kubel wrote:Our average low in January (our coldest month) is around 15F. It will occasionally dip below that, but very cold conditions typically only occur in high pressure and low humidity, so it rarely snows when it's extremely cold (kind of opposite of what most warm-climate folks think). So I guess we can consider that a blessing that extreme cold and extreme snow don't usually happen together.
I'll have a gas car for longer trips or cases when I expect more than an inch or two of snow, or extreme low temperatures. But I'm hoping to keep it parked most of the year if possible.
I also have the benefit of working a shift that lets me avoid rush hour traffic (my commute time is between 10AM-11AM, and 8PM-9PM), so traffic jams rarely occur, and snow that has accumulated overnight is typically cleared from main roads by that time.
So it looks like it all boils down to whether or not I can convince management to allow me to plug in at work. 8 hours of 120V should give me close to 40 miles, correct?
I think what I need is a demo car. Will they loan them out for a couple days?
+1 with those extra's (2nd car, maybe charge at work) even here in Chicago with about the same conditions we've been fine but only after we mastered using the ECO versus D mode. On really cold days we'll preheat the car while charging in the garage which helps and just about max out the available range on the weekends when we drive the most. Most dealer's in the midwest will typically only have a single demo so doubt they would give you it for more than a few hours; we test drove a CT200h which was in short supply (still is) so had to have the rep with me (if I wanted a RX450h would not have been a problem). Not aware of any LEAF rentals yet out our way, but have heard mention of Volt rentals; would be worth it to check in your area if you're on the fence. This winter has been on the mild side anyway, but we only stretch the range on the weekends so we're not in the same expected usage as you might be. Can tell you that our total gas use has dropped quite a bit -- just got our first full month electric bill and we spent about $12 on electric versus $130 on gas for the vehicle (an '06 Mazda3 which averaged 24 MPG) that was pretty fuel efficient, but the more interesting aspect is that the bigger ICE (VW Routan w/ 4.0 L -- 16 to 17 around town) stays parked even more so total gas use went from $307 to $176 (of course gas is more expensive as well) so who knows how much we're saving; yours would be more.