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  2. Seems to be typical, with more degradation in the earlier years before slowing down, as I lost 21 miles of range as of June 2022 and only 1 additional mile since then.
  3. Sounds like a typical, average loss of capacity, no?
  4. Time flies, just a few more weeks and it'll be 5 years of owning an EV! My final car payment is on the 15th. Decided to recalibrate the battery so let the car down below 10%, sit for an hour while keeping it awake, then charged to 100%. I now have 288 miles of range, down 7.1% from the original 310. Cumulative mileage is 46,419. Instructions suggest doing this twice in a row, so I'm going to skip charging until I get it below 10% then do another 100% charge.
  5. I'd forgotten about it too, it popped up on my YouTube suggestions last night. Was surprised it hadn't been waterproofed, I'd find it annoying to have to run out and cover my car every time it rained. Of course we get 90+ rainy days per year in Houston, have no idea how common it is where she lives. The charging bot was neat, but wouldn't work for me - when parked there isn't enough room between the car and the garage wall for it to maneuver. Maybe something that was mounted on the wall. Charging mat could be interesting, depends upon how much loss there is.
  6. Wow, I completely forgot about this project, thanks for linking to the video! Nice to see she's still driving Truckla around, and that she had some additional work done on it (and sounds like they're going to do a bit more). The charging bot was interesting, although I'm not sure I'd trust it to not scratch the hell out of my car. Tesla is going to have to come up with some sort of automated solution someday, maybe a giant charging mat you park over as was kind of shown in a render / photo at a presentations they did recently. ..Al
  7. Tesla has setup a page where you can vote for five future Supercharger locations, from a large list of locations in the US and internationally: https://www.tesla.com/supercharger-voting I haven't looked at this too closely yet, but I will. One I will definitely vote for is Terlingua, Texas, which is near Big Bend. It's somewhat difficult to get to Big Bend now and actually stay out there, as charging is very limited in that area. ..Al
  8. November 21, 2022 - Reuters article about the latest Tesla recall makes sure to emphasize that it's the 19th this year: Other reports on this made sure to include "19th this year" in the headline. Result is all over social media people are claiming 19 recalls in 1 year is horrible. November 24, 2022 - Reuters article, by the exact same reporter, about the latest Ford recall makes no mention on how many recall's for the year. It was Ford's 64th recall...
  9. My mom is really into Christmas, so I gave her an early gift - Limited Edition: Holiday Wrap Kit 2022
  10. My 3rd appearance on RtL: at 51:43 in episode 378 as a followup to my call in episode 318 on our Supercharging experience. Basically a summary of my Wisconsin trip, 2022 post (including the reply about grocery stores) to fit Ryan's request for 90 seconds max per caller.
  11. Despite the many times as we've been to Wisconsin Dells, this was the first time we've been on the Ducks, amphibious trucks from World War II: Dad & mom, mom's relatives in the back row. Mom's relatives also suggested the Lost Canyon Tours. Was unaware of this one, it was a blast - I highly recommend it if you're ever in the Dells and looking for something to do.
  12. At the Dells we ate at The Keg a few of times. Food was great, and they had 1919 on tap - an awesome regional root beer. We checked out the Root Beer Museum. where we found lots of Snoopy a sign for a video game tie-in, would have been awesome if they had a Tapper cabinet on free-play a small theater showing old commercials And many other things, including pony kegs of 1919 for sale! Dad bought one and we brought it back to Texas.
  13. After Chicago we went to Milwaukee to visit mom's cousin and then Green Bay to visit dad's sister. Charging stops were at Woodman's and Festival Foods, both grocery stores. Woodman's in Kenosha, WI Festival in Sheboygan, WI Superchargers at grocery stores seem like they would be a perfect fit for EV owners who don't have charging at home. Range is enough now that you could likely get by with just charging your car whenever you were buying your groceries. Did a spot check of where I've charged in the past, and these where all at grocery stores. So Tesla apparently thinks that's a good solution as well: 🛒Edwards Food Giant (Brinkley, AR) 🛒Festival (Oshkosh, WI) 🛒Festival (Sheboygan, WI) 🛒HEB (Katy, TX) 🛒Hy-Vee (Dubuque, IA) 🛒Hy-Vee (Madison, WI) 🛒Hy-Vee (Olathe, KS) 🛒Meijer (Bolingbrook, IL) 🛒Meijer (Champaign, IL) 🛒Meijer (Evergreen Park, IL) 🛒Meijer (Howard, WI) 🛒Meijer (Rolling Meadows, IL) 🛒Woodman’s (Kenosha, WI)
  14. We stayed with my friends in Chicago and went out on their boat to watch the Chicago Air and Water Show. Clouds were very low, which delayed the start of the show.
  15. Returned yesterday from another 2 week vacation to Wisconsin. My folks were able to go this year so we took Sparky, their Model Y, as it's a bit roomier and easier for my folks to get in and out of than Talith, my Model 3. As with last year I didn't document the trip step-by-step, but have opted to do an update on the overall experience. Rerouted #1 Our trip begins with a visit to friends in Chicago. On the way up Sparky routed us to the expected Supercharger stops in Nacogdoches, Texarkana, then Little Rock. However, soon after we left Nacogdoches, Sparky rerouted us to Shreveport due to a Supercharger outage in Texarkana. Large storms were going through Texas on the day we started our trip, getting out of Houston was slow due to the heavy downpour, so I suspect they had a power failure. We've not experienced this rerouting before so were surprised, and very glad, to see that Tesla will automatically adjust the route as needed based on real-time events. This rerouting happened three times in total during the trip. Original route Rerouted New route As with last year, Tesla's Supercharger network continues to expand and fill in the gaps. This improves the overall road trip experience. This can be seen between Little Rock, AR and Miner, MO which are the bottom-left and top-right superchargers in the map below. 2019 no Superchargers existed between the two, so the route was the orange route without the stop in Brinkley, AR. This necessitated a 100% charge, plus driving below the speed limit, to make it. 2021 route was the orange route with the stop in Brinkley, AR. 100% charge was no longer required, nor was driving below the speed limit. 2022 route was the blue route, with a charging stop in Jonesboro, AR. We REALLY liked this change as I-40 between Little Rock and Memphis is extremely heavy with semi truck traffic, which can be nerve-racking to drive in. 2022 route 2021 route (and 2019 without the stop) Rerouted #2, though we ignored it As we were going north on I-57 towards Chicago we were originally routed to the Supercharger in North-West Champaign. As we approached Sparky notified us it was a congested Supercharger and rerouted us to Gilman to save time. It was on the route so normally not an issue, but when we'd talked with my friends in Chicago to give them our ETA they asked if we'd like to go out for dinner at Tao. We said "sure!" then realized dad had only packed shorts, so we planned to pick him up some pants during the charging stop in Champaign since it was located in a Meijer's parking lot. We checked what was next to the Gilman Supercharger - a truck stop - so we overrode the rerouting and stopped at Champaign anyway. There was 1 Tesla ahead of us waiting for a charger, so we queued up behind them. We only had to wait 5 minutes for our turn to start charging. When we left 3 Teslas were queued up so it would definitely have been advantageous to ourselves, and others, if we hadn't needed to pick up something from Meijer. Charging in the Dells We usually stay at Christmas Mountain just outside of Wisconsin Dells and use it as a base from where we travel around Wisconsin. This year was no different, though because we booked late we ended up in one of the smaller cabins without a washer/dryer unit. The laundry cabin was directly across from us so we didn't have to haul our dirty clothes a long way; however, we usually plug into the cabin's dryer outlet to charge the car. The cabin had an outside 120v electrical outlet which we figured it was better than nothing; however, when we plugged in Sparky promptly complained that the grounding was faulty so it would not charge. The resort swapped out the electrical outlet, but it did not fix the problem. In the past our backup charging was the V2 Supercharger (150 kW) about 30 minutes away in Mauston. This year Tesla had opened up a new V3 Supercharger (250 kW) in town, just a few minutes away from our cabin. Not as convenient as charging at the cabin, but much more convenient than the charger at Mauston. We tested 120v charging at my brothers and confirmed the issue was not related to the car's hardware. X = Christmas Mountain Rerouted #3 The route back was further west as we weren't stopping in Chicago. After charging in the south part of St. Louis we were routed to that new Supercharger in Jonesboro, AR. However, as we left St. Louis, the skies let loose with a torrential downpour. Heavy rain decreases any vehicle's range due to the water hitting the car as well as the water on road. The range decreased enough that Sparky reroute us to the Supercharger in Miner, MO. The diversion, and traveling at a slower speed due to the rain, added about an hour to the trip. Original route Rerouted Maps from Tesla's Find Us page.
  16. Did my first full charge* in a long time - after 4+ years, and 43,625 miles, Talith now has 93% of the original range of 310 miles. * For day to day use charging is limited to 50-90% as sitting at 100% is bad for the battery used in my Tesla. Some Teslas now use LFP batteries, which Tesla recommends keeping charged to 100%.
  17. Tesla Con Panel: Giga Texas Extreme Scale Innovation with Sandy Munro, Jordan Giesige, Farzad Mesbahi
  18. Didn't get an invite for the Cyber Rodeo, so watched the event via livestream. Tesla Con Texas was quite fun, with people attending from as far away as Australia. People drove from across North America to attend - I parked next to a couple new Plaid Model Xs from Nevada and Pennsylvania, and a Model 3 from Florida was at the end of the row. A number of people drove down from Canada, don't know if anybody drove up from Mexico. Bluebonnets were in bloom around the parking lot: Line to get in was long: Doors opened late, though they came through the line ahead of time to scan our tickets and give us wrist bands - so once the doors opened we just walked right in. The Concourse Project was a nice, basically a small concert venue with room for about 2000 people. There was a stage on one end with bars along the other 3 walls. There was very little seating so I spent the day standing except when I sat at picnic table during lunch in the food truck area. Speakers were great, especially enjoyed Sandy Monro.
  19. Yes, I plan on attending the Tesla Con. I don't have high hopes of getting into the Giga Texas Cyber Rodeo. Their capacity is limited to 15,000, and given they are sending out +1 invites, most of them are likely to go to employees, influencers, journalists, and people who are connected to Tesla in some fashion. It seems unlikely that many owners in the Austin area are going to get tickets. ..Al
  20. Anybody else going to Tesla Con Texas in Austin? Austin's Tesla Club is having some social meetups on April 5th and 6th, and a Main Event with speakers like Sandy Munro on April 8th. These are on either side of Tesla's Giga Texas Cyber Rodeo on April 7th. I've taken off work on the 7th and 8th and have my ticket for the Main Event. I've only seen a few people with invites so far for the Cyber Rodeo, so don't yet know if I'll be able to attend that.
  21. Sorry for the lack of FSD Beta updates, but: found out Tuesday night that one of the people there tested positive. I've not been able to get tested, and home test kits are unavailable for at least another week, so I've decided to quarantine. If I caught it then I've had minor symptoms so far of headache and congestion, which is also my normal allergy response for this time of year. ?‍♂️
  22. Getting out of my neighborhood requires 2 left turns, though they are at stop signs. Works OK for the most part, though there is a minor issue with the 2nd left turn: stops at Stop Sign 1 puts on left blinker when clear, goes straight thru intersection stops at Stop Sign 2 when clear, makes left turn The minor issue is anybody at the intersection for Stop Sign 1 thinks I want to turn into the club house parking lot. Same thing happens if I go to my folk's house, though with the right blinker coming on at Stop Sign 1 even though the turn occurs after Stop Sign 2:
  23. Are most of your left turns with FSD with traffic lights or is it up to the Tesla to figure out when it can make it? The Post Oak onto Andover Glen left turn seems like you really have to be ready to take control in case it makes a bad choice of when to go.
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