Don't Take Driving Test in a Tesla

TPD

the poor dad
or you may fail.

But California (yeah no surprise) has found the error in their ways and issued the boy his license after initially failing him for braking, or not braking. Not sure I quite understand the situation after reading the article, but here it is for you to read yourself and then explain the problem to me.

 

Tech

Well-Known Member
So, the car is not supposed to slow down if you take your foot off the accelerator? 🤔
 

glhs837

Power with Control
Yah, an assholio parent, giving an obnoxious child a Tesla in California.
I mean if its your only family vehicle, and the kid needs to take the test, whatcha gonna do? Boy took his in the 425hp Charger SRT. Wasn't being obnoxious. it was our only vehicle at the time besides my motorcycle.
 

glhs837

Power with Control
So, the car is not supposed to slow down if you take your foot off the accelerator? 🤔
For those who haven't experienced it, its quite a bit different than you would think. When I took my test ride with my buddy, I left it full strength, but now its not an option to change it. Its max value slows you quite a bit, its really like downshifting and engine braking more than coasting in an auto. Took me about 30 minutes to reprogram my "ease of the gas about here" feelings.
 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member
You Can Swap An EV Battery In China For $7


If the future of automobiles is truly going to be electric — and at the moment that’s what it looks like — then batteries should be easily swappable. Period. I know most of the industry is loath to do this, with big-deal companies like Tesla coming out definitively against it, but the truth is even if swappable batteries aren’t what the carmakers want, it’s much, much better for consumers, and that’s who I care about. Those CEOs can eat dog food for all I care. Don’t believe the claims that battery swapping is too expensive or impractical, because it’s already happening, quick and cheap, in China.

I was reminded of this thanks to this tweet showing a BAIC electric taxi in a battery swap station in a mountainous area of Northern China known as Hebei:


 

Merlin99

Visualize whirled peas
PREMO Member
So how do these car chargers work? Do you just pull up and plug in or do you have a metered connection and pay with a CC? I know I could look, but chances are someone here has first hand knowledge.
 

Sneakers

Just sneakin' around....
So how do these car chargers work? Do you just pull up and plug in or do you have a metered connection and pay with a CC? I know I could look, but chances are someone here has first hand knowledge.
Many of them are free right now, like the ones in front of Giant. Just pull up and plug in, no cost, no CC.

Not sure about the Tesla branded ones.
 

glhs837

Power with Control
So how do these car chargers work? Do you just pull up and plug in or do you have a metered connection and pay with a CC? I know I could look, but chances are someone here has first hand knowledge.

With Tesla, you have an account. When you use a Supercharger, like the ones in front of Teeter, you just back in and when the the charging cable connector gets close, press the button on the cable, and your charge port door will open. Plug it in an you are set. You keep a card on file with your Tesla account and the charges go onto that.

Other Tesla chargers (called Destination Chargers, Level 2, they charger slower and might not be tied into the ecosystem as smoothly) might not be as automated.

Other EVs, its a grab bag right now. Some are free, like those ones in front of Giant. That company, Volta, I think, thinks that they support themselves with advertising. For now they are free. We'll see if that lasts. Other slow chargers like that might be free, some places offer free charging as an amenity. Or its subsidized like ones in govt locations to support EV adoption.

You will find a lot of other pay charging options. Most of them require an account with that specific service, and stories of low charge rates and inoperable charging points are a common theme in both reviews by magazines and from consumers. Ford is hoping to smooth some of that out by basically bundling a lot of these networks together into one account for you, which they then interface for you. Its looking better than trying to juggle three or four accounts with different companies yourself so far. I dont thing GM has offered anything like that.

For those, you need to either pay via an app type account on your phone, but some chargers allow for using a card, but thats not very common. The EU requires that. But not the US. This article describes some of those challenges. Every mutil car EV road test I read speaks to the same challenges. And when I do buy an EV, it will be a Tesla, an charging infrastructure is one very big reason. Nobody else allows you to plug your route into the NAV and charts your course including chargers that are almost certainly working. Other brands, not even close.

 
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