BYD Chevrolet Coda Fisker GEM Mitsubishi Nissan Peapod Tesla Wheego ZAP ZENN
Related Articles
What are the Safety Standards for Electric Cars?
How do Electric Cars Work?
Electric Car Range Demystified
Top 10 reasons to own an Electric Car
What is a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle?
Electric Cars in Cold Climates
Insuring an Electric Car
Electric Car Benefits By State
What are the different types of Electric Car Battery Technologies?
Welcome to the World of Electric Drag Racing

Electric Car Cold Weather Effects

How do Electric Cars operate in Cold Weather Climates?

Written by Bryan Johannsen

Electric Cars in the ColdWhen you live in an area that gets extremely cold during the winter purchasing any car is not as simple a task as it is in warmer areas. Cold batteries won't turn over the engine, engine coolant can freeze and so on.

With an electric car the problem of engine coolant freezing and cracking the block isn't a concern but extreme cold has an effect on the batteries that power electric cars.

All batteries deliver their power via a chemical reaction inside the battery that releases electrons. When the temperature drops the chemical reactions happen more slowly and the battery cannot produce the same current that it can at room temperature. A change of ten degrees can sap 50% of a battery's output. In some situations the chemical reactions will happen so slowly and give so little power that the battery will appear to be dead when in fact if it is warmed up it will go right back to normal output.

Batteries also constantly "leak" power so this is why many people store their AA cell batteries for their household appliances in the freezer. It allows them to keep longer.

Cold Effect on Electric CarsIn a car where all power is supplied by a battery pack you can see where this would be a problem. The batteries don't produce as much power so the car has less power. The batteries also have to work harder so the effective range of the car is also significantly reduced. Charge time will also be longer, cold has a negative impact on all aspects of battery operation.

Alongside the negative impact on the batteries cold also has a negative impact on the driver as well. Drivers need to be warm to operate the vehicle effectively so on top of the reduced range and power of the batteries just from the temperature they also must operate the car heater to keep you warm. This will further reduce the range of the car.

If you live in an area where the winters get extremely cold an all electric vehicle will have to be garaged and equipped with some kind of plug-in battery warmer for it to be effective in the coldest months of the year. Keep these thoughts in mind if you're planning an electric car purchase, we don't want you finding out the range of your car has been halved when it's five below zero and you're fifteen miles from home.

Bookmark and Share

Comments to date: 840. Page 1 of 34.

crorkservice fiverr 

4:06am on Monday, September 28th, 2015

FP3jCp You have mentioned very interesting points ! ps decent web site.

http://www.uggbootsclearanceonsale70off.   Ugg Boots Clearance 70% Off

4:06pm on Monday, September 14th, 2015

I take pleasure in, lead to I discovered just what I used to be taking a look for. You have ended my four day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a nic... read more »   fitflops online sale

7:39am on Sunday, September 13th, 2015

fitflops sandal


9:59am on Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Cex4ha What is the best website to start a blog on?   birkenstock online store

5:16am on Sunday, August 30th, 2015

birkenstock discount   cheapest birkenstocks

5:37am on Monday, August 24th, 2015

birkenstock outlet online shop   Cheap nike air max

4:55pm on Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Canada cross-border online shopping market accounted for half of the country shoes   fitflop online

11:42am on Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

fitflop electra clearance   fitflop malaysia online store

3:08am on Sunday, July 26th, 2015

fitflops malaysia sale   Cheap nike air max

2:11am on Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Canada cross-border online shopping market accounted for half of the country shoes

http://raybansunglassesaustralia.blogspo   ray ban australia sale

11:41pm on Thursday, July 9th, 2015

ray ban sale   fitflops buy online

9:07pm on Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

fitflop cheapest

http://singaporeasalefitflops.blogspot.c   fitflop outlet sales

6:46pm on Friday, June 5th, 2015

fitflop rebel best price

used louis vuitton bags

8:51am on Sunday, May 10th, 2015

good articles

used louis vuitton bags

5:58am on Sunday, May 10th, 2015

good articles

louis vuitton handbags prices

6:06pm on Saturday, May 9th, 2015

good articles

louis vuitton outlet store

4:08am on Friday, May 8th, 2015

nice articles

louis vuitton wallet price

7:27am on Thursday, May 7th, 2015

thanks for share!

louis vuitton handbags official site

4:13am on Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

nice articles

louis vuitton prices

3:25am on Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Have A Peek At This Website

cheap louis vuitton handbags

4:12pm on Monday, May 4th, 2015

Navigate HERE

used louis vuitton purses

12:00pm on Monday, May 4th, 2015

thank you for share!

louis vuitton handbags official site

7:58am on Monday, May 4th, 2015

thanks for share!   asics shoes singapore

1:34pm on Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

singapore asics running shoes

louis vuitton used

10:19pm on Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

good articles

Page: -1-   2    3    4    5    6   

Your Name:

Your Location:

Country (flag):

Your Comment:



  Home | World | US | Manufacturers | Technology | Buying Tips | Batteries & Charging | Reviews | All Articles | Pricing | About Us  
  © 2009 The Car Electric & CEAG Inc. All rights reserved.