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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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Your best bet is to use PlugShare on your destinations and look for a hotel that has a Level 2 charger onsite. Some booking sites have this as an option as well (they all should!).
This is a great note. It made our trip to/from Bar Harbor, ME (the Portland to Bar Harbor part) much less stressful to know that the independent hotel had four high speed Clipper Creek chargers. In fact, it was one of the reasons for selecting that hotel. Some of the larger chain hotels (Marriott, Hilton) have a charger (sometimes a couple), but I have found that they are (i) usually blocked by ICE vehicles because they really don't make any effort to make note that it is an EV charging slot and (ii) often on the slower end of charge speeds so don't count on a full charge if you roll in late and leave early.
I believe the Royal Farms issue is due to the network that was used to support them. They made some changes and Royal Farms' equipment wasn't capable of the change or something like that and that put them out of order.

It is amazing how poorly people treat the chargers everywhere - even those that depend on them! So many people leave the cords in the parking area to be driven over or can't be bothered to hand the plug up correctly so it eventually falls and breaks. This is especially depressing when it is chargers that a business (hotel, restaurant, etc.) are not charging for and just trying to be good citizens, attract business or both.
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