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Monday 28 January 2019

To Learn How Cold Weather Affects An Electric Car, Ask A Cold Weather Expert

If you want to know how cold weather effects driving an electric car, who better to ask than people who live in Saskatchewan?

That’s what Erin Petrow, a reporter for the Saskatoon Star Pheonix, did recently. She interviewed local residents Jason Cruickshank, who owns a Chevy Volt, and Pat Keyser, who owns a Tesla Model S, about their winter driving experiences.

Are EV Batteries Unreliable?

Keyser pointed out that the battery in her Model S is far more reliable than the puny little 12 volt battery found in most conventional vehicles. While it loses some energy in the cold, it doesn’t have a big lump of an internal combustion engine to start in the morning after sitting in sub-freezing temperatures all night. Asking a starter motor to make a crankshaft carve canyons through gelid lubricating oil takes a lot of power.


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