real money.
  29. OUBubba

    OUBubba Reluctant and Bullied Sponsor

    You should totally represent him in the SEC investigation.
  30. Garmel

    Garmel 5,000+ Posts

    Yeah, I'm sure none of that is political.

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