12 Jul '17, 11pm

Used Electric Car Buyers' Guide - Plug In America

A Deeper Dive, by Tom Saxton, Plug In America’s Chief Technology Officer: Ideally, the best way to know the capacity of a battery pack is to fully charge it (by the vehicle’s definition of full), then fully discharge it (by the vehicle’s definition of time-to-stop) under controlled conditions. The “controlled conditions” is the difficult part; you can’t really do it by driving and, as far as I know, no one is currently offering this service. Internally, EVs have an estimate of how much energy is currently in the pack. It is required in order for them to offer the driver an estimated remaining range, but generally speaking, that information is not shared with the driver. Even when there is a state-of-charge indicator on the dash, it is relative to the current pack capacity. An EV that has lost half of its capacity will generally still show a 100% charge on the dash. There a...

Full article: https://pluginamerica.org/buyingausedelectriccar/

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