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  2. Rack

    Unleaded 88 coming your way?

    Finally seeing prices from the Griffith Family Express, I think it's actually open now!: http://www.garygasprices.com/Family_Express_Gas_Stations/Griffith/198316/index.aspx Looks like E10 is priced 25 cents less than midgrade, and 50 cents less than premium, which implies that E15 is 5 cents less than E10. Other FE stations price their E15 instead at 25 cents less than midgrade and 50 cents below premium, with their E10 +2 cents more than E15. With the perks card 10 cent grand opening discount, that puts E15 down at 1.94, which is slightly better than 1.98 E10 in BTU/dollar. Lowest price in the region for E10 is 1.99, might be time to buy some E15 again!
  3. TD

    Tesla Model 3

    Consumer Reports: Tesla Model 3 = Most Loved Car In USA https://cleantechnica.com/2019/02/01/tesla-model-3-most-loved-car-in-usa/
  4. FEH05

    Tesla Model 3

    A lot to read about at the Tesla Motor club forums. Interesting experiences during winter weathers.
  5. FEH05

    Tesla Model 3

    Reports from owners at another "site" have posted about "cold weather headlight flickering"? Some claim this is related to a software issue. How are yours managing real winter cold weather?
  6. TD

    Tesla Model 3

    From what I read, it was 20 to 40% for most areas. I haven't see a rate for my area tho. https://electrek.co/2019/01/18/tesla-increases-supercharger-prices/
  7. FEH05

    Tesla Model 3

    Yikes, I just read the Supercharger rates have been doubled to 0.31 cents a kWh which is similar to what a 30mpg fuel vehicle obtains. Is this correct? Of course home charging is a lot cheaper. Electrify American is bringing out fast plug in stations at at rates of 0.30-0.36 kWh. Some Tesla owners have free lifetime SC usage, others 6 months and some none.
  8. FEH05

    Unleaded 88 coming your way?

    Yes 5 cents a gallon in Central and Northern Wisconsin at the Kwik Trip stations
  9. FEH05

    E-85 Conversion/Option for hybrid

    The C-Max Energi plugged in at a National Park in Virginia, next to a Tesla charger.
  10. FEH05

    Ford C-Max Energi

    photo is here
  11. FEH05

    Ford Escape getting 88 MPG on E85 ..

    It helps to have warmer weather to obtain consistent higher mileage.
  12. TD

    Tesla Model 3

    There's IS a lot to take in. Dropping off your car for tint or tires always requires a little training on how to shift (D-R-Park) and how to exit (top button on the door) and where to lift for tires swapping. Always an anxious moment. Tesla definitely has set the standard high and only room for improvement for everyone else. The Tesla charging network, performance, OTA updates and innovation is what made me go that route. No more ICE vehicles for me.
  13. FEH05

    Tesla Model 3

    A lot to learn about the various Tesla "modes" and software items. and other. Want to see what model Y brings. Want to see what the competition does during the next two years and improvements/additions to the supercharger/roadside charging locations.
  14. TD

    Tesla Model 3

    I thought this video echoed my feelings about Tesla.
  15. TD

    Tesla Model 3

    Sure, you can enable "Chill" mode to decrease performance. The less you use the pedal, the more your range improves. As all vehicles, driving slower gets you more range too. As much as I would like a Y or SAS (air suspension to raise my 3 for easier entry/exit), since I'm 65 and can't work forever, this is probably my last new vehicle and maybe last one ever. If that's the case, I can live with it.
  16. FEH05

    Tesla Model 3

    Thanks for the reply. It seems as if the AWD Tesla has sufficient ground clearance for snow. I'm likely headed/moving to northern Wisconsin for retirement within 1.5 to 2.5 years. I need to have a vehicle to handle 2 to 3 inches of snow on the road and ground clearance is one of my thoughts. (I enjoy Nordic skiing and occasional downhill skiing). I still have the Escape Hybrid now with 183,000 miles on it and it works well in winter conditions as it is 4wd capable. My CMax is low to the ground and with the stock tires (doesn't make sense to obtain winter tires if I still have my Escape Hybrid), probably not the best for real winter conditions. From what I recently read, Ford and VW are now going to share VW's BEM (battery electric modular) platform for future EV. Could be interesting to see what new battery electric vehicles arrive in the future. Tesla is suppose to bring out the "Y" (smaller crossover based upon the 3 series) late in 2019 and this might be an option for me if it can provide over 300 miles of EV range. I wonder if the Tesla allows one to degrade performance (0-60 time) for improved battery range?
  17. TD

    Ford Escape getting 88 MPG on E85 ..

    I have a hypermiler buddy in Florida, the same guy who took me under his wing when we both owned Volts and tuned them for E85. About the time I traded my '12 Volt, he picked up a Hyundai Ioniq hybrid (not a plugin), which is rated for about 50 mpg. He tried E85 without a conversion and although he had a CEL only lost about 5 mpg. He averages about 80 mpg per tank on E10. BUT in full disclosure, this guy can milk good mileage out of any vehicle.
  18. TD

    Tesla Model 3

    I had a '12 Volt and on a whim (with deadline for tax credit approaching) in December 2017, picked up an '18 Volt. Even though it had everything except adaptive cruise control, I was disappointed in the lack of tech. It was pretty nice having a battery 50% bigger than my 12 and "hold" mode (switch to ice at any time) that I didn't have on my '12 was also nice. I don't know why the Tesla wasn't on my radar at the time as I should have put money down at that time instead of trading in a 10 month old Volt on one. I've got the dual motor (AWD) with winter tires and ground clearance is about a half an inch less than my wife's Buick Encore and it goes anywhere. Acceleration on packed snow is almost as good as dry pavement. Pretty awesome snow machine. I charge to 70% every night to keep the battery warm, but 80 to 90% for road trips. I've charged to 100% maybe 3 times, first at home and twice at a supercharger (same trip, both ways) last fall. That's my longest stretch to the big city until they start adding SC's again next spring. I have about 3,100 miles on the odo with zero battery degradation. A recent 50 mile road trip with speeds of 60 to 65 mph at ~10°F (no wind), starting at 148 miles range and 63 when I arrived home, so 85 miles used to drive 50. I generally allow twice that battery I need for a winter road trip. I also lost about 12 miles of range while parked for 3 hours, about the same I lose on a typical cold work day. Regarding superchargers, if you leave a stall between you and the next car, you get a higher charge rate. The charge starts to slow down as the battery gets full, maybe around 80% (??), but no problem going to 100%. Some locations charge more for the higher %, but my biggest bill was that fall trip and ~$11 for maybe 3/4 of a battery, so pretty cheap. The phone app lets you know when you've reached your set point, but you can change it from the app. The SC's are always near a place to eat and it's easy to just let it keep going while eating. If the location is busy you might need to move the car to avoid an idle fee, but the one location I've frequented has maybe 8 stalls and I've never seen more than 3 of us there. Tesla's don't like cold batteries, maybe because they're built in California? A cold battery after leaving work on a 15°F or colder day means greatly decreased acceleration (grandma mode) and no regen (lots of coasting). The downgrade from an electric sports car is quite humiliating. Thankfully no one has tried to race me on a cold day. All this talk of friction brakes lasting forever don't take winter use into account. You get used to letting regen slow so don't decel until close to a stop, then end up using more brakes than you would in a ice vehicle. E50 is about the max I got with my '09 Ford Escape hybrid before adding a conversion kit to it. Due to the engine not warming up fully for my short commute and E85 producing less heat, I found I had to change my synthetic oil around 7k miles (if I remember correctly). I had it analyzed quite often. I would have thought the weekly road trips (100 to 500 miles) would have cleaned it up. I had ZERO issues with fitment and only a couple of very minor paint issues, nothing worth getting fixed. My only complaint is a nasty howling noise during blow dry at car washes that for all I know might be my rear license plate. And I'm the only one who's about that. Bear in mind that Teslas have the highest rate of satisfaction and you're only seeing the complaints in forums. There's a reason why they're the only car that's selling in the US and Tesla doesn't advertise. Don't take a test drive or you'll be hooked. My only software issue (no autopilot) was taken care of remotely by techs 250 miles away and we have a local ranger that takes care of repairs onsite, although I've never met or needed him. I get OTA updates every couple of weeks and autopilot is pretty awesome. Sounds like you got a nice deal on your C-Max. I was interested in them when I had the Escape and EV mode was limited to maybe 2 miles with very light throttle and under 40 mph, but being able to drive all week with full acceleration and as fast as I wanted to go with the Volt without using the gas engine was awesome. The problem was I hated city driving on gas, which is why I wanted a full-time EV.
  19. FEH05

    Tesla Model 3

    I wonder how high TD is recharging his Tesla battery? To 90%? How high does it charge at the supercharger location?
  20. Rack

    Unleaded 88 coming your way?

    Yep, 5 cents! Most Family Express stations have a 5 cent spread. I think there's one in Indy with a 10 cent spread, even my Saint John location was at a 5 cent spread when it opened. The Casey's maintains a 5 cent spread, as does the Murphy's in the area. I'm seeing more and more FE spots doing the 2 cent spread, and as the prices are set at corporate, it must be some sort of price experiment. The Thornton's stations in the area are also going with a 2 cent spread.
  21. FEH05

    Ford Escape getting 88 MPG on E85 ..

    With 183,000 miles on my Ford Escape Hybrid, I can not really tell any difference with the MPG figures compared to when it was new. It is possible that a small change in battery capacity has occurred as I remember Ford buying a 200,000 mile Escape Hybrid and finding like 3% loss.
  22. FEH05

    Ford C-Max Energi

    Yes I have a 2017 version that can run on E85 up to around E50 before the check engine light comes on. Still have my 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid that has auto 4wd.
  23. As a follow-up, I have not notice such a change at the Kwik Trip stations that I have stopped at during the past two years. Then again, I actually live in Pa, but our family has a home in northern Wisconsin.
  24. FEH05

    Tesla Model 3

    I finally got back on this site after being locked out for multiple months. During this vacation I picked up a Ford C-Max Energi at 35% off the sticker with all 301 miles on it! Rated at 21 miles of EV driving but that can go up and down depending upon weather and driving style/conditions. Basically switch between auto EV (computer controlled between EV and ICE) for slower and in town driving and EV later for faster speeds and hills. 7kWh battery but real usable amount is like 5.6 kWh. Cabin cooled battery doesn't work the best when it is really hot during the summer months. Some owners in warm states have significantly degraded their battery due to heat and excess driving in EV. Have a E85 add on kit for the ICE and can run around E50 before the check engine light comes on. Tesla continues to look interesting especially with their network of superchargers. However, customer service and quality control issue exist as report in the forums that I sometimes frequent. TD, what range hit do you occur with the winter weather? I'm assuming 25%.
  25. Rack

    Unleaded 88 coming your way?

    Another couple of E15 stations opened here in the past few days, both Family Video locations turned into Family Express spots, and one of the stores is selling E10 at $1.819. With the usual FE Grand Opening 10 cent per gallon discount, that pushes the price down to $1.719. Another couple of cents lower and a 3 cent discount for E15 would be energy-neutral. I will have to swing by and check what the spread is, it could be 5 cents, but it could be 2 cents, Family Express has been known to do both. My local E15 station is the Family Express in Saint John. They only have the Regular 88/E15 price on their big LED sign, and seemingly are basing their midgrade and premium prices off of their E15 price (+25 cents, +50 cents), and then pricing E10 2 cents more than E15. They are trying hard to make E15 "happen". It'd happen faster if they'd price it correctly!
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