How are Electric Vehicles in Cold Weather?

2024 Cadillac LYRIQ charging in a garage


How do electric cars in cold climates work? While it’s true that Winter Haven winters tend to be mild compared to the rest of the country, it’s still important to know how electric cars in winter function. If you’re interested in upgrading your commute with a new electric vehicle, learn what to do with electric vehicles in cold weather, courtesy of Cadillac Lakeland. 

Electric Vehicles in Cold Weather

One common question EV drivers ask when winter hits is: Is range lost with electric vehicles in cold weather? Typically speaking, when temperatures plunge, electric cars in winter will require more power to propel them. Additionally, more electricity is used to heat your cabin—this can lower your vehicle’s range by almost 41%.

The good news? An ideal temperature for an EV is around 60 – 80 degrees Fahrenheit. That lines up with the average winter temperature in Bartow! You’ll likely notice only a slight dip in range when driving electric cars in winter. 

Do Electric Cars Lose Charge When Parked?

Do electric cars in cold climates lose charge when parked? If the temperatures reach a level where it’s cold enough, most certainly! We recommend keeping your electric car in winter parked in a garage throughout, as it will take less time for you to get your vehicle started. 

Here are some additional tips to maximize your EV’s range in wintertime: 

  • Slow down and stick to one-pedal driving as often as possible to avoid heavy battery usage.
  • Always keep your car charged at a minimum of at least 50% so you get enough power to heat your EV’s battery.
  • Keep your tires inflated to the proper pressure to reduce the amount of power needed to keep the car going forward. 
  • If you’re driving a Cadillac electric car in winter on long trips, ensure you have a backup plan in case of emergency. Know the location of nearby charging stations, if possible. (You can find the nearest EV charging stations near Auburndale.)

Discover the EV Cadillac Lineup in Lakeland

Knowing how electric vehicles in cold weather helps provide a holistic approach to your EV. Find out more about EVs when you visit Cadillac Lakeland. Utilize our car buying tips to discover how hybrid and electric vehicles compare. 

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