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RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Having left my home 3 times in 4 years due to fires. You’ll have to excuse me for not thinking any of the Gigafactories are “ecological paradise” until they’re off grid with zero emission power.
stsmark 09/14/20 07:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

It has absolutely nothing to do with the Semi. John, my point is if I was Elon and made this statement below, he should step up somewhere. It’s not like they can’t afford it. He had been enjoying the cheap power from his neighbor a 1100MW gas plant for a couple years when he said it. What they’ve accomplished is awesome, this strikes me as a next step to legitimize solar/ storage in industrial setting. I have a neighbor who is awaiting installation of a solar roof and double Powerwall combo. They also have an EV so it will be interesting if they will have any monthly electric charges. This is utterly false. Fossil fuel merchants of doubt have been pushing that bs for years. Tesla Gigafactory will be 100% renewable powered (by Tesla Solar) by end of next year. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 25, 2018
stsmark 08/24/20 05:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

In Sept 2018 Elon proclaimed GF1 would be off grid by Dec 2019. They have not even put up any additional solar panels. I just think that if I made that statement as well as the hardware to accomplish it, I’d step up to do it on a clean sheet design building. Especially since they all have large plots of land for expansion.
stsmark 08/24/20 03:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

And not a single factory setup or projected to be able to be off grid.
stsmark 08/24/20 11:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric vehicle mandate in California

The interesting thing I read yesterday was the rotating outages were forced because a 750 mw surge plant was down for maintenance. Then in the peak a 500 mw tripped off. The article actually said then the problem really compounded when, wait for it.. the sun went down and all the solar dropped off. I know PG&E is planning a large battery installation in Moss Landing on the coast.
stsmark 08/16/20 09:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2019+ RAM HD with failed CP4-2 IP to get CP3's

I’ve always thought a part of the change for Ram/Cummins is that the CP 4 requires less HP to drive at the higher pressures.
stsmark 08/07/20 09:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: Cybertruck has 400 horses

I should have explained myself better, my comment was based on this quote from the article; “We want it to be something you could use to tow a boat, a horse trailer, pull tree stumps out of the ground, go off-roading and you don’t have to worry about scratching the paint because there is no paint. You could just be smashing boulders and be fine.“ Having a heavy off road background I found that statement a bit funny. I do wonder how the pack protection will be accomplished.
stsmark 08/03/20 01:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Cybertruck has 400 horses

Cybertruck versus Rubicon or Fordyce Creek trails would be interesting to watch.
stsmark 08/03/20 09:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: Toyota fake 3/4 ton spotted, overheated

Anybody remember the Jeep Comanche? They had a Metric Ton package for that as well. Great truck. Instead of getting out and telling the guy to buy a real truck. How about “I have a tow strap maybe we can get you clear while it cools down”
stsmark 07/14/20 10:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: Cybertruck has 400 horses

Toyota and Yanmar have a working prototype fuel cell boat using Marai components. As a 40 year airplane guy the E Beaver and Harbor Airs short routes are perfect for existing technology. The motor developer flew an E Caravan the other day as well.
stsmark 06/25/20 10:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Cybertruck may have 1 million-mile battery

For the sake of conversation, battery life is a function of charge cycles. At an average of say 300 miles per charge that’s 3333 cycles. So they have something up their sleeve as current batteries aren’t up to that level.
stsmark 05/19/20 07:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Joplin Mo is offering a package worth 1 billion. Apparently there are existing battery manufacturers there so they are talking up a pre trained work force.
stsmark 04/19/20 04:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: TFL Gold Hitch Awards 2020

So would any of us pin the pedal to the floor for 8 miles up the Ike like TFL? Being an airplane guy I always used the rpm point where the HP and torque curves crossed as my equivalent to climb power in an airplane. Or max egt less 50 on my 7.3 PS. What ever gear could hold that number was where I stayed and whatever speed was an it is what it is deal.
stsmark 04/17/20 12:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 PSD owner compares it to his 2019 PSD towing 18K

How did a change in lifter type result in a exponential increase in moving parts? I think another factor in the change to the CP4 is lower power needed to drive it.
stsmark 04/10/20 12:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford F350 7.3 Gas Pulling 15k

That TFL Ike test with 16k is impressive. Good for Ford. I had a 96 F250 with a 460 that was a cool truck that towed my Ski Nautique great. It had the double 15 gal fuel tank setup that they used back then I remember days that I swore the needle moved on my 8 mile drive to work.
stsmark 04/07/20 08:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: My have things changed

My son had a 1990 F250 with a 7.3 IDI. We put the Banks turbo kit on it one weekend. I remember turning up the pump screw about 3/8 turn per the instructions. Man did the turbo wake it up. Iirc it had about 15 lbs of boost the mileage in reality was more affected by his right foot than the kit. Only down side was we were doing a clutch a couple months later. Great truck though.
stsmark 04/07/20 08:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM trucks outsell Ford first quarter !

/\ /\ Now that’s funny. Well at least the 8.00 an hour folks will know how to wash their hands.
stsmark 04/05/20 10:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM trucks outsell Ford first quarter !

Do the GM numbers include Colorado and Canyon?
stsmark 04/03/20 05:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford, GM, FCA Agree to Shut Down US Plants

Saw an interesting article where Ford is going to build pressure breathing masks with 3M. Apparently the seat cooling fans from F-150 are nearly ideal. Using a 12v Dewalt battery they can run 5+ hrs.
stsmark 03/26/20 07:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel Brothers

I wonder if Elon has solar on his houses. Turtle, I had a 40 year career in Business Aviation and your fuel burn numbers are correct. There actually has been huge amounts of work on low smoke/ low nox combustors for years. Lots of work on the fuel nozzle side as well. There actually are mandated targets for emissions just like noise. I will say having been around many owners that the jets become a car, just hop in and let’s go. One of favorites, we flew the owners from the Bay Area to Tahoe for the weekend, brought the plane home and just closing the hangar when I get a call that housekeeper is bringing the wife’s favorite pair of jeans out to the airport and we need to fly them up. Off we went.
stsmark 03/22/20 11:33am Tow Vehicles
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