jpa2825 wrote:philaphonic wrote:A bit of news about Houston's Leafs:
City of Houston to Launch First Municipal Electric Vehicle Car Sharing Program
Pretty cool. The pics looked like something from iRobot!!!
Wonder if they will have any issues with such a potentially large population being trained on how to drive the LEAF "properly." 99% of it is just like any other car. However, that 1% could be problematic (e.g., turtle mode when unexpected, run to no charge, etc.)
Actually, that very issue was (and may still be) holding up full implementation of the fleet. Houston has also had Prii on the road for several years now. Some of them are plug-in conversions as well.
The problem with the Leaf in Houston is the relatively limited range. People assume that you have 70 miles of charge, and then you just charge it up with the 'ol L3 and you are on your way again, but the problem is that 70 miles is more like 50 (unless you really like to push things) and you have to implement L3 locations into your route. And L3 only charges you up to 80%, so if you are driving > 100 miles per day, you are charging at least twice with the L3. Add the heat here and things aren't so cherry.