So from my understanding, EVs don't like to sit @ very high or low SOC for long periods of time, and don't particularly like temperature extremes.jsca72 wrote: we recently bought a small condo in St. Paul, MN. When we go back, we have to rent a car which is always a bit stressful. I'm toying with the idea of getting a used SparkEV to have back there.
So here would be the situation (assuming I can get electricity to it): The SparkEV would have a parking space but not a garage. It would sit most of the winter under a cover. I doubt if I could get a Level 2 charging station set-up for it, so it would be on its 120 cord.
Is this crazy to even think about doing to an electric vehicle, or can electric vehicles sit through cold better than gas cars?
What do all of you think?
Interesting idea! I don't think it would work for my family, but I'm going to mull this around. Besides my family, there are a few friends back there that might be interested.if someone in the family does a significant amount of driving, if their current gas/diesel guzzler is not fuel efficient, the fuel savings alone could pay for insurance and some of the vehicle cost. Offer to throw them some money if they'll let you use it while you're in town. Hope they don't instead make you drive the ICE vehicle
Maybe one of the styrofoam water spigot covers could be modified? It would have to be cut in two, then reattached around the cable (with the hole made large enough for the cable to fit through). So it just stays on the cable, and slides over the handle when in use. And maybe add a stop behind it (chip bag clip) to keep it from sliding down.NORTON wrote: Oh, and here's something all of us snow and ice dwellers need:
A piece of vinyl-like material, with magnetic strips around the top and sides, to cover the charge port and cord handle. There have been times I had to karate chop through the ice to release the cord button.
Great idea, but we need to cover the charge port door too so it can be closed.evolv wrote:..Neoprene and Velcro might be nice, because you can cut a section to size, and sew the Velcro closure right to it. Cheap, compact, and easy to operate with heavy gloves on.
Couple years in Madison. What I learned (if we're gonna do this threadjack right):NORTON wrote:Have you been in a Midwest Ice Storm?
I might be all threeYou have to be adventuresome / crazy / idiotic to live there without an enclosed garage.
I have a 2014 and 2016 Spark EV which are both great locally. The 2016 has the DCFC option but neither car can be used for driving long out-of-state distances. I also have a pickup truck. This year so far, I have had to make one trip from my home in Central California to the Salt Lake, Utah area and two trips to Boise, Idaho. Instead of taking the 19 year-old pickup truck, I elected to rent a Nissan Altima all three times. What a wonderful car. Each Altima averaged 40 MPG or more for the entire trip. Now, I am slowly moving towards the idea of selling the truck and renting an Altima whenever I have to venture long distances.jsca72 wrote:I might be all threeYou have to be adventuresome / crazy / idiotic to live there without an enclosed garage.
Thanks for the input everyone. I'll probably just keep renting cars while I'm there. If I decide to do something crazy, I'll let you know how it goes.
My last car rental, a Ford Focus, really made me appreciate my Spark. The Focus had a jerky ride and horrible rearview mirrors. Cars in the next lane looked far away, when they were actually about to pass me.
The funniest thing was at the airport when I went to the Alamo counter to pick-up my compact car, they showed me a picture of a Spark (gas variety) as an example of the type of car I would get. I think they thought I was going to balk as to its size and upgrade to a bigger, more expensive car. Instead I responded with, "Perfect!"…but surprise, surprise, they didn't really have any Sparks available.