It’s Time To Talk Electric Cars and Cold Weather… And What REALLY Happens When it Gets Cold

February 5, 2019 10:00 pm Categorised in:

Today, following the most recent Polar Vortex, we’ve started to see stories pop up on both mainstream news sites and specialists blogs talking about electric car range in winter — and how the most recent massively cold spell in North America left many new electric car owners worrying about their car’s usable range.

We’ve had many news outlets try and discuss why range drops in electric cars during winter (it’s not all about heating) but very few have dealt with what the problems are (and how you can mitigate them).

So we’re back to the topic of electric vehicles and cold weather, with a bit of an electrochemical deep-dive into explaining winter battery pack performance.

(If you want to go more in depth, check out Ed Fontes’ essay on the subject at https://www.comsol.com/blogs/why-car-batteries-perform-poorly-in-cold-weather/)

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