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by just frank
Sat Sep 16, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contemplating an Electric Car
Replies: 147
Views: 8395

Re: Contemplating an Electric Car

And the 2018 LEAF has ProPilot...Nissan's adaptive cruise control and highway lane keeping feature in the two upper trims. When I was comparing different Leaf models before I bought mine, I realized that even ordinary cruise control and satellite navigation were pretty useless on this car. Seems we...
by just frank
Sat Sep 16, 2017 5:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contemplating an Electric Car
Replies: 147
Views: 8395

Re: Contemplating an Electric Car

I have a Spark EV lease and a 240 Volt charger at home. This is a good combo for charging convenience but the car's range has been a limitation for me. if I had 200 miles (vice 80) I would be a happy camper. For ICE we have a small Mazda van. It is absolutely true with a little planning my Wife and...
by just frank
Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another battery question
Replies: 25
Views: 2133

Re: Another battery question

Back in July I posted a question as to why I needed 3 auto batteries in less than five years. Based on the many responses I concluded that lack of use of my vehicle was the cause of the short battery life. I am retired and my 2003 Ford Ranger sits in the driveway most of the time. To correct this l...
by just frank
Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Electric car in evacuation situation
Replies: 61
Views: 3782

Re: Electric car in evacuation situation

A prediction I cannot be held to? By 2050 it will be difficult or impossible to drive an ICE vehicle and very expensive at the very least. Indeed I could see that by 2040. It will have become societally unacceptable. You read it from some stranger on the internets ;-). I believe it's the exact oppo...
by just frank
Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Electric car in evacuation situation
Replies: 61
Views: 3782

Re: Electric car in evacuation situation

As far as emergency situations, flexibility wins. So if gasoline is unavailable, electric wins, and vice versa. I believe electric vehicles helped in Japan for the tsunami recovery. Hybrids such as Prius can be very handy for running an inverter to get back up power for the home. I thought you were...
by just frank
Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:17 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: China to ban petrol cars
Replies: 64
Views: 4131

Re: China to ban petrol cars

AS for grid source....an EV on the US grid-average in 2017 is 'cleaner' than a Prius. Outside appalachia, it is a no-brainer on that side. "Most of U.S. electricity is generated using fossil fuels... Natural gas was the source of about 34% of U.S. electricity generation in 2016... Coal was the seco...
by just frank
Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:13 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tesla Financing
Replies: 22
Views: 1892

Re: Tesla Financing

Massachusetts also just shut down it's last coal fired power plant. But just as California does, we also buy electricity on the open market, not just from generators located in state. We buy quite a bit from Quebec Hydro. Coal fired electricity goes into the grid just as renewable energy goes into ...
by just frank
Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:11 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tesla Financing
Replies: 22
Views: 1892

Re: Tesla Financing

@Valuethinker...the US grid average number for 2017 is 33% Coal energy, not 50%. California shut down its last coal plant years ago...its at 0%. :mrgreen:
by just frank
Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Electric car in evacuation situation
Replies: 61
Views: 3782

Re: Electric car in evacuation situation

As far as emergency situations, flexibility wins. So if gasoline is unavailable, electric wins, and vice versa. I believe electric vehicles helped in Japan for the tsunami recovery. Hybrids such as Prius can be very handy for running an inverter to get back up power for the home. I thought you were...
by just frank
Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:38 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: China to ban petrol cars
Replies: 64
Views: 4131

Re: China to ban petrol cars

I am sure there are parts of the country where electric cars perform well. I question though, whether they are well suited for us in the rural northeast. Commuting distances are long. How will winter traction be with the high-torque electric motor? How much is mileage and range impacted by defrosti...
by just frank
Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: China to ban petrol cars
Replies: 64
Views: 4131

Re: China to ban petrol cars

Don't most of China's population still use bicycles or mopeds? This whole thread is irrelevant :mrgreen: According to Forbes, sales of new cars to China exceeded the US number a few years back.... https://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2016/01/12/chinas-car-market-beats-the-u-s-in-2015-and-will-aga...
by just frank
Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: China to ban petrol cars
Replies: 64
Views: 4131

Re: China to ban petrol cars

China won't do anything brash. The move to efficient vehicles is best accomplished through a slow-moving target like the CAFE standards in the U.S. If China were to pass such a law, they would also need to build batteries in facilities that would dwarf the Tesla Gigafactory. I guess we can all watc...
by just frank
Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: China to ban petrol cars
Replies: 64
Views: 4131

Re: China to ban petrol cars

Don't most of China's population still use bicycles or mopeds? This whole thread is irrelevant :mrgreen: According to Forbes, sales of new cars to China exceeded the US number a few years back.... https://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2016/01/12/chinas-car-market-beats-the-u-s-in-2015-and-will-aga...
by just frank
Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:01 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: China to ban petrol cars
Replies: 64
Views: 4131

Re: China to ban petrol cars

2) EV is not as efficient as gasoline engine. EV would need: coal -> electricity -> battery -> motor. Whereas ICE does not waste much energy from gasoline. I disagree with this assertion. Study from 2012, the the US grid had only just barely started mass displacement of coal power by natural gas po...
by just frank
Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contemplating an Electric Car
Replies: 147
Views: 8395

Re: Contemplating an Electric Car

Both hazards have over a century of consumer experience in understanding the conditions under which each hazard arises and mitigating them. On the electrical side, even after all that experience, items used by the general public at more than 240V and 50A, which aren't simply hard-wired by professio...
by just frank
Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contemplating an Electric Car
Replies: 147
Views: 8395

Re: Contemplating an Electric Car

Both hazards have over a century of consumer experience in understanding the conditions under which each hazard arises and mitigating them. On the electrical side, even after all that experience, items used by the general public at more than 240V and 50A, which aren't simply hard-wired by professio...
by just frank
Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: China to ban petrol cars
Replies: 64
Views: 4131

Re: China to ban petrol cars

This may be true, however there are several paths to that future. I prefer the path where the electric cars become cheaper/better/safer and thus render internal combustion powered vehicles obsolete (think photographic film, video tape, etc.). "Banning" to force the change is not necessarily best fo...
by just frank
Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: China to ban petrol cars
Replies: 64
Views: 4131

Re: China to ban petrol cars

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-41218243 I can not believe it is happenning USA used to be the leader in these things but now look who is more bold. So you think the US should be the leader in banning petrol cars? of course electric cars are the future This may be true, however there are several p...
by just frank
Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contemplating an Electric Car
Replies: 147
Views: 8395

Re: Contemplating an Electric Car

Basically the same things were all being said 10-15 year ago when Tesla was first starting to get noticed. I've seen more battery "breakthroughs" announced over that time than I can count - probably about every six months on average. New variations on lithium-ion batteries, several types of air bat...
by just frank
Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contemplating an Electric Car
Replies: 147
Views: 8395

Re: Contemplating an Electric Car

I got this one....because the subject you mentioned is a forbidden topic on this board, whether you like it or not. I didn't mention any subject, I'm just trying to following a forum. I don't see mods censoring posts. I saw a one user quote people and censor it which seemed peculiar. I also didn't ...
by just frank
Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contemplating an Electric Car
Replies: 147
Views: 8395

Re: Contemplating an Electric Car

OK what I have exxed out is a forbidden topic on this forum. It is best not to use the words. How is science a forbidden topic? I don't understand why you keep censoring people's posts in your replies. I got this one....because the subject you mentioned is a forbidden topic on this board, whether y...
by just frank
Sun Sep 10, 2017 6:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contemplating an Electric Car
Replies: 147
Views: 8395

Re: Contemplating an Electric Car

Basically the same things were all being said 10-15 year ago when Tesla was first starting to get noticed. I've seen more battery "breakthroughs" announced over that time than I can count - probably about every six months on average. New variations on lithium-ion batteries, several types of air bat...
by just frank
Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contemplating an Electric Car
Replies: 147
Views: 8395

Re: Contemplating an Electric Car

Maybe. I know many of the car manufactures will be releasing many more EV models, but what ath the charging network? The charging network helps determine the depreciation of the car too....Why would anyone buy a car for "local driving". Five years from now Telsa will have even more superchargers. T...
by just frank
Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contemplating an Electric Car
Replies: 147
Views: 8395

Re: Contemplating an Electric Car

Maybe. I know many of the car manufactures will be releasing many more EV models, but what ath the charging network? The charging network helps determine the depreciation of the car too....Why would anyone buy a car for "local driving". Five years from now Telsa will have even more superchargers. T...
by just frank
Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contemplating an Electric Car
Replies: 147
Views: 8395

Re: Contemplating an Electric Car

Either of you guys ever drive an EV? If not, you don't understand the initial 'fun' comment. I do, and I am NOT a hypermiler. I have, and quite like it. My wife will likely get an EV of some sort to replace her RX350 when we finally get around to it. Not saying an EV can't be fun. Just thought it s...
by just frank
Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contemplating an Electric Car
Replies: 147
Views: 8395

Re: Contemplating an Electric Car

I just bought a 2017 Leaf for under $12K total, after rebates and credits, including taxes and fees. It is the first car I've ever driven that is truly fun to drive. I'm sad for you. I guess fun comes in all shapes and sizes. I suppose the definition of "fun" could include maximizing "fuel" mileage...
by just frank
Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contemplating an Electric Car
Replies: 147
Views: 8395

Re: Contemplating an Electric Car

The problem with this is the public l2 charging stations, suck. Half of them don't work while the others are iced. This is a huge advantage for Tesla which puts a good effort into keeping their chargers up and in good locations. Just curious, are you saying this from personal experience? Any non-Te...
by just frank
Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contemplating an Electric Car
Replies: 147
Views: 8395

Re: Contemplating an Electric Car

I don't have an EV, but I have a friend who just 'upgraded' by adding two EVs to their cars so they have 3 total. I was surprised at first, as new EVs are invariably $35k+. Turns out that if you choose a used EV that's not so highly rated, like the Kia Soul EV which 'only' gets 90ish miles of range...
by just frank
Fri Sep 08, 2017 4:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contemplating an Electric Car
Replies: 147
Views: 8395

Re: Contemplating an Electric Car

We are on the cusp of a radical change, I suspect. Right now EVs are 0.2% of world car sales (something like that). There's huge publicity re Tesla and manufacturers like BMW are scrambling to follow suit. 10 or 20 years time things are going to be very different. Correction: plug-in cars, includin...
by just frank
Wed Sep 06, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contemplating an Electric Car
Replies: 147
Views: 8395

Re: Contemplating an Electric Car

It won't be long? I find that hard to believe. The tremendous benefit of gasoline is how much energy is packed into a small volume, and the convenience of the gasoline engine is the ability to refuel for another 300 to 500 miles travel in five minutes just about anywhere. I realize there are belief...
by just frank
Wed Sep 06, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contemplating an Electric Car
Replies: 147
Views: 8395

Re: Contemplating an Electric Car

I agree with a major market for these early pure EVs being second cars for households that have a 'first' ICE car. Describes my case with a 6-seat microvan for road-trips and a 2013 LEAF for my wife's commute (I train commute in the opposite direction). But I don't agree with 'expensive toys for ear...
by just frank
Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contemplating an Electric Car
Replies: 147
Views: 8395

Re: Contemplating an Electric Car

The problem with 100% renewable electric is that while it is possible to buy, and the cost is reasonable, there is not nearly enough available if everyone wanted to buy it. We are a long way from being able to scale 100% renewable up to meet demand. So while choosing 100% renewable does encourage m...
by just frank
Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contemplating an Electric Car
Replies: 147
Views: 8395

Re: Contemplating an Electric Car

For environmental impact as you mention, you really can't ignore battery manufacture and disposal problems on the environment. Studies have been done regarding the impact of these highly toxic batteries. Energy has to be generated either way. An ICE keeps it within the vehicle, which is easy to cal...
by just frank
Wed Sep 06, 2017 4:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contemplating an Electric Car
Replies: 147
Views: 8395

Re: Contemplating an Electric Car

This is simple....test drive some EVs and see what dealers will do for you. I am in a 2013 Nissan LEAF S, lease extended for 1 year to get an option at a 2018 MY LEAF, revealed yesterday. It has been the nicest most fun car we have ever 'owned'. The 2018 is same interior size, weight and MSRP....but...
by just frank
Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How long do cars last these days (electronics)
Replies: 32
Views: 2243

Re: How long do cars last these days (electronics)

A car at 150,000 miles has probably only been running the engine for about ~4-5000 hours, about 6-7 months continuous. Most electronics can easily last 4-10x longer than that. Cars are the least durable major appliances we own....they last maybe 2-3x longer than incandescent light bulbs, about as lo...
by just frank
Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Insulation in home question
Replies: 25
Views: 1985

Re: Insulation in home question

Air leakage is a very significant factor in household heat loss. That said, making the house too tight can lead to "sick House" syndrome, thus many new sealed homes use forced air exchange with heat recovery. Do take care of significant gaps like door jams, windows, attic hatch/door, pipes thru wal...
by just frank
Mon Sep 04, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why can't the future of stocks be predicted
Replies: 61
Views: 3133

Re: Why can't the future of stocks be predicted

The economy consists of a bunch of continuously competing units (companies) whose cash flow and profits are constrained by multiple other companies that compete with them (and each other). At any instant, these different companies exist in a sort of cash flow equilibrium that is reflected in their m...
by just frank
Mon Sep 04, 2017 5:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Insulation in home question
Replies: 25
Views: 1985

Re: Insulation in home question

The walls can be insulated most cheaply and effectively by densepack cellulose. If the siding is in good condition, there will not be a moisture problem. Many much older houses have been brought up to modern insulation performance without any problem. I am living in a 1960 house that is prob more ef...
by just frank
Sun Sep 03, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Insulation in home question
Replies: 25
Views: 1985

Re: Insulation in home question

One issue is to airseal the attic floor BEFORE the attic insulation is installed. It is harder and more expensive to do afterwards. And air leakage will go right through the insulation, decreasing its effectiveness and causing moisture problems in your attic in the winter. Any decent company that in...
by just frank
Thu Aug 31, 2017 6:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vehicle Toubleshooting (multiple issues)
Replies: 61
Views: 3080

Re: Vehicle Toubleshooting (multiple issues)

Another way to think about battery explosions is NORMAL USE. When a fully charged car battery is charged (as occurs under normal driving conditions once the starting energy is replaced), the energy all goes into making oxygen and hydrogen. If the battery were sealed, it would actually pressurize, so...
by just frank
Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vehicle Toubleshooting (multiple issues)
Replies: 61
Views: 3080

Re: Vehicle Toubleshooting (multiple issues)

I second @sport 's advice. I personally think the risk of battery 'explosion' is incredibly low, and don't worry about it at all. See how non-chalant your garage guy was, who does this multiple times per day. It can only happen if (1) the battery is fully or overcharged AND (2) there is an open circ...
by just frank
Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:28 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Article on Savings - Are BHs the 1% ?
Replies: 23
Views: 3685

Re: Article on Savings - Are BHs the 1% ?

Another reason to call BS on the article....I thought about 10% of families were one million dollars net worth. Of course, a lot of folks have money tied up in house equity, but we are supposed to believe that 10% of families have $1M in retirement+investments+house and only 1% have $1M in retiremen...
by just frank
Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Exhaust Fan for the bathroom
Replies: 59
Views: 4290

Re: Exhaust Fan for the bathroom

I am having my bathroom painted. he painter said that the spots of mildew are because the exhaust is not powerful enough to suck up the moisture, and said that I should get it replaced. Any suggestions on what to go with? House is about 20 years old. And is it easy to install this, or should I call...
by just frank
Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Article on Savings - Are BHs the 1% ?
Replies: 23
Views: 3685

Re: Article on Savings - Are BHs the 1% ?

If 60% of people have $0, and the other 40% have $25k, the average holding is $10k and the median holding is ZERO. The number of people with no (or very little savings) fluctuates around 40-45% of the population...which makes for a case resembling the above. This is only useful as a way of writing h...
by just frank
Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Exhaust Fan for the bathroom
Replies: 59
Views: 4290

Re: Exhaust Fan for the bathroom

I understand what you are talking about. But the OP seemed to want a DIY solution. Relocating the fan seems like a much bigger project (assuming you have an attic which I don't). How do you control the fan in the attic? That seems to require new electrical wiring. There is no relocation. You merely...
by just frank
Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vehicle Toubleshooting (multiple issues)
Replies: 61
Views: 3080

Re: Vehicle Toubleshooting (multiple issues)

What I may not have made clear is that the key fob was the original problem. The phone call I got was "My key fob doesn't work. Can you take a look at it?" It wasn't until later that the other problems were found. Ah. This makes sense. You were diagnosing a problem over the phone through a third pa...
by just frank
Sat Aug 26, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vehicle Toubleshooting (multiple issues)
Replies: 61
Views: 3080

Re: Vehicle Toubleshooting (multiple issues)

Dead battery....can def happen 'suddenly' after not sitting for two weeks. How old is the battery? Yes you can try a portable starter...make sure the portable is well charged first (!) and follow the instructions that came with it. That said, if the battery is very dead, it might not work. You can a...
by just frank
Sat Aug 26, 2017 6:48 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Tesla - next big lottery ticket ?
Replies: 177
Views: 17070

Re: Tesla - next big lottery ticket ?

Well, so, have you test-driven a Tesla? I have not. I also have not driven the other three, nor am I willing to spend that kind of money on a car. There are a lot of EV options (both battery only and plug-in hybrid) that cost less than half as much as a Tesla....you might test drive some of those! ...
by just frank
Fri Aug 25, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Tesla - next big lottery ticket ?
Replies: 177
Views: 17070

Re: Tesla - next big lottery ticket ?

3. I am not saying that EV sales will never surpass ICE sales for passenger vehicles in America, but it's going to be a longer time frame than Reddit, LinkedIn, and other social networks, like this one, think. I will take your opinion more seriously if you have test driven a couple EVs. If so, what...
by just frank
Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Safe car for wife and baby
Replies: 97
Views: 5764

Re: Safe car for wife and baby

A lot of people have talked themselves into buying suburban tanks 'when they get kids'. This is more about anxiety than reality. The irony is that kids are generally a LOT safer in accidents than the driver. The rear seats (esp on the passenger side) are far safer than the front seats (esp the drive...