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

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)