Its working…

I realized after a few weeks of using the C-Max that the Value Charge/Charge Now setting on the car was “global” (See this post). In short: The setting wouldn’t change when switching profiles.

Last week I had the car in for its first oil change and a few recalls. One of the recalls did involve reprogramming the telematics module. Over the next few days I noticed that the charge setting would switch when the profiles changed..! After watching the screens change as it switches profiles it would appear that when they reprogrammed the telematics module they fixed the value charge/charge now switch–its no longer global.

Finally now I can use it the way it was meant to be used.

 

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Its working…

Busy summer indeed

Now that fall is here I can start posting about weather and range issues again…! LOL Just kidding. What a busy summer around here with a few life changes thrown in to boot.

As far as the subject matter of the blog here: The C-Max is performing well, however I’ve been noticing some fit & finish issues with it (like any car these days). I’ve got a new commute that is a tad bit longer (+5 miles) than my last one (which brings my round trip mileage to 40 miles). I can still get by using a full charge for one trip on the commute (new job didn’t come with a charger, sadly).

We/I did take a few trips bringing the C-Max along for the ride (one family vacation, and one business trip). In both cases the C-Max was towed along behind the camper and I used the 50A RV plug at the campground to charge it up.

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The trusty Clipper Creek LCS-20P doing its thing.

This time no campground breakers were tripped LOL.

 

 

Busy summer indeed

Are you still here?

Yes, I’m still here. Not much to post about lately..catching up:

  • Ford announced a 300 mile SUV EV (something I posted about).
  • Then Ford sacked their CEO.
  • Since then no news from Ford either good or bad (e.g. have the plans changed, will the EV come sooner or later–don’t know…)

Other things: I’ve been able to take the C-Max Energi camping some more: 

Here it is with us at the Nashville KOA. It really is a great car for a “toad” (car towed along with the RV). Its small but not too small (same size as an Escape), with a small EVSE like my LCS-20P you can charge it up at the campground and be ready for any adventures/sightseeing/etc. and it can be towed 4-wheels down (we use a dolly so we can take any FWD car). About the only drawback to the C-Max Energi is its weight: at 3900+ lbs it is a bit heavy; enough so that some RV’s may not be able to tow it (the Hybrid version comes in at 3600+ lbs..those 200 lbs fewer may make all the difference).

So, yes, I’m still here and still posting (looks like I’m at a one a month give or take clip)…

 

Are you still here?

Here we are in June and nuttin…

Yup another long stretch with no posts. Not much to report: The C-Max is doing well, summer is finally here (so no winter weather reports–but, frankly, I stopped doing those once I could burn something for heat).

Tesla’s Model 3 should be seeing production any day now (ok in July according to them)..we’ll see.

As far as Ford? The most recent news is Focus assembly will be moving to China in 2019 or so (have to get out of the Michigan Assembly Plant so they can start building Rangers and Bronco’s there). About that same time frame Ford is supposed to start building their 300 mile EV SUV…we’ll see.

 

Here we are in June and nuttin…

Fields out Hackett in

We woke up to some surprising news this morning: Ford has booted Mark Fields. Although this isn’t official from Ford yet. Fields has always been a car guy; been with Ford for almost 30 years. You could see that a lot of the Ford news over the past year was likely due to him (Focus RS, new GT, etc.).

It is interesting to note near the end of that article:

Executive back-biting and corporate intrigue, enduring staples of an Old Ford that Bill Ford once likened to czarist Russia, re-emerged as the gulf between expectations and financial results widened. Speculation of who might be in, or out, generally failed to capture the sweeping changes Ford’s directors were determined to take from a position of relative strength, not the weakness of 2006.

And, amid expectations that the automaker is on track to book some $9 billion in profits this year, Ford announced plans to offer 1,400 buyouts to salaried employees in North America and Asia — euphemistically described in a company statement as “people efficiencies” — even as it confirmed retention bonuses for four executives.

Wow, didn’t realize it got that bad. That would explain the lack of “show” from Ford these past few years as we’ve only got announcements and nothing to show for them (Ranger and Bronco coming back, new 300 mile EV by 2020..all announcements without anything to show for them not even a hacked up rendering to show what they could look like).

Even more telling is who they put in charge: A relative outsider who was briefly in charge of autonomous cars. Clearly where the board thinks the future (and, more likely, now!) is headed.

A big news day for Ford, time will tell if its the right move. Will things move faster now? Perhaps he’ll try to pull ahead some of the electrified vehicles? (Maybe they’ll have that 300 mile SUV done by the time my lease is up?? One can only hope.)

 

 

Fields out Hackett in

An electric pickup anyone?

Last month Tesla announced that they will be building an electric pickup in a couple of years (give or take right?). Now we have an announcement from a different company making their own electric pickup.

Workhorse (who?), and Ohio based company, has thrown their hat into the EP (electric pickup) ring. This is interesting, an electric pickup with about 80 miles of electric only range (and 310 using the built in range extending gas engine). Can we really call this an EP or is it just a hybrid pickup?

Its the same argument as you would have with the Chevy Volt (or any other PHEV: C-Max Energi, Fusion Energi, Plugin-Prius, etc.). One distinction people frequently use is the question: “Can the gas engine directly drive the wheels?” In all the cases for passenger cars these days that answer is yes (The Volt has a way via some clutches, on the other cars the gas engine is directly coupled to the wheels via a planetary gear set). For this pickup it would appear the answer is no (it has two electric motors; one for each axle). That would make this qualify as an “EREV” (Extended Range Electric Vehicle).

The above is splitting hairs, though. I would purchase an EP if the opportunity allowed (provided it had the specs I’d like: 300 mile EV range, no gas engine, and “small” like an old Ranger–don’t really have a need for a full-size pickup).

This will be interesting to follow as well. The EP wars LOL.

 

An electric pickup anyone?

EVs in the local news

Here is an interesting EV (well charging) article in Detroit’s local Free Press.

The Free Press has, typically, been a bit more friendly to EVs than Detroit’s other paper (The Detroit News). This article reflects that by being pretty balanced in its presentation (and its pretty long with some history to go with it).

In addition, AAA cited a study this week that said more than 30 million Americans are likely to buy an electric vehicle as their next car, although “more than half of Americans are hesitant to make the switch due to ‘range anxiety.'”

Note that I still don’t think “range anxiety” is a real thing–once you’ve owned and driven an EV you quickly realize what it can and cannot do. Therefore “range anxiety” just becomes something to fear for those that have never experienced an EV.

Companies like Ford and General Motors also tout their own workplace charging networks for employees. Ford says 1,600 employees have registered to use its campus charging network since it was launched in 2014, and that the company has 190 stations (164 in southeast Michigan with 20 more expected in the next month) at 50 locations in the U.S. and Canada. GM says it has more than 500 charging stations across more than 50 U.S. facilities.

Good on Ford–I’m pretty sure I posted about that when they made the announcement adding all the charging stations (at the time the only plugins available from Ford were, and are, the FFE and the Energi vehicles–about time they add some more eh?).

On the whole a pretty decent article (even providing resources to find charging stations)..take a little time to read it.

 

EVs in the local news