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Old 07-28-2019, 11:24 PM   #501 (permalink)
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Old 07-29-2019, 12:45 PM   #502 (permalink)
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Ok isn't good enough for many places in the country, including where I live. A consideration I make when purchasing a vehicle is how it will handle on snow packed roads. Many here don't think of that, and that results in missed work and car accidents.

The extra weight of EVs could be off set by good tires, but I'm just not sure what is available for those huge wheels Tesla has. An EV that has more rubber on the tires can certainly perform well. If a full size truck with 4x4 can handle well in the snow with A/T tires, an EV can too with good A/S tires.
I have been driving EV's through 5 winters, and they are equal or better. They have traction control that is far better than what is possible in an ICE car.

Good winter tires are much more important than 4WD or AWD.
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Old 07-29-2019, 01:12 PM   #503 (permalink)
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I have been driving EV's through 5 winters, and they are equal or better. They have traction control that is far better than what is possible in an ICE car.

Good winter tires are much more important than 4WD or AWD.
Is the Nissan Leaf under your name one of them?
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Yes, the Leaf was the first EV we got. We then got an e-Golf, and then a Bolt EV, and then another e-Golf, and a Smart EQ is the fifth.
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Yes, the Leaf was the first EV we got. We then got an e-Golf, and then a Bolt EV, and then another e-Golf, and a Smart EQ is the fifth.
How's the electricity rates up there? I had a boss that moved from Mass to Memphis where we were working at the time and he always remarked at how unbelievably cheap the electricity rates were down here.
For july our rate was: $0.07786/kWh
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Where I am a kilowatt of electricity is 5.4. Right across the river in the 'big city' it's 10.9.
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I feel like there's a business opportunity there charging up where you are, and transporting the electrical potential across the river. It would be electrical arbitrage.

At those rates, Acrimoto is very appealing. How about an electric unicycle... as if your travels aren't fraught with enough danger as it is.
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It sure would be nice if E85 was available where I live.
Nowadays with direct injection becoming more common on flexfuel engines, even E100 (or E96h) might not have so many cold-start issues.
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Nowadays with direct injection becoming more common on flexfuel engines, even E100 (or E96h) might not have so many cold-start issues.
Honestly E85 runs great in the new muscle car tunes. The problem is is the corrosiveness of the fuel.
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Honestly E85 runs great in the new muscle car tunes. The problem is is the corrosiveness of the fuel.
Corrosiveness of the fuel used to be an issue, but nowadays due to the widespread of ethanol as an anti-knock additive on a worldwide basis (from as low as 5% to as high as 27%, but more frequently between 10% to 15%) most vehicles are fitted with fuel systems already suitable to withstand it.

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