As winters have passed us by, it’s time you evaluated how cold temperatures have impacted electric vehicles. Based on countless data, carmakers and buyers can get a better idea of how temperature can impact EVs. Almost every EV buyer considers the range of the car before buying. But the range that manufacturers offer is not fixed, they’re more to be taken as guidelines. While a vehicle’s average range is based on standardized testing under ideal conditions in a facility. In real-life conditions, the final range of the car depends drastically on what the conditions are while driving. These conditions include terrain, passenger load, speed, driver behavior, or temperature. All of these factors play a vital role in your car’s efficiency. Most of the time, it comes down to how much energy a vehicle’s battery pack can store, and the longer its range. A bus won’t be able to go the same distance as a car, for a bus, the same distance would need a much bigger battery pack.
We also designed a very useful EV range calculator for you to get a fair approximation of the effects of different factors on the EV range.
The biggest challenge to EV’s range is the cold weather. Ever since EVs came to the market, they’re known to not work perfectly in winters. While people living in colder regions may have different opinions, winters indeed have adverse effects on EVs. The most common assumption is that cold temperatures are due to reduced performance of the battery, the truth is that cold weather impacts auxiliary load more than its range. Fortunately, automakers have taken care of this situation by increasing the battery size of the new EVs. Larger capacity means limited impact for all your daily trips and long trip needs. Even in the worst temperature situations, most new-gen EVs will be able to keep up with your driving needs.