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RE: GVWR or GAWR

In BC you are legal if you are legal at home. However, for BCers you must not be over your GVWR. I think Alberta is GAWR like B.C. in B.C. they occasionally check at roadside safety stop campaigns. They have small portable scales. Having said that if it looks level and balanced they leave you alone.
Reisender 09/09/19 07:39pm Truck Campers
Rivian Spotted doing winter testing in Argentina.

https://electrek.co/2019/08/31/rivian-r1t-winter-testing-tierra-del-fuego/ https://electrek.co/2019/08/31/rivian-r1t-winter-testing-tierra-del-fuego/
Reisender 09/01/19 01:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Nope. The word “promise” is used often in regards to auto manufacturers projected timelines. In actual fact manufacturers never “promise” anything. They simply project timelines. In 2013 VW didn’t “promise” to be the world leaders in Electtic Vehicles producing over a million vehicles per year by 2018. They did announce it though and were off by about 5 years...at least...and even that is not certain. There have been various projections and timelines for model Y, Semi, truck etc. No promises. It is a habit we should all break.
Reisender 08/22/19 08:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric Propulsion Reality Check

Hi Phil, Hence the need for a solar powered RV. In the last year the only "free" dumpsite in town (Regina, SK) has been paved over. The local Husky (gas) station has permanently closed theirs. The only "year round" Campground now wants $40 for a dump and fill up with water. I'd say I live in a pretty RV unfriendly location. Holy ****...in the literal sense. Of the two in our town both are free but one takes donations.
Reisender 08/21/19 03:15pm Tech Issues
RE: Is the EV transformation of the market over hyped ?

$22 k base model ice, $32 k everything but the kitchen sink; $45 k base model Bev, $55 k everything but the kitchen sink. That’s actually a good way of comparing the two. I don’t know about Kona prices though Don. What kind of difference is there. Yah that kinda confirms that. I suppose for the right commuter it would “pay off” but it would take years. I assume all your numbers are Canadian currency. A Nissan Leaf and a Nissan Murano are similar vehicles. Seems to be about 8000 bucks difference between similar trim lines. For us the 8000 bucks would be worth it but our budget may be better than some. We like new tech and tend to trade off every 5 to 6 years. lol, similar as in same badge on the grille. Compare price to a Versa... Might be a regional thing. Here you can’t get a Versa with propilot, rear cross traffic warning, 360 camera view, heated steering wheel etc and on and on and on. A versa also has about half the cargo room. Quite a bit louder. Zero to sixty of around 11 seconds for a Versa vice 6.5 for a Leaf e-plus. Not to mention all the remote app features for a Leaf. I’m not sure a Versa is available in leather. Maybe. One of the neighbours has one. Nice little car. Too small for us. A Murano SL is comparable in features to a Leaf SL. Even similar inside. We only looked at the SL. Not sure about the others.
Reisender 08/21/19 02:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is the EV transformation of the market over hyped ?

Not going to find a "ton" of savings. Although for plugging in... direct fuel cost should be cut in half or more on the electric miles. Hybrid does not save on service. Comparisons I see are ICE vs pure EV and over time the EV can win. Still not a ton of savings. Initial price tends to be the hurdle. Used EVs do seem to come at an especially good price. Many people fall in love with the smooth quiet effortless electric miles and move to a pure EV. Plenty others see just one more level of complexity, no savings and go back to ICE. I think the savings thing kinda depends where you are. If you live where gas is cheap and power is expensive the savings could be very little. Where we live gas is expensive and power is cheap. Commuting by EV is about an 1/8th of the cost of gas here. At this point generally speaking it’s hard to justify buying an EV from the annual saving point of view. At least in my opinion.
Reisender 08/21/19 11:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: Is the EV transformation of the market over hyped ?

$22 k base model ice, $32 k everything but the kitchen sink; $45 k base model Bev, $55 k everything but the kitchen sink. That’s actually a good way of comparing the two. I don’t know about Kona prices though Don. What kind of difference is there. Yah that kinda confirms that. I suppose for the right commuter it would “pay off” but it would take years. I assume all your numbers are Canadian currency. A Nissan Leaf and a Nissan Murano are similar vehicles. Seems to be about 8000 bucks difference between similar trim lines. For us the 8000 bucks would be worth it but our budget may be better than some. We like new tech and tend to trade off every 5 to 6 years.
Reisender 08/21/19 11:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: Is the EV transformation of the market over hyped ?

Hi, If one looks at, for example, the Kona bev, it is available as a hybrid, and as an ice. The features remain the same. The ice is the cheapest, initially. Most EV’s are higher end full featured affairs and can’t really be compared to cheapy economy cars so it’s hard to compare a 35000 dollar EV to a cheapy 15000 economy beater. That’s actually a good way of comparing the two. I don’t know about Kona prices though Don. What kind of difference is there.
Reisender 08/21/19 10:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: Is the EV transformation of the market over hyped ?

I have lost count of the number of times the term "economic sense" has been used in this thread. "Their" point is EV is *NOT* supposed to make economic sense! Saving the environment is supposed to be a sacrifice, to be done at any cost. You're supposed to wear it like a badge of honor, "Lookit how much money I spent to save the earth! I'm such a GOOD PERSON!" Yes, we here all know the common sense side of things, practicality, cost, the environmental impact of manufacturing the batteries, etc... But none of that matters one bit. There's a dog with a bone here, and you know how difficult it is to get a bone away from a dog. Well, I can’t say I have noticed a lot of that but then again I haven’t been paying attention. Most we know who have bought an EV did so for personal reasons like superior performance and driving experience, convenience etc. Most EV’s are higher end full featured affairs and can’t really be compared to cheapy economy cars so it’s hard to compare a 35000 dollar EV to a cheapy 15000 economy beater. Budgets for people buying EV’s tend to be higher. I think those are coming in the next few years and then the “economic sense” aspect will start to make more sense. For long range commuters though EV’s can save a ton of money over a few years. People buy EV’s for a lot of reasons. At least where we are “environmental” reasons are not frequently paramount. Once somebody on the block has one and people start going for test drives they’ll find a reason to switch. It’s a whole different driving experience.
Reisender 08/21/19 08:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric Propulsion Reality Check

Hi Phil, It was a cradle to the grave comparison. The Bev won, hands down.This is actually very difficult to accept. Then you keep reducing coal and the bottom falls out. Coal electricity is now just 27.4% in the US and falling every day. 2014 39.0% 2015 33.0% 2016 30.4% 2017 30.0% 2018 27.4% For the US I think it is already quite a bit lower. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/1-stat-shows-coal-fired-161300444.html I think Canada is already under 11 percent.
Reisender 08/19/19 03:47pm Tech Issues
RE: Electric Propulsion Reality Check

Hi Phil, It was a cradle to the grave comparison. The Bev won, hands down.This is actually very difficult to accept. Then you keep reducing coal and the bottom falls out. Coal electricity is now just 27.4% in the US and falling every day. 2014 39.0% 2015 33.0% 2016 30.4% 2017 30.0% 2018 27.4% For the US I think it is already quite a bit lower. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/1-stat-shows-coal-fired-161300444.html
Reisender 08/19/19 03:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Electric Propulsion Reality Check

Hi Mex, Not quite what you asked--but still worth thinking about: "On average, a conventional car creates more the twice as much carbon pollution as an electric car. Even in the state that gets almost all of its electricity from burning coal, an EV still pollutes less than a typical conventional car. Assuming a 10 year useful life, an average conventional car will spew out 66,000 pounds more carbon pollution than an average electric vehicle. That’s 33 tons, folks." This is included the co2 from manufacturing the vehicle. In making comparisons like this, IMHO it's best to compare the two all the way: Be sure to consider the carbon footprint to dispose of each type of vehicle and all of it's component parts. The rosy picture may change then ... not sure, though. ;) It’s a good point and probably a little early to tell. The car itself would be recycled the same way as an ice. Chassis, frame, tires, 12 volt battery etc. But the traction battery and motors would be dealt with differently. The electric motors would be harvested for their copper and permanent magnets as they are now. For the traction batteries we’ll probably have to wait 2 or 3 decades. Right now they are repurposed to various storage roles when they leave their car life. But eventually it looks like the aluminum, nickel, lithium etc will be separated and processed. There are a few companies getting into this now. It will be interesting to see that technology develop.
Reisender 08/19/19 02:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

This is what a typical LIDAR image looks like...not enough detail IMHO https://geospatialmedia.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Wired1.jpg width=640 Actually, if I’m having a particular nasty day and combine extra strength Tylenol, sinutab, flomax, Aleve and wash it all down with a double shot of tequila, that’s pretty much how I see the world. Jusayin.... :)
Reisender 08/18/19 05:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Jay Leno predicts demise of vehicles running on gas.

Has anyone forgotten how the conventional car companies pooh poohed all-electric cars as impossible and will be too costly to be viable?No I don't, but I do remember them saying that they were impractical. And still are for a fairly large segment of the population. Within 10 years, they'll be more practical, unless something else comes along to displace them. Care to explain why it's still impractical for the "fairly large segment of the population."?A large segment of the people in my part of the country don't necessarily have a garage, or carport. They park on the street. How do they recharge overnight? Or drive some distance to work and don't have access to recharging while working. Or have to periodically drive long distances without having ready access to charging while traveling. Yes, these issues can all be addressed but in the meantime they are real reasons not to buy an EV. And of course the cost for many of these EV's puts them out of reach for many people. What works for you may not necessarily work for everyone. Your last statement is so very true.
Reisender 08/17/19 02:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Jay Leno predicts demise of vehicles running on gas.

An EV makes sense for many households. "According to ABC News, the average American drives 16 miles to work each way, with a daily commute totaling nearly an hour round trip." How Far Do Americans Drive to Work on Average? This^^^^ Is the real driving force behind EV. Most of us live close enough to work that an and an EV can get the job done. NO an EV is not for everyone in every location but most of us fall within the 16 mile range which make us an EV candidate. Lack of infrastructure can and will be overcome and is not the determining factor. Think of an EV more as a souped up golf cart capable of reaching highway speeds with basic amenities. Most of us could use such a vehicle if we changed our mindset. Most of us including myself do not think we are EV compatible, but an EV could easily replace 3 out of my households 5 cars. There is a place in most households in most parts of the country for an EV. We are under that average for our commute but tend to make it up on weekend plus it’s not uncommon for me to do a couple hundred kilometres for work related stuff during the week. Less in the winter as we try to get away for a bit. Having said that, winter is the season we appreciate the EV more than any other season. Instant heat, pre-warm, never scraping windows. Soooo much more convenient.
Reisender 08/17/19 01:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Jay Leno predicts demise of vehicles running on gas.

The news said, $150,000 for the 300 mile range and $180,000 for the 500-600 miles. That's not to bad of a price for a chassis that could be made into a motorhome that never needs gas/diesel, oil changes, tune ups, filters, exhaust, ect, etc.. I want one... :C Take a number, it's that line snaking through the I-80 and back after JB Hunt, CR England, CH Robinson, lol.:D;) Most public federal and state, and a lot of private campgrounds, have been operating on electrical systems that were installed 20,30 or more years ago. There is no shortage of posts here, there, and on RV boards or websites in general where you need this dogbone, an autoformer, or whatever to even be able to turn on part of what you have in your rig. Now all of these places are going to upgrade systems, at an astronomical cost, so you can charge up the motorhome that you can not currently run all 3 air conditioners, that runs on fossil fuel to get from point A to B, and do it on electricity? OK. Some of you folks have lost it. Well, like any business they will meet the demands of their clients or go out of business. Let’s say in 10 years 3 percent of Motorhomes are Electric. Those customers will go to RV parks that cater to their needs. An RV park doesn’t need to upgrade their whole campground, just maybe 5 percent. It’s no different than a Hotel now. If you are a business class hotel in San Franciso or Seattle or Vancouver or Amsterdam or Berlin or Oslo or wherever, and you don’t have destination charging for EV’s you are dealing with a continuously decreasing client base. Most of us who own EV’s won’t even consider a Hotel unless it shows up on the EV hotel app. That’s kinda why so many hotels are adding destination charge facilities. Just sayin. Businesses will adapt or die.
Reisender 08/16/19 06:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Jay Leno predicts demise of vehicles running on gas.

Well for very large 5er's that already use a MDT the Tesla semi might just be the ticket. Besides no more idling Diesels in the campground. And you'll be charging with shore power while resting overnight on campsites where they provide a supercharger. I think campground charging would be suitable for certain types of RVers. Some (including us) commonly travel half a day or so and then hang out for a few days or even a week and experience the area. That kind of recreational travelling would suit RV park or campground charging well. A standard Nema 14-50 plug can provide 240 kw per day. Campgrounds wanting to attract this kind of customer could install a secondary Nema 14-50 outlet or even a J1772 charge station with swipe card activation. Essentially a secondary revenue stream.
Reisender 08/16/19 10:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: Jay Leno predicts demise of vehicles running on gas.

*cough* and quick let's get back on topic ;) Good news for those who are thinking of having their RV pulled or carried by Tesla semis. Tests showed range of up to 600 miles on 75,000lbs load. That's ideal for my 300 miles by 3pm rule for me.:DWell, the article I read is a bit ambiguous. From the article: "According to the driver, the truck is operating at approximately 75,000 lbs and the truck is meeting or exceeding the range estimates." Now that doesn't actually state the truck is hauling a load of 75,000 lbs., only that the truck is "operating at approximately 75,000 lbs.". So the total truck and trailer could be 75,000 lbs. combined. The article says a load of 75,000 lbs. but where did they get their info, and is it strictly unbiased? This is from a very EV positive site. Maybe a bit of positive spin? As far as the range, it seems they "will have 300-mile and 500-mile range options for $150,000 and $180,000 respectively." Now it doesn't state which model this one is, and that makes a considerable difference in "meeting or exceeding the range estimates.". And don't forget: "Last year, Musk said that the Tesla Semi production version will have closer to 600 miles of range." But he also said they'd be in production this year... True. Tesla timelines at best are a suggestion. But keep in mind there is a history there. The model 3 was a full year late and even then slow to ramp. But they did ramp and now they are close to half a million model threes on the road, building a thousand per day and exporting to a dozen countries. Outside of China they literally dominate the EV industry.
Reisender 08/16/19 09:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: Jay Leno predicts demise of vehicles running on gas.

*cough* and quick let's get back on topic ;) I don't see Jay Leno's prediction happening in my lifetime. But I'm thinking he may be right. It will just take a bit longer. Depends on how long you've already been on social security.:D:D;) True. I would say any body in their late 60’s to early 70,s will see the the change to a predominance of EV’s. It will happen sooner in Europe and later in North America. Asia will be regional although that will be the case to some degree in North America as well. California, BC and Quebec will see predominancee first. I would think 10 percent of all new sales in these regions will happen in two years. BC is already at close to 8 percent and I think Quebec is as well.
Reisender 08/16/19 08:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla X Towing Videos

For the electrical engineers that really want to get into the weeds on this, real question for you. IF you had a Tesla truck and TT and ran out of power in the desert southwest. And you had a trailer with 400 watts of solar, and a 430 Amp/hr battery pack. Along with a 1500 watt inverter. How long would it take to generate enough power to get the truck, without the trailer, 20 miles, to a real power source for recharging if you dont run anything else in the trailer? It may be a lot better than I am guessing, but I really do wonder if there is an optimistic answer. That there is a self sufficient method is a positive, just curious if the method would be real world useful. Well, a kw will take you about 6.7 km in our cars. So 30 km is around 20 miles. So let’s say you need 5kw total. I’ll leave it to someone else from there. I'm going to guess it takes from than 1 kwh to drive 6.7 km when TOWING. Let's say you tow at a very conservative 90 km/h, or 56 mph. It takes 0.0744 hrs to drive that distance. Your average power output would be 1kwh/0.0744hr = 13.42 kw, or 18.01 hp. There're very few trailers you can tow with an average of 18 hp. Drag = Cd*A*rho*V^2/2 Assuming a small 7' wide 8' tall trailer, your frontal area is 5.17 m^2. The combined Cd of a truck and trailer would be lucky to hit 1. Rho of air is roughly 1.2. Plugging in the numbers, drag at 56 mph is: Drag = 1973N Power = F*V = 1973N x 25m/s = 49.33 kw, or 66hp In conclusion, the required power is far greater than the 18hp assumed. Re-calculating with 66hp, it takes 49.33 kwh to drive 56 miles, or 1.13 kwh per mile. A 1.5kw generator + 0.4 kw solar makes 19 kwh in 10 hours, assuming PERFECT charging. You can tow 21.47 miles after 10 hours of generator + solar. In real life, with charging inefficiency and less than 10 hrs of perfect sun, you'd be lucky to get 15 miles. Yah. I forgot about the towing part. Our 6.7 km per kWh is on paved roads no load other than us and a chihuahua. :)
Reisender 08/16/19 06:51am Tow Vehicles
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