Welcome to the forums!Does anyone know how many miles can the VOLT go before recharge is needed when one is using heat or air condition?
A Simulation for the Volt's AER of the EPA City Cycle goes from 40 to 35.1 miles with an added 0.5 kW average power.Scott Brenneman, release engineer for vehicle electrics at Tesla, comments on how running accessories, such as a heater or a radio, affect the range. “In general, some simple math shows the impact on the range,” he says. “In rough terms, a given load would have a quantifiable effect on a 50-kWhr battery pack, assuming you also knew the other loads. Back of the envelope, let’s say the range over a given course is 240 miles, driven at an average speed of 30 mph, for a total time of eight hours. I suspect that the effect of most electrical subsystems on range is small except for a few items, such as the HVAC components. For instance, a 1-kW load running half the time would consume 4 kWhr, or 4/50=8% of the range. I think this is an extreme case, since 1 kW of heating or cooling is a lot. Typical 12V loads, such as exterior lights, are less than 0.2 kW in this scenario and thus would reduce range by about 1.5%.”