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akirby last won the day on January 18

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  1. akirby

    2019 Expedition Platinum Head Up Display

    I don’t see it in the order guide.
  2. That was his point - if that doesn’t work on the 2018 mustang then it probably won’t work on the Ranger.
  3. That would seem to be a rational conclusion, but given all the PR gaffs we've seen lately I'm not so sure any more.
  4. I thought dumb terminal and windows pc were redundant...... (ducks for cover)
  5. akirby

    2019 Mustang Production Information

    To get the advertised power and fuel economy you need to use 93 octane. However, you can use 87 or 89 or 91 octane with no problem but you'll get a little less power and maybe slightly worse fuel economy. Try a tank of 87 and a tank of 93 and see if you can feel the difference and then decide if it's worth the extra cost. Most people end up running 87 most of the time.
  6. You can do most general functions nowadays from a tablet or phone including corporate email and running apps
  7. Hosted virtual desktops (vms) work great for general office work but not for autocad and other engineering software. For that you really need a high powered workstation. This is where the engineering dept should be doing their own thing and different from the rest of the company. I think we have 3 or 4 levels of hardware from lightweight to general purpose and 2 different engineering levels.
  8. akirby

    Harvick's 2019 Mustang

    Yeah I can see that, but I don't think he was as outspoken about Chevy as his dad nor were a lot of his fans.
  9. akirby

    Harvick's 2019 Mustang

    The drivers themselves are no longer brand loyal either. I think Earnhardt Sr. was probably the last generation of drivers who were fiercely brand loyal. Look at Chase Elliot. You know he grew up in a diehard Ford family but he drives Chevys. Michael Waltrip drove and owned Toyotas.
  10. No but I understand a lot. Look at it this way - no matter which way you go, you'll need the charging infrastructure to charge the batteries whether they're inside or outside the vehicle. So that's a few thousand per charger one time cost and might require upgraded service from the local utility, although I'm sure newer stores are already designed with that in mind. So the difference is having to stock enough batteries (and different types if there isn't a single standard) that you can always have several charged and ready to go AND you need special equipment to be able to swap the batteries in a timely manner. I said neither was "easy and low cost" but stocking and changing batteries is absolutely more expensive than just doing chargers because you need the chargers either way.
  11. akirby

    Harvick's 2019 Mustang

    That's why a smaller displacement engine would be better (IMO).
  12. akirby

    Harvick's 2019 Mustang

    I'm going to take a wild guess and say that you guys are probably over the age of 45? I think folks who grew up in the 60s/70s/80s have a very different view of automobiles and manufacturers than those who grew up the 90s and later. I see younger fans identifying with drivers not brands.
  13. That's a good point and I hope it's not true. But again there is a big difference in general cost cutting and just reprioritizing where you're spending the money. My organization got huge budget cuts this year - tens of millions. But it's because we're spending it on other more important projects for the future. I hope that's what Hackett is doing. Fields is the one that just cut costs and cut projects to hoard cash.
  14. I agree - a 200 mile charge in 10-15 minutes with charging stations every 20-30 miles would pretty much eliminate any range anxiety.
  15. akirby

    Lincoln's Elegant BEV

    Sounds like they have some surprises we haven't heard about yet, but starting with Ranger/Bronco then the hybrid F150 and mustang they're talking about future products way too early. Contrary to what some believe we neither deserve or have a need to know about new products more than a few months before they're ready to launch.