powersurge wrote: ↑
Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:01 pm
Getting back to the original topic... Sounds like those in Canada push their cars to the limits with the long distances they need to travel and the cold weather..
I agree that the OP's complaints are not the function of the car being a problem. The electric car is not an equivalent to the gasoline car. Gas cars are much more powerful than in the past, and we think nothing of pushing the speed to 70, 80, and more.
The EV, however is subject to the limits of wind resistance, which is a geometric function, with the car needing increasingly more energy to move the car every mile per hour more than a certain amount.
The OP should try to accept that he DOES NOT HAVE TO TRAVEL At 75 MILES PER HOUR with an EV. Let the traffic respect your wish to travel the speed that you want..... You will get much better results at 55-60 MPH, and running the heat at a constant, modest amount. The Leaf will not yield to your will, you must yield to the laws of physics. As I understand it, wind resistance increases with the X (squared), where X is speed.... So compared to a 50 mph car, at 60 MPH, the resistance is 150%, at 70, the resistance is 196%, and at 80 it is 256% of that needed at 50 MPH..
As the OP of this thread, my main point I was trying to get across is that as much as the EV homers want the good ole gas folks to understand the technology and the infrastructure and so on, facts are facts and the technology is quite there yet for most people on an affordable level. I think I read it on another thread in here that pretty much sums up all the scientific talk and mumbo jumbo about range and stats and the guy said, the best way to buy an EV is take your daily commute and double it and choose the EV based on that. So the bottom line is that if my average daily commute is 160kms I should buy an EV with a range of at least 320 kms (200 miles). And that's the truth! Then there is no range anxiety, no discussion of stats, no multiple charging in one day and most importantly the longevity of vehicle because then I could always run it between 20-80% and the batteries would last forever!
Yes, of course I could slow down and drive under the highway speed limit as powesurge suggests or just suck it up and multiple charge in one day........BUT I DON'T WANT TO COMPROMISE! Especially when I have to shell out that kind of money. I would need to move up to a Chevy Bolt or a Tesla Model 3 and then every day I go out to my driveway I will think of the money I spent on the car in front of me and know that I could be looking at a convertible BMW 3 series.
Right now EV's are a great choice for anyone with under a 50 mile commute as you can pick up just about any used EV for cheap to do the trick.
Right now EV's are a good choice for anyone with under 80 mile commute with little to no compromise and a fair amount of choice out there.
Right now EV's are a bad choice for anyone with over a 100 mile commute as there is limited selection and they are still very pricey.
By 2021 there is supposed to be 100 full EV cars available from all the carmakers, hopefully that will be the big tipping point in technology and cost.