With almost 178,000 miles on my 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid, I'm due for a new ride in the next few years. Will be looking for a PHEV, hopefully rated near and/or above 40mpg on highway with fold down seats to carry things I use and need. Many new PHEV models are arriving in the next two/three years.
Examples of Flex-Fuel Vehicles (FFVs)
Tesla Model 3
Posted 19 February 2018 - 05:16 PM
Yes, rear seats easily fold down (hatchback) and the battery is bigger in 2016, but nothing after. This Volt has a 40% bigger battery than my 12 Volt and is rated for 52 miles. I've hauled a lot of stuff in my Volt.
There's supposed to be a refresh in 2019, which usually brings minor appearance changes, but possibly could also introduce an increased battery.
Posted 16 February 2018 - 10:27 PM
I traded my first gen Volt for a new one so have 52 miles of EV range during warm weather, but seeing 31 miles lately due to sub-zero temps. Haven't touched the tune on it yet and enjoying driving EV every day. I considered going with a Bolt, but Premiers were over 200 miles away and to drive it home in sub zero temps could have been an all night drive, which I wasn't ready for yet. Next time around I'm going to consider a used Model X.
Posted 18 December 2017 - 09:32 PM
I have a 2013 Model S with the 85kw battery. On a daily charge (which they recommend) at 90% I have 229 rated miles. On a full charge, it is currently 255. In the winter it is less because you use battery to heat the car (no waste heat from a conventional engine), and may lose about 25% range in the winter. Range is never an issue because I plug in my car every night and wake up with my battery at 90% charge. I feel this is the one thing that most people overlook, is that you refuel your car at home.
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.6L Pentastar
Posted 02 December 2017 - 07:04 PM
What model Tesla do you drive? What is the range before it needs to be plugged in. I'm 33 miles north of Pittsburgh, spent time in Aurora Illinois before moving for life's work which could end anywhere from one month to three years. It is only 498 miles from where I live to my old living location.
Posted 30 November 2017 - 12:04 PM
I've had my Tesla for a year and a month now. I've put 21,000 enjoyable miles on it. No issues with it, and it works like it should. It sucks when you have to bring the wife's van to the gas station and fill up when you're not used to it. Had a plastic piece fail and shoot engine coolant all over the engine bay of the van. Just another reason to look forward to getting her an electric vehicle when the time comes. I love all the negative misinformation articles about Tesla by people who want to short the stock or have big oil interests. No different than the misinformation anti-ethanol posted stuff. Interesting to see all these companies promising electric cars in a few years that will be "a Tesla killer". I believe it when I see it. Tesla has done well for themselves because of the infrastructure they have built. That will be the big challenge for others to get into the electric game. I drove my Tesla to Pennsylvania in late August to visit friends. It couldn't be easier, as I plugged the address in navigation, and it routed me there through the superchargers, also telling me about how long I need to charge to get to the next supercharger (with about 10 to 15% extra charge). It took me about 15 hours to get there (the fastest I've ever made it in a gas car was 12 hours). The longest charging time I had to stay at any of the chargers was 40 minutes. What I didn't realize is how great the car is in mountainous terrain. It goes up hills much easier than a standard car, and you don't have to ride your brakes down big mountains because of regenerative braking. I believe this will be a big plus with the Tesla semi slated to come out in a few years. I see the model 3 production has been pushed back a bit; this doesn't surprise me at all looking at their track record. Once they get on track with that production, BMW and Mercedes are going to get hurt in sales with the 3 series and C class respectively. I feel that Elon Musk should be spending more time making sure the Model 3 production bottlenecks get fixed, as this is the company's make or break car in my opinion.
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.6L Pentastar
Posted 01 November 2017 - 04:32 PM
Telsa to delay ramping up production for four months as issues exist. I believe delays at the new battery factory and the highly automatic factory are leading factors for this delay. Is it correct that Model 3 has nearly 500,000 pre-production deposits?
Edited by Billyk24, 01 November 2017 - 04:32 PM.
Posted 30 August 2017 - 07:49 AM
AAA '17 report on cost of vehicles per class. Electric was the highest cost per mile due to high purchase cost and high depreciation. Fuel costs made up for some of it. Maintenance for vehicles is not that big a deal anymore. They make vehicles better and with low maintenance. Another thing hurting the battery car is the low cost of fuel and the every higher mpg ratings. Emissions are steadily decreasing for this technology as well. Ethanol to the rescue to lower fuel carbon rating. Carbon rating of ethanol -34% currently over plain gasoline and expected to go aver -70% in 2020. And by the way the rating does include the bogus ILUC penalty, so in reality add -22% or so. So, the plain low cost ICE vehicle may do just as well in the future for environment concerns. The battery car needs cheap, lighter, and more powerful batteries. They need a breakthrough battery technology. It may happen and car manufacturers are betting that that vehicles will nonetheless utilize more battery power and will go more to electric drive. I do think most are thinking hydrogen will be the ultimate battery.
Posted 07 August 2017 - 06:34 PM
The other issue is Tesla will be charging customers to "charge-up" their vehicle. But at what price and how does this compare to liquid fuel? Gee, would it be "safer" to obtain a hybrid with electric range in the three digit numbers plus an ICE than purely electric vehicle? OOPs, this/these cars don't exist yet.
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