(Western Journal) Electric vehicles are not only unreliable, but can also be dangerously sluggish in winter temperatures. Is this really progress?
While renewable-energy zealots and climate change alarmists are singing the praises of battery-operated vehicles, the reality is that drivers may find themselves bracing for impact because of the technology’s limitations.
According to Tommy Mica on YouTube’s TFLEV channel, his 2022 Mini Cooper lost as much as 70 percent of its acceleration power during the recent Colorado cold snap.
Some owners have already figured out that they lose driving range when the temperatures plunge, but they could be left bracing for impact if they’re caught short on power during a merge or other situation where speed is critical.
“Hey everybody, so I want to talk about a fairly alarming issue I’m having in my fully electric car now that we’re deep into the Colorado winter,” Mica began in his video posted Tuesday.
“So most folks know this point that the range on EVs decrease when the temperatures go down, but performance also tends to decrease to varying degrees,” Mica argued.
He acknowledged that vehicles with traditional internal combustion engines also experience performance issues in the winter.
However, as the Department of Energy admitted, the cold’s effect, like increased viscosity of engine fluids and gasoline, isn’t as significant as it is for frozen batteries.
“Here’s the issue,” Mica later explained, showing the car’s dashboard indicators.
“When it’s at 100, you get the full enchilada, you get all the beans,” Mica said.
“However, when the battery is very low, or if it’s very cold, you actually lose clicks as the car derates itself,” he added.
Mica then showed the indicator hover around 30 percent after sitting outside overnight in subzero temperatures.
The significance of this decrease became apparent when he took his Mini for a spin and attempted to merge onto a highway.
“Can we make it up the hill even?” Mica asked himself at one point.
The vehicle was slow to gain speed — one could almost hear the Little Mini That Could utter, “I think I can, I think I can” — but it got there eventually.
Any car that unexpectedly fails to accelerate is at risk for a rear-end collision or a failed merge, and this could indicate a problem across the board for electric vehicles.
Still, this technology is sold to the American people as the wave of the future even as they have demonstrably rolled back the progress automobiles made.
After more than a century of improvements and innovations, the internal combustion engine has become solidly reliable in all kinds of weather and conditions, every time.