Posts from ‘Electric Vehicles’

Mar
23
2017 Honda Clarity

2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

Consumer Guide First Spin

Even in this line of work, it’s not often we get to drive something truly revolutionary.

Mar
21
Kia Soul EV charging

Cold weather takes a significant toll on our long-term Kia Soul EV’s driving range.

According to the calendar, spring has officially arrived, and we can consign the winter of 2016-17 to the history books. Aside from one early March blast of snowy weather, our Chicagoland stomping grounds got off pretty easy in terms of frozen precipitation this season—but we still had our fair share of days where the thermometer didn’t get above single digits. Since the bone-chilling temperatures and snowstorms are (hopefully) in our rearview mirror now, it’s a good time to review our winter testing experience with our long-term Kia Soul EV. 

Feb
11

Midwest EVOLVE logo

2017 Chicago Auto ShowAnnounced at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show was the launch of Midwest EVOLVE, a three-year project to promote electric vehicles in seven midwestern states: Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota. A partnership between the American Lung Association and eight Clean Cities coalitions in those seven states, Midwest EVOLVE plans to host more than 200 events, including some that will allow drivers to get behind the wheel of an electric vehicle.

Feb
01
2017 Chevrolet Bolt

2017 Chevrolet Bolt in Orange Burst Metallic

Consumer Guide First Spin In the world of electric vehicles, the new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt might well go down as a game-changer.

Dec
05
Kia Soul EV

Kia Soul EV with its charging port “open for business.”

Ah, fall. When – here in the Midwest – it’s not too cold, not too hot, and not too rainy … for about three weeks.

Short as that utopian span is, it’s the closest we ever come to simulating the year-round climate of coastal California. Which, as it so happens, is where most EVs are sold.

Nov
23
2018 Toyota C-HR

2018 Toyota C-HR: Proving that small crossovers are a big draw.

2016 LA Auto Show LogoPerhaps because it’s the first major auto show of the season (and perhaps because it’s set, of course, in California – the tail that wags the fashion dog), the Los Angeles Auto Show often establishes trends later followed at the other major shows.

Oct
05
EV tools
Tools used: Kill A Watt meter (which measures the amount of volts, amps, or watts running through it — one of my favorite toys), electric bill, and calculator.

Yeah, I know. You’ve hated math ever since you figured out that every part of it you learned after basic algebra would never, ever be used again in your lifetime.

Aug
11
2016 Volkswagen e-Golf

2016 Volkswagen e-Golf

2016 Volkswagen e-Golf SEL Premium    2015 Audi Q5

Class: Electric Vehicle

Miles Driven: 308

Fuel Used: N/A

Aug
02
2015 Kia Soul EV

2015 Kia Soul EV

We’re now about three months into our long-term test of the Kia Soul EV, and right in the middle of some seriously sweltering summer temperatures. As we mentioned in our previous update, the hot, humid weather hasn’t hurt our driving range quite as much as we were expecting.

Jul
07
Kia Soul EV

After a full battery charge, the range estimate for the Soul EV was listed as 103 miles with the A/C off …

Kia Soul EV

… but that dropped to 95 miles after turning the A/C on. Note that the car’s EPA-estimated range is 93 miles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With warmer weather comes more air-conditioning use. And since the Kia Soul EV’s air conditioning is electric (as opposed to a conventional gas car, which uses an engine-driven compressor pump) and thus is powered by the same battery that the motor uses to propel the car, hitting the A/C button reduces the overall driving range.

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