sthbeach wrote: ↑
Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:12 pm
I will tell you what the problem is.........
Here in Ontario Canada, CBC had a company do a study on Highway 401 speeds and the actual test area is in my region where my commute is. They found that 85% of people travelled at a speed of 113-126 kph which is approx an average of 120 kph. The reason for the study is because they are thinking of increasing the highway speeds in Ontario to match that of British Columbia which are at 120 kph. They want to increase the highway speed because if 85% of drivers are not obeying anywhere close to the speed limit then it certainly is not a very effective limit. So these speed averages are nothing new, it has been this way for the last 25 years as I can remember it and like I said before, BC already has a higher speed limit. To my point now..... So why should a car company be able to market and sell a car where I live and say that it does 242 kms or even 200kms knowing that between weather (real bad for a solid 5 months a year) and real world driving speeds that their numbers are nowhere fucking close to the god damn sticker on the car!
Let me give you real world. So if I drive my highway commute in January weather at the average speed that 85% of people are driving at on my route, I am lucky if I pull off 140 KMS!
And that's the PROBLEM!!!
The test provides a baseline for comparison.
You're seriously proposing that the official government test agency test give special consideration and force manufacturers to accomodate the needs of law-breakers?
Again, the numbers are a basis for comparison and never have been warranted as a representation of your personal results if you don't match the test parameters.
There is a central truth to your complaint and it has everything to do with the "real world" -- the reality of aerodynamic drag is more apparent in an EV, because it is much more efficient to begin with. In an ICE we've become accustomed to the highway mileage being better than the city mileage. This is of course upside-down from the point of view of energy requirements. It's just that ICE engines are tuned for best economy at highway cruise and throw enough energy away at lower speeds to mask the effect. EVs get better City than HWY mileage because they don't throw energy away at lower speeds and stop-and-go driving.
But does a manufacturer need to go out of their way to explain what happens when you speed? I don't think so. If I choose to speed the consequences are my responsibility. And I have no truck with people who claim "they'll kill me if I try to do the speed limit". That is BS.