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    not sure why, but AC supposedly has a low range penalty, but heat is a major drag.

    on my volt it's a double whammy, crappy electric heat and high drain. I guess 2nd gen volts suppost to have a better hvac.

    if the AC is so much more efficient, I never understood why they are not using a reversible heat pump type hvac.

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    I heard a funny rumor about why Elon Musk wants to launch his Tesla Roadster to Mars on the Falcon Heavy test flight. At the speeds necessary to fly to Mars, the Tesla Roadster would undeniably be the fastest automobile ever made.

    One small step for EV's, one giant leap for range anxiety.....

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    A pretty neat GTE (same drivetrain as my e-tron) and e-Golf review here:



    I especially like the e-Golf underhood poking and prodding at 10min or so.

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    another entry to the PHEV line up

    https://www.engadget.com/2017/12/19/...lug-in-hybrid/

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    Good video above and its great to see the hybrid vs full electric compared on the road.

    @ Andy, I had assumed your e-tron was quattro, but now I am wondering if it is FWD only since they are shared platform with gte?

    edit: looking at audi website seems like the etron is fwd only.
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    Yup, the A3 e-tron is FWD only. It's really pretty much a GTI with some fat friends always riding along in it.

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    For anyone who wants to own Canada's answer to the Reliant Robin.....

    https://electrameccanica.com/

    https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/11/...ommuter-car/#/

    Electrameccanica's Solo is a single-seat EV commuter car
    Legally drive in HOV lanes all by your lonesome.

    Andrew Tarantola, @terrortola
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    If you're looking for an electric vehicle but don't need the extra seats (or long delivery times) that a full-sized Tesla Model 3 demands, you could always take a shot with the Solo. This electric vehicle from Canadian startup ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corp, boasts a 100 mile range and a $15,500 price tag.

    The Solo is designed specifically for the urban commuting crowd. In addition to the 100-mile range, the Solo cna hit 85 MPH, making it legal to drive on highways. What's more, since its fully-electric, the car qualifies for HOV lane access in number of states.

    The lithium ion battery pack requires a 6-hour charge on 110V to hit full capacity -- half that with 220V. It's modest interior offers basic amenities like a heated seat and radio, though it does boast a surprising amount of cargo space with a storage nook behind the driver and a carry-on luggage size compartment in the vehicle's front boot.

    ElectraMeccanica is asking $15,500 for the Solo, though qualifying state tax credits can drop the MSRP by up to $5,000. Interested buyers can put down a refundable $250 deposit and the company expects to begin shipping Solos out to those reservations by the end of 2018.

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    I did some logging on my commute in this morning and found that the transmission doesn't seem to let the electric motor go faster than about 4k rpm without the gas engine running:

    Here's a 0-60 run:



    ... and the full commute:



    I drove with it in manual mode the whole way so it was upshifting on its own. Since the electric motor must turn when the engine is turning, it's clearly capable of 7k or so.

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    Although not strictly an EV issue, it would seem that Tesla's "Auto-Pilot" is no better at detecting large, stationary objects (like a fire truck) than any "legacy" car company's ACC:



    Tesla ‘on Autopilot’ slams into parked fire truck on California freeway
    The engineering problems are likely insurmountable. It would be like proposing to land a rocket booster section on a barge floating in the middle of the ocean.

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    ^^^^^ The car was smart enough to seek help for its soon-to-be-injured occupant(s)!!!!!

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