16 November 2023

"The Electric Vehicles Were No Match for Winter"

I'm shocked that electric vehicles don't work so well in the cold and snow. New York abandons electric snow plows

Shocked. Electric vehicles. See what I did there?

The New York Department of Sanitation decided to give electric trucks a go as garbage haulers. They tested one as a snow plow. Things didn't turn out quite the way they were planned.

The plow, dragging across the road and the snow buildup in front of it, created substantial resistance. Moreover, the plow required almost constant movement, eliminating the option for loading pauses. Consequently, the electric vehicle's power supply was insufficient for the demands of a New York winter, known for its heavy snowfall. [Emphasis in the original]

The plow could only work for 2 hours before needing to be recharged.

This was in NYC. Not Buffalo, NY.

Oh, and despite all the protestations to the contrary, electric vehicles DO struggle in the cold. This is from 2019 from AAA Icy Temperatures Cut Electric Vehicle Range Nearly in Half.

As freezing temperatures plague much of the country, electric vehicle owners may experience a decrease in driving range, compounded by the use of the vehicle’s interior climate control. New research from AAA reveals that when the mercury dips to 20°F and the HVAC system is used to heat the inside of the vehicle, the average driving range is decreased by 41 percent. This means for every 100 miles of combined urban/highway driving, the range at 20°F would be reduced to 59 miles.

They say "preheat the vehicle" in the garage, and then don't use heat. That MIGHT work at 20°F for a short commute. But Chicago routinely sees temperatures in the range of -20°F. Other places get colder.

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