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Old 12-11-2007, 04:32 PM   #496 (permalink)
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Blackfly - '98 Geo Metro
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Just got back from about a 10 km trip running errands in snowy weather. Some observations:

1) The crummy weather actually "opens up" more roads to the little EV that could, because traffic slows down in general. I drove straight through the Heart of Darkness this afternoon (the soul-less "big box" commercial/retail district) in moderate traffic, and no one was any wiser to the 12 hp EV in their midst.

2) When you've got so little energy on board, and it's further sapped by the temperature and road conditions, you become really aware of the need to use "trip chaining".

3) Reverse 180 spin-outs (on purpose!) are just as much fun in an EV as an ICE car.
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