Will electric vehicles (EVs) still work once the weather gets cold? The answer is yes! Electric vehicles will absolutely continue to work in the winter through the snow and through cold temperatures. All gasoline or electric vehicles lose some efficiency in the cold weather, but many EVs come with tips, packages, and snow tires to retain as much battery range as possible.
The first thing you can do to extend the battery life of your car in the winter is to turn the heat on while the car is still plugged in. The heat we turn on in a gasoline powered vehicle is wasted energy coming from the inefficient nature of an internal combustion engine. EVs don’t have any of this waste heat because there is no explosive reaction happening so the heat for your vehicle needs to be generated right from the battery. Heat your car (or heat your seats) while your vehicle is still plugged in so that you can still leave your home with a full charge. If you have a smart phone, you can start the heat from a smart phone application that connects to your car. Some vehicles have cars have the capability to start the heat at a set time as you would do for your thermostat. Heating the vehicle is important in warming up the battery, which will get those electrons moving around more quickly and also extending the range.
The second thing you can do is include a winter package with your vehicle. Some vehicles, such as the Nissan LEAF and Chevy Volt have offered a winter package with their vehicles. The winter package conserves consists of a temperature management system for the vehicle's battery pack, heated front and rear seats, steering wheel, and outside mirrors. Heat is conserved when you focus it directly on teh places you want to heat first rather than releasing to heat the entire cabin of the uninsulated car.
Most people do not drive before roads are plowed, but if you are someone who might have to, a third measure you can take to weatherize your vehicle is to get snow tires. Snow tires work on EVs just as the work on other modern vehicles and are a wise action to take if you expect to be driving through active snow. Even if you have snow tires please drive with extreme caution if you plan to drive in snowy conditions.
Electric vehicle (EV) adoption in Norway is currently the best in the world, with EVs making up 22% of the new vehicle market share. That is more than 14 times what it is in the United States. A Norwegian winter averages about 30 degrees Fahrenheit, which is almost exactly the winter average for Boston. States like Vermont and Colorado, known for their cold weather and woodsy terrain can also boast successful electric vehicle adoption programs (see Drive Electric Vermont and Drive Electric Northern Colorado). There is no reason that New England winters need to get in the way of this transportation movement.
If you are ready to take a test drive in an electric vehicle and see what they are all about, visit www.BraintreeDrivesElectric.com/test-drive or call 781-303-4994 today.