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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Cold weather drops Leaf, Volt range by up to 20 miles

Electric cars may or may not be great - the topic will be discussed at the Jan. 15 Science Cafe in Nashua - but they're definitely greater when it's around 60 to 70 degrees outside, and less great in weather like outside right now (snowing, barely double-digit temperatures), because cold weather can make battery range fall by up to 20 miles.

That's according to a study done by a firm in Canada (where else?), as reported in Green Car Reports.

The article is quite interesting, including this comment about the opposite problem:

Fast degradation of the air-cooled Nissan Leaf battery pack in a small number of extremely high-temperature locations, especially Phoenix, Arizona, is leading the world's highest-volume electric-car company toward deploying a more heat-tolerant battery chemistry as early as next spring.

Of course, anybody who chooses to live in Phoenix, a climate unsuited for mammalian existence, deserves whatever they get.