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  1. Electrek: Dems propose new $12,500 electric car rebate, Tesla left with $4,500 disadvantage

    My business school taught us that unions can be useful. The professors suggested we think about the union as a communication channel and urged us to set up similar channels so that we would know what our workers' concerns are, even if we didn't have to deal with a formal union. Every part of a...
  2. Electrek: Dems propose new $12,500 electric car rebate, Tesla left with $4,500 disadvantage

    Nothing's been passed yet. I wouldn't count my chickens before they hatch.
  3. 5 mph, if you can run faster than that you'll be fine

    I hear king day fantasies whenever I hear extremists (of the American variety) and preppers speak. Taking this fantasy too seriously seem to be a pathology that our culture re-enforces in too many ways. When it comes to a machine uprising, though, anyone who has been a sysadmin realizes that...
  4. 5 mph, if you can run faster than that you'll be fine

    I'm a former sysadmin. A world in which there is a machine uprising is the timeline in which little ol' nerdy me becomes a warlord. Not too bad as fantasy dystopia go, really.
  5. How about a grill on the hitch?

    I carry a propane griddle in my travel-trailer for those purposes, and I can move it into the truck if I need to. This setup works better for my purposes than a hitch-mounted grill. A hotplate powered off of the truck's inverter would be more my style, though. Simple, easy, and lives in a...
  6. How about a grill on the hitch?

    These things were on sale at my local truck accessories store a decade ago. The marketing implied that it was for college football tailgating crowd. I'm not a member of that crowd (I don't enjoy sports), but I can see why they could he a good fit for that application. But it would really...
  7. Cybertruck vs ALL trucks & maybe SUVs

    Yes. No. It looks like a contradiction. However, the Carnot Cycle losses occur onboard on an ICE vehicle and offboard for an EV (if they are even present for the EV). Changing heat into motion is inefficient. ICE vehicles do that in their engines onboard the vehicle. EVs don't do that --...
  8. ISN'T IT TIME FOR ALL HOTELS TO START INCLUDING ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS?

    The hotel nearest to my house has a Tesla destination charger. It's likely that most hotels I pay for will have EV chargers after 2022. There not the same thing as most hotels having chargers, though. 🤷🏻‍♂️
  9. The lost history of the electric car – and what it tells us about the future of transport

    I mistakenly put down the price of the highway-capable future-proof EV I want. I'm not willing to pay more than about $20k (new or used) for a highway-capable ICE vehicle, and highway-capable EVs are about $40k+ (new). There was a movement for "neighborhood electric vehicles" a few years ago...
  10. Financing my CT.......Tesla stock or savings account

    If you're thinking of this as an alternative to a savings account, TSLA is not the right asset to own. It's highly volatile, and it's just been bouncing between $600/share and $700/share lately. Conventional investment advice would be to buy bonds, but an index fund (like VTI) would also be...
  11. Biden Wants Extra Incentive For Union-Built Electric Cars—Which Would Exclude Teslas

    The range of the CT3 is necessary to replace how I use my existing truck. If I used my truck differently, though, then the CT1 would be a possibility. Maybe a $30k CT1 could replace my wife's Civic, given our usage pattern. But that's her call.
  12. 4680Cell Cybertruck coming soon

    This is the downsides of not having a PR staff. When you work at a government agency, and want to have some product for a photo op, you call their PR person and explain the event and why the company might want to be there. There's no one to call at Tesla.
  13. Biden Wants Extra Incentive For Union-Built Electric Cars—Which Would Exclude Teslas

    This limit might also be intended encourage EV makers to introduce more affordable models which qualify for the subsidy. Not helpful to the CT, but it may be very helpful for the unrevealed compact Tesla.
  14. Biden Wants Extra Incentive For Union-Built Electric Cars—Which Would Exclude Teslas

    They're thinking that the program will only cost a small fraction of what it would have otherwise, because they're only subsidizing people who are struggling (compared to the Teslarati). Fair points, if that's what they're thinking.
  15. Towing and charging

    I don't have the specs handy, but it was in that ballpark. But there were also hydronic water pumps and fans in some of the mini-radiators he used, so the total system power consumption may have been higher than intuition would imply. But those energy-costs would be different in other...
  16. Towing and charging

    I grew up with good stoves. They are simple, but have dirty emissions and are labor-intensive. They make sense in a rural setting where you have enough trees to harvest that you can make your own fuel. But, unlike my back-to-the-lander parents, I live in town where both maintaining a supply...
  17. Towing and charging

    Hospitals do this by color-coding the outlets: https://www.backupbatterypower.com/blogs/news/what-are-the-red-outlets-in-hospitals-and-medical-facilities It was fairly clear from the context what the colors meant the last time I was in a hospital. (Though I probably wouldn't have noticed if I...
  18. Towing and charging

    Critical loads panels (and transfer switches) are a standard part of a backup power installations. The hard part is deciding what belongs on the critical loads panel. For me, that's the wifi, the furnace fan, and the fridge -- I can do without everything else for hours or days. But, then...
  19. Who Plans on Towing? And What is Their Plan?

    The real issue is that the space often just isn't designed to be pedestrian friendly. I *can* walk across a 4-lane road and an embankment to get from one strip-mall to another, but it's awkward, because I'm not using the space as intended. Also, when you use the space in some way other than...
  20. Who Plans on Towing? And What is Their Plan?

    We have these in the US, too. The last service island I was on was on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. I seem to remember most of them being on I-95 in New England. They're more common in the Northeast than in any other part of the US. There's something similar on I-57 on the way out of Chicago...
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