knightmb wrote:I take it this would only work with the "fresh air" setting and not "recirculate" setting? You can get right into the battery from the safety disconnect fuse in the center, I've often though about running a tub down into it to force cool air into the battery compartment.
LeftieBiker wrote:It might explain why some cars do much better than others in similar situations and locations. I *always* use the A/C if it's Hot, and while it's often on Recirculate, when I switch to Fresh (which do regularly while driving) that would blow extra chilly air down around the battery cases...
Yes, I would advise never run in Recirculate. The cool exhausted cabin air is of more value to cool the battery than the cost to cool down new air coming into the cabin.
In addition I would advise running the cabin fan with the windows up even when the AC is not needed.
LeftieBiker wrote: I use Recirculate to block exhaust fumes more than as an energy saver. I still have 12 bars and 89% SOH, and my lease is ending in the next 12 months, so I'll keep up what I'm doing. If this info proves true, it will help those who regularly avoid A/C use to extend range, to reconsider.