twenty-ninerReal, WorldNYT Pick
Just out of curiosity, did the Consumer Reports article titled "Winter chills limit range of the Tesla Model S electric car" unleash an army of nippy sycophantic attack nerds? Some quotes from the article:
"In the end, I made it with no need for a rescue, rolling on for three miles on empty. All in all, I covered 176 miles during a typical winter day in the Northeast and not too far off the 188-mile range initially projected."
"The "projected" range was even scarier at 15 miles left after cold soaking at 30° F through the night."
"To be clear, cold temperatures, need for cabin heat, and a high portion of freeway driving, which minimizes the opportunity for regenerative braking, are the most adverse conditions for any electric vehicle."
"Any potential EV buyers in the Snow Belt should consider our experience; winter exacts a tough toll on range."
These tend to corroborate Mr. Broder's general experience. L-i battery performance does not degrade linearly as temperatures decline. There is actually a knee curve right around freezing where performance starts to degrade exponentially.
Bottom line, save .75$ on the dollar (and spare your local land fill from being filled with toxic L-i cells) and buy a more thermally-efficient modern diesel, which also happens to be produce less CO2 per kilowatt than a coal/gas power plant charging a giant copper top.