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ShinerBock

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Posted: 12/05/19 06:33am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Two words......energy density.

Video - Why Teslas Are Bad At Towing (Today)

Maybe someday, but not today.


Now let the excuses commence......

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Posted: 12/05/19 07:44am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ShinerBock wrote:

Two words......energy density.

Video - Why Teslas Are Bad At Towing (Today)

Maybe someday, but not today.


Now let the excuses commence......


I am still not convinced that electric is not just the rebound date of eco vehicle development. Fact is, it will take many decades to completely transform how we travel. There are limitations on electric capacity and battery technology that are very similar to fossil fuels. There very well may be a new technology developed within the life cycle of the electric vehicle that will be better and more sustainable.

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Tesla semi towing

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ShinerBock wrote:


Now let the excuses commence......


Did you post this just to start an argument ?

Well there should not BE one.....because the Tesla wasn't designed to DO that. Neither was the VW bug and the list goes on.


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Posted: 12/05/19 08:17am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Only limit is range and recharging, Yes? EV should be very good when actually towing. Gobs of torque, always in just the right gear.

Not sure why you called out Tesla as they are as good as it gets right now for towing with a EV. Did you really mean LEAF, Bolt, Kona or something else?


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All marketing hype with no data.

1. Range with how much weight?
2. Acceleration with 80k pounds. How much is profit generating payload not the extra weight of batteries?
3. Cheaper electric. I am sure that metric will stay the same if electric is the only game in town compared with fossil fuels. [emoticon]
4. Same old same old vids and pics from years ago. Where is the testing and actual numbers?

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time2roll wrote:

Only limit is range and recharging, Yes? EV should be very good when actually towing. Gobs of torque, always in just the right gear.

Not sure why you called out Tesla as they are as good as it gets right now for towing with a EV. Did you really mean LEAF, Bolt, Kona or something else?


[emoticon] who called out Tesla? Are you suggesting that Jason Fenske's analysis is flawed because it references Tesla?

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Posted: 12/05/19 08:26am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

mich800 wrote:

ShinerBock wrote:

Two words......energy density.

Video - Why Teslas Are Bad At Towing (Today)

Maybe someday, but not today.


Now let the excuses commence......


I am still not convinced that electric is not just the rebound date of eco vehicle development. Fact is, it will take many decades to completely transform how we travel. There are limitations on electric capacity and battery technology that are very similar to fossil fuels. There very well may be a new technology developed within the life cycle of the electric vehicle that will be better and more sustainable.


I agree!

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Posted: 12/05/19 08:27am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Based on his numbers, my diesel with the 41 gallon auxiliary tank has nearly 3,000 kilowatt hours of energy on board when full. Fifteen times that of the projected Cybertruck's 200. This calculation uses a suggested 15% more energy in diesel than gas.

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time2roll wrote:

Only limit is range and recharging, Yes? EV should be very good when actually towing. Gobs of torque, always in just the right gear.

Not sure why you called out Tesla as they are as good as it gets right now for towing with a EV. Did you really mean LEAF, Bolt, Kona or something else?


Because he uses them as an example in the video since they currently have the longest range and are promoting that their vehicles can tow.

Gobs of torque and always in the right gear are useless if they can't get you to your destination.

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