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BEV Cabin Heater comparison

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by Claude274, Apr 17, 2016.

  1. Claude274

    Claude274 Member

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    I currently own a 2015 Nissan Leaf and live in northern Quebec (Canada). My Leaf gives enough cabin heat until -15 Celcius (5F) but is much less powerful beyond that. How Tesla compares to that? I wouldn't want to have to dress as on snowmobiles in my car for long distances.
     
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    S'toon Knows where his towel is

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  3. Twiglett

    Twiglett Single pedal driver

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    The 2015 leaf uses a heat pump which has limitations when its really cold (there's nowhere to dump the excess cold)
    It works great for most of the other times though.
    Seat/steering wheel heaters are your friend :)
     
  4. Claude274

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    Yeah I know but there is also radiant heat to help but doesn't produce much heat. That's why I wanted to know if Tesla's system is better.
     
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    As far as I am aware Tesla uses resistance heat to warm the cabin. Not sure if the battery does too.
     
  6. GSP

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    There are several old threads about winter driving in general with the Model S. I do not recall any complaints from Canadian or Norweigian owners.

    In my Chevy Volt, I extend my EV range with the seat heaters and a $25 electric blanket from Amazon that plugs into the cigarette lighter. I would love to have a heated steering wheel. All EVs should have them as standard equipment.

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