knightmb wrote: ↑
Tue Feb 11, 2020 5:13 pm
There should not be a need to run the AC in the winter time to defrost/keep clear the windshield, when I have to run the "defrost only" mode I turn off the AC right away, that way it can use both the heat-pump and PTC. Having the AC run is something you need in the summer time, though I do wish the Leaf would pick AC on/off by looking at the outside temperature, but I imagine Nissan just turns them both on by default for user reasons should someone not know how to use the system more efficiently.
Yes, you need the a/c on in the winter to defrost. It takes the humidity out of the air.
Overall, winter in an EV is always going to have a hit at range. I would say that even if you use it at 68 degrees, with one bar of fan, and do not go over 60 mph, you will be using 20% to 25% of the battery for heat. (at best).
So, if your car gets 200 miles of range, You have to calculate the range. E.g., If you drive 100 miles, then you will be ending at only 80 miles left of range (at best). (100 miles driven plus 20 miles given for heat). What the original poster wrote does not sound out of the average.
Driving an EV is not an exercise in performance.. It is an excercise in "conservation"...