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Re: Who killed the electric car?
Every winter, the forum starts clogging up with threads regarding drops in fuel economy, due for a number of reasons; defrosting cars, extra time spent with the engine running rich, less'steady' driving style, winter tyres, extra electrical drain and; vehicle's failing to start due to a borderline battery failing
Now, we normally see a drop in 20-30% in fuel economy (and therefore, range), and that is for vehicles for whom the generation of heat and electricity as by-products of combustion - how will vehicles with neither being produced, fare? (badly, I'd reckon).
I liken it to turning the clock back to the early 1900s when people dressed-up and had travelling rugs, just to beat the elements - progress? Really??
I'm all for being 'environmentally-friendly', but the first environment which must be friendly, is the one you (and your family) are in. This seems a more mental, than environmental choice.
Maybe cars like the Leaf, and the Zoe, will have special coloured-co-ordinated special editions with hot water bottles, which we can use - as long as the government doesn't add too much tax to the extra electricity that we would be consuming - one can only hope.
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