Electric cars: Driving range can be nearly 60 pct lower in extreme cold image

According to a study from AAA Automotive Research Center in Southern California, your electric vehicle can suffer a lot from extreme temperatures – but not only extreme cold.

AAA reports that in extreme cold weather, the range of electric vehicles can be reduced by almost 60 percent, while in extreme heat your electric car will do up to 33 percent less km’s compared to normal weather temperatures.

“EV drivers need to carefully monitor driving range in hot and cold weather,” John Nielsen, managing director of AAA said.

AAA used three fully-electric vehicles to test the climate impact – in cold, moderate and extreme hot temperatures.  It looks like the average battery range in these tests was 105 miles at 23° Celsius (75°F) – but the driving range dropped  almost 60 percent (57 percent) to only 43 miles when the temperature reached -6° Celsius (20°F).

On the same time, the sty finds out that not only extreme cold has a big impact in EV vehicles – at 35° Celsius (95°F), the same car delivered a lower average of 69 miles per full charge.

All vehicles were fully charged and then “driven” on a dynamometer in a climate-controlled room until the battery was fully exhausted.

Nissan is the largest electric seller in the world – the company has sold more than 100,000 electric Leaf vehicles since the car was introduced to the market in 2010.

The Japanese carmaker plans to sell a combined 1.5 million electric vehicles by 2020.