I was just wondering if anyone had experience with the operation of a
NiMH Force in a hot summer climate (90+ degrees Fahrenheit, ambient)?
I was contemplating acquiring a NiMH Force, but I am concerned that
the batteries will lose significant life if operated in our hot
summer weather. We get high temperatures routinely in the 90s here,
with occasional days in the 100s (with fairly high relative humidity
as well, if that matters). We get stretches where even the low
temperatures just barely dip below 80F. Solectria tells me that
there is no cooling/AC in the battery box, so would I be cooking the
batteries to operate (and charge) the vehicle under these conditions?
I've done an extensive web search on the thermal characteristics of
NiMH batteries, but I haven't found anything conclusive. Solectria
has not been especially helpful, except to say that battery cooling
is accomplished only with a battery box fan. In fact, Solectria
referred me to you. Any help would be appreciated even if you are
just pointing me to other resources.
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