Northern EV Fans Take Note!The Nissan LEAF electric car will get an update at the end of this year, and while I can't say I care much about the addition of leather seats or of a darker interior, the new, more efficient heater is a great addition. Cold weather is indeed a major foe for electric cars, and the LEAF is no exception. It takes a lot of energy to run a heater, and batteries tend not to perform as well in cold weather, so it's a double whammy that reduces the driving range of the LEAF in cold weather.
But according to Mark Perry, director of product and advanced planning for Nissan Americas, the updated LEAF will have a "much, much more efficient" heater that will dramatically extend the Leaf's range in cold weather. "You may not see much change on the EPA rating, but in cold-weather conditions you may see 20 to 25 miles of improvements," Perry said. That's huge and should make quite a real-world difference for northern LEAF owners!
For more on the LEAF's performance in cold weather, check out Alex's post on the subject.
Via Detroit News