Electric cars have a problem in winter, batteries don’t do as well in the cold and heaters drain the battery even faster. I came across a neat article talking about all of the tips electric car owners are sharing about how to stay warm in the chilly weather without making matters even worse, and, yes, motorcycles are involved.
After discussing all sorts of tech fixes promised for some indeterminate future date, the best solution seems to be either snowmobile suits (yeah, I’m sure that works well in the confines of a small electric car) or heated motorcycle jackets which draw less current than the heaters installed by the factory. It sounds like a good idea since heated jackets, gloves and other items have been a staple of cold weather motorcycle touring for many years. They’re well designed, fully tested and reasonably priced.
Fossil fuels keep winning in the real world
Since electrics are already better when confined to urban areas and shorter commutes because of range and recharge concerns, and the cold weather issue noted here means they’re better suited to warmer climates, (though air conditioning is an issue during hot weather), you begin to think that electric vehicles may not be a very good fit in the real world where we actually live. Do they work for some drivers in some locations within a specific set of circumstances? Of course, but wide acceptance from everyone else is likely a very long way off, if it is ever going to happen at all.
It’s almost as though the fossil fuels that won in the marketplace over the last century simply work better in vehicles than the alternatives, in other words, the voluntary choices of hundreds of millions of car buyers are a better answer to our transportation needs than the prescriptions of a few, no matter how passionate and heartfelt they may be.