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EV Profiler compares your driving needs to an EV's capabilities

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August 22, 2011

The EV Profiler is a driving data recorder, that lets users know how specific electric veh...

The EV Profiler is a driving data recorder, that lets users know how specific electric vehicles would be able to meet their present driving needs

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You may have heard people saying that most electric vehicles have plenty of range for an average driver's daily needs, but ... how does that apply to you? It would definitely be disappointing to purchase an EV, only to discover that your driving habits are significantly more taxing that what is considered "average." What would be good is if there was some sort of device that you could attach to your existing car, that would observe your driving habits, then tell you how a certain make and model of EV would stand up to those demands. That device, it turns out, exists in the form of the EV Profiler driving data recorder.

Instead of having to buy a Profiler, the idea is that prospective buyers of electric cars will rent one either from the EV Profiler company itself, or from a local auto dealer.

The gadget itself mounts with a suction cup to the inside of the windshield, and plugs into the vehicle's power port. Utilizing a variety of internal sensors, it then proceeds to log how far you drive, how fast you accelerate and cruise, the amount of time you spend going up- and downhill, how much you stop-and-go, and other factors that would influence the range of an EV. It actually started out as an app, but it was found that the sensors in smartphones were insufficient for its purposes.

The Profiler uploads the logged information to the company's servers every night, where an online profile is maintained for each user. Along with daily reports, at the end of a predetermined test period (typically about a week), you will receive an emailed final report outlining how the EV of your choice would be able to handle your driving needs.

An example of a user report generated by the EV Profiler

Not only would that report tell you much juice the battery would have left after your daily drive, but you could also use it to determine how often you would need to charge the battery, what strength of charger you would require, how varying factors such as traffic might affect your range, how much money you would save on fuel, and how other models of EV would compare.

The EV Profiler will reportedly rent for US$25 a week, or $82 per month.

Source: Dvice

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Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away.   All articles by Ben Coxworth
4 Comments

That is a good idea..... practical - the pre purchase data logger that enables sensible decisions to be made, prior to ones purchase.

Mr Stiffy
22nd August, 2011 @ 07:07 pm PDT

snicker, Mr. Stiffy please send me $82.00 a month I will predict your range as accurately as this thing wait for $50.00 a month in an EV, just let me google your begin and end addresses, I know how you drive, go pedal and stop pedal, nothing in between right?

Bill Bennett
22nd August, 2011 @ 11:27 pm PDT

The EV Profiler rental will tell me which EV is best? And what exactly does that mean? Does it mean which EV is least inconvenient, least cost prohibitive? Is any EV cheaper than an ICE? For example, Is there a payback period for the premium?

It's my understanding that a better battery is needed, not in theory, but in production. Over the decades I have read of a dozen "major" breakthroughs that promise to make the EV competitive. I am still waiting and wondering why the fundamental platform changes such as light weighting and aerodynamic design are non existent. Why should the battery have to overcome outdated ICE design? Has anyone ever asked the auto industry this?

voluntaryist
23rd August, 2011 @ 07:16 am PDT

The EV manufacturers should give these out for free to customers who take a test drive...

Hamish Mcleod
23rd August, 2011 @ 08:00 am PDT
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