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An inconvenient truth: How much does cold weather reduce an electric car; s range

An inconvenient truth: How much does cold weather reduce an electric car’s range?

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Electric vehicles are hitting the market thick and fast, and here at ContractHireAndLeasing we’ve seen EV enquiries increase ten-fold over the last year. But let’s be realistic, compared to petrol, diesel and hybrid power, pure EVs still have a long way to go to convince some people.

Recharging times are a bugbear you’ll hear alluded to a lot, while limited range still means they aren’t suitable for everyone. When it comes to the latter, one hurdle that needs to be overcome is actually quite a simple one: Weather. Specifically, extremely cold weather.

Nissan Leaf snow

One sentiment we always come across is: “Yeah, but what will the range be like on a freezing, dark morning in Stoke with the heater blowing and headlights on?” Ok, petrol and diesel engines might suffer from reduced fuel economy in winter too, but it’s true, the issue is nowhere near as pronounced as it is with an all-electric vehicle. So let’s investigate.

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