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Electric Car Range in Winter, European Perspective

By Laurent J. · January 09, 2014

Leaf driving in winter.

is a bad winter, in the U.S. and in Europe. The weather is making headlines, and the on television is showing people terrible cold. So how do EVs manage to with these difficult

Not so bad, as Norway proves.

freezing northern country is EVs have the highest share of the new car market. Admittedly, this is not a market-driven choice, as the tax structure in makes EVs half the price as cars. But it shows that cars can cope with the

Yes, I have personally a 20 percent drop in range, driving a Nissan LEAF the Mediterranean Sea, and an identical in Oslo. The car tested in the south was on tires, while the one driven in the had winter tires. This can reduce range by 10 percent most EVs are sold with low rolling resistance tires (in Of course, I had the heater on when in Norway.


The temperature was about zero Celsius.

On some forums, are tough hardcore EV drivers who are to tell everybody how they in full winter gear, gloves, hats, and ski coats to their range. But that be a good solution. The electric car has to be to the average guy, and in 2014, expect to be kept warm their cars.

Engineers have found a way to reduce heating consumption, preheating, where the cabin is while the car’s charging, but still need of information their expected range driving in the cold, and this is the German magazine Auto has been helpful. It’s a magazine, and its first edition of the provides an extensive article EVs during in winter driving. The took five cars to the Valley, in the Austrian Alps, it’s appropriately cold, them all with winter and tested their range.

What did they learn?

Bild cover.

The Renault Zoe has an advertised driving range of 130 couldn’t do more than miles in the snowy Alps. The i-MiEV drove 38 miles, like the BMW i3. The Nissan LEAF 42.9 miles, and the Tesla S won the comparison test with a of 128.5 miles.

Auto easily concluded that the is the best EV to drive in severe conditions, but this shouldn’t be a as everybody says it’s the best EV to drive in the summer as

This test shows the reduces an EV’s range by than 50 percent. That’s bad but that gas cars are even they don’t even when it’s too cold. The could improve a little better battery insulation, and efficient heating systems.

EV drivers shouldn’t worry too about long winter Driving season has always summer, and nobody expects to change. In some cities now, it’s so bad that and schools are closed.

No matter what car you own, just spend less driving around in these conditions.

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