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Dear Mike:

To the brainiacs at the American Automobile Association after seeing the headline in the Feb. 7 Daily Bulletin that read, “Cold weather cuts electric car range.”

Cold temperatures can sap electric car batteries, temporarily reducing their range by more than 40 percent when interior heaters are used, a new study by the AAA found.

The range returns to normal in more comfortable temperatures. Many owners discovered the range limitations when much of the U.S. was in the grips of a polar vortex.

Give the authors of the study the corner office. Hopefully, the study was available to our current federal government, including Environment minister Catherine McKenna and our prime minister, Justin Trudeau.

These two would like us all driving electric cars and don't seem to realize that in Canada, we have winter with (surprise) cold temperatures.

This study is similar to some of the stuff Ontario Hydro was sending us a few years ago, like: “Turn the lights off to save money” (turning off electrical devices saves power?) I never knew. This was in rocket scientist territory.

Are there other ways the common person can save money? How about “not driving saves gas" or "don't turn on the water.” This is getting out of the realm of simple comprehension.

It seems as though the American Automobile Association will need a much bigger building to house all the brainiacs.

Thank you for allowing me this space in the newspaper.

Signed,

David M. Bourgeault

Fort Frances, Ont.

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