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  1. alexgr

    How to advocate for EVs?

    I really like this. "When I can, I leave the car at a charger, and then it is always enough charge for me."
  2. alexgr

    How to advocate for EVs?

    Right, but how could we advertise EVs to people who don't care about "mindset change" either because of their age or stubbornness?
  3. alexgr

    How to advocate for EVs?

    Last night, walking out of a performance center to my Model Y charging at a free charger in a public parking garage, a retirement age lady asked me 'how long is it to charge your car?'. I wasn't ready for this question, and I gave an immediate true answer '4 miles per hour'. 'Too slow' she...
  4. alexgr

    Chicago area superchargers failing in cold

    This could be in part a rental rotation. Hertz might be planning to sell Teslas with little depreciation, but the reality hurt them badly. Anyway, their EV sale could very well be part of the original plan. I could very well be wrong, as always, of course.
  5. alexgr

    Chicago area superchargers failing in cold

    So, it's not cold, or not just cold, that creates the problems.
  6. alexgr

    Chicago area superchargers failing in cold

    It is 8F here and I just checked that it is all clear from northern Dallas to south of Kansas City (its 2F in Kansas City now). Anyone from Minneapolis or Denver?
  7. alexgr

    Chicago area superchargers failing in cold

    Sure, it is real. My issue with the new stories is that many of them spin it as EVs can't charge in the cold. If this were true, we would see this issues right now not in Chicago area only. How about Minneapolis, Ann Arbor, Denver (it's -10F in Denver now)?
  8. alexgr

    Supercharger failure - Oak Brook Mall (dead Teslas?)

    100% agree. If I were local and need to charge with no charging at home and see problems with superchargers, I'd drive to any other charger (even EA), I have a CCS to NACS adapter btw.
  9. alexgr

    Chicago area superchargers failing in cold

    Are the Chicago gangs stealing copper from superchargers?
  10. alexgr

    Chicago area superchargers failing in cold

    I really find it strange. We traveled many times in sub-zero temps with no supercharging issues. The story, the way how the stories are synchronized across the media, are very fishy. Hope Tesla reacts to this.
  11. alexgr

    Supercharger failure - Oak Brook Mall (dead Teslas?)

    Something is really fishy with that story. Tesla supercharging station packed in Oak Brook, dead cars line parking lot due to frigid temps
  12. alexgr

    The DOJ Tesla probe has expanded to include EV driving ranges

    It depends wildly on temperature and conditions. I so as low as 210 Wh/mile for highway once.
  13. alexgr

    The competition has completely crushed Tesla FSD (AP).

    I am on the same 2023.44.30.1 with one car FSDb and another one AP only. I really can't see or feel any difference in highway driving behavior between the two unless I specifically use FSDb functions.
  14. alexgr

    The competition has completely crushed Tesla FSD (AP).

    In the meantime, the PR attack on Tesla continues today with this WaPo article https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2023/12/31/tesla-autopilot-recall-test/ This is the first paragraph: "Last weekend, my Tesla Model Y received an over-the-air update to make its driver-assistance software...
  15. alexgr

    The competition has completely crushed Tesla FSD (AP).

    Yes, the phantom braking problem virtually does not exist for me since some time in the spring. However, the phantom braking was virtually eliminated on both my cars, one with the FSD and another one with the AP. The FSD shows more, and more on highways, changes lanes, changes highways, etc...
  16. alexgr

    The competition has completely crushed Tesla FSD (AP).

    My point of the post exactly! There are at least two more normal ways to disable the AP/FSD but that does not stop the author from saying this: "Overriding Tesla’s Autosteer functionality requires a firm grip and a sharp turn of the wheel." Also, when he writes: "I found the FSD beta software...
  17. alexgr

    The competition has completely crushed Tesla FSD (AP).

    What is different for you in highway driving between the two? We should also remember that until recently, FSD used AP code on highway.
  18. alexgr

    The competition has completely crushed Tesla FSD (AP).

    I drive both. I don't know about the code, but from the consumer perspective I see no differences.
  19. alexgr

    The competition has completely crushed Tesla FSD (AP).

    I put FSD (AP) in the title as Tesla's FSD is nearly identical to AP on highway with exception of lane changes. I doubt TC people really tested anything, frankly.
  20. alexgr

    Poll is current hardware sufficient for full self driving?

    I think the only sensible solution would be to ban humans.
  21. alexgr

    Poll is current hardware sufficient for full self driving?

    1) my cars still have ultrasound sensors. So they can "see" in front of their bumpers. 2) I am not sure why would that be an issue except when someone crawls under the bumper while the normal cameras are not working. 3) Just a few years back, we the humans driving the normal cars with no...
  22. alexgr

    Poll is current hardware sufficient for full self driving?

    It is strange that you make this conclusion about the hardware. The hardware is mostly fine IMHO, it is the software that needs to work correctly with the hardware. I have the FSD active on my car for over 2 years now and the progress is actually very very significant without any hardware changes.
  23. alexgr

    phantom Braking

    I think it is outrageous that Elon hasn't answered your request within 24 business hours. I can recommend you a good lawyer who is looking for job now, his name is Rudy and he's from New York.
  24. alexgr

    phantom Braking

    In the past year Tesla has greatly decreased the number of phantom braking events for both of our cars (FSD and non FSD). I have one "magic" spot on a local street though where both my Teslas want to stop (not abruptly) for basically no reason in the middle of the road. It must be either some...
  25. alexgr

    The competition has completely crushed Tesla FSD (AP).

    One more funny article out of the series "publish fabricated story about Tesla and keep doing it until everyone is convinced it's true" https://techcrunch.com/2023/12/28/how-tesla-bmw-ford-gm-and-mercedes-driver-assist-systems-compare/
  26. alexgr

    Phantom Braking misunderstanding

    In no way I would think about Tesla slowdown for slow traffic as jerky. It always was very smooth and generally minor on both of my cars. I guess Tesla could have an option to turn off this adjustment, but then the anti-Tesla PR crowd would scream that Tesla allows to drive unsafely.
  27. alexgr

    Phantom Braking misunderstanding

    I have a feeling in the past couple month Tesla is under a really big and coordinated PR attack. My conspiracy some 2 years ago was that Ford (and GM) intentionally will make not very good non-competitive EVs and then say that no-one wants them, so EVs are dead. It is unfunny to see these days...
  28. alexgr

    Phantom Braking misunderstanding

    You can see the responses of the MachE vlogger and co. when I pointed out the exactly same issue with classifying this as phantom braking.
  29. alexgr

    BFGoodrich g-force A/S on M3LR

    They are still holding well after 20k. They really look strange in a way as strange as Michelin CrossClimate. They are also rather noisy. However, I like their grip and their price.
  30. alexgr

    The Nissan Ariya EV completed the first-ever drive from magnetic North Pole to South Pole !

    Really? Didn't they know that the North Magnetic Pole is physically located in Antarctica? A simple test - if compass' North-pole needle is directed to an Earth magnetic pole, that pole must be the SOUTH pole.
  31. alexgr

    Discussion: Model 3 Price reductions - Jan / April / Oct 2023 and all other pricing discussions

    I use a standard charger with 240V NEMA 14-50 outlet, and it is totally sufficient even for two Teslas we have. I mention this because it can be a much easier and less expensive installation if you only install a 14-50 outlet on a 50A breaker. I paid $225 for this job in 2019.
  32. alexgr

    Phantom Braking misunderstanding

    My point was that this is a design feature of Tesla AP, and not an instance of phantom braking. Yes, we may discuss it and many can dislike it, but when it is called phantom braking, then it is will be spread as "Tesla has severe phantom braking problem that other cars don't", which is clearly...
  33. alexgr

    Phantom Braking misunderstanding

    I often had the car break on highway bridges and when the road goes down and then up again. This problem has been largely fixed for me in the past several months. That said, I have one spot on one road where Tesla slows down for a stop for absolutely no reason other than maybe thinking...
  34. alexgr

    Phantom Braking misunderstanding

    I had phantom breaking events over several years, but recently, in both Model 3 FSD and Model Y AP, I saw almost no phantom breaking at all. And now I see this video from Patrick, the Ford Mach-E enthusiast. When I pointed out that what they see is not phantom breaking, I'v got this from...
  35. alexgr

    Discussion: Model 3 Price reductions - Jan / April / Oct 2023 and all other pricing discussions

    I think that's it. Tesla is closing. 💀 //TSLAQ
  36. alexgr

    Discussion: Model 3 Price reductions - Jan / April / Oct 2023 and all other pricing discussions

    At the price point the 3 and the Y are now, and considering the Y may actually keep the tax credit while the 3 will lose it next year, the choice is between driver's car and family car. Model 3 offers a lot more composed drive than the model Y. Unless you go to extremes, M3 has almost no body...
  37. alexgr

    Discussion: Model 3 Price reductions - Jan / April / Oct 2023 and all other pricing discussions

    We have both MY and M3, and they drive very differently. That said, I agree, a value-seeking buyer who doesn't even care much about test driving both vehicles, will likely get the Y at the same price point as the 3. But many people who already own the 3 or the Y, or both may be considering a...
  38. alexgr

    Discussion: Model 3 Price reductions - Jan / April / Oct 2023 and all other pricing discussions

    ... and $18000 less than I paid last summer.
  39. alexgr

    Discussion: Model 3 Price reductions - Jan / April / Oct 2023 and all other pricing discussions

    If I read it correctly, $7500 federal credit applies and $2000 from NY state applies Drive Clean Rebate Eligible Models - NYSERDA. This can make your car a $25,590 purchase. Cheaper than any Camry or Accord. Congrats!
  40. alexgr

    Discussion: Model 3 Price reductions - Jan / April / Oct 2023 and all other pricing discussions

    If you need a car and like Tesla, buying before January seems to be a good idea. It is likely we'll get updated Model 3 early next year, and its price might become somewhat higher, and the tax credit can become smaller on some models. I wouldn't wait too long if I want to save, but I would...
  41. alexgr

    Launch is Imminent

    Cybertruck is the best. This is my official opinion. Ford is made by the antisemitic family, and GM is made by Barra. Who cares about details. Look, it is made of fricking stainless steel!
  42. alexgr

    Launch is Imminent

    I don't believe they will deliver before 2026 on orders placed today, so you should be good to place it any time. But by 2026, they will likely have production and price matched for a one-month-long order-delivery time.
  43. alexgr

    Launch is Imminent

    I think SS without paint will be no more expensive than Al or sheetmetal with paint. CT is optimized for assembly. Less wiring, large panels, castings. I guess the pieces that really expensive are the battery and the suspension. In two year, the price will be probably comparable with MY if...
  44. alexgr

    Launch is Imminent

    Tesla never misses the opportunity to make money. What I see it that they discussed the price a few weeks back, and came up first with a legal requirement the owners can't resale the car in the first year. But then, they realized they can make money without that requirement and simply set the...
  45. alexgr

    Launch is Imminent

    Seen CT in Boston. Looks big, metallic, and good. Love it. New video by Al Gru
  46. alexgr

    The DOJ Tesla probe has expanded to include EV driving ranges

    See that power cord to the left of 122 MPGe number? 28 kWh/100 miles is the number when driving with the power cord plugged in.
  47. alexgr

    Wall Charger Dropping Voltage

    Probably, this is not an issues here (after reading a few posts), but I had the charger overheated once and reduced the charging speed considerably. I cleaned the prongs with alcohol and the issue has gone.
  48. alexgr

    Do you guys always precondition before charging?

    no. maybe. sure. yes, you can.
  49. alexgr

    Why do people use their phone in the car as if they were outside the car?

    I should say, this behavior is not limited to Tesla drivers. Driving plenty of 50mph two-lane roads, I often see the cars crossing the center line driving over 50 mph with all their attention on their phones. On roads with more lanes, when I see phone users next to me starting to drift left or...
  50. alexgr

    Discussion: Model 3 Price reductions - Jan / April / Oct 2023 and all other pricing discussions

    The easiest transition for Tesla would be to price Highland M3 $5k or so above the current M3. Then, when the old model is sold out, start decreasing Highland price if and when there is need for more demand.