Winter operation

In winter, the range of an electric car can be reduced by up to 30 per cent in low temperatures. A lot of energy is lost when a cold car needs to warm up, especially if this happens several times a day. During winter use, for example, the vehicle heating, seat heating and steering wheel heating also need additional energy. The smaller the battery, the faster this extra energy consumption has an impact on the car’s range.

Winter operation

Winter operation

In winter, the range of an electric car can be reduced by up to 30 per cent in low temperatures. A lot of energy is lost when a cold car needs to warm up, especially if this happens several times a day. During winter use, for example, the vehicle heating, seat heating and steering wheel heating also need additional energy. The smaller the battery, the faster this extra energy consumption has an impact on the car’s range. Following just a few tips will help drivers to get through the winter without a problem, however. One solution, for example, is a heat pump that uses the waste heat generated by the electric drive for heating. More and more electric vehicles have a heat pump on board as standard, and in most cases it can also be retrofitted.

A conservative, energy-saving driving style pays off especially in winter. Those who can charge their battery at home have the option of using an app to preheat the car. This means that the vehicle is not only fully charged in the morning, but also already warm without any energy needed for this while driving. And once on the road, the seat heating doesn’t have to be set to the highest level. The charging process is faster, incidentally, if the car is in a garage and not outdoors in sub-zero temperatures.

 

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