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Canadian Environment and Climate

Recent news reports out of the U.S. have recounted the problems Tesla owners have faced during the extreme cold weather across North America, including loss of battery power, extended recharging times and long lines at charging stations.

Yes, freezing temperatures can have a significant impact on an electric vehicle’s battery, but experts say there are ways to mitigate the effects of extreme cold.

Why does the cold weather impact EV battery power?

The technical explanation for the loss of power has to do with the lithium ions that produce electricity in an EV battery. When it gets cold, they flow more slowly through the liquid electrolyte and release less energy.

Ben Baird, a Yellowknife resident, takes us for a drive in his electric truck and tells us about the challenges of owning an EV like his. Between range anxiety, infrastructure, and costs, owners like Baird face several barriers.

Seattle-based Recurrent, a company that tests and analyzes electric vehicles, explains on its website …

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