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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    Made possible by: Scientific and industrial-process illiteracy, in the West. Ignorance is Bliss..... Rgds, D.
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    Patterns..... We underestimated them in Electronics. They took the market. We underestimated them in Consumer Goods. They took the market. 100 years ago, you could get a T, so long as it was Black.... For much of the NA Masses today, if you are compelled to buy an EV, it will be Red. I...
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    Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Wasn't 100% sure if DI had a Generac or not.... makes sense that is where he's at.... Grid re-connects (meaning, utility-side) usually lockout after about 3 bounces, but I can see why Manual run can be useful for those occasional times the grid doesn't come back solidly for a while.... Rgds, D.
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    Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Good capacity, and Generlink switching - nice combo ! Rgds, D.
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    Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Can you program that dropout time, or is it fixed DI ? Rgds, D.
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    I don't view that as a Bad Thing...... Let's get 'er done ! Rgds, D.
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    That's great 411 Roric, thanks for taking the time to post it. Heat, always popular with me, this time of year. I could drift off into water pump design on old ICE engines vs. newer ones... but I won't drift that far...... today :-) Nice array you've installed, that's a great combo. AWD is...
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    Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Big Chuckle..... seeing a bit too much of myself in these recent posts.... 90 - That pic is very valuable. My better half stopped asking a long time ago, but for the guys (or gals) who haven't attained that level of domestic harmony...... "See honey, I'm not that bad". Yet 😁. My last...
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    While I might agree with you myself, most of the West doesn't. They either don't pay attention or care, or are amongst the small group here that continue to profit from the transfer of wealth and power to PRC. The vertical integration they've attained, and the global influence they now wield...
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    Just yesterday, I was reading an MCycle article about magnesium production.... seems China supplies something like 80% of the world's magnesium. Today, just saw this: ‘Battery arms race’: how China has monopolised the electric vehicle industry Rgds, D.
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    Those lala folk could get "benefited" (we call it something else, non-printable, up here) even more, moving to Canada. Olde Expression - Must Be Something in The Water.... but today, I'd say it's more in the air..... I'm pretty sure that pic that Roy didn't recognize was of Elon smoking dope...
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    Thanks for the suggestion. Struggling with the Canadian Mitsu site.... but it looks like the base price is something like $44k CAD. Too rich for my blood.... many new vehicles are, but that says more about me than EVs.... I know things like brake calipers are expensive here on modern Mitsu's...
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    A Canadian car-guy I know, has way more money to play with than I ever will. A few years back, he was talking about the length of time that his brother's new MB was spending in the dealership - he did LOL for real, when I asked "I'll never afford one, but I'm just curious, when you buy one of...
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    Haven't looked at the US #'s, but I see lots of Benzes, Audis and BMWs up here. I agree with your other Euro flavour comments. Rgds, D.
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    As Jay Leno puts it "You don't want Clive down at the Texaco station working on it". From back when..... gas stations were also full-service repair shops here. :) Rgds, D.
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    The broader background is that our (Western, for the most part) "leaders" decided to eradicate manufacturing decades ago. Detroit has never really been interested in building low-end affordable vehicles. Aside from Tesla, what makes the news here now ? F150E, MachE - that's about it. I can't...
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    I'd say you are out of step, With Time. But, in the opposite direction, from what others have inferred. A generation from now, the young non-dinosaur Environmental Protesters may well be shouting out those points. For a while though, those issues will likely remain the Emperor's New Clothes...
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    Hypocrites preach mandatory EVs (etc), while flying extensively in private jets. The Self Righteous evangelize EVs, while ignoring their environmental impacts. ;) Rgds, D.
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    ^ very easily forgotten.... (by a sub-set of the masses.....) Been watching the news from BC a lot lately. Typically highest gasoline $ in Canada, Green virtue signalling constantly is the typical posturing there (meanwhile, the provincially owned ferry that sank a few years back is still at...
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    right tool.... Even your basic EV today - good for short local runs. Moving a disabled vehicle a 1000 miles or further... better hope your F150 is still around. Putting in a large PV array is looking even better, given where I believe grid rates are heading to here, not that many years out...
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    Stewart Brand walked that same Path, before him. Study the science openly, is a good idea...... Rgds, D.
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    Abandoned Farms/Ranches..... lots of reasons, today. Being Small, anywhere, is pretty tough. The water in those SW areas may not be totally gone, but now expensive enough to access, that added to all the other input costs and overhead...... how long do you stay in the fields, tearing up $1,000...
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    Top up your Koolaid Gale; you clearly haven't been drinking enough. ;) (I actually DO like EVs, for certain usage patterns). Some of the irritation on this topic is definitely Carrrot and Stick related. Meaning.... we (Canadians at least) are going to get Beaten (even harder) with The Stick...
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    Model A Ford.... I keep threatening.....

    Owner's Passing on..... none of us can beat Time, but this topic reminded me of a line from a Model Train guy...... "I hope my wife doesn't sell my collection, for what I told her I paid". :cool: Hobbies/Addictions..... good fun, but can be spendy..... Land Rover..... I understand the...
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    Model A Ford.... I keep threatening.....

    Beautiful car, and picture CM. Thanks for the 411, and offer ! That profile shot reminds me..... better ground clearance than most modern SUVs, and probably way better approach angle than many modern pickups.... I would have watched that vid I posted today, regardless of who made it.... but...
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    Model A Ford.... I keep threatening.....

    Those finicky Model A's ! I was actually looking for coverage on Chinooks flying in BC, but since Design Simplicity was on my mind this week, had to watch this one that drifted by.... Where do you buy 600 wt oil..... Rgds, D.
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    Your last generator Maintenance Run

    I remember the primitive automotive-propane systems years back, which unfortunately coincided with typical -40 Winters.... pretty hard to start sometimes. Wouldn't help much in the dead of Winter here, but the manifold system on RVs allows you to open both tanks at once.... might not be enough...
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    Often real break-throughs come from other disciplines applied to a different area. Solid Hydrogen.... the Semiconductor world is one that could do this in volume and at relatively low cost. And..... I also like that they appear to have nailed the Recycling tech, from the get-go. Rgds, D.
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    Your last generator Maintenance Run

    I know of King, but haven't used any, yet. Haven't heard anything bad (usually the first thing you hear....), and the points you touch on are commendable, esp. today. ^ part of why I ask, and hang out on TBN..... quality design/manufacturing/support can be a moving target.... some traditional...
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    Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Takes a lot of trimming to stay ahead of the trees..... need those James Bond trimmer helicopters ! What 10kw unit do you run Piloon ? Picked up a tall can of quick-start on sale recently.... just to have it. Knock wood, never needed it on my generators, but the stuff keeps, and actually used...
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    Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Thanks for taking the time to post..... no apology needed, as that is the Seat of the Emergency-Pants estimate that would be useful to my buddy. The problem for many is getting the 100# 'ers off the truck w/o a loader. My buddy had an F350 with a liftgate on it, but I'm not sure that truck is...
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    Technology can be tuned to suit..... People..... well, I'll defer to F. Gump...... Rgds, D.
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    Model A Ford.... I keep threatening..... :cool: Yes, my dislike for over-complication (doors that won't open w/o vehicle power.....) extends well beyond Tesla.... Rgds, D.
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    Good practice..... I do the same. I haven't dug into the details, but my impression from the bbc article was that it was a software/internet issue. Basic Ingress/Egress.... make it more complicated, you introduce more dependencies..... folks like the toys/convenience.... me, I'm not big on the...
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    Tesla drivers left unable to start their cars after outage Yep. Rgds, D.
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    Your last generator Maintenance Run

    @ 4', I'd think that is a 100 lb one. Good capacity, but hard for most to lift w/o a tractor. I have a friend who should probably get a smallish propane portable gen. With your household load you described, approx. how long would you get out of a 20# one ? I see the 30# tanks a Costco once in...
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    Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Can't get more reliable than gravity ! (y) I like how propane stores. What size tanks do you use ? Rgds, D.
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    Your last generator Maintenance Run

    After what you guys have seen, if I was out your way, my place would look like I grew up on a coastal Netherlands farm ! Sandbags still work, but unless you have a family of 12+ handy, hard to put in place quickly..... Hopefully all services and supplies will get back to normal for you...
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    Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Portable, storable, and relocate-able.... some of the things I like too about liquid hydrocarbons, and propane, for emergencies. Good to hear you are doing OK CM. I've had a few texts from Langford and Abbotsford - buddies are doing OK for the most part, but I wish I was close enough to help...
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    Your last generator Maintenance Run

    We can be inconvenienced by minor outages, but prime-power.... whole different game..... I remember reading an article (but not whether I posted it here) a few years back. Arctic site, running off redundant CAT powered gens - quote from the site mgr "If these diesels ever stopped, we'd have to...
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    Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Cost Out vs. Quality In.... competent engineers will leave some Cost In, but many companies will push until Quality drops - just to make sure no pennies are missed..... Not a fun game (working there) if you value technical performance. Rgds, D.
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    Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Olde OE documentation..... one of the real-deal things I value the 'Net for... The danger (this side of the keyboard) of virtually hanging out with somebody else's projects.... ideas..... :cool: Those Onan RV gens seem pretty rugged, and other than pro-race teams or off-grid wild-campers...
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    Relatively common site here, and other parts of the world I'd suspect..... Likely same your side of the border, I've noticed an explosion of self-storage facilities the last 40 years (Do we have too much Junk ?... but that's another thread.... :cool: ). I've noticed many self-storage places...
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    Depending on the Euro country, at the top, Who is Sleeping with Who ? at best, gets a shoulder-shrug. No system is perfect, but often social issues are more prioritized over your way, than that ^ type of Noise/Smokescreen. Contrast/compare..... closer to thread topic..... I've been meaning to...
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    So, I'd be one of only a very few consumers over here wanting to know the Recycling Story on EVs before buying one ? (JK, rhetorical. Totally agree, here, and I knew that ^ already). GreenWashing often refers to the front-end Marketing, but you've hit on the back-end faux Consumer Guilt Play...
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    Fast moving transitions..... not something the Auto industry is particularly adept at. Pure ("traditional")Tech-sector companies regularly Zoom, Crash, Burn because they didn't manage their Nu Tek AND their cash-flow competently. It's not easy, by any stretch. Auto has the historical advantage...
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    Saving Money as Prices Increase

    We all have personal budgets to consider, but at a much-higher level, the arithmetic is the same..... Musk wasn't the first, nor will he be the last to leave Cali for business reasons. Theft happens everywhere, but the Bay Area makes the news even here. Zero consequences for Bad Behaviour...
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    Saving Money as Prices Increase

    Cost of Distribution has become significant. Electrical Utilities used to just Get It Done here, at much lower rates. User-Pay is the buzzword that's been popular for a long time..... unfortunately, shifting the pain there enables other behaviour; shoddy management practices just being one...
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    Saving Money as Prices Increase

    Hanging out here, I've caught glimpses of your (really cool) collection of vintage vehicles. How are you stocked for bicycles ? 24.5 cents US is the discount rate ? Ouch. Or was that dollars ? :oops: Rgds, D.
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    Saving Money as Prices Increase

    They typically don't like cold much (and I have the real stuff here :cool:). In the roughly 30 years I lived where I am, the neighbour's house has gone through 3 air-source heat pumps. Rgds, D.
 
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