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Old 09-07-2017, 07:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hurricane evacation and electric vehicles

So what's the plan?

Worse case scenario you live in southern Florida, something like a tesla isn't going to get you out of there, not even close with out having to stop for an extended charge up.
Even living some where like Houston with the much more common garden variety leaf, it will get you away from immediate danger with its range but that is only about 1/2 to 1/3 of the way to ideally where I think you would want to ride out a really bad one. Obviously a tesla could easily get you away from the coast no problem. But most people can't afford a tesla and most people that can probably evacuated via first class air plane ticket and doesn't care about their house or vehicles because it's all insured.

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Old 09-07-2017, 09:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What about stopping for gas and no stations have any?

If you waited until the last minute to leave, what do you expect?
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A very potent question. Hope that the water goes less than 100mi by road from your current location at the moment of the evac order and that your not at work with a partial charge.

Hire a crew to drive the highway to clear the road way of dead/turtle mode EV's to facilitate the continued Evac of ICE rigs .
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Slightly related, What do they do with city transport? Could the city deploy busses to evac people?

That could be an option.
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Hadn't thought about this. Harvey didn't make a dent 200 miles north (where I live, clouds, much cooler, but no wind and literally just sprinkles), but Irma surely will. Seems to me Florida would have some infrastructure for this, though I'd not have a clue where to start looking.
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I read about some people in Houston parking their cars on the upper levels of parking garages to keep them above water, so that could be an option.

For EVs trying to outdrive the storm, there's always charging with 120v if no L2 or L3 chargers are available. Hopefully you gave yourself enough time that ~4 miles of range added per hour is enough. At least if the roads are packed, an EV should squeeze out more miles/kwh than usual.
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Old 09-08-2017, 05:50 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Regardless of vehicle type, it's always better to have an emergency plan in case of living in a disaster-prone area. But anyway, I'd still rather get a conventional ICE, and if I had an EV I'd probably also keep a portable genset readily available.
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If you were smart enough to fill up you should at least have tesla like range. If not then you have been making poor life choices.
Then when you do find gas again it will take you less than 10 minutes to restore full range again.

Yes the ev should have the performance advantage at interstate parking lot speeds as long as the driver leaves the heating and air conditioning off.
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Filling up in advance and stockpiling Jerry cans would be the minimum to expect from any reasonable-minded person intending to leave. Not to mention ready-to-eat food which would also become important, to avoid stopping at the diners along the escaping route.

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