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General Discussion » Automotive enthusiasts? » Post 8444

General Discussion » Automotive enthusiasts? » Post 8443

General Discussion » Automotive enthusiasts? » Post 8442

kleptomage
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Short of towing a huge battery pack or a running generator, I don’t see how electric trucks are supposed to replace gas or diesel for long distance towing.

General Discussion » Automotive enthusiasts? » Post 8441

FuckItsDaytimeAgain
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Btw, not sure how many people realize how freaking efficient Tesla’s cars have gotten. Seriously insane how far they have advanced in terms of efficiency. Even the carbon fiber bodied i3 with it’s tiny wheels quickly got taken over.
Whatever they did to refresh their design year by year, I strongly believe this is the main thing that has allowed them to produce higher spec’d, longer range and cheaper vehicles.
In 2020 The Model 3 Standard range overtook the US king of the hill ionic Hybrid with a combined EPA rating of 141MPGe gasoline equivalent, while the latter actually dropped in efficiency from 136 combined to 133 with it’s 2020 model because of the weight of the larger battery.
Far gone are the days of having less efficiency than a compact EV. If Tesla had staid satisfied with the 90MPGe that the Model S did in 2012 and had built the model 3 on it’s basis, the cheapest 45K model 272 mile range version would barely have 185 miles of range with the same battery.
I like browsing around the fueleconomy.gov Power Search to see who was and currently is king of efficiency these days.

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I remember laughing a lot while trying to convince anti EV people that charging a model 3 or Y with an average gas generator was like 3 times more fuel efficient, and resulted in lower lifetime emissions than the old gas truck they were bragging about.

General Discussion » Automotive enthusiasts? » Post 8439

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More real-life Cadillac Lyriq photos are finally coming out along with more Youtube car reviews. This pic is pretty funny. They have a portable charger trailer ready for the Lyriq in the middle of nowhere.

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Nicely put. That will add up over time. The Hummer EV, weighing 9000 lb. is so obnoxious and is a total waste when you compare it to an ordinary EV pickup like the Lightning at 6015 lbs.
It makes sense why governments want to have big rigs go to wright stations to make sure every load is under a certain level. And why tandem axels have to be adjusted to make sure the load is distributed correctly or there’s too much weight applied under one axel

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@RainbowDash69
Why won’t EV’s fix climate change?
Another important note about EVs this: Often, EVs will cause more road damage than their ICE equivalent just because of how much they weigh. Because this is not a concern to automakers, and I believe most people don’t care about total energy consumption as long as the car is electric and has enough range, EVs are often larger than they need to be.
Road construction today is still a very carbon intensive process. Specially bridges and anything using cement instead of pavement.
Equivalent Weight to Road Damage table:
I like what Jason from EE says in this video about the Hummer EV

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@RainbowDash69
Why won’t EV’s fix climate change?
The process of extracting the rare earth minerals and processing them to a usable commercial state are very energy heavy processes and polluting in their own right. An EV’s environmental friendliness is also contingent on the energy infrastructure in the area it’s being used. At the current state on carbon emissions alone an EV takes maybe about three years to just become carbon neutral, and then who knows how many years it has left before it becomes a carbon negative piece of machinery.
There are other contingent factors as well such as the carbon and hydrocarbon cost of laying and maintaining automotive road ways. And parallel factors that moving to EV or autonomous cars won’t fix traffic, since the same number of gas cars converted to EV or autonomous vehicles still equals the same number of cars previously, and all the other issues associated with them concerning the inevitable fluid leaks and seepage into ground water reservoirs or the watersheds. An EV or autonomous car still presents a point of conflict with wildlife or pedestrians.
You could on the other hand reduce environmental impact by building some train cars and a nuclear power plant to power an electrified rail route. A train, trolley, or subway can carry more people along the same routes as automotive traffic and a much lower energy cost points of impact with anything outside of it (the train hitting a deer, for instance). Good and rationally laid out public transportation systems can carry more people and goods per pound that car and truck traffic, making lower resource costs to do the same thing whether or not it’s hydrocarbon based or alternative fueled based (just do not put the battery on the vehicle, this always means in a few weeks the weight of the battery will break the under carriage and drop it through the vehicle, as seen in a transition to battery powered busses in Philadelphia like a year or two ago).
This does demand urban and suburban redevelopment though. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned about the history of changing urban development plans for the popular good you can do this with a brawl in council chambers, which killed the era of urban freeways.
There’ll still be need for cars, there’ll always be a number of people who live in non-suburban or hopefully non-subdivision communities in the country side. They’ll inevitably be the permanent market for cars. But in total, rural residents unironically have a much lower environmental impact than their suburban counterparts supposedly “living” 15 minutes from everything else.

General Discussion » Automotive enthusiasts? » Post 8434

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The AC in my 2012 Scion xB is making an annoying ticking noise that only goes away when the fans are either off or at full blast. The noise seems to be coming from the foot well of the front passenger seat.
Edit: the ticking noise seems to have gone away.

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Beautiful E-Class sedan:
Nissan Murano has some competition:
@Background Pony #2A80
In some areas it will reduce climate change, yes. But completely fix it? No way
Large urban areas will experience a ton of strain on the power grid with tons of fast charging stations that are always clogged with people waiting for hours, a carbon footprint will still exist, and millions of people will still want to buy cars when they could just take the bus/train. I am referring to USA large urban areas, I know Europe/Asia is doing better though

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I guess I’m in the middle, too. Might help get some of the morons off the road so I can have a more enjoyable drive. Also, fewer cars on the road would help quiet those who are consistently screaming, “the climate is changing, we’re all gonna die!!!”

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Background Pony #9427
So in recent years I’ve experienced three groups of people on the internet: Die-hard auto enthusiasts who think cars are the greatest thing ever and worship Henry Ford, Karl Benz and others, those who are fascinated with cars on their own but are also well-aware that cites and infrastructure need to be designed around feasible public transportation in mind (which I’m part of), and lastly people like those on r/fuckcars who think cars are completely evil and must be completely eliminated from society. As far as the first two categories are concerned, which one do you guys fall into?

General Discussion » Automotive enthusiasts? » Post 8424

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@RainbowDash69
Plug-in hybrids may not have the best highway MPG, but they can be great for short errands on pure electric power. Like I said, it depends on one’s situation. If I had a plug-in hybrid with about 20 miles of electric range, I would only need gas for half my commute.

General Discussion » Automotive enthusiasts? » Post 8423

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Prison Jumpsuit Lover
2023 Lexus RX is magnificent in blue.
@kleptomage
That’s exactly what I was thinking.
To answer the question, Mike, Plug-in hybrid is the best choice for maximum range especially for a short commute, but if you have a long commute or if you plan to do a lot of highway driving, a normal “non-plugin” hybrid like Toyota Prius or Corolla Hybrid is what you should stick to. Plug-in hybrids don’t have the best highway mpg, a traditional hybrid would
That reminds me, my coworker traded-in his girlfriend’s 2021 4Runner for a Corolla Cross. The dealership must’ve been ecstatic. That 2021 4Runner made him a huge profit and now he’s getting great gas. CVT yeah but a CVT works wonderful and is smooth for slow city driving
@FuckItsDaytimeAgain
We don’t have Smart cars around here at all, the only ones I see are the tiny older generation ones

General Discussion » Automotive enthusiasts? » Post 8422

kleptomage
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@mikeforum
A difficult question. Fuel prices have gone crazy, but the prices of electric cars and cars in general are also crazy. It depends on your situation. Can you charge at home? How far do you need to travel? Do you live in a cold climate where low temperatures can sap your battery capacity? Only you can decide whether an EV is a good fit for you.
As volatile as the auto market is right now, it’s probably best to wait to buy a car if you can. If you can’t, a hybrid is the best option to save fuel.

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I think a Volt or a Clarity are just great deals. Specially if you commute short distances and still need the range of a gad car some times.
It’s a charge at home car, you will not really ever use chargers outside of home.

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Fuel prices suck, right now; but I wouldn’t jump on the EV bandwagon, yet. EVs (especially Teslas) are still too gimmicky for my tastes and the technology and infrastructure isn’t quite there yet. Just get a Hybrid (i.e.: a Toyota Prius) if you’re looking to save on fuel costs.

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