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  1. RTPEV

    Superchargers open to all other EVs later this year (2021)

    And the next logical step after that is that you even automatically get "in line" as you navigate to the Supercharger such that you are pretty much guaranteed the first available spot when you arrive. A lot like "call ahead seating" at restaurants.
  2. RTPEV

    Solar superchargers

    According to the EPA Power profiler, that section of Alaska is 63% powered by hdyro (and 27% by oil!) Power Profiler | US EPA
  3. RTPEV

    Electrify America general discussion

    On a road trip, yeah, that makes sense. But in my neck of the woods we have one IKEA in Charlotte, NC that people travel to from around the state, sort of as a destination in its own once or twice a year, possibly combined with another attraction or venue, but typically a day trip. For me...
  4. RTPEV

    Wiki Largest gaps between Superchargers on US Interstates

    Harrisburg, PA <-> Moosic, PA = 115 miles, and this isn't even out in the wild west! Granted, there are very few facilities of any kind along that route (it's a bladder test!) Surprisingly I haven't noticed significant crowding at either of those sites. Well, Harrisburg was nearly full on my...
  5. RTPEV

    Supercharger - Ellenton, FL

    @Chuq @corywright Wow! Stealth Supercharger! Nice find! Based on the second picture and location next to the existing EA site, the pin location is: 27.537623743667734, -82.50737236118209 Address is: 5461 Factory Shops Blvd, Ellenton, Florida, 34222, USA Plugshare link to the EA site...
  6. RTPEV

    Electrify America general discussion

    Still seems strange to me, because while they may want to attract travelers to their stores, I think they'd also want them to stick around for more than 30 minutes too...it would stink for them if their charging customers got a notification that idle fees were commencing and they suddenly had to...
  7. RTPEV

    Superchargers open to all other EVs later this year (2021)

    Okay, let me see if I get what you are suggesting: So in the event that Tesla implements a system whereby they can direct you to a specific stall (which I think would be a very welcome addition), perhaps based on which stalls are likely to give the best speeds, that they would need a way to...
  8. RTPEV

    Electrify America general discussion

    Yeah, just seems weird to have a large site at an IKEA. Not that I don't think large sites (>=8 stalls) are the proper long term site size... Also weird that an IKEA visit is usually pretty lengthy. It takes me well over 30 minutes just to find my way out of the maze! It's kind of like IKEA...
  9. RTPEV

    Proposed Supercharger layout to minimize lines and allow towing

    For L2 charging, I agree that one station that can service 2 (or 4) vehicles from the same "head" is acceptable, although I think the preference there would be to have a dual- or quad-headed unit that would share power or charge simultaneously (at lower power). For Supercharging, idle fees are...
  10. RTPEV

    Electrify America general discussion

    Does this imply an average site size of 8 chargers per site?
  11. RTPEV

    Proposed Supercharger layout to minimize lines and allow towing

    It certainly doesn't seem that they've necessarily settled on anything at all! I still see them toy with different layouts that seem to fit the real estate they are offered. Which is I think the reality thus far: they are offered a corner of a parking lot, so they do what they need to do to...
  12. RTPEV

    Proposed Supercharger layout to minimize lines and allow towing

    I'd still advocate for using the tried and true gas station island layout. This type of layout will accommodate vehicles with charge ports in different positions on different vehicles, allow for towing, provide an efficient way to utilize a canopy, and is a nice form factor for the current...
  13. RTPEV

    Superchargers open to all other EVs later this year (2021)

    Useful in the sense that something could be done with that information, but in the sense that it would likely never be enforced, I have a hard time justifying the expense.
  14. RTPEV

    HPWC cable - neat solutions?

    BTW, here is what an "untidy" setup actually looks like 😆: The connector on the left is a straight J1772 connector that clicks into a $5 holster attached to the shelf. The cable itself is wound and hanging off a hook I attached to the shelf. This is for my wife's J1772 car. My connector is...
  15. RTPEV

    Supercharger - Potsdam, NY

    Was quite pleased and surprised to see that the latest Tesla FindUs map includes an entry for Potsdam, NY with Q4 2022 target opening: I would have thought Canton would have been a slightly preferable option, serving Rt 68 traffic from Ogdensburg to the Adirondacks, but hey, a Potsdam...
  16. RTPEV

    FSD so popular, Tesla slashing FSD prices in china by 50%

    2101Guy, I have no trouble with fair criticisms of FSD progress (or lack thereof) and the UNrealistic predictions of Elon Musk when it comes to FSD availability, and value, and generally line up with your thinking in regards to those items. But your clickbait posts go too far in my opinion...
  17. RTPEV

    HPWC cable - neat solutions?

    Not sure how I can say this without sounding condescending, but you consider that setup untidy? My cable is just wound around a hook I attached to the shelving unit that my EVSE (I don't have a wall connector, but rather a homebuilt dual-headed J1772 EVSE) is attached to. I'm guessing you'd be...
  18. RTPEV

    Wife considering getting a Tesla too, one charger enough?

    Excellent, and very valid point. In our case I located the 14-50 outlet my EVSE plugs into in the middle of the back wall of the garage. That was when we had two EVs with charge ports near the front of the vehicles. Now both of our vehicles have charge ports near the rear. I have to back in...
  19. RTPEV

    CCS Adapter for North America

    You do know the difference between a "bold statement" and a warranty, right?
  20. RTPEV

    Wife considering getting a Tesla too, one charger enough?

    Yes. We've been a 2 EV family since 2013, with a variety of combination of EVs. Our first experience was a 2012 Nissan LEAF (3.3kW charging) and a 2013 LEAF (6.6kW charging). With ranges of 79 and 84 miles respectively, both needed to be charged every night. But the 2013 was recharged...
  21. RTPEV

    Wiki Largest gaps between Superchargers on US Interstates

    It's almost better if it's not visible yet...that way I can pretend it's the next one after the visible ones! 😆 Anyway, thank you!
  22. RTPEV

    How much extra would you pay for a Hotel with Destination Charging that you could Reserve?

    Yes, this is what I'm talking about. In a properly sited parking lot, the charging stations are not located right outside the front door (where people park when they check in). They are in an out of the way section of the parking lot. Upon checkin, most guests will park near the front, in a...
  23. RTPEV

    How much extra would you pay for a Hotel with Destination Charging that you could Reserve?

    Not saying it will prevent them, but it gives drivers the warning that their cars will be towed if parked improperly, and more importantly the hotel the right to have the car towed. If a hotel intends to take offering charging seriously, this is going to be a necessary enforcement. It wouldn't...
  24. RTPEV

    How much extra would you pay for a Hotel with Destination Charging that you could Reserve?

    Sounds good, but I'm skeptical that it would work in practice. For one thing, a cheap car detector is not going to know whether the car plugged in or not. That would require some kind of integration with the charging provider (although yes, I think these smart systems are available--but...
  25. RTPEV

    CCS Adapter for North America

    Ah yeah, that's probably another consideration that we forgot...as soon as they release for the NA market, they are going to be swarmed with 2020- vehicle requests for the charge port upgrade. They will likely want to get that capability at least somewhat queued up before wide release of the...
  26. RTPEV

    Auto gear Select question

    Were you actively navigating? This actually happened to me today...I got the ding well before I expected it, and looked up and it was just the two right-turn lanes that had turned green (I was in a straight lane). But I was not actively navigating, and the gray line was flipping back and forth...
  27. RTPEV

    CCS Adapter for North America

    I think that the "Korean" demand is actually mostly North American, and now that Tesla realizes what is going on, they will probably not entertain opening up the floodgates again until they are ready to release to North America. That is just a conjecture though. Obviously I have no inside info.
  28. RTPEV

    CCS Adapter for North America

    Not being able to adequately provide support has not stopped them from offering other products, including the vehicle itself. If you know of a way to get "support" for your car, Powerwall, wall connector, solar panels other than an e-mail that is likely not monitored or a kludgy app-based...
  29. RTPEV

    How much extra would you pay for a Hotel with Destination Charging that you could Reserve?

    So this is what I've been touting as a reasonable solution here...but you say "bring back". Has it been discontinued? (maybe my information is outdated)
  30. RTPEV

    CCS Adapter for North America

    Probably for the same reason they don't just offer it for sale directly in North America. I suspect they cannot support the anticipated volumes at this point, and started to run into constraints in South Korea with all the North Americans ordering them.
  31. RTPEV

    How much extra would you pay for a Hotel with Destination Charging that you could Reserve?

    Well the $400 TWC is not a direct comparison to a $5500 ruggedized charging station (whatever that site was using as a reference, which probably also includes dedicated installation costs). For sure I've seen hosts with $600 Clipper Creeks, which doesn't beat the Tesla cost, but it's at least...
  32. RTPEV

    Supercharger - Fort Valley, GA

    The prices on the gas pumps will do all the evangelizing!
  33. RTPEV

    App that shows real time availability for supercharges

    I don't have an answer to this question. I know it's not real-time, but it's always been "close enough" for my needs (or it's been horribly wrong on rare occasions!) I'm not necessarily looking for real-time status, but rather I'm looking to see if the utilization is going up or down, and...
  34. RTPEV

    Supercharger - Katy, TX - Buc-ee's

    It's not just the federal funding, but it's also a side effect of one or two outlets jumping all-in on EV charging. Once that happened, nobody is going to want to be left behind and it will snowball. It's awesome to be witnessing this transition first hand!
  35. RTPEV

    How much extra would you pay for a Hotel with Destination Charging that you could Reserve?

    Yep...I would have agreed with this statement 2 years ago. Not today. I am seeing actual production, and on the opportunity I had to take the same road trip I've been describing last year in our ID4 (and using Electrify America sites instead of Superchargers), I can tell you first hand that...
  36. RTPEV

    How much extra would you pay for a Hotel with Destination Charging that you could Reserve?

    Even with abounding Superchargers, it's a major convenience factor to effectively skip an entire Supercharger stop. Although Superchargers are not all the "abounding" either. On my recent trip, my route took me from (approximately) Ogdensburg, NY -> Wellsville, NY -> Olean, NY (at a hotel with...
  37. RTPEV

    How much extra would you pay for a Hotel with Destination Charging that you could Reserve?

    You mean an adapter that came with the car? How is this a problem? As for production plans 5 years out, I think you may be surprised at how quickly the auto industry is now scrambling to get in on that play. For sure they ignored Tesla for years and let them get a huge head start, but now...
  38. RTPEV

    How much extra would you pay for a Hotel with Destination Charging that you could Reserve?

    I have to disagree here. Specifically with regards to an overnight stay, if I can be assured of a working and available L2 charging station at the hotel, I can effectively skip an entire Supercharging stop, and even better, ensure that my first leg of travel in the morning (when I'm most rested...
  39. RTPEV

    Wiki Largest gaps between Superchargers on US Interstates

    As the number of gaps >140 miles continues to drop, any thoughts on re-doing the first post to show the new top 25, or drop the threshold to 120 miles or 100 miles? My pet peeve gap is at 110 miles, but not quite visible on your public list. Granted, it's not like being able to "see" it is...
  40. RTPEV

    Supercharger - Syracuse, NY - Destiny USA Drive

    The posted screenshot (and supercharger.info and plugshare.com) accurately show the location of this site. The in-car nav, on the other hand, has no clue! It will dump you off on the exact opposite side of the mall. Basically as you enter the mall property after getting off the highway, you...
  41. RTPEV

    M3 and a Bolt, TWC x 2, one 30-amp circuit: Will it work?

    Question to consider: Do you really need 2 EVSEs? Maybe you do, but speaking as a two EV household, now that my wife and I both have long range EVs, we find that we don't really need two (or in our case a dual-headed) EVSE. We did when we had a slow charging (3.3kW) EV and a slow charging...
  42. RTPEV

    How much extra would you pay for a Hotel with Destination Charging that you could Reserve?

    Yes, this is true in 2022. Those numbers are going to flip on their heads over the next few years. And if not, I guess all the folks complaining about Tesla opening up the Supercharger network to CCS vehicles have nothing to worry about! So yes, if you are interesting in outright buying and...
  43. RTPEV

    How much extra would you pay for a Hotel with Destination Charging that you could Reserve?

    It's also a problem if you have two guests with non-Tesla EVs trying to charge! I don't have a problem with hotels offering Tesla destination chargers as long as they also offer J1772. If they have limited funds or electric capacity available for charging stations, they should focus on J1772...
  44. RTPEV

    How much extra would you pay for a Hotel with Destination Charging that you could Reserve?

    Much better explanation of reasonable solutions to this problem than I was able to describe.
  45. RTPEV

    Is anyone interested in an Enhanced Autopilot Subscription?

    I paid $5K for EAP back in 2018 when I bought my car...it was more than I really thought it was worth, but I figured I'd roll it into the cost of the vehicle, and I really wanted the ability to be able to have the car change lanes automatically (on command, not NoA type automatically). This was...
  46. RTPEV

    GM partners with Pilot to install chargers at up to 500 travel centers nationwide

    Agreed. This is how I count them on fastcharger.info New EVgo sites tend to have the same 3 stations: two 100kW CCS/CHAdeMO units, and one 350kW dual-CCS unit. Almost always they arrange them so that there is one parking spot dedicated to each of the smaller units, and two spots dedicated to...
  47. RTPEV

    How much extra would you pay for a Hotel with Destination Charging that you could Reserve?

    That certainly is questionable behavior, and I agree, it's the other extreme of not having the ability to reserve a spot at all and not being able to get a charge because the spots are NOT reserved and continuously ICEd. Possible solutions here are: Keep adding additional charging stations...
  48. RTPEV

    Positive EVGo experience

    I don't disagree that long term we need to enable home charging for all, but I also think there is a middle ground between "gasoline thinking" and "full home charging". Grocery store + workplace charging is one example. In my opinion, waiting for everyone to have access to home charging before...
  49. RTPEV

    Solar superchargers

    Even if your trip was 100% powered by coal, you'd probably still fare better (environmentally) versus taking a gas burner. As you travel though, the coal/natural gas content of the electric grid is going to vary. The map below shows what efficiency gas car you'd have to be driving to break...

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