RonDawg wrote:How usable it will be is going to depend on many factors, the most important one being how much driving do you expect to get out of it between charging sessions (especially if you're only limited to 120 volt outlets). If you expect the car to stay just in-town it shouldn't be a problem, but don't expect to be able to to SLC-Park City round trip everyday in the winter on a single charge.
Another one is how many bars have you lost so far, since you have a 2011 model?
Take your winter numbers in Texas and perhaps cut that in half to account for terrain, increased rolling resistance due to snow on the roads, and increased heater usage, and see if that is doable for you.
Yes, this is what worries me. I agree with you that I probably have to expect a 50% reduction in range due to the cold climate and the terrain. Our home is about 10 miles outside of Park City. And I have lost quite a few bars since the car was new. Now the car reports about 65-70 miles range when it is charged to 80%. It used to report 90+ miles at the 80% charge a year ago.
So in the winter conditions I would only have a 30-35 mile range. And if I can't charge it in Park City during the day, it will be close call to make it back home. It means that I can only travel about 15 miles from my home before I have to turn around. That is quite a dilemma.
I assume that in the summer it would work better, but it is hard to to justify having to have two vehicles; one for the summer and another for the winter.
I wouldn't mind scheduling a visit with mayor of Park City. I have already called the city and asked them about their EV charging plans. They said that there has been some talk about it, but they don't have any definite plans. They claim that they have such limited parking space as is so they find it hard to dedicate some parking spaces for EVs.