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  1. RFernatt

    Supercharger - Princeton, WV

    Glad to see another V3 in WV!
  2. RFernatt

    What is the most reliable android phone with Tesla Model 3?

    Update... Pixel 2XL had been flawless before (wife inherited it to retire her OG Pixel) and Pixel 4XL has been flawless since I started using it in December.
  3. RFernatt

    What is the closest Supercharger to your house?

    4.9 miles and 14.7 miles are the two closest (and I live in West Virginia!), but of course I never use them. Rooftop solar installation and garage means I charge at home as much as I can. For various reasons that I won't get into here, I make more power than I can use for the all electric house...
  4. RFernatt

    Solar Panel and Powerwall Near Boston

    Yes, my installation is about 2.5 years old. The Panasonic panels are a bit more expensive, but they have the warranty and other desirable features that made it worth it for me. But, the equipment won't matter if you don't have a good installer, so make sure you do your homework with the...
  5. RFernatt

    Solar Panel and Powerwall Near Boston

    I believe MA has net metering. Skip the Powerwall for now and just get the credit on your bill for excess solar you can use at any time. The grid becomes your "battery" storing the value of the energy you produce. Not sure about time of use charges, etc. Unless you wanted the Powerwall for...
  6. RFernatt

    Tesla and Gallium Nitride (GaN)

    I've been seeing more articles about Gallium Nitride (GaN) chargers and how much more efficient and smaller they are compared with traditional silicon based charging tech. Here is an example: This new HyperJuice 100W GaN charger could be the charger of your dreams I've been thinking about...
  7. RFernatt

    Winter charging issues, frozen charge ports, road trips

    ABRP predicts 15% at 30 degree and no wind, but those were variable during the trip. I didn't use the car's nav since it was a common trip for me and I wasn't actually charging in Martinsburg, just stopped to get the photo and then another 10 mins to home.
  8. RFernatt

    Hot floor after driving high speed

    My original post was in 2018 soon after I got the car. Since then I know it's just that the auto setting seems to direct more heat to the floor than I prefer and I need to adjust it. Or maybe Tesla has adjusted in an OTA since my feet haven't felt quite as toasty. :)
  9. RFernatt

    Does dual motor make a big difference in terms of power, enjoyment, etc?

    Having driven an S as a Turo rental and a loaner, I wouldn't trade my 3 for one. I don't generally prefer large vehicles though. I guess it could be better as a long distance tourer, but that's not my general use. I picked the DM 3 for all weather capability in WV, better resale (IMO), and...
  10. RFernatt

    Tesla "Saltines"

    Tesla for EVs like Jeep for off-roaders. I like it.
  11. RFernatt

    Tesla, TSLA & the Investment World: the Perpetual Investors' Roundtable

    I think Proterra (the Tesla of bus manufacturers) would disagree, for city transit buses anyway. :) I am looking forward to their IPO.
  12. RFernatt

    Tesla, TSLA & the Investment World: the Perpetual Investors' Roundtable

    LOLs for VW. Some VW EVP is thinking "easy, peasy, just throw more cooks in the kitchen! What could go wrong?" :rolleyes:
  13. RFernatt

    offgrid house and M3

    It's not just areas like southern CA or Australia, I'm in extreme eastern West Virginia and generate enough power from my array to offset the power for local driving in a Model 3 and Leaf and for an all electric house. I am not off grid, but we do have full net metering so that makes it easier...
  14. RFernatt

    Tesla, TSLA & the Investment World: the Perpetual Investors' Roundtable

    And Carlos' last name is pronounced similar to the word 'gone'.
  15. RFernatt

    Tesla, TSLA & the Investment World: the Perpetual Investors' Roundtable

    Incredible! I think Musk needs to prove Cowen's "stock cut in half" prediction correct and do a 2:1 split for the new year.
  16. RFernatt

    Tesla, TSLA & the Investment World: the Perpetual Investors' Roundtable

    Woohoo, no curtain call here. The show* goes on! *Show and sometimes circus, but hats off to the zookeepers that reign it in as needed! Happy New Year TMCers!
  17. RFernatt

    Does anyone else still prefer to drive their gas cars?

    Very cool! I had an '08 451 ICE smart for 6 years and really enjoyed it. But, I'm happy to power the house and a couple EVs with solar now. Still have a leased ICE SUV for the time being. You're always welcome to hang out here in my book. Besides, you'll join Team Tesla at some point. We're...
  18. RFernatt

    Tesla, TSLA & the Investment World: the Perpetual Investors' Roundtable

    Training? Looks like you're ready for the big leagues with Mr. Jonas and the rest! All you got to add is 'bear case' on the low end and 'bull case' on the high end and knock off early for some golf.
  19. RFernatt

    Does anyone else still prefer to drive their gas cars?

    Same here. Leaf is the around town grocery getter.
  20. RFernatt

    Leave J1772 adapter attached and locked, ready to charge

    I believe it will have to be energized to be detected by the car to be locked. Also, any concern with rain in the upturned, unconnected adapter even if it is locked?
  21. RFernatt

    Tesla, TSLA & the Investment World: the Perpetual Investors' Roundtable

    Maybe in cities and suburbs, but I don't see that happening for a long while in rural areas. Independence and self reliance, work vehicles, not to mention poor roads/markings/signage and weather issues will make it a much longer slog outside metro areas.
  22. RFernatt

    Any chance "dumb" cruise control will come back as an option?

    Off camber rises and dips, especially in curves, with oncoming traffic can get it confused. If someone is walking beside the road, it can also brake check the guy behind. If the road is relatively flat and straight or with gentle curves and wide enough so there aren't people and other objects...
  23. RFernatt

    Tesla, TSLA & the Investment World: the Perpetual Investors' Roundtable

    Anyone that does even a little bit of DIY electrical work needs a non contact voltage detection pen. I use mine to double check everything even when I know the breaker is off. Can be especially useful on multigang boxes that may have another circuit hiding in there. :)
  24. RFernatt

    ALL CyberTruck discussion

    Saw this McLaren I hadn't seen before today and immediately thought the side profile shape reminded me of the CT.
  25. RFernatt

    Tesla, TSLA & the Investment World: the Perpetual Investors' Roundtable

    Weighed. Measured. Found wanting. #taycangapgate :p
  26. RFernatt

    Tesla, TSLA & the Investment World: the Perpetual Investors' Roundtable

    The 'Electrifying Twenties'? The 'Terawatt Twenties'?
  27. RFernatt

    Tesla, TSLA & the Investment World: the Perpetual Investors' Roundtable

    They have it as one of their long term test cars which they do report on regularly. This occurrence would be noteworthy for their car even if it is an isolated incident.
  28. RFernatt

    Tesla, TSLA & the Investment World: the Perpetual Investors' Roundtable

    Sorry, it does look legit. Just bad luck with rear motor failure. The app warned while it was parked, so at least it was proactive. I'll add a quick summary.
  29. RFernatt

    Tesla, TSLA & the Investment World: the Perpetual Investors' Roundtable

    Ugh... Our [Long Term Test] Tesla Model 3 Suffered a Catastrophic Failure While Parked - Car & Driver Edit: Looks legit. Just bad luck with 12V, rear motor failure. The app warned while it was parked, so at least it was proactive. Had to transport out of MI for service. Waiting for parts.
  30. RFernatt

    Tesla, TSLA & the Investment World: the Perpetual Investors' Roundtable

    Interesting read from the Euro motorsports perspective on VW's recent announcement and what the new emission fines will mean. Coming years will be "brutal" for combustion racing - WTCR boss "But it is what it is. And we have to live with it. If we all love combustion motorsport, and I think we...
  31. RFernatt

    President of GM taught us what it takes for EV to go mainstream

    I agree with your statement since it applies to me, but to be fair, there are a chunk of folks without garage parking or it's a communal garage without charging or very low speed charging. So, the better the charging options, the more people will be interested in EVs. I think we're at the...
  32. RFernatt

    Home charging on a 35A circuit...

    It's possible since the slider wasn't very precise in previous app versions even though I was aiming at the 90% mark. Could have been 91% I suppose. But warning you at 91% and not 90% doesn't give me warm fuzzies and the car can sit without driving for days at times, so I err on lower is better...
  33. RFernatt

    Home charging on a 35A circuit...

    Uh, my car warned me specifically about charging to 90% after a couple times, so at least my LR Model 3 built in Sep 2018 did in fact display a warning not too long ago. Maybe it has changed, but there you have it. I believe what the car displayed on its screen more than someone on the internet...
  34. RFernatt

    Home charging on a 35A circuit...

    Well, for battery health, you don't want the battery sitting at a high level of charge. The car will warn you if you charge at 90% or greater repeatedly. I set mine at 80% and only increase if needed on a trip. Regarding the speed of charge, I don't know that I'd be concerned. A Model 3...
  35. RFernatt

    Home charging on a 35A circuit...

    If everything (receptacle, wiring, breaker) is rated for at least 30A and you'll only be drawing a 24A continuous load, you should be good as long as it is wired up properly. 35A is odd. Wiring support more by chance? If it did and you had capacity, you could bump up the breaker and receptacle...
  36. RFernatt

    Tesla, TSLA & the Investment World: the Perpetual Investors' Roundtable

    Or, in the case of WV, when the politicians are automall owners themselves like our former Senate president. No issues there whatsoever. :rolleyes: A government hands off free market is great until competition threatens your market. Then, you need the government to protect deale..., um, consumers.
  37. RFernatt

    Tesla, TSLA & the Investment World: the Perpetual Investors' Roundtable

    Not if the total number of EVs being sold increases by more than Tesla's production increase. They are expecting some better selling EVs to arrive and increase the size of the "EV" market. They're probably thinking ID.3 and Mach-E, but we'll have to see how many of these are actually available...
  38. RFernatt

    Elon confirmed addressing my biggest Tesla software deficiency: Tight Parking/360 view

    Would like to see some parking assist on the Tesla beyond the rear view camera. I had a '16 Nissan Rogue with the 360 view feature and loved it. You could also cycle to a larger curbside view to see how close you were on the passenger side.
  39. RFernatt

    for current model 3 owners, where do you find most of paint chips?

    Flat part of the front bumper takes a beating.
  40. RFernatt

    Dumb Winter Range Question

    Sounds prudent until you're more comfortable with how it performs in those conditions. Don't want to push your luck and have a bad experience right out of the gate especially with family on board. Even if you were confident you could make it, there is not a lot of wiggle room in case of road...
  41. RFernatt

    Dumb Winter Range Question

    Yeah, I'd drop the speed. Elevation change and wind can eat into the range significantly as well. Here's my recent experience crossing the Appalachians in admittedly better conditions than you're talking about: MASTER THREAD: Winter charging issues, frozen charge ports, road trips
  42. RFernatt

    Reconsidering getting a 2nd EV

    It may not gain charge in really cold conditions, but you won't lose as much charge as you would have otherwise for battery heating and vampire drain. And to the point about 300 plus rated miles above, I seriously doubt there is any Tesla or other EV currently available that can achieve...
  43. RFernatt

    Winter charging issues, frozen charge ports, road trips

    Nope. Was wearing a heavy sweatshirt over my regular shirt and jeans. I typically run a little warm, so I don't mind it being on the cool side. If my wife had been in the car, I couldn't have gotten away with that. YMMV in these types of conditions, but plan accordingly. And I'll add that bit...
  44. RFernatt

    Winter charging issues, frozen charge ports, road trips

    Was driving back last night from visiting family in central West Virginia and decided to run an efficiency test in my LR AWD Model 3. So, sharing results if you have similar cold, mountain driving planned. The setup: Drove for a couple hours before stopping to charge, so car and battery were...
  45. RFernatt

    40.50.1 update completely disabled all voice commands

    Voice commands worked for me on WiFi earlier, but not on LTE during a test spin. Weird. I'm sure it will get sorted in a subsequent release.
  46. RFernatt

    Tesla, TSLA & the Investment World: the Perpetual Investors' Roundtable

    Something wrong with the rest of your family. My wife and I thought it was funny if a little short. But we liked Chicken Run when everyone else says they don't get it. Meh, no accounting for good taste!
  47. RFernatt

    Tesla, TSLA & the Investment World: the Perpetual Investors' Roundtable

    Hmmm, maybe Tesla should partner with a developer/home builder to create the "community of the future". They could go traditional townhomes and small houses each with solar glass roofs, PW, and ultraefficient construction using sustainable materials or... Go full Mars colony with boring company...
  48. RFernatt

    Tesla, TSLA & the Investment World: the Perpetual Investors' Roundtable

    I need to update this, but it's still appropriate for the festive mood. So, Merry Christmas fellow TMC'ers and here is Santa Elon to the tune of Santa Baby.

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