I find that I start developing two distinct driving patterns, now that I have
been in EVs for several years
After having driven gas cars for several decades.
In an ICE I will essentially always carefully depress the throttle except in
an emergency, as I am always conscious about the wear and tear
That I will place on an engine when I floor it. (Not everyone is aware, I live
near one of the entrances to my neighborhood and I hear always
The same people Floor it and race their engines, even though local speed limit
is 15 MPH and they can only go a short distance before braking again....
The other driving pattern is when I am in an EV, I might still be easy on the
accelerator when I anticipate I will not be quicker when I go fast,
For example a traffic light in the distance that I know the cycle of, but I am
much more tempted to accelerate near full throttle to my target speed
As the difference in wear and efficiency is very small on modern parts
(Lead-acid was always sagging badly, but the Lithium pack only drops a few
Percent when I floor it) so I am more tempted to drive it in "Sports" mode,
even with my S10 truck.
From: EV [mailto:ev-boun...@lists.evdl.org] On Behalf Of Robert Bruninga via EV
Sent: Tuesday, May 02, 2017 12:52 PM
To: Electric Vehicle Discussion List
Subject: [EVDL] Flooring it...
In giving people test drives in my new (2013) volt, I just realizewd something.
I tell people to FLOOR it, even in the neighborhood just to feel the
acceleration. But they are very hesitant even though I only want them to feel
the acceperation for a second or two, not to achieve high speed.
But we are so used to the NOISE that a gas car makes when we floor it, that we
are self conscious about the noise and the adverse attention that “flooring it”
would bring in an inappropriate situation.
But with the EV, there is NO NOISE. So even a bystander would not notice
Anyway, just an observation about human nature (and how we have unconscious
conceptions from a century of gas guzzlers that we don’t realize are so much a
part of us.)
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