An enthusiastic electric car enthusiast collected fascinating statistics: how much consumption changes in freezing weather – the economy

An experienced electric car driver shows how much his small electric car eats in freezing temperatures. The numbers are amazing.

Money The consumption of a fully electric car is feared to get out of hand in freezing temperatures, but with an everyday electric car you can get by on surprisingly low power.

This is evident from an experienced electric car driver Sammy Thoigan Compiled statistics and accompanying knick-knacks.

Toika from Kirkkonummi has been keeping records of electric car consumption at different levels for seven years. The experience is based on two Nissan LEAF electric cars.

Roughly Estimates show that leaf consumption increases by about 40 percent at highway speeds in winter compared to summer. Heating plays an important role.

“If it starts to tighten up if electricity and other activities are used, the seat heater will be replaced primarily. If you try to heat the whole room, it will eat kilowatts of power,” says Toika.

The statistics he collected are not scientific data, but they give a good picture of the grassroots experience of how a car's consumption changes at different temperatures.

Toka was one of the respondents when HS asked readers about their winter driving experiences.

His advantage is a small car with low consumption. The Leaf is a fast hatchback at a time when many new cars are large SUVs.

Electric cars use an average of 20 kilowatt-hours of electricity per hundred kilometers, and in cabin weather in recent days, larger cars have absorbed twice as much electricity.

Leafs, on the other hand, eat up the intake numbers in the cold that SUVs do in the summer.

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Toka He has fine-tuned his winter driving in three ways: he slows down, increases tire pressure and, as a last resort, prefers a seat heater.

One Name listed by HS Driving at normal speed in winter but charging frequently. Thoika reverses the arrangement.

“It would be easier to slow down and drive more.”

According to Toyka, this is supported by air density in freezing weather. It increases wind resistance. When speed doubles, air resistance quadruples. Counts the state sustainable development agency Motiva.

Leaf fast charging is slow. If you drive hard, there are frequent recharges and they last. Plus, it only takes a few minutes to position yourself on the charger, open the charging door and click on the charging app. According to Toyka, pushing further is trickier.

He goes for extra kilometers by increasing the tire pressure by about ten percent above the recommendation. He calculated a 5-10 percent consumption advantage, but at the cost of reduced grip.

The last option is to move the heat to the rear.

The Leaf's technology was presented at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. For a long time, the chademo fast charger hole visible on the front, a disappearing technology, has become the touchstone of the car.

Toka Electric cars are exciting anyway. In 2009, when he remodeled his home with a charging station in mind, he already expected that to happen.

“I thought everyone would wake up to it soon. Then it took a while.”

He was very excited about electric cars in 2013, but the place was very special: the Powerpark amusement park in southern Ostrobothnia. Nissan's electric car was presented there.

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“It was very good, well accelerated and nothing [melua] didn't hear I thought of buying it when the prices came down,” says Thoika.

Three years later, Toika slapped a bill on the counter and took home a leaf with a small battery. It had 24 kilowatt hours, while today's basic cars have more than half that capacity.

“The combustion engine car was always there, but it started to sit unused.”

Another Leaf with a bigger battery came into the family later, so Toiga has extensive experience with the model. The Japanese car's popularity is currently undermined by its use of an outdated fast charging standard. However, it is not necessary if you charge at home and roam around the city.

“Just last week I sold that Leaf with a small battery and told the buyer it was good for short distance driving.”

This story comes from HS's Electric Car Survey. We shared tips on extending an electric car's performance in freezing temperatures and asked readers about their experiences. You can share your own experience using the form below:

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