Uphill In the Snow


Emailed on February 8, 2019 in The Friday Forward

AAA released a study yesterday that found electric cars’ range falls by nearly half on average in temperatures under 20 degrees.

AAA tested five cars: the a 2018 Nissan Leaf, a 2018 BMW i3s, a 2018 Chevy Bolt, a 2017 Tesla Model S 75D, and a 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf. The average loss of range on all the cars was 41 percent in very cold conditions, primarily due to the heating system using up so much power. AAA also measured a corresponding affect in 95-degree heat because of air-conditioner use, but that effect was smaller, or 17 percent of the car’s range.

Link to the study here.

Maybe related? Tesla acquired California-based ultracapacitor and battery manufacturer, Maxwell this week for over $200M.

Sean Steigerwald