Damn! And the next Ice Age is coming!

Market-Ticker – AAA points out, “cold temperatures can sap electric car batteries, temporarily reducing their range by more than 40 percent when interior heaters are used”.

You cannot charge lithium batteries below 32F. As a result electric cars attempt to prevent that from happening so you can recharge them. In the case of the Tesla there’s a second heater in the battery that draws power from the battery when it goes under 32F so you will be able to charge it. This only works if power is available, and if it’s cold enough and you’re not plugged in you’ll find all your power is gone even if you’re not driving!

If you only have 110V power available the battery heater will consume more power than the outlet can supply, even if plugged in you will eventually wind up with a dead battery.

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About On the North River

Forty years toiled in the Tel-com industry, married for 36 years widowed at sixty-one. New girlfriend at sixty-five. Tea Party supporter. Today a follower of the God-Emperor Donald. Do like to kayak, cook, take photos, bike, watch old movies and read.
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