DaveMiller
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Driving in Snow

Sun Dec 15, 2013 4:47 am

Having lived in Illinois and Iowa all my life, I consider myself an experienced winter driver. I have owned and driven 4x4 trucks tens of thousands of miles through snow on slippery roads. I no longer own a 4x4 and yesterday, I woke up to about 6 inches of wet heavy snow here in central Illinois. I drove my I-Miev on un-plowed streets for the first time yesterday. There were no drifts and the snow depth was just barely below the I-Miev’s ground clearance. To be honest, I was amazed how well those skinny tires cut a path. This car did incredibly well in that mess. It miss my truck less today and love my I-Miev more. These are great cars to own.

PV1
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Re: Driving in Snow

Sun Dec 15, 2013 12:34 pm

The skinny tires on the i-MiEV help it go so well in snow. A smaller contact patch increases pressure, which allows the tires to sink in and bite the road. Fat tires ride on top of the snow and essentially hydroplane.

You want the exact opposite when driving on sand. ;)
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MLucas
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Re: Driving in Snow

Sun Dec 15, 2013 6:37 pm

The ASC and 600 lbs of batteries don't hurt either. ;)

Like Dylan...I went electric.

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Re: Driving in Snow

Sat Dec 28, 2013 6:25 am

After these last few weeks of 'interesting' winter weather in the US and Canada, I've been waiting for some iMiEV anecdotes...
EVs: 2 Wht/Blu SE Prem., '13 Tesla MS85, 3 156v CorbinSparrows (2 Li-ion), 24v EcoScoot(LiFePO4)
EV Conv: 156v '86 Ram PU, 144v '65 Saab 96
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blownb310
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Re: Driving in Snow

Sat Dec 28, 2013 6:33 am

Me too, I'm a big winter driving enthusiast. I'd love to see some pics of i-Miev's in the snow. Also pics of the winter tire packages as well.
Mike

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Kuuuurija
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Re: Driving in Snow

Sat Dec 28, 2013 12:05 pm

blownb310 wrote:I'd love to see some pics of i-Miev's in the snow.


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PV1
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Re: Driving in Snow

Sat Dec 28, 2013 5:43 pm

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ud3th6sgaqnjv ... 060326.jpg
https://www.dropbox.com/s/wnkh2qbqpoeyb ... 064557.jpg

What happened in the second picture with the blue MiEV? Somebody hit him?
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blownb310
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Re: Driving in Snow

Sat Dec 28, 2013 5:58 pm

Great snow pics guys!

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This car definitely has winter tires on it. They look like Blizzaks.
Mike

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Kuuuurija
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Re: Driving in Snow

Sat Dec 28, 2013 6:03 pm

PV1 wrote:https://www.dropbox.com/s/ud3th6sgaqnjv1t/20131112_060326.jpg
https://www.dropbox.com/s/wnkh2qbqpoeyb ... 064557.jpg

What happened in the second picture? Somebody t-bone him?


Traffic accident happened in Saaremaa (the largest island here). The driver of the i-Miev lost her control over the car and it collided with VW Passat, that was heading to the opposite direction. The iMiev belongs to the Kuressaare Hospital. Source: http://www.saartehaal.ee/2013/02/12/esimene-elektriautoavarii-saaremaal-fotod/

Some more pics of iMievs in the snow:
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FiddlerJohn
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Re: Driving in Snow

Sat Dec 28, 2013 8:07 pm

Kuuuurija wrote: ... Some more pics of iMievs in the snow...

Kuuuurija,
Thank you for the wonderful photographs.

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