Are electric vehicles a viable option with Saskatchewan winters?
Thought about installing electric vehicle chargers and solar power systems to charge electric vehicles? They are an increasingly popular option!
THE BATTERY IS UNRELIABLE
As with a vehicle with an internal combustion engine (ICE), it does take more energy to run an EV in the colder months, although Keyser noted that the battery powering her Tesla Model S is much more reliable in winter than the battery needed to start an ICE vehicle.
Cruickshank added that the engine in his Chevrolet Bolt kicks in automatically to keep the battery warm. Another plus is the fact that the 12-volt starter battery will never die because it's constantly being charged — whether plugged in or not, he said.
“A lot of people compare these batteries to their cellphones. But those batteries are designed for different operating conditions — it's not designed for cooler temperatures; there is nothing in there to try to keep the battery warm or conditioned."
COLD REDUCES THE EV'S RANGE
Keyser admits her Model S doesn't make it quite as far in the winter months as it does in the summer — about 25 percent less, according to her observations — but ICE vehicles also consume more fuel when idling or powering heaters and other electronics. For her, it's simply a matter of shifting her thinking to how she can drive to better extend the battery's range.
When she has used her car on a long road trip, the charging stops gave her a chance to discover different communities where she would never have stopped otherwise, she added.
CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE IS LACKING
While there is some truth to this, Keyser said it's simply a downfall of being a pioneer of the continuously growing industry. Both Keyser and Cruickshank admit Saskatchewan is significantly behind the rest of Canada in this aspect.
“When motorized vehicles first came along, there weren't gas stations everywhere," Keyser noted.
Most EV owners don't use public charging stations for full charges, opting instead to plug into a regular wall outlet overnight or at work, Cruickshank said. As long as they aren't on a long trip, finding a public charger isn't required unless they want to top up their battery while out and about.
CHARGING TAKES TOO LONG
When it's cold, no one wants to have to stop for hours to recharge a vehicle — But unless you are travelling a long distance, you generally don't tend to completely drain the battery.
Cruickshank said it can take about eight hours to fully charge his Bolt using a standard plug — fine for an overnight charge, but he admits it's not ideal when travelling long distances.
However, the technology is advancing quickly and more quick charge stations are popping up that can take a battery from zero to 80 percent in less than 45 minutes.
EV IS SIMILAR IN EFFICIENCY TO AN ICE VEHICLE
Even in Saskatchewan, where the majority of electricity comes from burning coal, EVs are about twice as efficient compared to their gas-burning counterparts.
Plugndrive.ca estimates every 20,000 kilometres Keyser drives her Model S in Saskatchewan costs roughly $570 and outputs 2,495 kg of carbon dioxide. Those numbers jump significantly, to $2,490 and 4,880 kg of carbon dioxide, when calculated for an ICE vehicle.
Cruickshank's Bolt performs even better, costing only $490 and outputting only 2,160 kg of carbon dioxide.
In provinces like Quebec and Manitoba, where electricity is mainly created at hydroelectric generating stations, the amount of carbon dioxide emitted drops to roughly 30 to40 kg for every 20,000 kilometres driven.
Original Artcicle - Star Phoenix https://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/five-misconceptions-about-driving-an-electric-car-in-winter
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In Burglary Prevention Tips :
- Unlocked doors or windows
- Front doors with glass panes
- Open curtains that reveal what you have in your home
- Open doors or windows (this includes garage doors)
- Darkened points of entry
- Valuables left out in the open, such as lawn equipment or bicycles
- Large bushes that obscure the front yard or door to your home
- Fences that provide cover
- Neighbourhoods without neighbourhood watch
Signs that a home is an unoccupied target include:
- Newspapers or unchecked mail
- Overgrown yards
- “Sorry we missed you” notes on the door
Secure EntrywaysBURGLAR-PROOF YOUR HOME:
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REINFORCE YOUR DOORS
GLASS FRONT DOORS ATTRACT BURGLARS
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WHAT BURGLARS WANT AND WHERE THEY LOOK FOR IT IN YOUR HOUSE
HOW LANDSCAPING CAN ATTRACT OR DETER BURGLARS
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- under the bed
- master closest
- shoe boxes
- night stands
- tops of wardrobes
- bathroom cabinets
- dresser drawers
- medicine cabinets
- children’s’ rooms
- kitchen pantry
- broom or utility closet
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SIGNS YOU ARE AWAY
- OVERGROWN LAWNS
- TRASHCANS LEFT OUT BY THE CURB
WHAT DO BURGLARS LOOK FOR IN A TARGETED NEIGHBORHOOD?
- settled homes
- a particular type of home typically means disposable income..that means they have jewelry or cash
- well-kept homes
- yards with nice fences because they indicate nice interior
- houses without alarm systems
- glass front doors that let them see inside
If you get that funny feeling in your body about a strange person, trust it. Our age-old instincts, by design, warn us of situations. Don’t let your head talk you out of that warning.
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Steve Cusson had a tough life growing up and that had driven him to give back to help others. He is very community minded and is always looking for ways to help others less fortunate than himself. Whether taking part in a parade or a charitable initiative Cusson has contributed to the community in many ways including; clearing snow after large snowfalls around Martensville, donating to the Kyle Syrenne Skatepark and stocking a pond in Kinsmen Park with 2000 trout so families can enjoy fishing together. Phobia Auto is all about serving the greater good and giving back to those who have helped make Phobia what it is today. Find out more on the Phobia Auto website here: www.phobiaautorepair.ca/community