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  1. swengl

    spare tire

    I had the added bonus of having to worry about my battery pack discharging when I was towed. I was down below 20 miles of range (I was driving directly home on a long road trip when I had the blow out) and I had to coordinate with the local tire shop to be sure they would plug it in for me once...
  2. swengl

    Ability to avoid rollover?

    Also, shouldn't the Semi (and all 18 wheelers) be designed to automatically disconnect if the trailer rotates to a point of no return where the cab would follow it in the roll?
  3. swengl

    Ability to avoid rollover?

    Due to the low center gravity that is inherent in Teslas (with the battery pack being close to the ground), I wonder how often we will see this once the Semi has been rolled out. Also, what could be done (practically) to avoid the trailer from being the culprit in the future? Put an extended...
  4. swengl

    Diversity/Harrassment Issues at Tesla?

    This looks serious and I hope it is handled appropriately. Harassment, in general, should never be condoned. Tesla sexual harassment lawsuits multiply as 6 more women sue Musk-led firm
  5. swengl

    Supercharger - Madison Heights, VA

    Man, they got that up and running FAST!
  6. swengl

    spare tire

    I bought one from Modern Spare (for an S) after having a blow-out 10 miles from home. It's definitely a donut, but if it can get me there without a tow, it will be worth it.
  7. swengl

    Supercharger - Madison Heights, VA

    I live fairly close to this one, it is convenient from 29. It's interesting that Sheetz decided to put another SuC so close to the one near the Lynchburg airport though. Having both will distribute the load between the two I guess, which will be a good thing. The one near the airport is...
  8. swengl

    Tesla Adds "Superchargers Open to Non-Tesla" to Map

    This definitely highlights another missed opportunity to standardize on something (where the plug should be). This is going to cause confusion for the other manufacturers' car owners when they charge at a SuperCharger and will be frustrating for the Tesla owners that may see an open spot only...
  9. swengl

    Blog Musk Says Cyberquad Will Be ‘Least Dangerous ATV’

    We have one of the late model Ranger UTV EVs (runs on lead acid batteries). It's smaller than our gas powered 700, but for two people, there's plenty of room. The range isn't fantastic, I would say it's at/around 20 miles on a full charge. The quiet operation is awesome though.
  10. swengl

    Would you charge off-peak hours if Tesla offered a discounted rate?

    Are there any other creative solutions out there beside just discounting the rate for off-peak?
  11. swengl

    Would you charge off-peak hours if Tesla offered a discounted rate?

    It's great to have that option. Unfortunately, you are in the minority, currently. It is great that you are minimizing your transportation carbon footprint, kudos!
  12. swengl

    Would you charge off-peak hours if Tesla offered a discounted rate?

    This is, unfortunately, true. Many landlords don't see the value in the potential competitive advantage that they could have by offering the ability to charge within the condo/apartment complex. I'm hoping that will change as the nation transitions to more sustainable transportation and it...
  13. swengl

    Would you charge off-peak hours if Tesla offered a discounted rate?

    They should be charging non-Teslas a small premium to cover the cost of deploying/managing the number of new stalls that they are planning to deploy (and maybe make a modest amount of revenue, as well). It would just be another (albeit small) benefit of buying a Tesla and using the...
  14. swengl

    Would you charge off-peak hours if Tesla offered a discounted rate?

    In the earnings call, it was stated that "The company is also focused on lowering Supercharging time, and rolling out strategies like encouraging owners to charge their vehicles in off-peak hours." I'm assuming this means a lower rate for off-peak charging (possible free SuC in the dead of...
  15. swengl

    Range predictions and sleeping in a Cybertruck

    And if there's any solar charging options for the CT, that could help offset a bit, as well.
  16. swengl

    Cybertruck will have rear wheel steering

    It sounds like Amazon is taking priority over consumers with the Rivian delivery trucks being delivered before the consumer trucks. I guess they have to appease the masters first, eh? Bloomberg - Are you a robot?
  17. swengl

    Range predictions and sleeping in a Cybertruck

    Musk hasn't completely ruled out the ability to open up the cabin to the Vault, has he? If not, think of the arrangement where you have the Vault closed and the back window/partition open where you could pump the Vault with HVAC from the cabin. In regards to outlets, won't the CT have...
  18. swengl

    Range predictions and sleeping in a Cybertruck

    I guess they are trying to encourage Ford to "do the right thing" and put the majority of their R&D into EVs and other low/zero emission alternatives to ICE vehicles. I agree though, traditional ICE manufacturers are getting a light touch in critical reviews. VW acting altruistic is truly a...
  19. swengl

    Range predictions and sleeping in a Cybertruck

    While it will be true that the CT uses more energy than the other Tesla models, it shouldn't take longer to charge it. Although we haven't seen a production vehicle that is using the 4680 cells, the tab-less design of the 4680 indicates that charging should be much faster (lower resistance for...
  20. swengl

    Supercharger - Charlottesville, VA - Proffit Road

    The other SuperCharger in Charlottesville should be up and running if the Proffit Rd one is not online, for some reason. There are a few restaurants (including Duck Donuts!) within walking distance of the Bond St. charger. The Bond Street charger is NOT a 250 kW charger, however.
  21. swengl

    Range predictions and sleeping in a Cybertruck

    https://insideevs.com/news/510122/tesla-cybertruck-secrets-patent-application/
  22. swengl

    Range predictions and sleeping in a Cybertruck

    I saw the 610 range in the patent application for the interface. Were there any other (confirmed) locations/sources for that number?
  23. swengl

    Supercharger - South Boston, VA

    I've been harping on this, myself for a while. If they put one on/near Rt. 29, it would be fantastic! The 'Roo has my vote ;)
  24. swengl

    Thoughts on the Automative Glass Structure patent?

    https://patentscope.wipo.int/search/en/detail.jsf;jsessionid=4F581D1A4E5574EF0E3AE157B3810853.wapp1nB?docId=WO2021158808&tab=PCTDESCRIPTION This could lead to some interesting developments, both inside and outside the CyberTruck. One example: Section 0038. Using the solution to provide a...
  25. swengl

    Storage in "Sail Pillars"?

    The sail pillar storage could be a good place to stash the extra solar panels for the CT to get the charge rate up to/over 45 miles/day :) . Or, someone could design a custom toolbox that can secure frequently used tools that will raise up when you open the SPH (sail pillar hatch).
  26. swengl

    Any chance for a sunroof option?

    There were a ton of folks that had issues with leaky sunroofs (especially, the earlier Model S). I use mine once in a blue moon. I agree with JBee, I'll gladly give up a sunroof for no annoying aero effects (whistling), sealing issues and improved structural integrity.
  27. swengl

    Vault cover waterproof

    I wonder how difficult it will be to keep the tonneau track clean enough to keep the cover from snagging and/or binding up? Since you won't be able to see out of the back window if the tonneau cover is deployed, I'm hoping that Tesla uses multiple (redundant?) cameras as a replacement for a...
  28. swengl

    I hope the roof rack receptacles are in the truck. Carry bikes and luggage carrier.

    I've wondered the same thing. It would be nice to be able to put kayaks above the roof and still be able to close/lock the Vault to protect valuables from being stolen.
  29. swengl

    New screen UI in Cybertruck

    If the MCU2 upgrade for the Model S is any indication (as well as the features offered on the 3/Y), they probably will not offer SiriusXM on the CT. I paid extra for the MCU2 upgrade to keep that functionality as I too, really enjoy the service.
  30. swengl

    Elon: no door handles on the Cybertruck

    After replacing all 4 handles on the S already, I'm definitely in the "no handles" camp for the CT :). I don't own an X, so I can't speak to the usefulness or annoyance of the auto presenting doors that they have. Hopefully, Tesla will consider their options carefully and go from there.....
  31. swengl

    Cybertruck will have rear wheel steering

    All-wheel steering (AWS) can also help minimize trailer sway by assisting with sudden lane changes while towing. There are definitely non off-road uses for AWS.
  32. swengl

    Supercharger - Durham NC

    I'm still a bit selfish and would love to see a SuperCharging station at The Streets of Southpoint. The convenience of it would be nice ;)
  33. swengl

    Blog Musk Says Cybertruck Updates Coming Soon

    I guess we will find out (at some point), right?
  34. swengl

    Blog Musk Says Cybertruck Updates Coming Soon

    I think they will freeze the cost of AP for those that reserved and execute their order in a timely fashion (at least that is what was promised). If the chip shortage gets resolved before the widespread launch of the CT (which is probably a 50/50 proposition right now, the overall cost of the...
  35. swengl

    Supercharger - Durham NC

    Nice! Now I can skip the Cary SuC and go straight here on my way through the area.
  36. swengl

    Supercharger - Madison, VA

    I've had similar experiences at a few different Sheetz stores: the staff seems to appreciate the green aspect of hosting the SuCs.
  37. swengl

    Supercharger Siler City, NC

    I was hoping Rockingham area would get one, as well (not to say they won't in the future). It would be about halfway to the beach for me and that stretch of NC is pretty EV charging infrastructure barren.
  38. swengl

    Supercharger - Durham NC

    In regards to the 4680 cell design, the tabless approach (versus the current, single tab approach) is supposed to distribute (or even partially eliminate) the internal battery cell resistance, effectively allowing the larger cell design to charge like (or better than?) a less dense cell design...
  39. swengl

    Latest Dashboard Pictures

    You have to admit, the Model S cupholders (at least in the 2015 "model" year) in the arm rest are awkward, at best. I am tall and need a full arm rest and with the cupholders in use (and a passenger in the seat beside me) the arm rest is pretty cramped. A truck is about utility (and nowadays...
  40. swengl

    Latest Dashboard Pictures

    As an earlier Model S owner, I 100% agree with the sentiment about storage within the cabin. I ended up buying both a front and rear console for the S to add cup holders and storage for everyday items.
  41. swengl

    Blog Musk Says Cybertruck Updates Coming Soon

    I wonder how the battle against the NHTSA is going? (This article is from 2019, but I don't think much has changed) Why Car Designers Are Waging War against Side Mirrors. My concern with no side mirrors: if the camera has issues, will that mean it would be illegal to drive the vehicle and in...
  42. swengl

    Supercharger - Durham NC

    Too bad the Southpoint Mall plan hasn't panned out (yet). That would be a good spot for charging, which would allow folks to safely leave their vehicle and walk to dining/shopping.
  43. swengl

    Supercharger - Durham NC

    This is definitely going to be an issue when the CyberTruck starts rolling out. I'd love to see Tesla address this by using pull-through spots (in the middle of a parking lot) that are large enough for a vehicle + trailer to avoid the inevitable headache of someone blocking *other* stalls to...
  44. swengl

    Blog Musk Says Cybertruck Updates Coming Soon

    While I appreciate your realistic outlook on Tesla's delivery dates, are you really going to go with the first electric truck (regardless of manufacturer) to be delivered? I like the look of the Rivian, but we know nothing about their actual reliability or the vehicle range, their ability to...
  45. swengl

    Should EVs Make Artificial Sounds at Low Speeds?

    I hope that they make the "noisemaker" on the CyberTruck something you can disable: I want to be able to drive through the woods without disturbing the wildlife. Call it "Stealth" mode and put it as an option on the touchscreen. Or better yet, make it location-centric and auto-enable it when...
  46. swengl

    CT Steering Wheel Replacement

    Even if the design is to "prepare for the future" should you be putting a yoke steering wheel in a vehicle where it cannot retract into the dash? This is assuming that Tesla is not secretly planning to make that happen with the CT.
  47. swengl

    Blog Musk Says Cybertruck Updates Coming Soon

    I'm personally OK with the tri-motor coming out a bit later, I want Tesla to work out the bugs / production issues before making mine, I plan to hang onto it for a while.
  48. swengl

    Blog Musk Says Cybertruck Updates Coming Soon

    It would probably void your car warranty, so proceed with caution.
  49. swengl

    Blog Musk Says Cybertruck Updates Coming Soon

    Keep in mind also, the CT and Semi will both rely on the 4680 battery cells and will need cell production to reach a sustainable level before they can start shipping.

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