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Electric vehicle driving range can drop by drastically and more than halve in extreme weather, a new study suggests. The new research by US roadside rescue firm, AAA, found that electric car range can drop by almost 60 per cent in extreme cold and drop by a third (33 per cent) in extreme heat. Its research centre tested three of the most popular, fully electric cars in the country to find out how extreme weather affects battery-powered models; testing a Nissan LEAF, Ford Focus EV and a Mitsubishi i-MiEV and tested each at ambient temperature of 75°F (24 Celsius), at a chilly 20°F (-7 Celsius) and at an uncomfortably warm 95°F (35 Celsius). The vehicles were tested in a simulation of city driving conditions at each of the temperature gradients. At 75°F, the average vehicle range for all three was found to be 105 miles, but this dropped to just 43 miles at 20°F – a drop of 5...

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