Have you ever think of what if Proton X50 is an electric car? If you’re not yet familiar with electric mobility, ask yourself some essential questions before signing up for a connected car.
Here is a list which forms as many tracks to develop by you so that the experience of the electrified Proton X50 is conclusive. Most of these points have been addressed in more than once.
1. It’s your needs that determine whether you should by Proton X50
If the Renault Zoe is the most sold electric car, it is not necessarily the most adapted to your use or the most economical for you.
Compare the offers of the manufacturers, try a maximum of different models, especially for the Proton X50. Ask about your real needs in autonomy and on the use that you want to make of your electrified Proton X50.
2. The electrified version might have weaknesses
Depending on your needs, the known weaknesses on Proton X50 of electric cars can be blocking or irrelevant in your project of use. It is still necessary to know these negative points. The ideal would be to take knowledge after the test of a X50 Proton, by crossing the information collected on the Net, including via user forums.
Sensitivity to strong lateral wind for Citroën C-ZiMiOn (Citroën C-Zero, Mitsubishi i-MiEV and Peugeot iOn), decrease in fast charging power during long trips with the Nissan Leaf 2, obligation to maintain at about 60 ° C the temperature of the Bolloré Bluecar and Citroën E-Méhari batteries, etc.
3. The announced autonomy is not the real autonomy for Proton X50
For years, the autonomy legally announced by manufacturers is based on the NEDC cycle too optimistic. To obtain the range of action you can expect under the right conditions of use (warm temperatures, storms and elevations, etc.), remove about 20% of the figures officially released for Proton X50.
The New European Driving Cycle (NECD) standard will gradually give way in the professional jargon to the more realistic Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP).
4. Eco-driving promotes autonomy
For maximum autonomy, practice and develop your eco-driving skills at the wheel of X50. Anticipation, regularity of pace, recovery of energy at deceleration and braking when available, choice of the route for the least energy-consuming, driving under the shelter of a truck, over-stretching tires from 0.1 to 0 , 3 bars, window little or moderately open to avoid parachute effect, etc.
5. Autonomy is seriously diminished in winter
The addition of consumers in winter service (heating, outdoor lighting, etc.), but also a certain laziness of lithium technology to operate under low temperatures, can reduce by 30, 40, 50% and even more autonomy of an electric car, especially for Proton X50.
Time spent in traffic jams is an aggravating factor. A heat pump, or even an additional (thermal) device in place of a heating element, minimizes the pheno
menon. Additional eco-driving efforts can partially erase the problem.
6. Lithium-ion polymer batteries are more resistant to cold
In the opinion of regular users of Proton X50 equipped with particularly well protected lithium-ion polymer packs (Kia Soul EV, Hyundai Ioniq, etc.). This technology is less sensitive to winter cold, which translates into a lower loss of energy while driving the Proton X50.
7. The autonomy of Proton X50 increases gradually
Many electric passenger car manufacturers are exploiting technological advances in lithium-ion cells to increase battery capacity to a greater or lesser extent. This is also the case for Proton X50.
8. A range extender to have only one Proton X50 at home
There is only the Proton X50 that can today receive (optional) this equipment yet very useful. It is a small gasoline engine that can charge the traction battery when it is almost empty.
It allows to carry out if necessary distances much longer than usual as the X50 Proton being animated by the electric motor. Called rex (range extender), this device has already decided many electromobilians to choose this electric car.
9. Maximum power of the terminal and effective charging power
Dealers are not always very clear with customers when it comes to talking about charging in the public space. Sometimes, they suggest that an electric car equipped for the 50 kW high-speed terminal can also operate an accelerated terminal at its maximum, that is to say 22 kW of power. And that is what you should think of for the Proton X50.
It’s a mistake to believe it, because everything depends on the onboard chargers. Many VEs designed for fast charging will, outside of this possibility, be content with a slow recharge on type E / F (possibly reinforced). Others, with an additional 7 kW charger, will be able to operate the accelerated terminals, but not beyond about 6.6 kW.
10. Hotels, restaurants, campgrounds and shopping centers equipped with terminals
More and more establishments that welcome the public are equipped with terminals, some taking advantage of the charging at destination that car makers develops especially in hotels, restaurants, casinos and well-located commercial areas. The equipment can also be provided to accommodate electric cars of other brands. If this is not the case, it is often doubled with other infrastructures for the refueling of a larger number of connected models. Before a holiday or for a holiday, you should find spots that help with Proton X50 mobility