Among the drawbacks of cars that run on battery power is the energy required to heat their cabins. As electric-car drivers in less temperate climes know, heating the cabin to room temperature has an enormous impact on battery range--conceivably as high as 40 percent. A similar impact is seen from air-conditioning use as well, but it takes far less energy to cool a car from 90 to 70 degrees F (32 to 21 degrees C) than it does to heat it from 25 to 70 degrees F (- 4 to 21 degrees C). DON'T MISS: Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt Range Loss In Winter: New Data From Canada The following article proposes an...
Less Energy-Intensive Heating For Electric Cars Demonstrated At Frankfurt Auto Show
Researchers claim a heating system comprised of a thin film applied to interior panels could help improve the efficiency of electric cars.Stephen Edelstein
What Does It Take To Drive An Electric Car In Canadian Winters?
So how on earth do you use an electric car in places that consistently get many feet of snow every winter? Short answer: snow tires. Long answer: plan ahead. Being based in Vancouver--what passes for the Canadian tropics*, where snow had to be helicoptered onto local ski hills during the 2010...Matthew Klippenstein
Audi R8 E-Tron's All-Digital Cluster And Console: Looks Like Tesla To Us...
Audi’s R8 e-tron is set to impress attendees of the upcoming Paris Auto Show with its electronics, such as the previously heralded digital rear view mirror. From what we can see in a newly-released video, recently filmed at a German technology event, the R8 e-tron will debut with a...Kurt Ernst