Expert explains how cold weather raises risk for electric car owners

Hadas Kuznits
February 10, 2019 - 4:00 am



PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Drivers of electric cars are being warned that the cold weather could cause you to need to charge up more frequently, and that could be dangerous.

Jana Tidwell with AAA Mid-Atlantic says as more people are going greeen and driving electric cars, but driving on an extremely cold day could cause problems.

“The biggest issue is with the range,” she said. “There are some limitations when they're operating these vehicles in more extreme climates.”

Anyone who has a cell phone that dies quickly in cold weather can relate.

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"The extreme temperature has an effect of the charge, on the battery power similar to what many iPhone users experience when they are in extreme cold or extreme heat," she said.

Tidwell says the cold can decrease the range of an electric car by about 41 percent.

"Having that charge cut off at a point that is not exactly the safest or the most optimum for you to be in, that could cause a bit of a problem," she said.