Knowing if an EV will work for you is somewhat complicated, and with an array of competing technologies slated to arrive on the scene in the next 2 years it gets even more confusing for the would be buyer. I will admit that I bought the Volt and in one month realized that with a little more range, and a little faster recharge I would not need the backup engine. Of course we have other ICE based cars that can be used for long trips. Fortunately for me, my darling wife took a shine to the Volt, and while not comfortable with the idea of driving a BEV only vehicle, she is comfy with the Volt, knowing that the worst case scenario for running out of juice is that you burn some gas.
Now you can avoid my mistake! Greencarreports has this article on a device called the EV Profiler.
The EV Profiler looks like a radar detector, but itís really a sophisticated GPS tracking device that records your car's exact position at all times. It measures your rate of acceleration or deceleration, your elevation change and your driving habits, then uploads the data on a nightly basis to EV Profilerís servers.
The company's computers then generate a detailed daily report showing the amount of battery power remaining, the lowest level of battery reached (if recharging took place during the day), a map of your travels, a minute-by-minute power profile, and a route list. Weíd call that almost too much information.
You might just use a GPS, but driving style, accelerations, and speed significantly effect range in an EV, so without a way to track those parameters and do the calculations you can't be sure of which EV would be the best fit.
The EV Profiler rents $25 for a week or $82 for a month. Late fee is $5 per day.
If you have a smartphone, another less expensive ($3.99) option would be the iEV 1.1 electric car simulator.
iEV will show you whether an electric vehicle is able to fulfill your mobility needs and the best type of electric vehicle for your unique driving needs. This app could help save you a fortune and ensure you make the right choice with a major buying decision.
You can simulate an electric vehicle and itís feedback, whilst you travel in a regular fuel vehicle. You can also learn approximately which is the right battery capacity, for your needs - An important element when selecting the right battery. As these batteries can be extremely expensive, this alone is worth many times the cost of the iEV app!
Here is the Advanced Car Configuration Screen:
Driving Profile Screen:
Driving History Screen:
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