23 Jan '12, 10am

Helping Plug-in Cars Handle Harsh Winters: Filed under: Energy News

Helping Plug-in Cars Handle Harsh Winters: Filed under: Energy News

This is a full repost of a Midwest Energy News story that has been reposted with permission. Enjoy! (See licensing on the bottom of the page.) Story by Kevin Clemens Video by Rick Fuentes For gas-electric hybrids, cold weather can have a major impact on fuel economy. (Photo by Chad Kainz via Creative Commons) Decades ago, plug-in cars were common in Minnesota. For cars poorly suited for the upper Midwest’s frigid winters, a block heater plugged in overnight could keep the engine warm enough to start the next morning. Cars and trucks with electrical cords protruding from their grills were a frequent sight. New technologies such as fuel injection, direct ignition, superior motor oils and better batteries have largely relegated that custom to history in all but the most frigid regions of the world. But with more than a dozen electric and plug-in car models due on the U.S. mar...

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