March 28, 2014

Auto Briefs

Cold, heat shorten EV battery range; RV maker adds workers to meet demand



Temperature affects range of EV batteries
Testing by auto club AAA has found that how far an electric vehicle can travel on one charge varies widely depending on the weather. Frigid temperatures can reduce that distance by more than 50 percent. AAA tested three cars for city driving to mimic stop-and-go traffic: a 2013 Nissan Leaf, a 2012 Mitsubishi iMiEV and the electric version of a 2014 Ford Focus. The average EV battery range in AAA's test was 105 miles at 75 degrees but dropped by more than half to just 43 miles at 20 degrees.
Heat also shortened the cars' ranges, but by less. The cars averaged 69 miles per full charge at 95 degrees, about one-third less than in 75-degree weather. The research is important to AAA because it maintains mobile recharging trucks for people who misjudge how far they can go in their electric car.
Los Angeles Times

Rising demand: RV maker ups production
The Grand Design RV factory in Middlebury, Ind., is adding workers over the next several months for a third production line. The company says it is increasing production to meet growing demand for its fifth-wheel towable RV. Numerous RV-related companies have been adding jobs in northern Indiana as the industry continues to rebound from the recession.
The Associated Press


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