Electric Range for the Nissan Leaf & Chevrolet Volt in Cold Weather

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Electric Range for the Nissan Chevrolet Volt in Cold

Back in January we published showing the impact a cold snap was having on the real-world of the Nissan Leaf.

A lot of owners and owners have contacted us to say found the results really  Current owners wanted to if what they were was normal.  And potential wanted to get a level of comfort of to expect.

 And we had a number of to add more data and other

We love getting your  So based on your feedback we ve

2,000 more trips on the Leaf,

Chevrolet Volt data, over 4,000 trips, and

and the range measured for each

All of the results were created FleetCarma real-world vehicle installed on vehicles all across America.

Since the Chevrolet turns on the engine intermittently at below 25 °F (-4 °C), only with ambient temperatures that threshold could be in the graph for EV range. The use of the engine heat the cabin which is for the driver, but prevents us from those trips in our data

A second follow-up post discuss the Volt s overall efficiency as temperature changes and include logged trips to -13 °F (-25°C).

Chevrolet Volt EV Range in Weather

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Leaf Range In Cold

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Interested in the of the driver/user, we also extracted the range achieved at each of the and plotted those along the average values.

As can be seen in the the maximum ranges (green have available ranges above the average.  These could have been by gentle drivers taking to utilize regenerative braking as as possible, on clear roads. drivers also could seen their range by preheating or cooling the cabin the vehicle was still plugged in.

both graphs indicate is there is a sweet spot drivers see the best electric between 60-75 °F (15-24  There is no doubt that has a measurable affect on the range of an vehicle.  What many and fleets must keep in is that there is a great of operator control and many and tactics can be taken to increase an vehicle s range in warm or conditions.

To put some concrete numbers on

Best range logged on a Leaf @ 32 °F was 106 miles = 170 km)

Average  range on a Nissan Leaf @ 32 °F was 64 (0°C = 102 km)

Best logged on a Chevrolet Volt @ was 38 miles (0°C = 62 km)

Average  range logged on a Volt @ 32 °F was 26 miles = 42 km)

The key take-away: temperature has a significant on range, but the driver holds a lot of over exactly how big that is.

Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Cold Weather Range

And for that like comparisons, is the average range for both the and Volt on the same plot. trips below 25 °F (-4 °C) are not shown for the since the engine is intermittently on below that threshold.

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Peugeot iOn


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