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  2. One cannot say we live in boring times. Technology is allowing us to finally put our dreams into reality and with that make the future an exciting place of new job creation, new product learning etc. I was talking to a friend who has a son that said he wanted to become a mechanic and this friend wanted me to talk to his son and convince him to become a computer engineer. I told my friend that there is nothing wrong with becoming a mechanic if that is his passion. My only suggestion is to focus on the future of where auto's are going and learn all he can about electricity, EV powertrains and how to troubleshoot EV systems. That is a future job that will replace many mechanics who do not want to go beyond ICE auto's. Future mechanics will be more like computer service repair people. They will need to troubleshoot the electrical system and be comfortable with electricity as they change out parts and repair the electrical systems. I do not see a loss of mechanics, just a change in the type of work they do. The future is exciting for those of us that embrace change. Like the early 1900's custom coach builders, think of all the possibilities for customer auto's as OEM companies move to skateboard platforms that will allow for an easier time to customize an auto.
  3. Tesla Unveils Their Electric Semi Truck

    I think this truck is awesome it re-writes the rules and could change the way shipping is done. Diesel semi's have basically seen not a whole lot of advancement in 20-30 years, sure they got an extra mpg here or there, a little more acceleration, but this would be a breakthrough. The fact that you could have trucks that aren't god awful slow, or polluting like crazy or making a ton of noise would be epic. I am actually quite excited for this. That being said, they actually have to build it. Tesla has a new idea every year, but they can't actually produce the ideas they come up with and get them in people's hands.
  4. Elon M is very ambitious and driven, no doubt...will be interesting to see how they are able to execute on these ideas.
  5. Ram News: Spying: Ram 1500 Sporting A Split Tailgate?

    There have been plenty of automotive options that fit that definition
  6. Ram News: Spying: Ram 1500 Sporting A Split Tailgate?

    It's the lifting, which any tailgate design discussed here doesn't address. The sliding in & out is not the majority of back injuries. Frankly, the closer you can get to a heavy item the better, and a fold-down tailgate bridges any bumper protrusion, so that's a better scenario, not worse. I think Cubey & ccp nailed it- it's a product differentiating feature that answers a question no one is really asking.
  7. Ram News: Spying: Ram 1500 Sporting A Split Tailgate?

    Wish I could give ya a upvote and a laugh vote as you nailed it. Sadly we cannot fix stupidity or as I like to call it, a lack of common sense.
  8. Agreed, I really hope that Cadillac jumps into EV's with a proper roadster and SUV/CUV Performance level. This could take the V label to a whole new level of Damn! As I stated in another thread where Drew talked about Cadillac easily holding off the Navigator by updating the interior and tweaking the exterior. I stated an AWD EV Escalade would truly put Lincoln, MB and BMW in their place. I really hope Cadillac surprises us this auto show season with some EV concepts / production models.
  9. Ram News: Spying: Ram 1500 Sporting A Split Tailgate?

    I could care less about lazy pieces of sh!t. Our vehicles shouldn't cost more because of them.Yes, R&D for this for fat people is costing everybody who buys the truck whether optioned with it or not. Also, it's a tailgate, you drag the item to you before lifting with your arms straight out, like an idiot. I had to do the little learning stuff As long as you and I know how to lift something up, this isn't an issue.. If people weren't stupid, this wouldn't be an issue. They'd know how to lift something up without hurting themselves. Can't fix stupid. Wait, sure you can, here's a Ram SpltGate!
  10. Our alt fuel reporter goes a little bit deeper in the Tesla's new Semi along with their new roadster.… https://t.co/8vEQlhFIrp

  11. This is crazy.. Tesla, if they can pull it off, not to mention the Model 3.. could seriously be ushering a complete need for other OEMs to up the ante in relation to Electrification. My hope and dream is that Cadillac jumps in with an all electric sports coupe that blows this away
  12. EV World Podcast about Electric autos in UK in 1959 and today! Llewellyn_King.mp3 They cover how Harrods used electric vans to deliver groceries to the wealthy in the UK and today they are now using the newest EV vans from Nissan to deliver groceries. A very interesting podcast to listen to and hear this man talk about the history and why this time EV's are here to stay. ev world story
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  14. Nothing Like Torque Baby, I have yet to see a Diesel auto with that much torque. So totally agree. I hope either as an Independant or with a new CoOwner that Tesla gets these new products to market sooner rather than later. I think they have some very cool products.
  15. Ram News: Spying: Ram 1500 Sporting A Split Tailgate?

    Tell that to the medical community that sees plenty of overweight out of shape humans that strain their back reaching for stuff over lips of car trunks, truck tailgates, etc. Very surprising the amount of medical problems caused by it. You would be amazed also how much of personal injury happens from pushing and pulling stuff especially over a tailgate. OSHA has stats on this. They say 36% of all back injuries are from improper lifting and lack of ease in getting items into and out of trucks, cars and other delivery formats. Amazing reading the statistics OSHA has compiled on back injuries. Until you posted your statement CCAP41 I also gave it a grain of salt feeling till I started to go through the various OSHA and other gov web sites.
  16. Hopefully the three gets off of the ground and Tesla moves forward. That would put your fillings through the back window...of tow a freight train...or both...
  17. I certainly don't advocate all of the points above in exactly the format made, but we did have a rational discussion.
  18. Ram News: Spying: Ram 1500 Sporting A Split Tailgate?

    Yeah, those issues don't seem like real issues. They're more made up issues they decided to solve a problem for. Fixing something that wasn't broken. Making up a problem to find a solution for.
  19. Forgot to mention in the video they also show the following images and talk about making a Tesla Semi pickup truck and making a regular size one so your Tesla Semi Pickup could haul your Tesla Pickup.
  20. Tesla Unveils Their Electric Semi Truck

    LOL, too funny that we both wrote up stories about the Tesla Semi. I also wrapped in the Roadster 2.0 and posted Tesla release images. Very cool I let ya merge the two into one story Bill.
  21. 15) Very True, stop pumping out New Orleans and let the city move to higher ground as it is a waste of Tax dollars to pump out a city below ocean level. 16) While I agree on principle sadly some humans are very destructive and need the push to a better way of life. We see this all over. We continue to pay to the native americans and yet they are some of the most destructive people I have seen when it comes to Mother Earth. Just visit reservations to see how destructive some are to the land and water. I agree personal choice should still be personal choice. I have no desire to force Ocnblu to buy an ev. 17) I disagree with this one as planning can always change and if we do not plan, we will fail. You can see way too many societies that got complacent in where they were and failed and died. Improving oneself and society should be always on everyone's mind. 18) I get your point and to a certain level agree, but society also changes as technology brings better ways of improving and supporting life. Nothing is forever is one thing I have learned from being a business owner.
  22. 12) I get this point, but also want to point out that a supportive government for improvement in quality of life invests in the R&D and through this we have gained many benefits. Just look at Nasa and other investments in research. 13) Totally understand this point, lucky for us many around the world are already supporting and regulating yet with that said much is still left to be done. 14) I get your point here and agree up too a point as I feel humanity can and will change and regulate for the betterment of survival. I am an Optimist!
  23. My Response to this. 1) True, keep vintage auto's that truly have value as is, but I can also see powertrain conversion to EV and to me that does not diminish the value of the old auto, just makes it better. 2) Disagree here, EV Bikes have superior torque and will replace the dirty noisy bikes. Just time to improve the battery pack I hate all Harley's other than their Live Wire EV Bike as they are way to loud and police refuse to enforce noise laws. 3) Disagree, again EV has proven to have more torque without the dirtiness of 2 stroke. Monster energy has started to sponsor EV dirt bike teams that are killing the competition. 4) Agree, but I think since many Train engines use electric motors with diesel generators, the change over to LNG generators is happening fast and this is being pushed hard by Warren Buffet who has invested heavily in the train industry. 5) Shipping is actually more electric than many realize, they will NOT convert the existing boats, but new boats are being built with electric motors and LNG or low sulfur bunker fuel generators. LNG seems to be the near term future as more and more ports install LNG refueling systems for the container ship industry. 6) Totally agree, have stated this that in many 3rd world places with unreliable electric grids, petro will be the main source of auto needs. 7) Agreed, He is right on this. 8 ) Agree here but plenty of work is being done to get us alternative fuel planes. Seems bio jet fuel is far more planet friendly. Boeing has this as an option and Alaska Airlines uses Bio Jet Fuel on the west coast. smells more like french fries than the traditional plane jet fuel smell. Could explain the increase in food sales on their flights. 9) You so nailed this! 10) Totally agree, no way to replace the liteness of plastic containers even though I think Glass is superior. 11) I get this, many people are set in their ways and get scared like ostriches and stick their heads in the ground rather than embrace change.
  24. Tesla Unveils Their Electric Semi Truck

    We never thought that we would ever see the day that a semi truck would get as much hype as an upcoming sports car or one of Tesla's new models. But that's the case with Tesla's new semi truck that debut last night. The design reminds us of GM's original 'dustbuster' vans with a clean shape and wide glass area. Tesla says the overall drag coefficient of their semi is 0.36, making it more aerodynamic than a Bugatti Chiron. The interior follows the look of the Model 3 with a minimalistic design and large screens providing key information and controls for various functions. The driver is positioned in the middle to provide a commanding view of the road. Under the semi's skin, Tesla employs the same chassis design as their passenger vehicles with the batteries sitting low in the chassis to improve the center of gravity. Power comes from four electric motors from the Model 3 for the rear wheels. Tesla isn't saying how much power the motors produce, but went into full detail about performance. 0-60 mph in 5 seconds when towing an unladen trailer (How many fleet operators care about this? -WM) When at its max gross weight of 80,000 pounds, the truck can hit 60 mph in 20 seconds Traveling up a 5 percent incline, the Tesla semi can up to 65 mph, 20 mph more than a standard diesel semi Maximum range of 500 miles Tesla is planning to have a network of "Megachargers," DC charging stations along common routes, and the origin and destination points. The chargers can provide a 400 mile range within 30 minutes. For safety, all Tesla Semi trucks will come with an enhanced version of Autopilot, cameras around the vehicle to provide a surround view, a jackknife prevention system that uses sensors to detect instability and adjust the power of each electric motor, lane keep assist, and automatic emergency braking. Tesla is also touting the low operating costs of their new semi. Per mile, the Tesla semi is said to cost $1.26, while rival diesel trucks cost $1.56 per mile. This is due to Tesla's semi having less moving parts than a standard semi truck and lower fuel costs. We're wondering how Tesla came to this number. Production is expected to begin in 2019 and if you're interested, you can place a $5,000 deposit. Time to address the elephants in the room. Tesla hasn't said where they plan on building their new semi truck as Freemont will be at its capacity if the company reaches their passenger car production goals. Then there are production issues with the Model 3 which has caused the automaker to push back their production ramp-up to next year. That's not including Tesla's track record of missing production dates. They're also burning through cash at a very alarming rate to work various issues. We haven't even gotten to talking about the 'Megachargers' which needs to be built out. How Tesla plans to achieve these goals remains to be seen. Source: Tesla Press Release is on Page 2 Tesla Semi The Tesla Semi will deliver a far better experience for truck drivers, while increasing safety and significantly reducing the cost of cargo transport. Unrivaled Performance Without a trailer, the Tesla Semi achieves 0-60 mph in five seconds, compared to 15 seconds in a comparable diesel truck. It does 0-60 mph in 20 seconds with a full 80,000-pound load, a task that takes a diesel truck about a minute. Most notably for truck drivers and other travelers on the road, it climbs 5% grades at a steady 65 mph, whereas a diesel truck maxes out at 45 mph on a 5% grade. The Tesla Semi requires no shifting or clutching for smooth acceleration and deceleration, and its regenerative braking recovers 98% of kinetic energy to the battery, giving it a basically infinite brake life. Overall, the Semi is more responsive, covers more miles than a diesel truck in the same amount of time, and more safely integrates with passenger car traffic. Driver Experience Unlike other trucks, the Semi’s cabin is designed specifically around the driver, featuring unobstructed stairs for easier entry and exit, full standing room inside, and a centered driver position for optimal visibility. Two touchscreen displays positioned symmetrically on both sides of the driver provide easy access to navigation, blind spot monitoring and electronic data logging. Built-in connectivity integrates directly with a fleet’s management system to support routing and scheduling, and remote monitoring. Diesel trucks today currently require several third party devices for similar functionality. Megachargers, a new high-speed DC charging solution, will add about 400 miles in 30 minutes and can be installed at origin or destination points and along heavily trafficked routes, enabling recharging during loading, unloading, and driver breaks. Safety The Tesla Semi’s all-electric architecture is designed to have a higher safety standard than any other heavy-duty truck on the market, with a reinforced battery that shields the Semi from impact and gives it an exceptionally low center of gravity. Its windshield is made of impact resistant glass. Jackknifing is prevented due to the Semi's onboard sensors that detect instability and react with positive or negative torque to each wheel while independently actuating all brakes. The surround cameras aid object detection and minimize blind spots, automatically alerting the driver to safety hazards and obstacles. With Enhanced Autopilot, the Tesla Semi features Automatic Emergency Braking, Automatic Lane Keeping, Lane Departure Warning, and event recording. Tesla Semi can also travel in a convoy, where one or several Semi trucks will be able to autonomously follow a lead Semi. Reliability With far fewer moving parts than a diesel truck – no engine, transmission, after-treatment system or differentials to upkeep – the Tesla Semi requires significantly less maintenance. Its battery is similar in composition to the batteries of Tesla energy products and is designed to support repeated charging cycles for over a million miles, while its motors are derived from the motors used in Model 3 and have been validated to last more than one million miles under the most demanding conditions. Lowest Cost of Ownership All-in, the Tesla Semi delivers massive savings in energy costs, performance, efficiency and reliability. TThe biggest immediate cost-advantage comes from savings in energy costs: fully loaded, the Tesla Semi consumes less than two kilowatt-hours of energy per mile and is capable of 500 miles of range at GVW and highway speed, accommodating a wide range of shipping applications given that nearly 80% of freight in the U.S. is moved less than 250 miles. Coupled with the low and stable nature of electricity prices – which average $0.12/kWh in the U.S. and can be significantly less for commercial and industrial users, falling to almost nothing when combined with local solar generation and storage – owners can expect to gain $200,000 or more in savings over a million miles based on fuel costs alone. Reservations for the Tesla Semi can be made for $5,000 USD per truck. Production in 2019.
  25. Tesla Unveils Their Electric Semi Truck

    We never thought that we would ever see the day that a semi truck would get as much hype as an upcoming sports car or one of Tesla's new models. But that's the case with Tesla's new semi truck that debut last night. The design reminds us of GM's original 'dustbuster' vans with a clean shape and wide glass area. Tesla says the overall drag coefficient of their semi is 0.36, making it more aerodynamic than a Bugatti Chiron. The interior follows the look of the Model 3 with a minimalistic design and large screens providing key information and controls for various functions. The driver is positioned in the middle to provide a commanding view of the road. Under the semi's skin, Tesla employs the same chassis design as their passenger vehicles with the batteries sitting low in the chassis to improve the center of gravity. Power comes from four electric motors from the Model 3 for the rear wheels. Tesla isn't saying how much power the motors produce, but went into full detail about performance. 0-60 mph in 5 seconds when towing an unladen trailer (How many fleet operators care about this? -WM) When at its max gross weight of 80,000 pounds, the truck can hit 60 mph in 20 seconds Traveling up a 5 percent incline, the Tesla semi can up to 65 mph, 20 mph more than a standard diesel semi Maximum range of 500 miles Tesla is planning to have a network of "Megachargers," DC charging stations along common routes, and the origin and destination points. The chargers can provide a 400 mile range within 30 minutes. For safety, all Tesla Semi trucks will come with an enhanced version of Autopilot, cameras around the vehicle to provide a surround view, a jackknife prevention system that uses sensors to detect instability and adjust the power of each electric motor, lane keep assist, and automatic emergency braking. Tesla is also touting the low operating costs of their new semi. Per mile, the Tesla semi is said to cost $1.26, while rival diesel trucks cost $1.56 per mile. This is due to Tesla's semi having less moving parts than a standard semi truck and lower fuel costs. We're wondering how Tesla came to this number. Production is expected to begin in 2019 and if you're interested, you can place a $5,000 deposit. Time to address the elephants in the room. Tesla hasn't said where they plan on building their new semi truck as Freemont will be at its capacity if the company reaches their passenger car production goals. Then there are production issues with the Model 3 which has caused the automaker to push back their production ramp-up to next year. That's not including Tesla's track record of missing production dates. They're also burning through cash at a very alarming rate to work various issues. We haven't even gotten to talking about the 'Megachargers' which needs to be built out. How Tesla plans to achieve these goals remains to be seen. Source: Tesla Press Release is on Page 2 Tesla Semi The Tesla Semi will deliver a far better experience for truck drivers, while increasing safety and significantly reducing the cost of cargo transport. Unrivaled Performance Without a trailer, the Tesla Semi achieves 0-60 mph in five seconds, compared to 15 seconds in a comparable diesel truck. It does 0-60 mph in 20 seconds with a full 80,000-pound load, a task that takes a diesel truck about a minute. Most notably for truck drivers and other travelers on the road, it climbs 5% grades at a steady 65 mph, whereas a diesel truck maxes out at 45 mph on a 5% grade. The Tesla Semi requires no shifting or clutching for smooth acceleration and deceleration, and its regenerative braking recovers 98% of kinetic energy to the battery, giving it a basically infinite brake life. Overall, the Semi is more responsive, covers more miles than a diesel truck in the same amount of time, and more safely integrates with passenger car traffic. Driver Experience Unlike other trucks, the Semi’s cabin is designed specifically around the driver, featuring unobstructed stairs for easier entry and exit, full standing room inside, and a centered driver position for optimal visibility. Two touchscreen displays positioned symmetrically on both sides of the driver provide easy access to navigation, blind spot monitoring and electronic data logging. Built-in connectivity integrates directly with a fleet’s management system to support routing and scheduling, and remote monitoring. Diesel trucks today currently require several third party devices for similar functionality. Megachargers, a new high-speed DC charging solution, will add about 400 miles in 30 minutes and can be installed at origin or destination points and along heavily trafficked routes, enabling recharging during loading, unloading, and driver breaks. Safety The Tesla Semi’s all-electric architecture is designed to have a higher safety standard than any other heavy-duty truck on the market, with a reinforced battery that shields the Semi from impact and gives it an exceptionally low center of gravity. Its windshield is made of impact resistant glass. Jackknifing is prevented due to the Semi's onboard sensors that detect instability and react with positive or negative torque to each wheel while independently actuating all brakes. The surround cameras aid object detection and minimize blind spots, automatically alerting the driver to safety hazards and obstacles. With Enhanced Autopilot, the Tesla Semi features Automatic Emergency Braking, Automatic Lane Keeping, Lane Departure Warning, and event recording. Tesla Semi can also travel in a convoy, where one or several Semi trucks will be able to autonomously follow a lead Semi. Reliability With far fewer moving parts than a diesel truck – no engine, transmission, after-treatment system or differentials to upkeep – the Tesla Semi requires significantly less maintenance. Its battery is similar in composition to the batteries of Tesla energy products and is designed to support repeated charging cycles for over a million miles, while its motors are derived from the motors used in Model 3 and have been validated to last more than one million miles under the most demanding conditions. Lowest Cost of Ownership All-in, the Tesla Semi delivers massive savings in energy costs, performance, efficiency and reliability. TThe biggest immediate cost-advantage comes from savings in energy costs: fully loaded, the Tesla Semi consumes less than two kilowatt-hours of energy per mile and is capable of 500 miles of range at GVW and highway speed, accommodating a wide range of shipping applications given that nearly 80% of freight in the U.S. is moved less than 250 miles. Coupled with the low and stable nature of electricity prices – which average $0.12/kWh in the U.S. and can be significantly less for commercial and industrial users, falling to almost nothing when combined with local solar generation and storage – owners can expect to gain $200,000 or more in savings over a million miles based on fuel costs alone. Reservations for the Tesla Semi can be made for $5,000 USD per truck. Production in 2019. View full article
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