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How Does Cold Weather Affect Electric Cars?

The freezing temperatures sweeping the U.S. are causing challenges for electric vehicle (EV) owners, impacting charging times and driving ranges. In colder climates, EVs are particularly affected, with an average range decrease of 30% in freezing conditions, according to analysis firm Recurrent. Reports of long charging lines and delays, such as Tesla driver Brandon Welbourne’s two-hour wait for a 45-minute charge in Chicago, highlight the issue.

To mitigate cold-related challenges, EV drivers are advised to adopt “Cold Weather Best Practices.” This includes warming the car while charging, using energy-efficient heating features during driving, and leaving the vehicle plugged in with a limited charge setting. Notably, some EV manufacturers are incorporating heat pump technology to address these concerns. The broader impact of the Arctic outbreak is evident, with 90 million people under wind chill advisories and extensive snow cover across 54.5% of the continental U.S.

Tesla provides specific recommendations, such as using the “Defrost Car” setting to thaw charge port latches in icy conditions and utilizing the “Trip Planner” feature for optimal battery temperature before charging. As EV ownership expands, adapting to and addressing cold weather challenges becomes crucial for both manufacturers and users.

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