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  1. Lightning vs. Mach-E by Owner (of Both)

    We have two Mach-Es (Premium ER RWD and GTPE) as well as the Lightning. What's interesting to me is that the GTPE and Lightning have almost identical efficiency on the highway. At first, I thought this was because the Lightning was very efficient for a truck. But then I realized that both the...
  2. EVs Too Heavy for Road Infrastructure?

    When I lived in the UK, I got used to roundabouts. They're literally everywhere in that country. The problem in the US is that drivers who aren't accustomed to them don't know how they work. These drivers forget the single rule at roundabouts: Yield to traffic in the circle! We're starting to...
  3. EVs Too Heavy for Road Infrastructure?

    But a healthy discussion is what we're attempting to have here, in between anti-science rants. It's a real pity it's become accepted practice in this country to attack the methodology behind any study where the findings disagree with our own worldview. But as Neil deGrasse Tyson has said, "The...
  4. EVs Too Heavy for Road Infrastructure?

    The rants against this study are misplaced. There's no doubt cars and trucks are getting heavier. As the ranters point out, that's not limited to EVs. But it's a problem for road infrastructure nonetheless. Rather than ignoring it or trying to discredit these studies, perhaps we should...
  5. EVs Too Heavy for Road Infrastructure?

    Check out this article about the safety hazard posed by our heavy EVs...
  6. Manual Transfer Switch Install Costs

    Most insurers, upon discovering that an unpermitted electrical installation was the source of a fire, would deny coverage... Consider biting the bullet, paying the money, and getting a permit!
  7. Trying to use ProPower with Transfer Switch

    Following and interested in the answers here. Using the Lightning to power, my house is made more complicated by the fact that I have both a solar array and Tesla Powerwall backup batteries. I would only need power from the truck in case of a prolonged grid outage. I’m willing to install a...
  8. Very Disappointed with Ford and Sun Run.

    Not sure why everyone seems so anxious to get the Ford charger. It’s certainly not the best Level 2 charging alternative out there. I haven’t even bothered to install mine; it’s still sitting in the box, unused. Ford made a big mistake partnering with Sunrun. It didn’t take most of us long to...
  9. New Lightning, EXTREMELY low range.

    Not sure why anyone would buy a Standard Range truck and then complain about the range…! 🤔
  10. 40A home charging - Should I do it

    My detached garage, built in the 1980s, has only 50 amp service. That means I can charge at a maximum of 40 amps continuous load. For several years and four different EVs, that has proven plenty for my needs. Plug in before bed, and the trucks and cars are full by morning. I don’t find that I...
  11. Have you ever seen your motor or battery temperature gauges move?

    At the risk of hijacking the thread, how do you tow a trailer legally without the truck knowing it? Whenever I plug a trailer into the truck, the Lightning automatically goes into towing mode. Did you disable that system, and if so, why? Or did you just tow the trailer without the lights...
  12. 10000 Miles in the middle of Montana

    As I recall, the Level 3 chargers at the Bozeman Audi dealer were a real pain to use. They either wouldn’t start or took several tries to get going. If anything, worse than a typical EA charger. In addition to range, the other big difference between the Lightning and other F150s I’ve owned is...
  13. 10000 Miles in the middle of Montana

    Great story, thanks for sharing! In July 2022, I picked up my Mustang Mach-E GTPE in North Dakota and drove it home across the entire state of Montana. At that time, the only way I could charge was to camp at KOA campgrounds and plug in overnight to the 50 amp RV hookups. And the only DC fast...
  14. Daily charging with TeslaTap or mini?

    When I sold my Tesla Model 3 and bought my MME, I used a TeslaTap Mini adapter daily for serval years with no problems. The TeslaTap adapter is very solid and well-engineered. My sense is that it’s worth the price and a better choice than cheaper adapters.
  15. F-150 Lightning | Trash Dumpster Mod

    That looks like my wife’s car! She has the ability to trash a vehicle within seconds of entry. I don’t let her drive my MME or my Lightning either! 😂
  16. Recommended Charger - ChargePoint Home Flex , FLO Home X5 EV Charger . Emporia EV Charger

    I’ve been charging my Lightning Lariat with an Emporia Level 2 charger for six months. For anyone with a solar array, the Emporia is a no-brainer! That’s because you can pair it with an energy monitor, and it allows you to charge your car automatically using only excess solar energy. It’s a...
  17. Ford Intelligent Backup on existing Tesla Solar + Powerwalls system

    If you search, you’ll find lots of previous threads here about this question. I have a 36-panel solar array and three Tesla Powerwall batteries. So installing the Ford Intelligent backup system by Sunrun is superfluous and needlessly expensive, even if it worked. Instead,, I’ve been...
  18. FCSP or Another Level 2 Charger?

    Your Option 2 is best. As others have pointed out, you don’t really need the FCSP. We charge our Lightning Lariat ER all the time with our Level 2 charger. Works fine overnight and I’ve never needed more. Before you decide, you might want to price the utility upgrade. To get the most out of...
  19. My MME is perfect. I wish to discuss my fears with other members here about the Lightning. (No more fears.)

    Most dealerships are reluctant to quote you an out-the-door price, especially if you're coming from out of state. That's because they can't calculate the taxes, tags, fees, etc until they know more about you. You will have to pay your own state's taxes and DMV fees. As long as you can...
  20. My MME is perfect. I wish to discuss my fears with other members here about the Lightning. (No more fears.)

    I have two MMEs and the Lightning, all 2022 model years. My Lightning has been every bit as reliable as the other EVs. The only real disadvantage of the Lightning is that is has half the range of my previous F150 diesel. But that's not a big deal for me since I seldom need 600 mile range. I...


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