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A family company based in Saskatoon Suncatcher Solar Systems has been supplying and installing solar energy systems since 2003; they are Saskatoon's most established solar provider. Their Solar and electrical team designs, supplies and installs solar power systems and designs passive solar homes, they shared this article about electric vehicles as a viable option with our Saskatchewan winters.

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Electric vehicle owners Pat Keyser and Jason Cruickshank dispel some of the popular myths in this article. With the numerous financial and environmental benefits of driving an electric vehicle (EV) becoming increasingly apparent, more people are opting to make the switch — but some consumers are still worried about how cold temperatures affect the vehicles' performance.



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.

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Original Artcicle - Star Phoenix https://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/five-misconceptions-about-driving-an-electric-car-in-winter

Trusted Saskatoon directory team brag about Suncatcher Solar your Saskatoon Solar & renewable power experts

Trusted Saskatoon Directory Team are thrilled to brag about Suncatcher Solar your Trusted Saskatoon Solar specialists featured in our Saskatoon Electrician category.

We are very pleased to wish them a warm and sunny welcome to the Trusted Saskatoon community of locally accountable businesses run with integrity. Suncatcher Solar is owned and operated by a mother and son team, Angelika Ortlepp and her son, Rohan Campbell.

In 2003, Angelica (Angie) followed her passion for engineering, and from this passion an idea stemmed, she and her family wanted to live off the grid! These were the humble beginnings of Sun Catcher Solar as they built their first home using the energy of the sun for warmth and power along with other renewable energy. There could be no one more qualified to own and operate such a business, with Anglie, a professional engineer with a degree in Engineering Physics and an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering. For many years she taught labs for the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics at the University of Saskatchewan. Angie introduced renewable energy to the curriculum and she supervised design projects on solar energy. The Ortlepp's “living lab” home provided them with firsthand knowledge and real life experiences which assisted greatly towards the developing of their business. They literally live what they sell and install.

Over the years, Suncatcher Solar has completed an extensive list of wind and solar projects ranging from custom solar home design to renewable energy systems, both grid-tied and off-grid. We highly recommend visiting their website to see examples of their previous work for yourself! 

  

When we were speaking to their customer as part of the Unique Trusted verification process  we consistently heard great things. So we thought we'd share some of their first hand experience with them! Crystal said she found them to be a great company to work with, very helpful and very knowledgeable. She experienced no problems & they communicated honestly and were responsive to any questions or concerns. For more testimonials and to see all they do, please check out their listing in the Saskatoon Electrician category!

 

 

 

Suncatcher Solar are TRUSTED SASKATOON SOLAR & Electrical EXPERTS and well deserving of the THUMBS UP!  

 

 

 

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