BeyondBeLeaf wrote: ↑Sat Jan 22, 2022 2:39 pm
Living in Texas and through the cluster last year where power was out, I wonder what happens if you are in an extended blackout and can't get any electricity. I've made it a point to charge my Leaf to full power the day before we're set to receive any cold weather. I figure it's better to be safe than sorry.
I agree that having a extra can of gas is convenient (at home) for the ICE vehicle, but gas stations need electricity to work also. An interesting bit of math though, a gas generator of electricity is usually twice as efficient as the gas engine in your car. If you were in a situation where you had an extended outage and you needed transportation, would it be better to pour a gallon of gas into your tank or use it to charge your EV?
In that example, you would be better off using the gas to run a generator and charge your EV as you will get more mileage that way than if you used it in your car/truck instead, as an extreme example. That is also provided you had the time to wait for the generator to charge the EV and didn't need to drive in the next few hours.
Also, I do the exact same thing with mine. If bad weather is coming tomorrow (ice or snow, possible power outages because of it), I make sure to fully charge both my own and my wife's Leaf just in case. At least the weather is freezing at that point, so I'm not too worried about the battery being near 100% SOC for a while.