Bone-chilling facts about electric cars in winter

By |2014-06-12T22:56:36+00:00March 14th, 2011|Just the Facts Radio|Comments Off on Bone-chilling facts about electric cars in winter

The recent cold and snowy weather across much of the U.S. reminded us that driving in winter conditions can be quite challenging. But according to an article in the Washington Post, owners of electric cars may be facing some additional bone-chilling realities since batteries run down much more quickly in cold temperatures. A change of just 10 degrees can sap 50% of a battery’s output, and running the heater to stay warm or the car radio to stay informed can drain the battery even further. Adding insult to injury, drivers could come home to find their power off, meaning no recharge for the car until the juice comes back on. Car makers are trying to address these issues, but it’s another bitter challenge for going all-electric.