27 Nov '15, 1am

Improving an EV’s Cabin Heating System https://t.co/da7iMjjaD9

Improving an EV’s Cabin Heating System https://t.co/da7iMjjaD9

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) have one leg up on battery electric vehicles (BEVs) because they have an internal combustion engine that gives off waste heat. Systems that capture this waste heat come in handy in the winter to heat the passenger cabin. Pure BEVs on the other hand don’t have this source of waste heat and so they must rely on the battery as a source of energy for heating. Using the battery for heating lowers the range. In extremely cold environments, we could see as much as a 50-percent loss in range for a battery electric car. That’s a big disadvantage. The early Nissan Leafs (pre 2013) used resistive heating. Resistive heating is probably the most inefficient way to heat the cabin. In 2013 the Leaf incorporated a more energy efficient heat pump and this mitigated the effect on range in cold weather. When operating in electric mode the Volt’s cabin...

Full article: http://www.hybridcars.com/improving-an-evs-cabin-heating-...

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