A lot of people see electric vehicles (EVs) as the future of cars, but while switching to EVs will reduce our emissions, EVs currently have some challenges that automakers are trying to solve. One of those challenges is that, just like regular cars, EVs perform worse in winter as using the car’s heater will eat up its range. The good news is that using heated seats can be a good way to stay warm while using 12 times less energy than the actual heater would use.
Electric vehicles currently struggle in the cold
Every car struggles during the winter, but EVs have some unique issues that they have to deal with during the winter. First and foremost is range. Gas-powered cars do lose range when it’s cold, as it’s less efficient to drive in cold weather than it is in moderate weather.
The thing is, gas-powered cars have a lot of range, so that loss of range isn’t as big of a deal. EVs, meanwhile, don’t have as much range, so losing range on an EV is a bigger deal.
Just like with regular cars, EVs need to warm up a bit before driving. EVs do this themselves, but it usually costs some energy, which means it’ll lose some range. Similarly, using the heat will use energy, and that will reduce your range.
Ultimately, how much range an EV has during the winter will vary by the EV in question, how cold it is outside, and how much energy is being used by its equipment. In general though, EVs can function in winter, they’re just going to have reduced range.