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  1. Scotty at the recharge station, "I've giv'n her all she's got captain, an' I canna give her no more."
  2. You will generating power when going down the mountain that can recharge the batteries. This is the real benefit of EVs. None of the braking energy is wasted. It goes back into the battery. I still agree that a Super Duty EV will have way lower range than a tank of gas/diesel. But its not because of mountains. Its because the energy density of a battery is way lower than hydrocarbon fuel. (Edit: I overstated that "none" of the energy is wasted. The recharge cycle is not 100% efficient. Some energy is wasted as heat.) This is also why electric trains are used extensively in Europe and Asia. All of the braking energy goes back into the overhead wire. A train that is braking provides power to another train that is accelerating. With diesel trains, all of the braking energy is wasted as heat. Ditto for diesel trucks.
  3. I agree. The typical load in an RV park is two roof ACs each drawing about 13-15 A at 120V. The AC compressors will cycle on/off if it's not too hot out. The Level 2 chargers are going to draw power continuously until the vehicle is fully charged. That Amazon charger will draw 32 Amps at 240V. That's more than double the load of two roof AC units. I can see why RV park owners are going to get concerned when EVs show up.
  4. If you find a Tesla Supercharger location, you will see a large pad-mount transformer nearby that supplies the energy to the Supercharger as 480V three-phase. That transformer will be powered by the local electric company, typically on a 30 kV distribution circuit. The transformer will have an "MVA" rating stenciled on the side. The MVA rating is the highest possible megawatts that the transformer can continuously provide without overheating. The Supercharger (or the future ABB charger) has all the electronics to convert the AC to DC at the proper levels.
  5. That depends on how your shed RV outlet is wired. If a licensed electrician installed it according to National Electric Code, it will be wired as shown in the diagram, with 240V between the red and black wires. If the homeowner installed it, they may have just connected each hot wire to random separate 120V circuits. In that case, it might be 240V or it might be 0V. Wiring according to NEC has safety and efficiency advantages.
  6. There is a nuance here. The original ABB press release says, "The new charger has a maximum output of 360 kW and is capable of fully charging any electric car in 15 minutes or less". It does NOT say that ANY car is capable of accepting a 360 kW charge rate. The ABB press release is a bit misleading IMHO. None the less, a Super Duty size EV would really benefit from a high output charger like this.
  7. Battery recycling will become increasingly important as old EVs are scrapped. There are lots of good articles on this subject. Here is an example: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-56574779 Sounds like the EV industry does NOT have adequate recycling capability yet.
  8. You are only partially correct. Yes, the 50A has two separate 120V legs. But, here is the important part. The two 120V legs are 180 degrees out of phase with each other, which means the voltage between them is 240V. Have a look at the 50A RV outlet on the left side of the diagram. The voltage measured between the red & black wires is 240V. The voltage between the red wire to white wire (neutral) is 120V. Similarly, the black to white wire voltage is also 120V. Most coaches and trailers with 50A power only use 120V loads (connected red-white or black-white). But a coach builder certainly could put a 240V load in an RV by connecting the load between the red and black wires. The fact that you can get 240V from an RV outlet is important here, because EVs require 240V for Level 2 charging. The Tesla I saw in Oregon was using the 50A RV outlet to power a portable AC Level Two charger. Notice the plug on this Portable EV Charger from Amazon. It fits right in the RV 50A outlet. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FNZBR5W/
  9. We were camping in August on the Oregon coast at Cape Lookout State Park. I saw a couple of Tesla's parked in different camp spots, using the 50A, 240 VAC RV hookups for charging. They appeared to have registered as campers and were parked overnight. The campground electrical service would definitely need to be significantly upgraded if lots of people start doing this.
  10. Dana Corporation, best known here as the M275 Axle manufacturer, has big plans for EVs, across as product ranges: commercial (semi tractors), off-highway (construction, mining, etc), light-duty trucks (which paradoxically includes F Series Super Duty). Have a look at their Electrification presentation yesterday for their investors. https://danaincorporated.gcs-web.com/events/event-details/virtual-capital-markets-day Presentation: https://danaincorporated.gcs-web.com/static-files/e49aaea6-50c3-4b7e-b2d2-c695764acba7
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    Standard vs. Quad Beam LED Headlights

    I ordered a F-350 XLT, so LED are not an option for me. I do not want leather seats, so XLT is my top trip level. My best option for LED will be the Morimoto XB or XB Hyrbrid LED headlights. https://www.morimotohid.com/buyer-guide-by-vehicle/2020+Ford+F-350_Super_Duty_with_Halogen_Headlights This is not one of those cheapo LED replacement bulbs kits that blinds oncoming drivers. It is a full headlamp assembly with LED projectors. That's why its so expensive. I'll wait for a black friday sale to order.
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    Current F250 owner, soon to be F350 owner!

    The 4.30 is only available on 2022 F-250/350s with gas engines and the F-450 diesel.
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    New Member 22 F-450 on order

    That's crazy good that you can trade in a 2016 for what you paid. I'll be trading in my 2020 F-150 when I buy the F350, that we discussed in another thread. I'd be very happy to get the same trade-in result as you. My daily driver is a 2003 Escape XLT. It's the best snow vehicle I've ever owned. It tracks straight in ruts, and is perfectly balanced between the rear and front axles when in snow/ice. I'll be keeping it until the wheels fall off. I also have my dad's '66 Mustang, with the 289 V8.
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    Upgrading from 1/2 to 1-ton

    To test that, I rented an F-250 from Enterprise Truck rental and towed my 7700 pound camping trailer over Lookout Pass on the I-90 Idaho/MT border. With a trailer attached, the F250 rides better than the F-150, because you don't get the tail wagging the dog effect in strong side winds. Unloaded, it's the opposite story. With the F250, you feel every expansion joint on the concrete freeway sections. It's pretty uncomfortable in that situation. In the f150, you don't even notice the expansion joints. Also, low speed steering while parking is very ponderous on the F250. I would have preferred to keep the F150, but when the wind blows, I have too much trailer and not enough truck.
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    Upgrading from 1/2 to 1-ton

    Hello, I'm Mercruiser from Spokane, WA. I own a 2020 F-150 3.5L, that I use for towing a camper. I am upgrading to an F-350 7.3L, which I have on order.
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