This is a coup de
grâce for Ford. It's bigger than people realize.
We've had an EV6 for just onto a year now and have the experiences of non-Tesla charging on the road.
Not range anxiety, it's broken chargers at the next stop
When we stop to charge we plan it so their is enough battery range left to go onto the next charging station if on this stop
chargers fail. They do fail, you can rely on that.
Rare with Tesla charging even in power outages. Tesla charging stations have power wall backups rated in the mega watts made from re purposed Tesla car batteries. Either from wrecks or warranty change-outs. Most the batteries in a warranty change-out are still good.
One bad battery may spoil the rest performance. 635 cells, maybe 3 are bad and effects range.
For some reason Tesla changes-out the complete set.
Check out Grubers channel on YouTube, he goes all over that fact.
"Well, you have Plug Share and other apps to tell you if the chargers are available or working."
That's about 60% reliable, and 100% un
reliable method especially over the past Memorial day weekend across the USA. The entire Electrify America system went down,,, again and this time on an app bug.
Electrify America charger grenaded in Mojave Ca:
Charging up as we're heading home from Las Vegas. People pulling up in EV's roll down their window and ask "Is it working?
" Lit doesn't mean it works, unlit means it's dead in the water.
Tesla plug handles and cables are light weight and easy to plug in. Chargers are addressable and reliable and simple. Simply plug n play.
Non-Tesla CCS and J1772 are big, heavy, clunky, bulky, clumsy, fussy and you have to go into your app to make them work, if they work at all. In freezing weather makes it X10 PITA to use.
Especially a wrestling match for that 95lb daughter trying to plug in her car. She'll be 92lbs at the end of the session.
Musk is an energy Tycoon. Many of his Southwest and other locations Tesla charging stations are solar powered. Instead of selling his excess to the grid for 8 cents per KW, he sells it for around 31 to 41 cents per KW to a good portion, not all but a lot of his customers.
After our GMC Sierra EV arrives when on the road I plan to have 10 gallons of gas in containers and the GenMax 7250 / 220V NEMA 14 50 plug generator (on the right) in the bed.
If no chargers available at the nowhere everything is a million miles from I got backup. 32 miles range per hour of charge time. Rednex hybrid, better than being stranded:
We've used the Electrify America Chargers in Baker Calif 6 times. They are next to the Tesla Chargers (above pix).
We've witnessed 2 Tesla owners trading punches at the Teslas and other feuds twice
over disputes when Tesla owners try to outfox each other for a charging spot.
At this location YouTube channel TFLEV witnessed the same on other occasions as did Out Of Spec Motoring YouTube channel on separate occasions as well.
Theirs's been a recent fatal shooting between Tesla owners at another location reported in the news.
When at any charger other EV owners may ask you to block others that are waiting when you pull out so they can be next on your spot. "Can ya help me out?
" Don't do it. Act aloof and safely exit.
I posted a video on the Tesla forums of the wife and I shooting our pistols safely in the desert in route to Vegas.
I knew what the response would be with Tesla owners and I was right. Furious.
If you converse with them you soon realize most are a sandwich short of a full picnic.
Many Comfort Inns across the USA allow dogs and have a NEMA 14 50 / 50 AMP plug available to customers. Sometimes the plug use is free, sometimes wife has found they ask for $8 flat rate.
Wife busts out her portable charging cable with the NEMA 14 50 plug and plugs the car in, walks the dog,, sleeps off that leg of the journey.