19 Feb '13, 10pm

[email protected] admits Tesla Model S writer did not use "good judgment" @teslamotors

Speaking as an EV engineer, frequent EV driver and general EV advocate, I readily admit that the impact of cold weather on an EV can be much more significant than that on an ICE vehicle, and the biggest factor is cabin heating - done using free energy with an ICE, but pulling us much as several kW extra from the battery in an EV. Obviously the power required for heating depends on outside temperature, and also on how quickly that cold air is passing over the car. But the cabin heating impact on "Range" can actually increase the slower you go. Other than the difference in heat transfer rate due to convection, the total energy required for heating depends on the duration of your trip, not on how far you've driven. If you're stuck in traffic for 2 hours, your heater will consume about as much energy as if you had been cruising at 60mph for 2 hours (again, ignoring change in c...

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