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  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car after snowfall, Glacier National Park [photo: D Gadotti]

    The arrival of the first affordable long-range electric car on the market has naturally led some owners to push the car in a way that they might not do with a plug-in car offering just 80 miles of battery range. The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, EPA-rated at 238 miles combined, removes most daily range anxiety and allows owners to cover predictable commutes for several days before plugging in, if they choose. But what about more strenuous usage? Our reader D Gadotti of Western Canada put a white Bolt EV through its paces in some of the snowiest weather any electric car may have seen. What follows...

  • 2016 Chevrolet Volt testing on snow surface [screen capture from teaser video]
    2016 Chevrolet Volt: Another Video Teaser, This One On Snow And Ice

    Can the upcoming 2016 Chevrolet Volt manage to propel itself on what looks like an inch or two of snow? Why, yes, actually, it can. In fact, the new Volt appears to behave just as any other front-wheel-drive car would on a similar surface. DON'T MISS: UPDATED: 2016 Chevrolet Volt To Launch In...

  • Yvon Martel's MTT-136 electric tracked sled
    Is This The World's Most Capable, Adaptable Electric Vehicle?

    Modern electric cars are nice enough, but ask them to climb a snowy bank or forge through a forest and we suspect you'd quickly find their limitations. For truly tough conditions, you need something a little more adaptable--but there's no reason you should sacrifice electric propulsion to do so...

  • 2013 Honda Fit EV drive event, Pasadena, CA, June 2012
    Electric Honda Fit EV Goes Ice-Racing Against Old Two-Stroke Saab

    Given the recent cold snap, spending a day deliberately driving around on ice might not seem that appealing. Others, such as those from the Adirondack Motor Enthusiast Club, like nothing more than to take to a frozen lake in their cars. But this past weekend they got to compete against a sort of...

  • The Tesla Model S in winter testing.
    How To Drive On Ice, Tesla Model S-Style

    Mention snow and ice in relation to electric vehicles, and many people will first think of the impact of cold weather on driving range. It's true that driving range will decrease in cold weather in most electric vehicles, but the way the car drives is important too. For the Tesla Model S driver in...

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf winter test
    Electric Cars In The Winter: Ultimate Guide

    Winter is well and truly here for many of us now, particularly in more northerly regions. It brings with it not just snow, cold weather and a little extra danger on the roads, but also an added dose of anxiety for electric car owners. Cold weather can play havoc with range, particularly when using...

  • Electric car drivers in Helsinki. Image: electrictraffic.fi

    We've all heard stories about woefully low range from electric cars in icy climates, but just how suited are EVs to very cold conditions? That's what a bunch of Finnish electric car owners decided to find out, led by Finland's Electric Traffic program. Nine electric vehicles participated in a winter drive from Helsinki Olympic Stadium, to Senate Square in front of Helsinki cathedral. In temperatures of minus 20 degrees celsius (-4 Fahrenheit), cars like the 2011 Nissan Leaf, three Peugeot iOns (the French company's re-badged Mitsubishi "i"), a Mercedes-Benz Vito E-CELL van and a Toyota Prius...

  • E-Ride EXV2
    Electric Cars Tested in Antarctica For Ultimate Cold Weather Test

    It’s a well-known fact that just like humans, electric cars work best in temperate climates. But what is the coldest temperature an electric car needs to be operational in? And just how do you test that? While we’ve proven that cars like the 2011 Tesla Roadster can more than adequately...

  • 2010 Tesla Roadster Sport 2.5 Cold Weather Testing
    Electric Cars Can’t Handle Cold Weather? Myth Busted

    We’re big fans of Mythbusters here at AllCarsElectric and love busting some of our own myths. So we decided to test a myth we hear time and time again: electric cars can’t go very far in the Winter when in-cabin electric heating zaps the power from the battery pack. We put on our...