We’re still having a blast commuting with the i-MiEV through Canadian winter.
One area where we have noticed a significant change in the i-MiEV’s behaviour is the maximum range in winter.
The temperature and winter tires have significantly altered the range of the i-MiEV.
“In the summer time we were consistently averaging 120-130 km,” says ROKO owner Harald Kober, “on average in winter we are getting 75 km on a single charge.”
We haven’t looked into a change in charge time in winter temperatures, however it still filling up just fine overnight.
“As a rule I always have at least 12 hours to charge which is sufficient time when charging with the 240v charger. I have adopted the rule that if the battery is approximately at 1/2 charge or less I will not use the 110v charger.”
Kober says driving an electric car in winter has brought out a hidden benefit of being fuel free.
“One nice thing about the winter drive is that there is no warm up period required before you start moving after having started the i-MiEV. ”