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  1. Like the 500,000 - 1M ICE vehicles that will be written off from Harvey? Or the burning car in Florida? Or the abandoned, broken down or disabled vehicles on the Florida turnpike? How about being a little more concerned about the massive impacts of climate change on the millions of people who are having their lives ruined?
  2. We have a wall mounted L2 EVSE in the garage so we always pack the ED's L1 charger. Plus my wife charges at work to get a little bit of free power.
  3. I think most people (we do), pack a heavy duty grounded extension cord for use away from home. it will come in handy if you need to extend the included charging cable reach an outlet that's just a bit too far...
  4. I haven't found the overnight rates from Toronto Hydro to be outrageous. We pay about $20 a month for the car, or $240 a year. Their overnight rate of 0.065 / kWh is the same. Sounds like a gamble which is hard to predict. I'm pretty sure the house will win. :-/
  5. We're going to try to get to the event in Toronto:Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre1126 Finch Ave W, UNIT 1North York, ON M3J 3J610am - 4pm, September 9th
  6. I wish I could get a trip to Geneva and turn in a sloppy piece on an EV. 453 ED Cabrio "review" $31800 base for the Cabrio, no costing on options, implies Ontario rebate is pre-tax (wrong). Talks about driving to Vancouver (like what???). Complains about charging infrastructure and whines that the government has to solve the problem, or maybe the manufacturer. Seems completely unaware that there is electricity all over the country. Unaware of the 10x improvement in public charger availability in the last three years in Ontario. Has conflicting information about actual range versus the EPA numbers. Norris McDonald needs to put some actual effort into his EV articles. <sigh>
  7. Excellent!!! Can you feel the assembled crowd of enthusiasts hovering over your shoulder about to say "AND ...." "
  8. We have a 2014 ED. Leased it for 39 months, bought out the lease. Coming up on 50k km. We've had a two issues repaired under warranty Leaking differential fluid. Semi common problem early on. Its been fine for the past 3 years Replaced gasket in the coolant pump this past spring. Noticed this when looking in the motor bay. afaik, no issues. For winter feet warming I installed a seat heater kit under the OEM rubber mats. One pad left, one right. Highly recommended for winter operation. The car saves us about $2000 a year in gasoline relative to what we'd have been spending with our Mazda.
  9. Really looking forward to hearing all the details. Hope it all goes smooth as silk from here on in...
  10. yes. see the dash in the video.
  11. The Toronto corporate stores had at least 3 bare bones 453 EDs on order. Although I think that's spread over 9 stores. So not exactly a bold endorsement. That info is a bit stale though (May). At the moment the service still seems strong. The last time I was in the Markham and Midtown locations they did not have a unit of either type on the floor. The Mississauga store still has a big sign, not sure about the on-floor status.
  12. Our MB supplied EVSE started giving the flashing lightning error on a good circuit today. MB Mississauga service was great. Took the vehicle in same day, confirmed it would charge with their equipment, validated the EVSE failure and replaced our unit under warranty without any fuss. Kudos from a happy customer. Stock unit has lasted 3.5 years, regular use (4 days / wk) outside in Ontario weather. Glad it failed before the warranty expired. MB asking $844 for the unit, so if it hadn't been a swap it would have been a trip to Amazon for a 3rd party unit.
  13. The MB parts counter for one of the corporate stores in Toronto. I asked for the price out of curiosity because our ED isn't due until next spring. Followed by a quick "thanks, I'll take one". They shouldn't be expensive. Its a plastic housing, O-ring, mesh and some silica gel beads. I think there are some out there inflating the prices. I had the reverse experience with the black retractable cargo cover. Quoted $145 at time of ED purchase. Parts counter said $250 when I went in to get one. I blew a gasket all over the salesman. Fortunately they relented.
  14. The desiccant cartridge is about C$30.15 plus tax. MB claims about a 2 year best before date on the packaging. The actual cartridge is in a vacuum sealed bag, so I'd assume that the BBD assumes that the vacuum leaks and that moisture gets into it. I bought one for next year and stuck it in my freezer. Figure that will vastly extend the storage lifetime.