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Winter temps decimate EV driving range says AAA

AAA says that driving range for EVs is over 50% less in freezing temps

| Business, Politics & Money News | Posted: Mar 21, 2014 2:03 pm

There are many people out there this winter who can attest that living in a climate that gets really cold and has lots of snow can be bad for your mood and productivity. Lot of folks have dealt with record setting winter storms and cold temperatures for months now. If you live in these cold areas and have an electric vehicle, the weather is doubly bad for you.

 

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AAA has released the results of a study that looks at the driving range of an EV in winter temperatures compared to more moderate temperatures. According to the study, an EV that can drive 105 miles per charge in 75-degree weather will only be able to go 43 miles when it's below freezing.

 

AAA says that its study shows driving range with temperatures of around 20-degrees are 57% shorter than when its 75-degrees out. The study also found that hot weather affects driving range, but not as much as cold weather. With most EVs in the country sold in temperate Southern California, I guess many don't have to worry about this.

 

I'd like to see specific numbers for how the battery packs in the EVs are affected by high temperatures. I live in Texas and we can go months above 100-degrees in the summer.

NEWS SOURCES:Jalopnik.com

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