Old friends delivering parts from the other coast!
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Just spent a couple hours talking with a couple friends from Virginia who were on their way through the area in a cross country trip with their Tesla Model 3. They also are the former owners of my V10 Touareg.
The front diff bearings in it have started to groan and that was a good used replacement axle they had put in when they owned it.
They were cleaning up some of their storage and unearthed old Touareg parts, which I gladly am paying them for. These V10 diffs are rare. I figure if this is going to be a repeating problem, maybe having a spare around that I can rebuild and keep as a spare for a fast hot swap as needed, it might not be a bad thing. So the above photo is of the mildly crusty diff they crammed in their already full road trip Model 3.
They've been competing for the record of most supercharge stations hit in a day and so far have the most overall superchargers hit this year. There's a competition over at the TMC forums, apparently!
Was good to see them and talk for awhile, that sort of thing doesn't happen so often with COVID around here.
Didn't get around to the Golf's clutch, but parts were obtained at least... from my hoarde of parts. Had this oil-consuming 1996 Passat TDI engine I knew had a fairly fresh single mass clutch and flywheel. So, I at least retrieved that today on top of working on some customer stuff.
Back at it tomorrow.
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Nice! The whole concept of trekking an electric vehicle across the country still just boggles my mind. Hell I find it annoying to hit stations without diesel when I take long trips!
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@jminer They've been able to make some very fast trips before. Maybe going not so legal speeds at times, but there are tricks. Frequent short stops seems to be the ticket.
Charge times aren't linear apparently. So, stopping for 15-25 minutes for a short charge might actually be better than stopping less frequently but discharging the battery further and recharging it further before departing. They've apparently not had trouble finding supercharge stations along any route they've taken thus far.
Charge rates are extra fast early on, but slows after awhile. They've already made numerous cross country trips in the Tesla. They've had it for just over 2 years and have already racked up 80,000 miles. One set of parents live in Washington state, whereas my friends live in the outskirts of D.C. This is at least their second trip to Washington State from Northern Virginia this year.
For the time being, the only electric cars that make much sense to do long distance road trips in this country are Teslas thanks to their network, their range and charge times. Driving close to 90 MPH where they can and hitting supercharge stations frequently you can apparently make a long trip just as fast as a conventionally powered car going slightly more legal speeds but stopping less frequently.
Or, you just take slightly longer. Tesla's cars and supercharge network make it plenty tolerable, apparently.