Bad news for environmentally-friendly drivers: it seems the environment isn’t going to be friendly to you in return. According to a study carried out by the AAA, cold weather can reduce the range on an electric vehicle by around 57%.
During testing in typical stop-and-go traffic conditions, the AAA found that on average electric vehicles were able to travel around 105 miles during 75 degree weather conditions. However, when the temperature of the testing dropped, the range on these vehicles dropped just as quickly to just 43 miles at a temperature of 20 degrees.
On the other hand, heat also had some negative effects on the range delivered by electric cars, but the effects were slightly less extensive than those seen during cold weather. In hot spells of 95 degrees, the average electric vehicle was able to reach a range of 69 miles, a 33% reduction from the normal range.
The tests were conducts on a 2013 Nissan Leaf, the electric version of the 2014 Ford Focus, and the 2012 Mitsubishi iMiEV.