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KS NOGAS
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**Battery temperature management is a must. This winter proved that without a TMS ev's just can't hack it. With a full week of bitter cold weather the range limit due to cold batteries almost makes the Leaf unusable. When you add the other extreme of unprotected extreme heat advancing battery degradation you get a situation where an owner is doing nothing but complaining about his/her car. That's the last thing we need. Nissan put together a wonderful car. Now they need to protect their model with temp management while keeping the range and price it currently has. A longer range for the same price would be gravy but you cannot market a car with 73 mile/charge range that gets 85 miles in the 110*F summer and 30 miles in the -8*F winter.

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Each dealership is an independently owned entity so I get they can set their own rules. We've certainly seen both the good and the bad posted around the internet. However, when there's a massive power outage and you're selling electric cars you need to be more flexible even in the face of 'da rules'.

Having said that, one reason we picked the house we did was suffering through 4 separate week long power outages between 1996 and 2005. That's why we have buried lines. It doesn't hurt that we're 1/2 mile from massive transformer park so we won't have an outage lasting more than a few hours at best. Prior planning  =)

Tom

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Sorry for the late blog reading. I'm quite behind. It's been a great year following your exploits and I'm really quite jealous of the support the PacNW shows for EV's. Just waiting for KS to wake up and smell the exhaust. Excellent post as always Dave. Keep on truckin'.

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Tesla car fires....enough is enough media
Time for the soapbox/rant stool. There has been a lot of media attention about the three Tesla Model S fires. Most of the articles I've read are trying to make the car appear unsafe and by extension all electric cars are unsafe. The most recent article by C...

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1. Support local economies, Smyrna TN, Wyoming (where we get our coal), the occasionally spinning wind turbine.
2. Support "green" if that is your calling
3. Support "fun" because EV's are fun
4. Support convenience - it's so much nicer to plug in at home in a modestly warm garage than to stand in the freezing wind, ice, and snow to breathe the gasoline fumes (laboratory test in CA show that gasoline fumes are linked to some cancers...FUD)
5. Annoy your kids by telling everyone how cool EV's are....well, ok that just my kids.

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(I turn the reverse beeper off).... how? is that on MNL?

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Dave, sorry don't have the data points for any proof. The other thing for me is that I took the update in late June so even with the comparatively cool summer this is still the second bake cycle and I'm definitely in the 10% battery degradation loss. I expect to lose a capacity bar either any day now or in the spring. 

On another note, thanks for working with some folks over here who are trying to compile a range loss worksheet. We did a test run Sunday. I also saw the regen bubble when I pulled out of the driveway and stopped at the end of the street with a 100% charge. I assumed that due to battery leveling that maybe I'd lost enough just sitting to get the bubble to appear even w/o actual regen working. And around 2 miles I could sense the regen actually working as I drove to the test. 

Leaving the dealership with the update I really didn't like the way the GOM was reading and I still don't. It feels too aggressive on the top end and too conservative on the bottom which of course was the original complaint leading to the "update" anyway.

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Have a safe trip Dave. I hope it's as enjoyable as last year's trip to Japan. Re: fool cells,....sorry typo, fuel cells, despite the fact that is the type of alternate fuel for our distances (USA) in reality it's only going to work on a limited scale where there is decent renewable power anyway (Iceland, Denmark, Japan) and relatively short drives.

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Sounds right to me. I don't have the proof yet but it took a week of temps below 70* at night to get the daily heat of 75-80* to drop that 6th temp bar off and back to 5. Even 2 days in the garage didn't cool off enough. I had to park it outside where it was cooler than in the garage.

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