If you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time (well ok at least a year) you knew what was coming: another darn winter weather post lol!
Well yup, and I haven’t even mentioned that Ford will be revealing its long awaited EV SUV on 11/18 (or is it 11/17–I’ve seen both dates published).
Nonetheless Southeastern Michigan (and a whole lot of other areas in the midwest) got an early present from Mother Nature this week. In our case that involved over 6″ of snow and some decidedly January like temperatures.
Of course that happened to fall on a day where we had a place to be across town with a set time to be there. No problem the Bolt can handle it–even when the driver decides to take a wrong turn and gets stuck (a little rocking and we’re out).
The thing with EV’s and snow/ice is that since EV’s don’t generate the heat like a conventionally powered car does the accumulations of snow/ice around the car stick and don’t go away (especially with the packed stuff in the wheel well). No matter, an overnight in the garage melts most of that stuff (I still get some grumbling when turning the wheel all the way one way or the other–must be hard to melt off the stuff really packed back in there). Note that preconditioning the car only heats up the cabin and melts some of it off the windows.
I’ve long since switched the charge routine back to “winter charging” (turn on hill top reserve and charge every night vs charge to full every 3 or 4 days). This routine ensures there is enough charge for anything needed during a winter day (it yields around 150+ miles of range in the cold).
So friends, bundle up as it looks like this winter will be a long one.