NeilBlanchard wrote:If you use the heater and/or the defroster, then your range will be less than in warm weather. Sometimes a lot less using both the heater and the defroster can use as much energy as moving the car.
When you say "defroster", are you referring to the "Defrost" setting on the climate control or the rear-window defroster? I also have a question about the climate control defroster setting specifically. I usually keep my setting on the Feet/Defrost position to help keep the windows clear and my footsies from freezing. However, I notice that when I change from the feet/defrost position to only the defrost position, my RR immediately drops an additional 5 miles. Is there something different about using the defrost-only position that would eat up more of my range?
Now that it is getting colder where I live, I have been noticing a decline in RR every morning when I unplug and head to work. When I bought my Meepster in July and for the rest of the summer, I was normally seeing an RR between 75-80 miles first thing in the morning after charging overnight. Now, with overnight and morning temps in the 30s and low 40s, my average starting RR is around 65 miles. And this is with my i-MiEV being garaged. With the climate control in the feet/defrost position, the fan on auto, and the heat set to two clicks above the green dot, my RR will usually drop from the mid-60s to the low 50s immediately. Still plenty for my 30-mile round trip commute and a little errand running. However, I'm starting to get concerns about my effective range in the dead of winter. One of these days, I plan to do a live run-through of worst-case scenario to see how my i-MiEV performs. I plan to drive my entire round-trip commute with the heat fully blasted just to see what my effective range is so that I can plan for the dead of winter accordingly.