Status: 02.12.2023, 13:51 PM
By: Robin Dittrich
There has been snow in many parts of Germany since the end of November – and there are also sub-zero temperatures. How good is it to drive an electric car?
Bremen – What was considered an exception a few years ago is now commonplace: electric cars on German roads. More and more electric cars are being registered in Germany, in 2023 there were already over 425,000. Especially in winter, however, drivers with electric vehicles have to pay attention to a few things. YouTuber Bjørn Nyland also had to make this painful experience when he was driving his Hyundai Kona in winter temperatures.
On the road with an electric car in winter: YouTuber experiences disaster
Bjørn Nyland set off for a winter test in a Hyundai Kona. Everything went smoothly during the preparation. The Norwegian even preheated the garage and used the car's heat recovery technology to prepare for the ride. Nyland knows a thing or two about cars, testing all sorts of cars in his videos, and has over 300,000 subscribers.
On the 240-kilometre route, the Hyundai suddenly caused problems – but only on the return journey. All of a sudden, the electric car no longer wanted to drive faster than 14 kilometers per hour: "We're sneaking across the road here in turtle mode," he said, shocked. According to the EV database, the Hyundai Kona with 65.4 kWh manages a combined 445 kilometers in summer and 325 in winter.
"Faceplant": Youtuber Bjørn Nyland runs out of juice with his electric car in winter. © Screenshot/Youtube/Bjørn Nyland
The Hyundai's battery level had dropped to five percent. As a result, and due to the outside temperatures, the Norwegian had to watch as the car's performance was drastically reduced. After Nyland was able to charge the electric car at a charging station, it continued with the regular power.
The YouTuber was previously in "Limp Mode". And scolded: "I even have to turn on the hazard lights, what the hell, that's not good at all," he stated. Heat can also paralyze electric cars.
Ergo expert advises: What you should consider with e-cars in winter
The fact that cold has an impact on the batteries of electric cars is explained by automotive expert Peter Schnitzer from ERGO. In winter temperatures, drivers must pay particular attention to the range of electric cars. Not only does the fuel consumption of combustion engines increase in winter, but the range of electric cars also decreases. The reason for this is that the various heaters draw power from the battery. "To be on the safe side, it can make sense to plan with less range in winter due to the heating," says the expert.
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It is also important for the service life of the e-battery to park the car in the garage. "As a result, the battery doesn't cool down as much." In modern electric cars, owners can preheat the vehicle while charging, which can also save power.
If you don't want to drive significantly shorter distances than regular in winter, you should not turn up the heating too much while driving. Even those who are "anticipatory and steady on the road" increase the battery capacity. However, the Ergo expert warned that despite all the energy-saving measures, safety should not be forgotten: the windows should always be clear and the lights switched on. (rd)