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Richard230
17 May 2014, 0851
An article written by Jim Gorzelany of CTW Features, and published in my newspaper today, reports that "AAA put three different electric vehicles (didn't say which ones and the sample is pretty small) through their paces under controlled circumstances to gauge how well their batteries fared in stop-and-go-traffic under cold, moderate and hot operating conditions." According to the results, the three cars averaged 105 miles on a charge at an ambient temperature of 75 degrees F. However, the vehicles range dropped to just 43 miles at an air temperature of 20 degrees F and to 69 miles when it was 95 degrees F. They note that all of the vehicles had provisions to either warm or cool the batteries via liquid or forced-air heating/cooling methods. Needless to say operating the AC and heater had an effect on the range, unfortunately the article didn't say if these systems were off or on during the test. Not very scientific, but better than nothing, I guess.

Warren
17 May 2014, 0918
It's a good thing you live in balmy California, so you don't need to use the heat or AC on your Zero S. :-)

podolefsky
17 May 2014, 1450
Sometimes not very scientific is worse than nothing at all.

Bad science makes misleading headlines. Nothing at all makes, well, nothing. At least people don't think they know something they actually don't.

Richard230
17 May 2014, 1455
It's a good thing you live in balmy California, so you don't need to use the heat or AC on your Zero S. :-)

Hey, it is 55 degrees and overcast here today. I am was freezing my butt off at the local high school's auto show today. Fortunately, it is only a one-mile ride to the high school so, with the use of my "power tank", I was able to get there and back. :rolleyes:

Warren
18 May 2014, 1228
My friends in Virginia, and New York, who drive Leafs, don't use the heat in the winter. They dress like motorcyclists. At least they don't deal with windchill. :-)