Driving the Honda Clarity during the cold Winter season, my EV range drops to about 43 miles of range on a full charge. Normally it about 48 to 50 miles. But how much does the heater burn in terms of EV range per minute. I made a video to find out. Btw, my Youtube vlogs and reviews may also have associated affiliate links to products that may earn from qualifying purchases.
Heater KILLS EV Range – I Experiment on how much how fast?
When owning a 2017 Chevy Volt, I noticed the heater ate 4-5 kwh of energy which running the heater on the traction battery. It didnt take long for the see the range drop. I eventually bought 12 volt heated blanket ( https://amzn.to/377I0KE ) to keep me warm rather than use the HVAC heater core. I bought one for my Chevy Volt along with a heated seat cover ( https://amzn.to/2Sx9sMI ) , as my Chevy did not come with heated seats with I bought it. Both items used less heat than the HVAC heater core.
Unfortunately the 2018 Honda Clarity does not have a EV power use meter for the car. It just have an EV range. So i started testing it based on time and ev range drop.
Air Conditioning – COLD – Set to coldest level LOW and Max Fan Speed.
With a full charge and A/C on it coldest, the impact to EV range doesnt drop in over a minute.
Air Conditioning – HOT – Set to HIGHEST temperature level and Max Fan Speed.
With the Heater on HI temp max fan speed, my EV range for my Honda Clarity drop 0.3 to 0.4 miles a minute!
With the Heated seats ON and Air Conditioning – HOT – Set to HIGHEST temperature level and Max Fan Speed. My EV range for my Honda Clarity drop 0.4 to 0.5 miles a minute! That means it heated seats only uses about .05 – .1 ev miles a minute.
Perhaps I need a 12 volt heated blanket ( https://amzn.to/377I0KE ) to keep me warm rather than use the HVAC heater core. I bought one for my Chevy Volt along with a heated seat cover ( https://amzn.to/2Sx9sMI ) , as my Chevy did not come with heated seats with I bought it.
I hope you found this experiment video useful. Stay tuned for a future update!
Honda Clarity Vlog : https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKer6MqqRUgrMhCGsZ9-MbJyxtbsTAVM7
Honda Clarity Tips : https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKer6MqqRUgrt0lGwV60TxkKDXD6FApXX
Chevy Volt Vlog: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKer6MqqRUgr1sBSRtccywl7p3tEdfGHT
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