What causes up to 75% increase in battery drain

Wanna know what drains your battery most when you’re driving an electric car? Well according to research by car lease company Vanarama, here are the in-car features that most drain the battery.

They tested the battery range of 3 cars – the Hyunda Kona, Volkswagen ID.3 and Tesla Model 3. Heating drains the battery most, by 17% more than normal. Windscreen wipers and heated seats are next at 15% each. Demisters are responsible for 12% and air con for 11%. Sat nav only 5%.

If you take an EV on the motorway, doing 70mph instead of 30mph, you’ll drain the battery 68% faster. These percentages are average though.

The Kona was a bit better with windscreen wipers sapping just 2% and aircon 4%. The most draining thing on the Tesal were the wipers at 10%. Bizarrely the VW was the worst – 34% for using the wipers, 30% for the heating, 25% for the air con, 24% for the heated seats and even 13% for sat nav.

So if you want to drive an EV in cold weather, wear your thermals, pray it doesn’t rain, don’t go far, and know where you’re going!

Source https://www.vanarama.com/ev-feature-battery-study

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