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What's the Charge?

•, By eric

That was the month I was sent three EeeeeVeeees to evaluate, beginning with the Ford Lightning pickup, followed by the Mach e "Mustang" and concluding with the Mercedes EQS.

As it happened, the latter two arrived during the coldest snap we've had in my area in several years, with night-time temps close to (and sometimes below) zero and daytime temps not much higher.

As I discovered – as many discovered – EeeeeVeeees like the cold like Pfizer likes the truth about its "vaccines." Range plummeted – even when the things weren't being driven, if they weren't left plugged in when parked. The charge being depleted as they sat because – unlike non-electric cars – EeeeeeVeees aren't off when they are parked. Electricity-using accessories – specifically, the heating (and cooling) systems for the battery – remain on, in order to maintain the battery at a temperature neither too cold nor too hot. This being necessary to assure the battery can be charged – and isn't damaged.

But that takes power – electricity. If the EV isn't suckling it from its tether, it is depleting it from its charge. Thus, you wake up with less range.

So, it is almost necessary to keep the EV perpetually tethered – and so perpetually suckling.

The charge for this turns out to be astounding.

My monthly power bill is typically around $95-$120 – which it is because we don't use a lot of power-sapping devices. We heat with wood and (as a back-up) propane. So it's mostly low-draw stuff such as lights, with the majority of the draw probably being accounted for by the 'fridge and the microwave and the washer/dryer.

But then I plugged in three new devices – those EeeeeeeeVeeeees. And these devices sucked so much power that my utility bill for December more than doubled. In fact, it almost tripled.

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