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Article regarding the cold weather affecting the Mini E

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Old 12-28-2009, 10:02 PM
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Article regarding the cold weather affecting the Mini E

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Old 12-28-2009, 10:51 PM
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Something they definitely should have thought about, but it doesn't surprise me at all. It's still going to be a long time before these electric cars really do well in this country.
 
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Old 12-28-2009, 11:30 PM
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Originally Posted by drewstermalloy View Post
Something they definitely should have thought about, but it doesn't surprise me at all. It's still going to be a long time before these electric cars really do well in this country.
I'm sure they did, but unfortunately battery technology has yet to find a cure for their propensity to loose capacity in cold temperatures. Still believe as a trial it is better that they did so now rather than waiting a decade until the technology is perfect.
 
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Old 12-29-2009, 09:34 AM
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If you read the comments, the post is actually from GM - they included a battery warmer in the Volt, which of course also has a gas engine to recharge the batteries..........

Extreme cold and hot both will be a challenge for all electric cars - the key is still in the battery technology - we're not there yet.
 
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Old 12-30-2009, 01:35 PM
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Burrrr

Even in mild So Cal winter weather with evening temps in the 40's, my mileage is down 15 to 20%
 
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Old 12-30-2009, 09:02 PM
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Same here, plus if I use the heater the state of charge really drops fast. Fortunately I have a short commute so it doesn't really matter for me, but I can see where the east coast guys are having a rough time if they have a long commute.
 
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