GerryAZ wrote:The peak draw of the air heater in the 2015 is about the same as the hot water tank in the 2011, but the power draw of the air heater tapers rapidly (and the heat pump takes over) so it has much less impact on range. Also, the heat is almost instantaneous as opposed to waiting for the water to warm up.
Yes! This is why I love my 2013 Leaf SL. HEAT! I've had plenty of ICEV's and I don't miss warming them up for half an hour just to drive five miles across town in -40*F (-40*C) weather! The Leaf has a no-idling preheat capabilities, heated steering wheel, heated seats even in the back, nearly instant heat from the heaters, and a nice big windshield that works great for passive solar heating. The only thing I don't like about winter is the range.
But since I hate to idle, in an ICE vehicle I feel a whole lot more ICE to the point I wish the ICE would come mistake me for an illegal immigrant and deport me to some tropical country.