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  1. Thanks, I missed that one. He's a very good reviewer. He doesn't gush over cars. Nor does he trash them. And he asked pertinent questions, unlike most reviewers who, when faced with an EV, can't get past the range anxiety.
  2. A good review of the new ED on Fully Charged by Jonny Smith, his first appearance in the series. Impressive mileage, if true, though he's probably citing the optimistic European cycle. At the end are his impressions of the electric four-door as well.
  3. This first happened to me a couple years ago. The battery was too cold and it was protecting itself from damage. But there’s an easy fix. The battery is not set up to heat itself unless it’s plugged in. However, this doesn’t work if it already has a 100% charge. So, when it’s really cold (-20 or worse), Leave it unplugged overnight charged to 60-70% (so it will accept a charge) and then, in the morning, plug it in 45 minutes before taking off to work. The battery will be ready with 3-bars showing no matter how cold it is. You can also do this with pre-conditioning but I’ve never had much success getting mine to work properly. I find it’s easier just to plug it in, have breakfast, and drive off. Think of it as the electric equivalent of plugging in the block heater on your ICE car.
  4. Ran across this interesting article about a BC man who powered his home with the battery in his 2013 ED with the aid of a $30 inverter. Not sure where he attached the inverter but, judging by the picture, the cord is going into the motor compartment.
  5. The numbers coming up on your range indicator are based on the way you drove the car the day before. They have no bearing on the health of your battery. My ED is now three years old and I've noticed no degradation at all. In fact, I experienced better range this summer than ever before, achieving 150km several times without doing any hyper-miling.
  6. If you're going to spend that much you might as well wait for the Tesla 3. Despite my love of performance cars, In too can't see myself going back to ICE.
  7. I haven't noticed any yet. What sort of mileage is on yours?
  8. The new ED is supposed to be unveiled at the Paris Auto show in October with sales beginning by the end of this year (which probably means deliveries to Canada by mid-2017). Aside from the news that they will use the same battery supplier, that the forfour will also have an electric variant, that there will be a convertible model available, and that there will be lots of borrowing from Renault (which has a great deal of EV experience), Daimler is keeping tight-lipped. I've put my deposit down on a Model 3, but I'm still interested in what Smart has to offer.
  9. That's true, in part, but it's not the whole story. EVs are just vastly more pleasant to drive. They are smooth, They are very quick. Their instant torque is addictive. They are quiet, They don't smell of gasoline (or worse, diesel). They have no tailpipe. You don't ever have to visit the gas station again. They are inexpensive to run. They are very reliable (not much to go wrong with the motor or drive train). They require little in the way of maintenance. They can be driven in winter (despite the persistent myth that they can't -- and, if my experience is anything to go by, ICE cars suffered even more range degradation from extreme cold than EVs, though they start from a higher point). EVs a century ago were advanced for their time and their 100-mile range was great. But, remember, they were being driven at only 10-15 mph. Also, Canada was a rural, sparsely-populated country at the time, which meant people had a greater need for long distance vehicles. The range of most modern EVs is sufficient for the bulk of today's driving, even in winter. And range is only getting better with each new model. These are exciting times for cars of all kinds.
  10. Normally, when I accelerate hard, I press the pedal down quickly, but smoothly. Yesterday, however, I just stomped the pedal to the floor, like they do in those Tesla videos. The traction control kicked in but, to my surprise, not before the rear tires broke loose and left two, thin black marks on the pavement. This was on dry, clean pavement, by the way. The TC killed my acceleration. Has anyone else laid rubber?
  11. No free charging stations here outside of a couple of hotels, which I haven't used. So $190 for 8, 000 km reflects the true cost of driving my EV. As I stated earlier, the EV equivalent of the diesel pump is the wall oulet, not the generating station. Of course the costs of generating electricity varies depending on its source. Where I live, most power is hydro electric. The cost of creating diesel, however, is pretty much the same everywhere.
  12. @tolsen Comparing the efficiency of the diesel from the pump against the EV from the generating plant is like comparing apples to oranges. Both fuels need to be created before they can be used in cars, but your calculation shows all the cost of creating electricity but none of the cost of creating diesel. That makes it unfair. People need to realize how enormously energy intensive (and inefficient) it is to create the diesel and gas that goes into their tanks. If you want a real-world comparison of the efficiency of the two versions of the Smart, ask yourself how far you could drive on $190 worth of diesel. I drove 8,000 km in my ED.
  13. @tolsen, I think you are making the common mistake of calculating the efficiency of your diesel from the pump while, for the EV, you are going back to the generation of the electricity, thus ignoring the losses involved in creating the diesel fuel (i.e. mining, shipping, refining -- which uses copious amounts of electricity -- and distribution to your pump). To be fair you should be comparing the efficiency of your diesel (from the pump) with that of the EV (from the wall plug). The OP's letter is a hoot. I know of Volt owners who brag that they've only had to fill up at the pump twice a year -- the rest of their mileage being done on electricity alone. Also, the assumption that we have to sit around for 10 hours while our battery charges is missing the point -- we plug them in at night so they're ready in the morning and it seldom takes 10 hours. Finally, where does this guy live that he has to pay $1.16/kwH for his power! He must be burning $20 bills to create his electricity. I suspect he's misread a stat he's pulled off the internet and put the decimal point in the wrong place. I can believe 11.6 cents, but not $1.16. And his figure of 74 cents per mile is equally hilarious. When I first got my ED I kept close track of how much it cost me to charge, right down the the kilowatts of electricity used. The first 8,000 kms ended up costing me $190, which works out to 2.4 cents per km -- and this included driving through the brutal winter of 2013-14.
  14. Finally, some news about the 2017 ED. It looks like it will appear at the Paris Auto show in the fall. Apparently three models, including the convertible, will be offered. Same battery source but no word on any changes to range or power.
  15. I see that Nissan has just announced that their next iteration of the Leaf will have a 60 kWh battery and a range of over 200 miles. The long-range EV market will get crowded in 2018. Now Nissan needs to come up with a new body. The current one looks like it was designed by the temp who worked in the warehouse.