specialgreen wrote:I was considering using my Leaf for Lyft/Uber in Minnesota (with my NoCharge2Charge card!). I was thinking that it would be hard to get good customer ratings without installing an Eberspacher heater, or else running the car heater full-blast and tanking my range. That would be a problem, since there is no way to tell a passenger to only "pick me" for rides less than X miles.
Similarly, there are now electric buses running in Duluth and Minneapolis MN, and they all have auxiliary kerosene heaters. Buses, which have frequent extended door openings, require massive amounts of heat in below-zero temps, and you'd need an extra $500k in batteries to use electric heat. Burning fuel is inefficient for locomotion, because most of the energy is lost as heat, but if you just need heat, then it's not so bad. If desired, biofuel could be used (though it's hard to buy aqueous E90 or B100 diesel).
Curious as to which heat-A/C system is in your LEAF? Reason I ask is that the '18 SV that I test drove last week had the base model resistance system (non-heat pump) that lacks heat ducts to the rear seat. It also did not have the seat or steering wheel heaters. It was a miserable cold 20 minute drive compared to the '14 SV I had prior. It just felt cold & drafty in the cabin with heat blasting in my face as if nothing is circulating into the rear. That was on a 35-degree night with blowing rain/snow, would hate to have that system on a 0-degree night.