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  1. jgonza5

    EVs and Their Drawbacks

    Interesting post with data, graphs, and recommendations from Cascend Strategy.
  2. jgonza5

    EVs and Their Drawbacks

    Source (Not Fox News): https://www.statesman.com/story/news/2021/02/14/historic-winter-storm-freezes-texas-wind-turbines-hampering-electric-generation/4483230001/
  3. Found the chips... New video shows massive scope of California box-ship traffic jam Pileup of container ships anchored off California remains as painful as ever I believe we can expect more of this, as more stimulus funds are spent on imported goods and electronics.
  4. jgonza5

    EVs and Their Drawbacks

    Totally agree. Ours cycles all night, even set at 78 degrees, in the summer. Thankfully, our electricity is from nuclear and natural gas-fired plants that are economical, compared to rates in CA & the Northeast. To help reduce demand during high usage days, in California, PG&E has a program to install a remotely operated shutoff on the Central AC Unit. PG&E then can shutoff the AC for up to 6 hours per day. While the program is voluntary, PG&E says it helps customer save on their electric bills. PG&E's SmartAC program malfunctions With the proliferation of "Smart" electric meters across the county that communicate wirelessly, the electric company will have the infrastructure in place to be able to enact peak/off peak pricing to control demand. (once regulators give the green light) Many states allow customers to "Opt-Out" of the smart meter program, provided the smart meter has not already been installed.
  5. Taiwan's economy feels heat as TSMC feeds global chip boom Demand for 'strategic resource' fuels labor, power and water shortages https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Asia-Insight/Taiwan-s-economy-feels-heat-as-TSMC-feeds-global-chip-boom
  6. GM to idle 3 plants until at least mid-March for deepening microchip shortage https://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/autos/general-motors/2021/02/09/gm-idle-3-plants-until-march-deepening-microchip-shortage/4449438001/
  7. Samsung Semiconductor seeks 100% tax rebate from Austin Texas for proposed $17B chipmaking plant https://communityimpact.com/austin/central-austin/economy/2021/01/28/samsung-seeks-100-tax-rebate-from-austin-for-proposed-17b-plant-expansion-threatens-to-build-elsewhere/
  8. While EV performance, reduced maintenance, and (perceived) environmental benefits get glowing press and media coverage, here are a couple of stories detailing experiences with the current public charging infrastructure from a third generation dealer: https://www.realclearenergy.org/articles/2020/12/29/electric_vehicles_and_their_drawbacks_654808.html https://www.realclearenergy.org/articles/2021/02/02/electric_vehicles_and_their_drawbacks_chapter_ii_658924.html
  9. I was recently made aware of Certificates of Authenticity for select Ford Performance Vehicles available from the official online store for the Ford Performance Group. I have seen framed versions of these at car shows, on the dash or under the open hood. "Certificates include production date, production number, and production location. Also included is a production breakdown chart for the model year." Mustangs: GT CS Bullit Boss 302 SVT Cobra GT 350 GT 500 Cobra R Mach 1 SVO MCA F-150 Raptor Focus ST Focus RS Taurus SHO Mercury Marauder www.FordShowParts.com
  10. Affected vehicles include: 2013-18 Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT vehicles built at Oakville Assembly Plant, Sept. 12, 2011, to June 1, 2017 2013-18 Ford Taurus Police Interceptor Sedan and Ford Taurus SHO Performance Pack equipped vehicles built at Chicago Assembly Plant, Aug. 25, 2011, to June 1, 2017
  11. My 2019 Taurus SHO PP (2/7/19 build date) finally arrived, with 70 MI from road testing following assembly. Was wondering: 1. How does the selection at random works? (computer flags a VIN or does a human select; does retail vs. stock matter, etc ) 2. About what percentage get road testing? 3. Where is the testing done? Onsite test track, public highways, public city streets? (from google earth at Chicago I did not see an obvious test area; was thinking it sure would suck if the car was totaled on the public roads and production is shutdown for good) 4. Is 70 miles normal? (I've read other post indication ~30 MI) I'm good with having the additional Q.C. done, but was curious about the process. Thanks!
  12. In addition to any bracing not present in the civilian model, you would also need to swap out the mini-spare tire. The full-size spare tire secured in the factory location is necessary to achieve police-rated 75-mph rear-impact crash-test performance attributes on the interceptors.
  13. Full Story and Additional Photos: https://www.nola.com/crime/2019/02/nopd-officer-crashes-car-on-way-to-cbd-shooting.html
  14. jgonza5

    Ranger Keypad Delaying Builds?

    Sounds like your are right. I saw the post quoted below in the Ford Motor Company Discussion Forum's Topic:Only Grey / Silver / Black Rangers?
  15. jgonza5

    last date able to order

    For what ever it is worth, I decided to upgrade my 14 Taurus SEL with a 19 SHO P.P. (w/o moon roof). Order was placed in mid-October with small dealer. Was notified mid-November that Ford Rep said it would NOT be built; but dealer left it in the order bank. Then on 12/11/18, dealer called and said order status changed to previewing and there was a chance it might be scheduled. Finally, a week later, I received a VIN and build week of 2/11/19! Supposed to arrive mid-March. (Will believe it when I see it.) I guess my problem (order delay) was using the small dealer and their allocation? Maybe commodity? I am curious if any one has insight on the delayed order acceptance?