When you read this post, please consider why politicians would be pushing electric cars. Are they not aware of such limitations? Of course they are, but what some people crave is power and influence. Thus, instead of just punishing those who pollute, politicians often fashion our environmental laws TO FORCE US to make decisions we would otherwise not make.
If you read the Detroit Free Press (Detroit’s more liberal paper) you would read about AAA’s report finding that Electric Vehicles really don’t hold a charge in really cold weather:
The AAA Automotive Research Center in Southern California found that the average range of an electric car dropped 57% in very cold weather — at 20 degrees Fahrenheit — and by 33% in extreme heat, a temperature of 95 degrees.
“We expected degradation in the range of vehicles in both cold and hot climates, but we did not expect the degradation we saw,” said Greg Brannon, AAA’s director of automotive engineering.
Brannon said two of the vehicles, the Mitsubishi and the Ford, were equipped with dedicated management of the battery temperature. “We were expecting that difference would yield differences in the optimal range of the vehicles in extreme temperatures,” he said. “It did not.”
Batteries work according to physical laws, and when they are cold they don’t produce as much voltage. That’s one of the reasons when it is cold in winter it can be difficult to start your car. Thus, you can imagine trying to drive an all-electric car in winter.