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Old 09-21-2016, 11:19 AM
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I have no desire to power past the stronger vehicles! Thanks to all for the responses.
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Old 09-21-2016, 11:56 AM
Location: Centennial State
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Originally Posted by TCHP View Post
Everyone else's vehicle will also be down on power, so it isn't like you'll be the lone ranger in an underpowered car. Even forced induction cars loose power here, just not as much.
Except for EV's.
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Old 09-23-2016, 01:53 PM
Location: Blah
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Originally Posted by Sobe Itsavized View Post
Except for EV's.
EV's are very efficient but their not without some inefficiencies in the mountains. One of the main issues is probably the cold and the effects it has on the batteries, the extra drain from heaters used to warm the cabin and batteries. You still also have to climb those hills and mountains. If you manage your power output just right, you could offset your power spent climbing the hills/mountain. But the same could be said for combustion engines.

This isn't to say EV suck in any way in the winter or mountainous areas, people have been using them in Norway for years without issues. I'm simply pointing out that EV's aren't 100% efficient in mountainous or higher altitudes.
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Old 09-24-2016, 06:25 AM
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I spend a lot of time in Summit Co. in the winter. I have plenty of charge to spare when returning back to Denver after making the round trip in my Tesla, without stopping at the Tesla Supercharger at the Silverthorne Outlets. Don't forget the battery changes on the downhill side due to the regen braking. It only uses about 30 miles of range for the return trip. It just flies up I-70 without effort, when all the gas-powered cars are oxygen-starved and downshifting.

Yes, the heater uses energy, but it's never been a significant issue, even on long distance trips. Conversely, I can pre-cool my car in the summer by turning on the (electric) A/C from my cell phone app a few minutes before getting into it. As a matter of fact, the latest firmware update for the car, pushed out to the fleet on Wednesday, includes a (switchable on/off) cabin temperature control feature, so that the car never exceed 105F, by automatically turning on A/C when needed. Musk says there's enough battery power to run it for a year!
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