The Volt will have heating and AC and they will have a similar impact on range as in an normal car. Since the all-electric range is 40 miles, the impact will be proportionally bigger on the all-electric range than on the total range of over 400 miles. Heating and cooling consume energy, there is no getting around that.
To keep weight down the Baron didn't rely on a huge amount of insulation, cruising speed was about 190 mph so the effect of wind chill was dramatic. But we were always warm and toasty. For flight planning I seem to remember using figuring a couple gallons on a four or five hour flight but it's been a long time since I've been in a Baron.
They were safe or the FAA would never approve them for airplanes. I've never read of an incident or accident report related to a Janitol heating unit.
I would think a unit a third of the size, using a third of the fuel, would be plenty sufficient to keep a car warm even in the coldest of cold weather. The plus part is the heat is instant.
But now I live in a part of the country where air conditioning is a must have or it's a deal breaker. I could live all year without the heat but I couldn't live without air.
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