First reported by Leftlane News, Opel’s dynamic range calculator shows up to a 64 percent drop in range when the battery electric vehicle is operating in sub-zero temperatures. The calculator is able to show estimated range with inputs of average speed, ambient temperature and whether the air conditioning or heater is operating. Choosing a worse-case scenario shows a 104-mile range in minus zero temperatures, operating the vehicle at a slow speed and with the heater on.
Again, this is a worst-case scenario, but it could raise some concerns for owners in colder climates, even though it’s a well-documented issue battery range suffers in the cold. This calculator should certainly not be taken as definitive evidence of poor performance either. After all, range differs greatly among owners; one Bolt EV driver has managed 310 miles on a single charge.
If anything, it’s a solid reminder climate controls can have substantial effects on an EV’s range. The Bolt EV will be available nationwide by the end of September this year.