CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Freezing cold can take a toll on your vehicle, and now that more and more people are driving electric cars, 22News has found out if cold temperatures have an impact on battery life.
These freezing temperatures impact all types of vehicles, not just electric ones. But if you have an electric car, there are some things to keep in mind. For example, just like gas stations, you need to know where the nearest charging station is. And there are tons of them everywhere.
There is a network of charging stations throughout Massachusetts and the country. For example, charging stations line the MassPike. Additionally, many companies like 22News have a place to hook up for their employees.
Cold temperatures impact EV battery life, but not in the way you might think.
According to Consumer Reports, cold temperatures can reduce the range of an unplugged electric vehicle by about 20%, and charging in the cold can take longer than in hot weather. A sales and leasing consultant at Gary Rome Hyundai told 22News your best bet is to keep the car plugged in overnight.
“You can actually preheat the car overnight with the car plugged in. It’s almost like running your car with the gas gun in it.” said Kevin Covington of Gary Rome Hyundai.
“Just as if you were driving with your vehicle, you would want to know where the gas stations are. There is a very extensive network of electric charging stations all over the east coast. said Gary Rome.
Excessive use of your cabin accessories can also reduce your car’s battery life. So we’re talking about your heater, your heated seats and your defroster. Consumer Reports says battery life decreases when temperatures drop below 20 degrees. But Gary Rome Hyundai’s Covington says most new EVs have a range of 200 to 300 miles.
Again, keeping your car plugged in overnight is your best bet, but that means you need a charging station at home.
Otherwise, you will have to look for charging stations like this.