Featured on Tech Breakfast Podcast 209 - The News | Podcast 210 - EV's & Law Enforcement | Tyler Russ & Paul

Posted by Paul Braren on Sep 20 2021 (updated on Sep 21 2021) in
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  • There may have been more hot takes than anybody could handle in this one, so the TBP crew split it in two! Show notes on both appear below.

    I had the chance to enjoy my fourth appearance on this fun and informative podcast, you can play these 2 episodes in the embedded player below.

    209: Sep 20 2021 - Tyler - Russ - Paul - Part 1: The News
    210: Sep 20 2021 - Tyler - Russ - Paul - Part 2: EV’s & Law Enforcement

    Recorded in one shot on Friday September 17th, but hopefully these show notes will help. Sorry about some technical difficulties experienced with sound using Telegram for Windows, this was my first time using it for a live session.

    As an alternative to the players above, you'll have speed controls using the player at right. Even better, use your favorite podcast app, such as Overcast which lets you keep your hands on the wheel and attention on the road, using now-common steering wheel controls to skip back / skip ahead withing the episode, rather than the default of jumping to the previous/next episode.

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    The recent fun I had with my stock Tesla Model 3 was recorded in 4K 60 frames-per-second, hopefully you'll enjoy the second most difficult video to produce and edit that I've ever done.

    TinkerTry YOuTube Channel - Sep 12 2021 - Tesla Model 3 LR with my dad for Speedway Children's Charity NH, safe exhilaration beyond 100 mph!

    Show Notes

    I've taken memories of the podcast recording to pull together the portions where we talked about tech stuff I've written about, followed by a long conversation about EVs.

    When talking about how we have little control over how our data is used in law enforcement, I also brought up my recently published high value, low readership article about how our data is used by credit bureaus, and what can be done to help:


    We started talking about the grid's preparedness as well as charging options for the home. I had the fortune of meeting Chris Nelder and giving him a safe, electric ride to the airport. He just so happens to be quite the legend in the green energy world who also worked as a consultant on such matters as grid preparedness, and I've been listening to his super-brainy podcast ever since, the Energy Transition Show, which bends my brain in new directions and gives me hope now that coal is more costly than solar or wind.

    We also talked about MKBHD/Marques Brownlee's video below, and my tweet about it.

    Tyler asked about my thoughts on Lucid Air, I only gave cosmetic feedback, but for folks seeking the ultimate in range, it looks to be a top choice right now. Once Tesla gets their 4680 cells going, I suspect they'll exceed Lucid on range though.

    In summary, partly as an active member of the EV Club of Connecticut leadership team helping out with their new @EVClubCT and YouTube Channel, I've had early access to EVs this year, check out my pics/video of:

    1. Lucid Air
    2. Tesla Cybertruck
    3. Rivian R1T

    First hand looks at Rivian R1T and Tesla Cybertruck, here's my article all about the many upcoming electric pickup trucks. We touched upon charging speed of F-150 vs Cybertruck. I'll add here some reasons the Cybertruck looks the way it does, including manufacturing ease/weight reduction and wind resistance, which both extend the range for a given battery pack size. We briefly spoke about Revel Superhub in Brooklyn, here's my full report with video.

    Russ expressed his frustration that we don't just have one global standard, I'm with you Russ, see what I wrote here:

    It's amazing that a place where CCS is used for all EVs exists, it's called Europe. Maybe someday the US will have a more uniform infrastructure, one can always hope.

    Click/tap to view video.

    Here's a bit about why it's complex, and how it's evolved, and now, Tesla is opening up its vast Supercharging infrastructure to other EVs that can also DC fast charge, which is pretty much every EV sold in the US today. More details here, and more about the complex history of charging connectors on Inside EVs here.

    Meanwhile, here's my solution for thin, light, and easy to plug in residential garage charging using the cable my wife's Model 3 Standard Range+ came with, without getting grimy winter road salt or dirt all over her hands:

    Russ asked the question:

    If you had a 2013 Ford F-150 that could go over 400 miles on a tank, and you needed to drive somewhere that is 300 miles away, would you stop and get gas on the way?
    Tyler and I answered no, Russ said yes. This has me thinking that range anxiety will be very real for Russ, who drives frequently, and really needs charging in Lubbock TX badly.


    @itskyleconner, during your EV in EU adventures, did you happen to see any innovative city charging similar to @urbaneleclondon's pop-up hubs?

    @tommolog Anything like this in the US?

    I was asked/stumped by @RCantw3ll on @Tech4Breakfast podcast today.

    I promised Russ to introduce him to EV charging reviewer Tom Moloughney, done! See tweet at right.

    2013 Ford F-150 that can go 400 miles on a tank
    Russ asked, if I needed to drive somewhere 300 miles away, would I stop and get gas? Paul & Tyler no, Russ yes.


    You can reach out to me at:

    Co-hosts can be reached via Twitter at:




    Marques Brownlee - Sep 09 2021 - Driving 1000 Miles in 3 Cars: Gas vs Electric!
    TinkerTry YouTube Channel - Jul 8 2021 - Tesla Model 3 owner in Brooklyn shares positive & negative charge experiences at new Revel Superhub
    Tesla - Tesla Glass | The Secret to a Quiet Cabin
    It's Kim Java - Non-Tesla EVs Are Taking YOUR Supercharger Stations

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    Disclosure: My family owns no stock in Tesla. Tesla doesn't advertise at TinkerTry, or anywhere else, and this is not a sponsored post. We financed the purchase of two Tesla Model 3s, replacing my 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid in December of 2018 and replacing my wife's 2005 Honda Civic EX in December of 2019. These big moves to an all electric household were an expression of our mutual desire to go green, avoid gasoline, be safe, have fun, and save money in the long run. Mostly for my job, I drive a lot, 25,000 miles in 2019 for example, and I thoroughly enjoy sharing what I've learned with you. I hope you can tell!

    Click/tap twice to zoom all the way in. Fair to say I've done a fair bit of traveling and charging, both at home and on the go. Level 1/2 charging at 50 locations, and 102 Supercharges at 61 locations.