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  1. Canadian Prices Suck

    It's not all exchange rates. At the current (this minute) rate if I wanted to buy a TriMotor up here I would have to instruct my bank back in the states to wire USD $84,336. That's appreciably more than the USD $69,900 in the States. All the free stuff Canadians get from Socialism turns out to...
  2. Hey Elon! What About This!

    This would require a functioning autopilot EzPass
  3. Hey Elon! What About This!

    AFAIK every EV shipped comes with that cord but perhaps only with a NEMA 5 - 15P plug. Certainly the CT will have 5 - 15R but as 240V has also been promised there will be a receptacle for that perhaps as big a a 14-50R (my hope) and the average BEV driver might not have the adapter for that. But...
  4. Lucid Air EV Has a Projected 517 Miles of Range, and We Saw 458 Miles on a Real-World Ride-Along

    Why do we think Tesla is less efficient than Lucid? They are both subject to the same laws of physics.
  5. Nikola is going to crush Tesla with its new technology!

    And I surely wish I had done so just before the warrants hit! Now I'm wondering if I shouldn't but some (long). You wouldn't but most people take their cars on a trip at least occasionally. But I suspect that perhaps you may be missing the point that you don't have to take the Badger elsewhere...
  6. Nikola Badger pickup

    I'm not sure he said it but it certainly has been said. There is also a story going around that he offered the design to Elon. In any case the response has evidently been pretty enthusiastic even at the level of the deposit required at the initial round. AND if you order one you get to see the...
  7. Tesla Vehicle Questions, Answered

    As service is of some interest I'll continue the saga of my recent service situation. The vehicle is a recent (March 2020 delivery) Raven X. These cars have a driver customization feature in which you adjust the seats, mirrors and steering wheel to your liking and save these settings under your...
  8. FreeWire Deploys Next Generation Ultrafast Electric Vehicle Charging at Convenience Stores

    That doesn't answer my question. What happens when a vehicle arrives wanting more charge than remains in the battery? Does it fall back to Level 2? Throughout rural Quebec mnay villages have an information center with at most a 50 kW DC charger. This scheme could work very well at such...
  9. FreeWire Deploys Next Generation Ultrafast Electric Vehicle Charging at Convenience Stores

    While it isn't at all clear what this thing does the implication is that it has a large battery that can be charged at a slaw rate from a modest grid connection. Say its a 100 kW battery and the biggest circuit the store owner can supply is 27 kW (the maximum input this unit can accept). In 3...
  10. Wall Connector out of stock?

    It's quite normal for these items to go out of stock. It is usually only a few weeks before they are back in.
  11. Lucid Air EV Has a Projected 517 Miles of Range, and We Saw 458 Miles on a Real-World Ride-Along

    Well it is vapor when it enters the fuel cell but it is liquid when stored in the tank. The vaporware would be the evaporator (liquid enters and flases to vapor - Voila! - gas) but that's only a tiny part of the vehicle.
  12. Lucid Air EV Has a Projected 517 Miles of Range, and We Saw 458 Miles on a Real-World Ride-Along

    The breakpoint comes when the electric and ice vehicles have comparable range and the BEV is less expensive. We are pretty close to that in cars. It's a tall order in trucks and there is diminishing returns with respect to added weight vs added range with electric. Interestingly enough I got...
  13. Nikola Badger pickup

    Leaving the technical problems aside I'd say that if it costs $14/kg with all the econimies of scale associated with a large production facility that it would cost a lot more at residential scale. Assuming you could get all the scale savings and electricity at 4¢ to run the electrolyzer you...
  14. What would blow your mind?

    The CT comes with a V2H solution: the 240V receptacle in the bed of the truck. This can be wired to a transfer switch connected to an appropriately loaded sub panel which feeds things like refrigerators and well pumps in your house. I don't believe it has been stated how much power will be...
  15. What would blow your mind?

    The architecture of an inverter and a rectifier is the same: 4 switches. Whether the actual device is bidirectional or not depends on whether the switches can be controlled, i.e. whether they are diodes or transistors. The inverters which power the motors are bidirectional as during regen they...
  16. What would blow your mind?

    Yes, it is entirely possible to do this. The reason your solar panels die when the grid goes down is because the microinverters are set to shut down if it doesn't see the utility. This is to prevent your solar system from energizing the grid during an outage which represents a safety hazard to...
  17. Tesla UTV

    There is already an electric side by side on the market made by (are you sitting down?) Nikola. Only $80K. You can pre order.
  18. Lucid Air EV Has a Projected 517 Miles of Range, and We Saw 458 Miles on a Real-World Ride-Along

    Barring snow, rain or fierce winds, shouldn't be a problem. Would very likely present challenges. If moving the trailer requires as much energy as the truck (which doesn't seem unreasonable for load that weighs as much as the truck) your range will be cut in half. If it it takes twice as much...
  19. Lucid Air EV Has a Projected 517 Miles of Range, and We Saw 458 Miles on a Real-World Ride-Along

    Not a bad guess at all! It evidently has a 135 kWh battery. If you assume 150 Wh/kg that gives 2.2*135/.150 = 1980 lbs - just shy of a ton. It's all in the physics, folks. If the S had a 135 kWh battery its range would be 403*135/100 = 544.05. Note that the CT will require 185 kWh to get that...
  20. Adhesive tape and graphene triple the life of lithium metal batteries

    So which do we think allows greater energy storage per mole of anode atoms? C6 + Li+ + 1e- --> C6Li or Li + Li+ + 1e- --> 2Li
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