People seem to keep forgetting that EVs probably aren't the ideal vehicle for very cold climates.
That is an easily preventable and even somewhat rare problem. I've hopped in my friends 24 Valve Cummins on a -30 degree day and it fired... eventually. If you have winter mix diesel, you should be fairly good to go. If you are dealing with real cold and are worried about fuel jelling, put some additives in it. The people in the Northern Territories of Canada make it work somehow.I've had to postpone a few jobs because the diesel fuel had jelled the night before. The batteries in the trucks weren't the immediate problem.
I think the people that can't get access to electricity (loggers for example) keep them running 24/7. I'm not so sure that the guys who can plug them in keep them running. The new trucks are better at starting in the cold but I don't think they can do anything for jelling (could be wrong. I'm not a diesel expert by any means). I knew a guy with a 7.3 Powerstroke and that thing was miserable to get started in the cold. The newer trucks are pretty good at getting going from what I've seen.I imagine the newer diesels are better than the older trucks we were dealing with. Don't the remote Arctic guys keep the trucks running 24/7 because of the cold?
I watched a documentary where there's a town where it's common to keep all vehicles running most of the day. They either had to be garaged at night, or run block heaters when left to sit more than a couple of hours. This was for gasoline engine vehicles. Diesels were rare because of the extreme cold. People would go to the market, and you'd see an entire line of empty vehicles, all sitting there, idling...I imagine the newer diesels are better than the older trucks we were dealing with. Don't the remote Arctic guys keep the trucks running 24/7 because of the cold?
With regard to the Tesla article, is it any surprise that a piece of machinery might have trouble in the extreme cold?
Electricity from a battery is a chemical reaction. Chemical reactions are slowed down by low temperature and speed up with higher temperatures...., but I didn't realize that lithium had a liquid that could freeze... Maybe it's just the cold slowing down the reaction. Going to have to look into this.
I think with the Prius you're at an advantage since you have the ICE as well as the battery possibly?