Goodbye snow tires...

Discussion in 'Prime Fuel Economy & EV Range' started by Blauer Glimmer, Apr 10, 2019.

  1. Blauer Glimmer

    Blauer Glimmer Active Member

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    ... Welcome back round trip commute in EV only!
    OK, so it's still cool enough here that I can't do the faster route with more highway, but I'll take the slower path until weather conditions permit all EV at higher speeds. The guess-o-meter said 30.7 today! First time I've seen that number since October.
    Now, fingers crossed that April snows don't come this way.
     
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    Reading between the lines: the rolling resistance on the snow tires was higher enough that you ran out of EV range? What were they?
     
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    Yeah, I swapped my snow tires 10 days ago a bit too prematurely. Had 5 inches of snow the day before yesterday. Additional couple inches this morning. I had to drive our SUV for my commute. :(

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  4. Blauer Glimmer

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    I think they're Michelin, but it wasn't merely the tires that destroyed range. It was a deadly combination of snow tires, subfreezing temps, judicious use of seat & steering wheel heaters, and needing to use the defroster (or, at minimum, heat directed to the windshield) that took my EV miles from the low 30's to the low 20's. The topography of my commute is somewhat hilly, and any uphill climb in EV at subfreezing temps uses up lots of electric power that can't be made up on the downhill pieces of road.

    That's what I'm afraid of :cautious:
     
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    We got more here today...

    Put it all in a box that says From Canada and then in big letters, RETURN TO SENDER :mad:
     
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    I usually wait until the end of April to be safe given this area of NY's tendency to return to wintry weather in mid-April, but I'm taking a 600-mile road trip this weekend and wanted to optimize mileage/minimize road noise. I'm headed southeast of here, so there shouldn't be any snowy surprises.
     
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    Don't forget the considerable drag of the various water forms (liquid, solid, powdery) piled up on the road too. That extra resistance considerably saps MPG too, compared to clear dry roads.
     
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    March was sunny, fairly warm, barely rained. It's raining a bejeesus so far this April, was hailing a few minutes ago. (n)
     
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