Posts from ‘Electric Vehicles’

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.

Jun
01
Kia Soul EV

During mild weather, we saw as much as a 105-mile range estimate from our Soul EV’s computer. That significantly beats the official EPA range estimate of 93 miles.

Right after our 2015 Kia Soul EV long-term test vehicle arrived in April, Chicago experienced a sustained stretch of mild weather, with temps hovering in the mid-60s–somewhat of an anomaly in these parts. And for those of us on the Consumer Guide Automotive® staff, it was appreciated for more than just the obvious reason.

Apr
30
2015 Kia Soul EV, front

Our extended-use 2015 Kia Soul EV lists for $36,625 including floor mats ($125) and destination ($800); various federal and state incentives can bring that down considerably. EPA range estimate is 93 miles on a charge.

According to a recent report from the Consumer Federation of America, 54 percent of Americans surveyed had a positive view of electric vehicles (EVs), and nearly a third said they would consider buying one as their next car. Yet electric vehicles currently make up only about one percent of overall sales.

Mar
23
Hyundai Ioniq

2017 Hyundai Ioniq

2016 new York Auto ShowHyundai chases the benchmark Toyota Prius hybrid with the Ioniq, revealed today at the New York International Auto Show.

Prius has long been a mantle piece of the green-car crowd, often outselling all its competitors combined. And for a few years prior to the car’s 2016 redesign, the Prius also offered an even thriftier (though far less popular) plug-in version, which is due to return. Even if that happens, Ioniq will match the Prius and do it one better, adding an all-electric variant to the mix.

Jan
29
BMW i3

2015 BMW i3 with Range Extender

2015 BMW i3 with Range Extender   2015 Audi Q5

Class: Electric Vehicle

Dates tested: 1/18/2016 – 1/25/2016

Miles Driven: 334

Fuel Used: 1.5 gallons

Jan
11
2017 Chevrolet Bolt

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2016 Detroit Auto Show logo

After its debut at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Chevrolet again rolled out the 2017 Bolt EV hatchback wagon—the brand’s first mass-market pure-electric car—at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Sep
11
2016 Nissan Leaf

2016 Nissan Leaf

For what should have been a quiet year for the all-electric Nissan Leaf, 2016 brings an available higher-capacity battery that extends the car’s EPA-estimated range by 27 percent.

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