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  1. MXLRplus

    Rivian range to charge time is going to be an issue.

    Tirerack has incorrect data so I can't use their search engine, it claims a 275/55-21 is 27.7" dia and fits a 10-11" wide rim. It should be roughly 33" on a 9. Normally what you do search tires with the same ~dia, load and speed rating. But yes, that specific profile currently has only a...
  2. MXLRplus

    Model Y LR vs. EV6

    This is only with the SC (nannies) turned OFF and it defaults to ON. It will probably get better autocross times with it off. Too much understeer is just as dangerous as mild oversteer, and there was no mention of snap oversteer which causes a lot of wrecks. Everything I've tracked that is...
  3. MXLRplus

    SHOULD TESLA BE WORRIED? (2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB Starts at $10k Less Than a Tesla Model Y)

    A lot has changed since Oct 2019. A lot. The EPA for the Bolt is 217 hwy. My point - "Not until the charging infrastructure for DCFC EVs is up to the standard that Tesla has set.". It was actually Nissan who set the bar, hence why the only DCFC adapter Tesla sells is a CHAdeMO, but more...
  4. MXLRplus

    SHOULD TESLA BE WORRIED? (2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB Starts at $10k Less Than a Tesla Model Y)

    So nothing recent. And nothing with a long range.
  5. MXLRplus

    Rivian range to charge time is going to be an issue.

    If somebody told me in 2000 that 20" rims would be mainstream, I'd have laughed in their face. Yes, there are more choices in 20" tires, but there are plenty of choices in 21" already. Even the Tesla Model S used 21" rims as have most major mfrs.
  6. MXLRplus

    SHOULD TESLA BE WORRIED? (2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB Starts at $10k Less Than a Tesla Model Y)

    Trivia - There are only 53 Hydrogen Fuel Cell refueling sites in North America, and all but one are in California. California is the only state that doesn't realize that FCEV's are a failed technology that has a larger CO2 footprint than a CNG car (hydrogen is cracked from natural gas).
  7. MXLRplus

    SHOULD TESLA BE WORRIED? (2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB Starts at $10k Less Than a Tesla Model Y)

    When was the last time you extensively drove a CCS car? (DCFC is all fast charging formats, Tesla Supercharger, CCS, CHAdeMO) 2018 - Was not possible to go interstate on all routes, all CCS /CHAdeMO is under 100kW. 2019 - First >100kW CCS is deployed, it becomes possible to travel coast to...
  8. MXLRplus

    Rivian range to charge time is going to be an issue.

    So far I'm seeing a bit more than EPA range (293 hwy) in the 2022 R1T w/21" wheels at 70 mph, about 315 actual. My region has light hilly terrain, from 50' to 1600', and moderate winds. It might do better after the tires get some miles on them, and I don't have anything in the bed so I can...
  9. MXLRplus

    2022 Rivian Initial Review

    Irony - The Rivian with the Large Battery (all at this point) fails to gather any California EV program support, it's too heavy by 32 lbs for one program (8532lb GVWR) and too expensive for the other (over $45k). This is the EV capitol of the US.
  10. MXLRplus

    2022 Rivian Initial Review

    Range data point: Start 226 mi, end 55 mi, map mi 170, speed 70 mph roundtrip Norco to Poway, CA. eBike in bed in airflow. ie - battery SOC calculation based on EPA range is conservative. Start 70% SOC, End 16% SOC. Map says 85 miles each way. 10 miles of congestion on the way back...
  11. MXLRplus

    2022 Rivian Initial Review

    Picture of the tunnel somebody snapped at a local Cars and Coffee event. Note the end of the driver's door, and you can see the front of the removable flashlight, and the tunnel door flap is a bit open where the air hose for the compressor goes. The tunnel doors can be used as a chair or a...
  12. MXLRplus

    Ioniq 5

    The 'total cost of ownership' when there is a big price difference can be misleading especially in California. California has a valuation-based annual 'registration' fee which is often the highest or second highest cost of ownership. So when a car has a MSRP of $50k versus $35k, the higher...
  13. MXLRplus

    Ioniq 5

    I'm comparing the Hyundai/Kia EVs to gasoline versions. While the I5 and EV6 are much better than earlier efforts, they are not superior enough to gasoline models (Tucson) to justify the higher price (>$15k more) of the EV version. Of course that is just my opinion. The body styling of EV6 is...
  14. MXLRplus

    Ioniq 5

    Research the modern history of South Korea if you have doubts about it. So far, the IONIQ5/EV6 is not significantly better than gas SUVs at the same actual price point (ADM on I5/EV6). They are generic people movers.
  15. MXLRplus

    Ioniq 5

    And you don't think South Korea is an authoritarian state? Abortion was illegal until 2021, and gender-typing was a crime until 2008. Nearly all abortions in SK are to kill off females. If females are a bother, SK is a great place to live I guess. I grew up in a country that claimed US...
  16. MXLRplus

    Rivian Deliveries Pushed to 2022

    The Rivians you are seeing right now are the high trim level Launch Editions. Many people are 'flipping' them for $50k over sticker.
  17. MXLRplus

    2022 Rivian Initial Review

    Finally picked up our Rivian R1T pickup last Thursday. Initial order date: 6/24/2019. Build: Launch Edition, color LE Green, interior Forest Green, wheels 21" All-Season. Price: $75,000. Qualifies for $7500 fed credit. Thoughts - It's a well-thought out design. Things like: An internal...
  18. MXLRplus

    The shudder problem: Current status (end of February 2020)

    My car is back at Tesla for the 'new' front axles. I'm averaging 11,000 miles on a set. I'm crossing my fingers because my warranty has 1,000 miles left. EDIT - DOH!! I forgot I posted here recently.
  19. MXLRplus

    The shudder problem: Current status (end of February 2020)

    At 33,000 miles, we are ready for another set. So I'm getting 11,000 miles per set.
  20. MXLRplus

    Latest Rivian news

    There is another event next month in LA. I'll be there. Motor Trend clicked off a 11.6 @ 111 mph in the R1T making it the quickest truck they've tested. Reservation holders were allowed to buy 175 shares of RIVN at $78. Nice perk. There are more and more delays in shipping trucks. But they...
  21. MXLRplus

    Hummer EVs spotted north of Las Vegas:

    I would guess two of the existing Nevada test mules are being replaced, or these two have something special in them.
  22. MXLRplus

    FSD is a fraud

    It can be an attempt to acquire money by deception. When Elon oversaw construction of the November 2016 video and allowed it to say "Awaiting Regulatory Approval" when he knew the video was not their FSD software, and that regulatory approval was least of the limitations of the system, while...
  23. MXLRplus

    Hummer EVs spotted north of Las Vegas:

    Seen on my way back from Salt Lake City, captured by TeslaCam:
  24. MXLRplus

    The shudder problem: Current status (end of February 2020)

    They are getting very good at replacing the half-shafts. I brought the car in at 11:00 am, and it was done at 5:00 pm same day. So they must keep a few in inventory.
  25. MXLRplus

    Blog Tesla Hiring Autopilot Testers

    Huh. I thought all of us with our "Full Self-Driving" cars were Autopilot Testers. Many were doing 'destructive testing', thank God I haven't joined that program yet.
  26. MXLRplus

    F-150 Ford Lightning

    The GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado are essentially the same. 850,000 were sold last year in US alone. The Ford F-series was 790,000 in the same year (2020). I am a "truck guy" dating back to the '70's. For the first time in my adult life, I'm truckless. I'm using an MX instead, which is...
  27. MXLRplus

    F-150 Ford Lightning

    Very good renderings. Mistakes - Pic2 - look at palm tree shadow vs the charging cable shadow. Pic 3 - Look at the utility wires and poles in the background. Ouch.
  28. MXLRplus

    F-150 Ford Lightning

    The President went to the factory and praised the Chevrolet Volt ("When I leave office, I'll buy one of these!"). That didn't go over as well as expected. It was great car, but that is not enough. Tesla's big advantage over the rest of the EV industry is the Tesla brand. Ford, GM, VW, Toyota...
  29. MXLRplus

    8:00 AM 55 Fwy North Video????

    A child was shot and killed in a road rage this morning 7:55am-8:15am on the 55 Freeway Northbound near Chapman. If your TeslaCam has footage, save it for CHP 714 567 6000. One of many articles. Child fatally shot in apparent road rage incident on 55 Fwy in Orange Spread the word, somebody's...
  30. MXLRplus

    Tesla to J1772 adapter recommendations?

    I use the TeslaTap it works great. What some people don't understand is that the Tesla UMC is probably best portable so far. Kit it with an assortment of pigtails and a TeslaTap and you have a great portable solution for charging everything from motorcycles to Model S's.
  31. MXLRplus

    Tesla Full Self-Driving Beta V9 Will ‘Blow Your Mind,’ Says Musk

    How can it possibly 'blow my mind' when in my world it's non-existent? Sidebar - Ducati wanted to sell me a motorcycle with Adaptive Cruise Control, and Radar Blindspot Checking. When I asked for a Demo, they said "awaiting regulatory approval". Did Elon's Director of Marketing quit to work...
  32. MXLRplus

    O.T. — Battery in ICE car ...

    And if the car has electric door locks, and the battery is in the electrically locked trunk, that's when the REAL fun begins.
  33. MXLRplus

    Latest Rivian news

    It's one of those "you need to drive it" things. The MS is a good car, the Taycan is a great car.
  34. MXLRplus

    Fatal video: Tesla drives into concrete barrier. China

    How much responsibility should you have when your laziness kills people? In the US, we kill people that get angry and kill people. Why is laziness any different? BTW - I don't believe in capital punishment.
  35. MXLRplus

    Fatal video: Tesla drives into concrete barrier. China

    Fire that civil engineer or the roadworks crew. That K-Rail should not have been that exposed, it could have been angled at a minimum.
  36. MXLRplus

    I traded my Tesla Model S for a RAV4 Prime

    This thread is one of the drawbacks of the monetization of YouTube. People churn out content for quantity's sake, not quality's sake. Here's another of his hundred plus monetization efforts:
  37. MXLRplus

    Blog Toyota Announces Plans for 15 EVs

    My thoughts on EV DCFC charging in 2021 - Driving "the bottom of the battery" opens you up to potentially crushing delays. Overcrowded charging locations. All hookups are disabled or heavily nerfed. To reduce the possibility of these delays, having a CHAdeMO adapter can be a good idea...
  38. MXLRplus

    Latest Rivian news

    I tested the Audi prior to buying the MX. The Audi does have advantages over the Tesla offerings, here's some that aren't listed above that I noted: Foot gesture tailgate AC seats Blindspot mirrors 360° view AM radio Spare tire Unattractive from any angle But #1 is low interior sound level and...
  39. MXLRplus

    Latest Rivian news

    Check your emails, you have an appointment window! HI MXLRplus, More details on owning a Rivian We appreciate having your support and commitment as we continue this journey together. In preparation for deliveries, we’ve updated our website with new details on owning a Rivian — from ordering...
  40. MXLRplus

    Blog Cadillac Announces All-Electric Future

    I wonder what is taking them so long? All the GM EV efforts have been well-engineered starting with the EV1, and they have the largest EV R&D facility in the US, perhaps the world. Seems like they are dragging their heels, which could mean they are running out money.
  41. MXLRplus

    GM Supercruise's 0 incident in 5.7 Million miles Vs Tesla Autopilot's 1 accident every 3.45 million miles (Safety Record Comparison)

    No, I just fold down the seats and I have trailers. It can carry a long object inside or a bulky object. For larger parts I bring the trailer. There are certain things the pickup is better at, but if you want an electric work truck, the MX is the closest option so far.
  42. MXLRplus

    Blog Toyota Announces Plans for 15 EVs

    Toyota is so far behind Nissan that it's comical. Toyota's CEO: Mr. Toyoda: “The more EVs we build, the worse carbon dioxide gets,” he said. - WSJ Dec. 17, 2020 4:17 am ET
  43. MXLRplus

    GM Supercruise's 0 incident in 5.7 Million miles Vs Tesla Autopilot's 1 accident every 3.45 million miles (Safety Record Comparison)

    That Cruise collision in SF was 100% the squirrel's fault. The squirrel hit the car, not the other way around. He was one of those nitwits who splits any lane, any time, yet lacks talent. GM paid a nuisance fee.
  44. MXLRplus

    Blog Toyota Announces Plans for 15 EVs

    Toyota recently put up a billboard in Orange County (more EVs that lawyers!) that says "Don't Recharge! Buy a Mirai!" (55 fwy N). So exactly how EV-centric do you think Toyota REALLY is?
  45. MXLRplus

    GM Supercruise's 0 incident in 5.7 Million miles Vs Tesla Autopilot's 1 accident every 3.45 million miles (Safety Record Comparison)

    Actually, it will do it at random (fairly rare) when the car you are passing is dead center in it's lane. Trailers seem to fail more often than sedans.
  46. MXLRplus

    GM Supercruise's 0 incident in 5.7 Million miles Vs Tesla Autopilot's 1 accident every 3.45 million miles (Safety Record Comparison)

    I have more than 15k miles of freeway driving all over SoCal. The MX is my 'shop truck' replacing our pickup. While I quoted two examples that you can test yourself, there are dozens of areas in SoCal that will trigger AEB inadvertently. But it also triggers at random when there is a speed...
  47. MXLRplus

    GM Supercruise's 0 incident in 5.7 Million miles Vs Tesla Autopilot's 1 accident every 3.45 million miles (Safety Record Comparison)

    Drive West on the 91 fwy between 6am-11am on a weekday in the FasTrak. It happens like clockwork at the Riverside/OC county line, then again on the 91/55 transition. That's a ~15 mile drive. I have performed that drive in both a Tesla and an I-Pace w/autosteering hundreds of times. As of...
  48. MXLRplus

    Yakima Rack and Roll Trailer hauling bikes

    I use the Kendon trailer, it's cheaper, stores easier, holds more...
  49. MXLRplus

    Towing a 26-foot Airstream with a 15-foot Tesla Model 3? Are We Crazy!?

    Tips: If you are going to void your warranty on social media, remove your license plates first. The idea that tow rating is only based on axle to hitch distance, 0 mph torque, and CG is false. Regardless of trailer brakes, you need bigger brakes for towing if it's not engineered for towing. A...

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