LeftieBiker wrote:How does the auxiliary heater work?
It has two air circuits with a motor that turns a blower fan in both. In one circuit it draws in outside air, sprays gasoline into it which is ignited by means of a glow plug, then blows the hot exhaust gasses past a heat exchanger, then back out of the car. The other circuit draws air from inside the cabin, blows it through the heat exchanger and then back into the cabin.
The neat thing is that it is independent of the engine, so I can preheat the cabin using less fuel and producing less emissions without idling and wearing out the engine.
Although mine's an antique, Eberspacher still makes these.https://www.eberspacher.com/products/fuel-operated-heaters/air-heating.html
I had once contemplated on installing a similar unit on my Leaf that uses propane. After all, using fuel for heating can be well over 90% efficient. Much better than using fuel for propulsion.
2013 SL 50,000 miles.
12 bars until 44,300 miles on June 2, 2017.
11 bars current.
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