Cold Weather Affects Range: Your Electric Car Won't Go as Far In the Winter

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Brr! When the weather gets cooler, you may find your electric car just won’t go as far.

Just how much does cold weather affect an electric car’s range? Quite a bit, actually.

This graph is made from data collected on the Nissan LEAF and the Chevy Volt and shows how various temperatures affect the average range of each vehicle:

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As you can see on these graphs for the Nissan LEAF and Chevy Volt respectively, some drivers were able to increase their cars’ range by a fair amount even in cold weather by changing their driving style:

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That said, both cars seem to run the best around room temperature – anywhere between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Don’t forget that when you’re out on the roads this winter.

(via Green Car Reports)

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