iletric wrote:Yep, just like the title says.
I was waiting for the battery to heat up to see what kind of range I'll be looking at next summer. Well, we got a summer preview yesterday, 90-degree day and warm evening. Charged it up still warm and went from the "winter" 81 miles to 86 miles. Not enough to do my 82-mile commute. I could do it last summer with the starting range of 91-94 miles...
No more. Signing off on Kia Soul EV. It's now our Costco car like the Leaf was way back when.
That's pretty bad. My 2012 Ampera (European Chevy Volt), with 103.000km behind her, still has the same EV range as new.
I guess, having liquid cooled/heated battery is paying off. The car never allows it to heat above 30°C. If it reaches 31°C, it starts the AC, which cools the battery coolant and cools the battery back to 24°C. It does that 24/7 - when parked (plugged in or not), when charging and when driving.
It can also heat the battery in winter if needed, with a 1.8kW heater, which heats up the battery coolant and the coolant heats the battery cells. The heating starts if the battery temperature falls bellow 8°C and it heats it back up to 14°C.
Maybe you should take a look at the new Chevy Bolt EV this fall, which will have 200+miles of range and it's battery will be liquid cooled/heated as well.