You do know that batteries capacity halves at -20 deg F? You do know that a car heater runs at about 2-3 kW? Cold climate EVs are a very different animal to temperate ones. The Volt keeps its batteries warm electrically... until they go flat.
Of course cars are produced at different specs for different markets. Sometimes the changes are small, tires and oil coolers, for example.
That is why some vehicles built for one market is a problem in another.
EVs will never be more than an eco oddity. They are not practical enough, useless in cold climates, use more power powering the A/C in warm. No real range and are slow and boring. That is why the young hoon in the area flogs his Prius on petrol, because it [sort of] accelarates properly. And as Top Gear proved very inneficient
EVs are good for Greenie road hogs, not real motorists.On the other hand for something like a train they are efficient, though not as efficient as some will try to make you believe.
Horses for courses, electric is very good for most stationary applications, quiet powerful and reliable.Though in a battery situation very iffy but with a constant mains supply the best. Diesels are good for heavy trucks and low speed applications and trendy and practical [just] for some passenger applications.But noisy, harsh, slow and icky yucky[quoting a lady friend] to refuel Though with high maintence costs.
Leaving a petrol engine which is powerful, accelarates well, quiet, smooth cheap to maintain for normal passenger cars. Which is what most people want from a car.
Even in a bigger 4wd the choice is quite clear. A petrol which accelarates well, is quiet and smooth or a diesel which has better low end power for bush work but is slower and less responsive in traffic. Personally I will take the petrol with its cheaper maintenace costs [and fuel costs top normally though the petrol will use a bit more fuel] though if I lived in a outer rural area maybe then the deisel. I have owned both and know the costs.
A mate bought a new Nissan Navara ute a couple of years ago, he was thinking diesel but did the math and it would be at least 100000km to recoup the extra expense of the diesel. And the diesel was being offered at a very favorable cost. And resale is quite similar so really what is the point?
Edited by Lee Nicolle, 16 November 2011 - 22:23.