The next logical question is, if those chargers did work in the dead of winter, what sort of green energy mix would they be using?
ICE performance degrades significantly over time. My shop has put a few batteries into Tesla's, but far more transmissions into ICEs. The casual reader could draw significant correlation between your posts and the anti-EV horde.I know of at least one battery failure for a model S personally and I don’t know that many people with Teslas. Panasonic cells are a known quantity and should be the best, I have them in my solar system where I did experience failure’s ironically. Solar battery’s come with a 10 year warranty at least. I wouldn’t believe anything Elon Musk says personally. Ice range never degrades and major components can be replaced without totaling the vehicle. We shall see long term what the realities are.
We have yes. Grants Pass Electric Vehicles. We built conversions and worked on electric hot rods for over 20 years. Retired now.You replace traction batteries for Teslas at your shop?
Nailed it!!I'm going to preface this with my bias up front. I've watched a few Hoovie videos, and at worst he's a click baity marketin genius, at best he's a laughable idiot. He is not my style, and I don't watch his stuff.
Speaking as someone who has driven EVs in the hot and cold since 2018, i can say that while it makes you go WHAT the first time you see the range drop, it's not that detrimental. We did 2200 mile road trips in the dead of winter for the holidays every year in a 75 kWh battery Model X. You do have to charge one or two more times over tha trip than we did in the summer, so yes the heat does use more of the battery.
however, you'll notice more and more EVcars are going to a heat pump. Our Polestar 2 has one, this is my first winter with it and it's not gotten that cold yet (North Carolina) for me to see it but I'm ont seeing the range drop like I do/did on my Chevy Bolt, Model X, Fiat 500E, or my current car the ID.4. The Polestar 2 has not showed a big range drop yet, but nights are still in the 30s,looking to late jan/early feb when it finally gets into 20s overnight 40s daytime consistently to see how it changes. It's not supposed to be perfect, you still use more energy but only 40% more than resistive heat (think, hair dryer)
The weird thing we as a user need to wrap our head around is right now on average, we're wasting 65% of the ICE engine to waste heat and in the winter, we can harvest it and not need to affect our MPG to do it. EVs are so thermally efficient we need to make them worse to get heat out of them. I mean y'all have driven an ICE in the summer when that hot air robs you of HP and when it gets cool suddenly you have a 50HP boost (non-turbo/supercharger engines)
I will admit, the first six months to a year I owned the bolt I was staring at the range, constantly worried about minor fluctuations, and then, it just went away. It's range would go from 231 to 185 in the winter. It was a commuter car for me so I never drove more than 60 miles a day and charged every night anyway, but man i obsessed about it.
I think these articles are more hit pieces or fear mongering after having done it for 5 years now though. Mainly because I think all of the cars they tested don't have heat pumps. The Model S/X they have there didn't, I think that the 3/Y they're calling out are older pre-heat pump models. i3 hasn't been made since 2018 i think...so it's all first gen or maybe second gen cars.