EVs and Ice!
|Road Sludge from Ice|
Okay, it's been a while since I blogged. I apologize for that, but things have been really uneventful in terms of driving our all electric Chevy Bolt. By uneventful, I mean in terms of learning new things and/or experiencing bad things. From an excitement standpoint, I'm still pumped! The look on the Mustang driver's eyes last week after I smoked him at a stoplight was priceless! Did I just say that? What will the CEO and the Board Members think?
However, today and yesterday have brought a little excitement, AND learning, to the drive. Here in Oklahoma, we have ice...again. Luckily it's just on the roads so far and not snapping poles. Pray hard! Driving the EV was a little worrisome at first. Would the brakes work the same? (My Taurus had excellent anti-lock braking.) Would the traction control, anti-slip programming work the same? Would the Bolt's weight make it more or less likely to skid? I mean, I was really sweating those things just like I worried about driving this electric transformer through water for the first time.
Our bad weather began with sleet yesterday, Wednesday, which coated the roads completely. On my drive home I tried several things to determine the weather effects on the car...safely of course! When the road was clear of traffic I hit the brakes hard enough to induce a skid. It didn't! The anti-lock brakes work great. As Forrest Gump might say, "that's good, one less thang!" I then accelerated rapidly to see if that incredible electric motor torque would cause a spin out. It didn't, the anti-slip traction control kicked in perfectly. That's good, one less thang! The weight displacement of the Bolt seemed spot on, a bit different than driving my Taurus, but only because the Bolt is a smaller car and I'm still not totally confident riding in a little bitty box. In my other life I'm a truck man, man.
|Solid Sheet of Ice Outside CKenergy Offices|
I don't know what settings the other EVs have in this regard, I only have Bolt experience. Just be aware. LEARN and KNOW your car.