Interesting and well done Video.
Just for information --- does the manual give a tow rating for that NIRO ( my Hybrid says "Towing Not Recommended". I called Customer Service and was told towing would not void the warranty UNLESS the failure was due to towing.
In other words a vague answer GROAN, I assume their decision as to whether or not failure caused by towing.
Yes, the manual in the EV model also states "Towing Not Recommended". Either too lazy to get the SAE standardized tow rating, or they just want to upsell their larger vehicles (no different from any other manufacturer). That being said, I bought the Niro because it is the only EV (aside from the Model X) that has a compatible hitch rated for over 2,000lbs. I specifically bought the EV because of the efficiency, but also the fact that it has a single gear reduction transmission, instead of the CVT in the plug-in model. I figured this would be better for towing and transmission reliability!
Originally Posted by Spiritwalker2222
That's reasonable. Usually you hear (if towing is not recommended) that towing will void your entire warranty. Which is a bunch of bull from an uninformed sales rep.
Yes, they will have to directly prove that towing caused the issue. Which is one of the reasons I documented that the Niro did not recognize any "aggressive" driving habits while towing, and actually thought I was driving economically for over 80% of the trip!
Nice! Was fun seeing roads I've been on many times while working in California. I've done the same loop you did several times, and probably for the same reason: no tolls going that route in a clockwise direction. Worth the extra miles for that reason.
Curious if you could maintain or get up to speed on steep hills? I'm thinking specifically of the one entering Marin off of the Golden Gate Bridge. Of course, traffic may not have allowed 55 mph there anyway.
On wheel chirping: reviews I've read or seen (such as Alex on Autos) say the car is software torque reduced at lower speeds. The Kona EV with the same exact same drivetrain has no such restriction and is easy to chirp or spin the front wheels.
Yes you are exactly right. Not only are the tolls expensive, but Fastrak (the toll agency) is a horrendous business and highly unethical. Believe it or not, when I sold my diesel truck this year, they sent toll bills to both myself AND the new owner. Not to mention other horrendous experiences I have had with them.
As for speed/acceleration on that grade after the Golden Gate, this was in the video, but you might have noticed traffic was a little sluggish, so I was indeed going less than 55mph up that grade. If there was no traffic? 55mph no problem, and 100% positive I would be able to accelerate as well. Really impressive. In my preliminary tests I did some 0-5mph tests on a MONSTER grade (probably 20%). Again, traction was the issue, not power, but it still was able to do it! Will demonstrate this in a later video.
Wheelspin - If I change to Sport Mode, the extra pedal responsiveness makes it more likely to spin the tires. But again, only happens at low/medium speeds when really pushing it. If there was an AWD/RWD model, it would be perfect! But I'll deal with the FWD for now