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Old 08-14-2017, 04:01 AM   #181 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by jamesqf View Post
If you told them that, you would be lying. Heating and cooling take power, and lots of it*. That power has to come from somewhere, whether it's fossil fuels, nuclear power, or your rooftop solar panels. That's not even considering what it'd do to your range.
I'm unclear what you are suggesting.

Most people (here) know that it takes energy to condition the cabin of any vehicle. With conventional vehicles, heat is "free" because of the enormous amount of waste heat from combustion. AC comes at a cost of increased fuel consumption.

In my Prius, AC reduces EV range by about 10%. I would expect a similar impact for other EVs.

My electricity comes from cheap hydro. Conditioning the cabin temperature prior to departure makes it comfortable, and the energy would be spent conditioning the cabin even if I didn't condition prior to departure.

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