Electric motors provide for smooth operation, strong acceleration, often require much less maintenance than their internal combustion engine counterparts and provides for a cost effective alternative for many motorists. However, in my experience, I have found that these great economical commuter vehicles can often fall short of being effective under all weather conditions.
I have found that on days with a moderate 70-80F, and during regular start-and-stop traffic, the battery of my 3 month new Chevy Volt would average roughly 44 miles per charge. However, I’ve discovered this past winter that on days when the temperature has dropped significantly to a constant 30-20F my range would result in a range of just 37 miles. Though this drop in range isn’t quite significant enough to warrant the need for me to use my gas range extender for shorter trips, in extreme cold weather and on longer drives it would certainly effect the overall driving range, and thus negatively impact fuel consumption.
At the opposite end of the thermometer gauge, I have found that hot temperatures, while also making an impact often have less of an effect on overall battery range than in the extreme cold. My particular EV delivers an average range of 43-42 miles per full charge when temperatures are in the 80-90F range.
I my experience, electric vehicles really can help in maximizing fuel efficiency, improve fuel economy, reduce fuel costs, and even cut back on emissions. Despite the fact that electric vehicles are great economical commuter vehicles they often can fall short of being fully effective under all weather conditions.