Well, in my end of the world -6F (-21C) is not extreme.
The trigger to heat the battery is not outer air temperature but the cell temp itself. If starting a drive with a really cold battery, the battery will be actively heated. As it looks now, to about 12C. Last winter and the winter before my octovalve/heatpump sucked the battery very cold and a preheat/planned departure only raised the cell temp to about 6.5C. This seems to be adjusted to this winter.
This picture is from a few nights away, we where visiting friends and did not have a special departure time set. I started the heating about 10 minutes before the departure. We can se the cell temp increasing to 12C, and then it was stuck at 12C for the reminder of the (short trip). The battery heater was only on until the temp stopped rising. The ambient temp was about -19C at departure and -22C arriving at home.
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The battery, if being above 12C will not be heated.
During longer drives we can see that the cell temp wanders between 12-18C (actually like 11.8 to around 18C).
No battery heat will be used but the excess heat from the engines (due to heat loss) will heat the battery and the battery also heat itself from usage.
if the cell temp is above 12C the heat pump will suck the heat up first, then the battery will be heated from use and motor heat loss until 17-18C, and then the heat pump will suck the heat down to 12C again. This repeats.
Below was the day before x-mas. Ambient at home was -20C (the car seem not to been that fast to find the outer air temp). I did charge to 100% in my garage, cell temp 25.8 at start. After about 45minutes, the cell temp was 11.8C and started the slow increase from self heating and motors waste heat.
Almost 2 hours later the cell temp was 18C and the heat pump started sucking the heat to heat the cabin. There is a data glitch at that point, so I filled in the real temperature around 10 a'clock. From that point the heat pump used the energy to heat the cabin and the battery was at 13C at arrival at work.
I have several examples like this, but it was easier to find one that I remember the date.
Remember: The car heat the battery once, but only if needed, and not to a elevated temperature. The rest is pure use of waste heat.
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