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Electric Vehicles in the Snow: Everything You Need to Know Before Setting Off

Updated: Mar 21, 2023

Many parts of England are in the middle of a very belated white Christmas, leading many to wonder how their EVs will be affected by the snow.

Will the range of my EV be lowered?

There are so many benefits to owning an electric vehicle and popularity has surged in the last few years. This means that some EV owners won't have experienced driving in the snow.

So, let's get straight to the point.

The range of your EV can drop in cold weather, especially days that fall below zero. On the flip side, your range can be higher than average in warmer temperatures.

For the average driver in the UK, the loss of mileage won't be a problem as many drive under 50 miles a day. For comparison, the average electric vehicle has a range of 200 miles or more on a single charge.

It is important to note that things like warming up your EV while it is idle, using seat warmers, steering wheel warmers and other warming luxuries can also deplete your battery faster.

Overall, EV owners should bear this potential loss of range in mind, especially if they have longer journeys planned. However, your EV will still be perfectly functional in the snow!

To listen to a discussion on electric vehicles in colder weather, check out this interview on LBC Radio:


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