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Hello from Balto MD, Engineer that works on BEV safety

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Hi All
My 150 Lariat is scheduled for a build next week and will hopefully deliver by the end of Sept. I work as an OSHA safety trainer and teach electrical safety classes, now teaching electrical safety to OEMs that build eclectic vehicles. I travel around the country teaching classes and many times drive vs. flying, so a bit concerned about range and charging. My current F150 has a 36 gal tank, so 700 miles to a fill-up is my norm.

I have not seen enough charging connections at hotels. Hopefully, this will improve next year. I plan on keeping my 2018 F150 along with the new truck, as winter is also a concern for range. If Tesla opens its charge stations next year, that should be a big help for long-distance trips.

Seen some great threads here and look forward to learning more.
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On this topic, please use plugshare on L2 chargers! "Check in" on the charger so that others can contact you. So many times I have rolled up to a hotel L2, with a fully charged EV sitting in the charger space. Even if the EV is still charging, people waiting can ask to be notified when the charger is freed up. If at a restaurant, PS users can ask the user plugged in to let them know when done... So the next person can plug in.

It is great etiquette, and as these chargers get even more busy, will make all of our lives easier.
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On-site solar arrays with storage is a great solution. It adds significantly to initial cost, but because of the long life of solar, makes a ton of sense long-term. Because this solar can often double as a canopy for the charging stations, it makes it an all-around great system. With the stations out of the Sun and weather, they will live longer as well.
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