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The cold hard truth about electric vehicles in winter

Interesting analysis of EVs and how they compare to their claimed range in both hot and cold temperatures. 6 out of 14 models features meet or exceed their claims in warmer temperatures but all fall short in the cold.

I don't think this is ground-breaking news, ICE cars have always been generous with their claimed range, but range anxiety just isn't a thing with them thanks to the existing and comprehensive architecture.

What's most interesting to me is that the worst three (and by some distance), are three American manufacturers and a 9 year German model.

  • In Norway — where half of all new cars are plug-ins — tests show that EVs lose about 20% of their driving range and take longer to charge in cold temperatures, according to the Norwegian Automobile Federation.
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  • Start the vehicle while it's plugged in to allow the battery to warm up. “The key is warming that battery up," Dickson said. "That pre-conditioning helps so much because it gets it to a temperature level that works efficiently.

I didn't know about the option to start the car when it was plugged in, it had occurred to me recently that that might not be desirable given you don't want to leave with the cord attached, but that's probably an easier conversation for the car to have with itself to make sure that's not an issue.

Posted 4th Mar 2022 @ 14:06

Singer Porsche 911 Turbo

Absolutely stunning from Singer.

Posted 10th Feb 2022 @ 16:27

MacOS Widgets Deserve Better

Nick Heer points out that there were once grand plans for macOS widgets:

At WWDC 2007, when Steve Jobs announced the “sweet solution” for iPhone apps, Dashcode was envisioned as a way to build those web apps. The idea was that developers could take their existing Mac OS X widget and convert it to work as an iPhone web app.

I do not remember this from the iPhone launch at all. I do remember Apple talking about new features for the web which gave you the ability to run a website as if it was an app. It really looked like PWAs were going to take off, but there was a real clamour for native apps and Apple opened the floodgates a year later.

Posted 3rd Feb 2022 @ 10:02

How GPS works

In-depth and beautifully illustrated description of how GPS actually works. The illustrations are interactive too. You can adjust the positioning of the character, move the sliders and rotate the surface to angles that work for you.

Posted 20th Jan 2022 @ 08:56

Hyundai Grandeur EV

Love this retro-futuristic car, both inside and out, it looks fantastic.

Posted 19th Jan 2022 @ 13:22

Demo of the rumoured new pill-shaped notch for the iPhone 14

If this is true, sounds like a Pro feature to me. Love the simplicity of this demo. if you have a Face ID iPhone, open this photo and turn your phone upside down. That's what the next generation of iPhone might look like.

Posted 10th Jan 2022 @ 14:32

Sony's Vision-S concept

Sony first talked about it's Vision-S concepts in 2020 and 18 months later they're looking to take it all more seriously.

What strikes me the most about this concept series of cars is the interior. I'm looking for a new car at the moment and most interiors are awful. There's no other way to put it. Sony really have something with theirs.

Although, I'm not a fan of exposed cup holders in the centre console. The best interiors have them hidden.

Posted 10th Jan 2022 @ 09:30

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