Freezing temperatures take up to 40% toll on electric car range, study finds: Page 2 of 2

February 08, 2019 // By Julien Happich
Recent research from the AAA (American Automobile Association) revealed that the use of heating and air conditioning systems in electric vehicles causes a substantial drop in their driving range under freezing temperatures.

Previous AAA research has found that interest in electric vehicles continues to gain momentum with 20 percent of drivers saying they would likely go green when considering their next vehicle purchase. There are some precautions electric vehicle owners can take during colder and hotter times of year to help offset potential reductions in driving range.

AAA recommends drivers to plan ahead. When drivers are aware of the weather conditions before heading out, they can plan for more frequent stops for charging as well as identify the location of charging stations. Make time to “pre-heat” or cool down the inside of the vehicle while still connected to the charger. This will reduce the demand on the vehicle’s battery to regulate cabin temperature at the onset of driving. If possible, park the vehicle in a garage to help stabilize cabin temperature.


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