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Blizzard was trapped on the highway for 30 hours! Electric cars become "electric dads"

2024-05-27 Update From: AutoBeta NAV: AutoBeta > News >

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According to the latest news from the Central Meteorological Observatory, the Central Meteorological Observatory will continue to issue a blizzard blue warning and a frozen yellow alert at 06:00 on February 6. there will be heavy to heavy snow in southeastern Hubei, southern Anhui, central-western and northern Hunan, northern Jiangxi, western Zhejiang, southeastern Chongqing, and northeastern Guizhou, among which there will be heavy snowfall in northwestern Hunan. Heavy to heavy snow is expected in southern Anhui, northern Jiangxi, western Zhejiang, central and southwestern Hunan and southeastern Xizang from 08:00 on Feb. 7 to 08:00 on Feb. 8.

On the eve of the 2024 Spring Festival holiday, a sudden blizzard hit many parts of the country, leaving many drivers stranded on highways, some of whom only took a few hours to get home, but were stranded on the road for up to three days because of blizzard and traffic jams. According to reports, a car owner trapped on the Xuguang highway said that it was still snowing and a large number of vehicles were stuck on the highway. They had been stuck on the highway for two days and nights and had not moved for seven hours.

At present, expressways in Hubei, Henan and Anhui have been blocked to varying degrees, and have encountered freezing rain or snow, and many car owners have been trapped on the highway returning to their hometown before the Spring Festival for more than 12 hours. The continuous blizzard weather has brought a severe test to electric vehicles, and the disadvantages of electric vehicles have been exposed to the cold wind again. An electric car owner trapped on the highway said, "originally it took only six hours to drive, but now I have been trapped on the highway for nearly 30 hours with a temperature of minus 8 degrees Celsius. Even if you don't drive or turn on the air conditioner, the electricity keeps falling. Can only be wrapped in a quilt in the car."

In recent years, although the mileage of electric vehicles launched by major car companies has been significantly improved, which is basically enough for daily travel, it is not friendly to long-distance high-speed driving, especially holiday travel and grabbing charging stakes occur from time to time. with the approach of the Spring Festival holiday, coupled with the emergence of freezing rain or snowfall, the disadvantages of electric vehicles have been magnified. With the help of blizzard weather, the mileage of electric vehicles has seriously shrunk, and even if they do not drive without air conditioning, the mileage of many electric vehicles will decline in a straight line, which brings great inconvenience to car owners and exposes many problems in the current development of electric vehicles.

It is nothing new that the mileage of electric vehicles is greatly reduced in winter and it is difficult to recharge. In order to improve the battery performance and charging speed of electric vehicles in low temperature environment, car companies have made a lot of efforts.

At the end of last year, Zhi Chedi conducted a winter test of 2023 new energy vehicles in Yakeshi, Inner Mongolia. According to the winter test results, the basic performance of electric vehicles in the market has been gradually improved, battery life, charging time has been significantly improved, but there are still many problems in the extremely cold weather.

In terms of driving success rate (actual driving mileage / official mileage), there are no longer a small number of new energy vehicles with a success rate of less than 50%, such as Jiyue 01, Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV, Cadillac Ruige, Lulai ET5T, AION S, Feifan F7, BYD Seagull, Toyota bZ3, BMW i3, Volkswagen ID.3 and so on. In other words, the range of these models is halved in extremely cold weather, and of course they understand that the weather background of the Chedi test is extremely harsh, but according to the current weather conditions in Hunan, Hubei, Anhui and other regions, the range of pure electric cars still has to be greatly reduced.

On the contrary, the advantage of battery life is still incomparable to that of electric vehicles. Fuel vehicles mostly rely on 80W blower to blow engine heat to the interior of the vehicle for heating, power consumption has little impact on generators that can load more than kilowatts, when the engine is idle or in situ idle state, the average fuel consumption of warm air per hour is about 1.6 litres. In other words, a fuel car with a 55-liter fuel tank can keep heating for 34 hours if it is trapped on a winter highway. And when the vehicle needs to move, 10 liters of fuel can usually provide a range of more than 100 kilometers, and can be perfectly replenished when you find a gas station. Of course, fuel vehicles also have disadvantages, such as ignition difficulties may occur in extremely cold conditions, vehicles are parked outdoors for a long time, and the oil in the engine may not be transported normally, resulting in vehicle ignition difficulties.

According to the latest data from the Federation of passengers, the number of new energy narrow passenger vehicles in 2023 was 7.743 million, an increase of 36.4% over the same period last year, including 5.149 million BEV (pure electric) retail and 2.593 million PHEV (plug-in hybrid) retail. From the comparison of the data, it is not difficult to see that 66% of sales come from pure electric vehicles, and more and more consumers choose to buy new energy vehicles, mainly because some cities restrict the licensing of gasoline vehicles, which is the main influencing factor. Of course, compared with traditional fuel vehicles, the car scenes of most new energy vehicle owners are focused on urban roads, and the cost of new energy vehicles is lower, and at the same time, it is easy to worry about using new energy vehicles, which will easily highlight the advantages of new energy vehicles in daily traffic, but it is a completely different experience after running on the highway, especially in holidays, under the influence of charging difficulties and charging difficulties, battery life anxiety continues to affect car owners. At the same time, it will waste a lot of time.

With the advent of the Spring Festival holiday, especially in the northern areas, the problems of slow charging and difficult charging are becoming more and more prominent. In this context, will you still choose to buy an electric car? Finally, in rainy and snowy weather, we must pay attention to driving safety, highway capacity and field of vision will be reduced, in the driving process to maintain a sufficient distance, do not change lanes to overtake, safely home.

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