AAA Finds 41% Driving Range Drop on EV with Cold Temperatures

Cold Weather Wreaks Havoc with Electric Car Batteries

AAA tested several electric vehicles, including the BMW i3s, Chevrolet Bolt and Nissan Leaf from the 2018 model year, and the 2017 Tesla Model S 75D and Volkswagen e-Golf. All have a range of at least 100 miles per charge. They were tested on a dynamometer, which is like a treadmill, in a climate-controlled cell.

At 20 degrees, the average driving range fell by 12 percent when the car’s cabin heater was not used. But when the heater was turned on, the range dropped by 41 percent, AAA says.

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