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    Anyone worried?

    The fact that Tesla can bring new models to market within 2-3 years these days sometimes causes us to forget just how long it took Tesla to bring the Model S to the market. Tesla was founded in July 2003 and put the Model S on the market in June 2012. It took them almost five years to bring...
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    Rivian Announces New Timelines - R1T Delivery Begins June 2021 and R1S in August 2021. Pilot Production Starts

    Right you are. I assumed that putting down a deposit automatically put me on their mailing list. I just added my name. Thanks.
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    Rivian Announces New Timelines - R1T Delivery Begins June 2021 and R1S in August 2021. Pilot Production Starts

    I put my deposit down almost two years ago and haven't yet gotten an email.
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    Rivian Announces New Timelines - R1T Delivery Begins June 2021 and R1S in August 2021. Pilot Production Starts

    Good question. I went back to try to find what caused me to think this. The closest I could come was a reference to bringing up the production line as a way to produce vehicles for test drives. I took that to mean road testing, but perhaps it meant customers being able to sample the vehicles...
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    Rivian Announces New Timelines - R1T Delivery Begins June 2021 and R1S in August 2021. Pilot Production Starts

    I have early deposits on both a Rivian R1S and a Lucid Air. A year ago, both Rivian and Lucid were suggesting late 2020 as their production launch dates. Some months ago I decided to go with the Lucid Air to replace my Tesla, but I've kept my Rivian reservation as I may still want to replace...
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    what is the voltage system for the Rivian compared to Tesla?

    I wonder why the long delay in making these regs effective? I assume it would require no equipment modification, but just software reprogramming? I can see the point, though, in EA's approach, as it would discourage people from spending long times at charging stations for the last few miles of...
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    what is the voltage system for the Rivian compared to Tesla?

    Off topic, but Electrify America warns customers that even though charging slows as the battery fills, the cost-per-minute of using the charger remains the same. Here's the warning: on the EA website: "We automatically put you into the highest power level available at the charger that is...
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    Motor Junkie article spreads FUD: "20 Drawback Of Electric Vehicles Drivers Commonly Overlook"

    I was responding to azbill, who posted: "For all the electric cars without shifting gearboxes, it is easy to know the 'sweet spot', just divide the maximum speed by 2. My Bolt has a max speed listed as 85, so it has maximum efficiency at 42.5 mph. The Rivian is listed as max speed of 125, so...
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    Motor Junkie article spreads FUD: "20 Drawback Of Electric Vehicles Drivers Commonly Overlook"

    Could it be that the Rivian is electronically limited to 125 mph, in which case that does not reflect the maximum speed of the motor? Electronically-limited Lucid Airs have attained 217 mph on test tracks and 235 mph with the limiters removed. (These tests were done with induction motors...
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    Motor Junkie article spreads FUD: "20 Drawback Of Electric Vehicles Drivers Commonly Overlook"

    Earlier on, I saw an interview with a Lucid engineer in which it was said that Lucid was going to use a cycloidal transmission. A more recent interview with Rawlinson had him stating they were using an epicyclic transmission. Thinking they might be two different terms for the same design, I...
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    Motor Junkie article spreads FUD: "20 Drawback Of Electric Vehicles Drivers Commonly Overlook"

    Unlike Tesla, the Taycan uses a two-speed transmission, which may be one of the reasons Taycans are getting significantly better range than their EPA rating in extended driving. Lucid is going to use an epicyclic transmission, but I don't know anything about their gear ratios. In one of the...
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    Motor Junkie article spreads FUD: "20 Drawback Of Electric Vehicles Drivers Commonly Overlook"

    For the vast majority of EV drivers, especially those who can charge at home for local driving, range becomes an issue primarily in long-distance highway driving. Trading away some low-speed efficiency to gain more highway range would seem a very desirable trade-off to most buyers of EVs, I...
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    Motor Junkie article spreads FUD: "20 Drawback Of Electric Vehicles Drivers Commonly Overlook"

    I think EPA ranges are good for comparing one vehicle to another with an average mix of driving conditions. However, the more one's driving deviates from EPA test methodology, the less reliable the EPA rating becomes. For instance, Lucid Motors is claiming they have attained well over 400...
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    Motor Junkie article spreads FUD: "20 Drawback Of Electric Vehicles Drivers Commonly Overlook"

    When I set my 2015 Tesla Model S cruise control to drive at 75 mph across Alligator Alley (a flat, straight, lightly-traveled stretch of I-75 across southern Florida), the car consumes 10 miles of indicated range for every 6 miles of actual road travel (measured by highway markers) in warm, dry...
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    Motor Junkie article spreads FUD: "20 Drawback Of Electric Vehicles Drivers Commonly Overlook"

    As Hurricane Irma was heading toward southwest Florida in 2017, gas station lines started forming several days out. Two days before Irma made landfall, there was no gas to be found anywhere. Once Irma hit, power was out -- along with gas pumps -- in much of the area for nine days. The few...
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    So No Deliveries in 2020?

    I've read that Electrify America has largely resolved its earlier issues and is now highly rated in user surveys. Apparently their early expansion plans were so aggressive that they had to source chargers from four different manufacturers and consequently were working with myriad software...
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    Gasp... pure touch interfaces aren't what consumers want

    Yes, for data storage in the MCU they used the same kind of device that is used in a USB memory stick, which is designed for long-term storage of data, not for frequent overwriting with new data. It's been claimed that Tesla did not anticipate the amount of data over-writing that would occur...
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    Gasp... pure touch interfaces aren't what consumers want

    I have a 2015 Model S. The MCU failed a few months ago at about 42,000 miles. It was replaced under warranty, but I could not get a straight answer from the service tech about the replacement. I asked if it was an MCU-2 unit. He said no, but it was an "updated" MCU-1. I asked if that meant...
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    "EVPassport To Offer $39/Month Unlimited EV Charging, Interoperability, More"

    I'm getting a Lucid Air which uses the Electrify America network. It's a bit more cumbersome to make payment at their stations than at a Tesla station where you simply plug in. However, EA is offering a $4/month subscription plan that keeps your car information and payment information on file...
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    "EVPassport To Offer $39/Month Unlimited EV Charging, Interoperability, More"

    I worried a lot about highway charging when I bought my Tesla back in 2015. Frankly, it was worry about nothing. I have used Superchargers probably no more than a dozen times since I've had the car. Unless you are a traveling salesman, an addicted road tripper, or don't have access to home...
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