DailyTech reports some early adopters of the BMW Mini E learned the hard way that the batteries of these electric cars don't perform well in cold weather. The car has a range of 150 miles under optimal conditions, but in cold weather the range drops under 90 miles.
Weather is yet another problem for virtually all EVs approaching the market, save perhaps expensive models like the Tesla Roadster. In the cold the Mini Es' range -- already less than half that of a gas vehicle -- drops even more, to 80 miles or less. Comments Robert Hooper, 44, a computer manager from New Jersey and Mini E leaser, "I was shocked. I'm nervous."
Timothy Gill, 59, a software engineer from Maplewood, N.J., had his Mini E towed after it ran out of charge on a cold winter day. He blogged, "Towed! After only 87.8 miles. . . . Sheesh!"