LeftieBiker wrote:At some point GM is going to have to offer a heat pump, if not on the Bolt then on their upcoming E-SUV. As more 200+ mile electric vehicles enter the market, Winter range will become a bigger selling point.
The colder it gets outside, the less effective a heat pump is. In heat mode, it is basically being an air conditioner in reverse, extracting what heat it can from the outside air and transferring it to the indoors. The less heat available outside, the cooler the air coming out the vents inside. Heat pumps do best when it is above freezing and when the difference
between the temperature outside and what the thermostat is set at is 10-15 degrees. So while a heat pump would be *great* from *my* point of view (in my part of the west coast, winter daytime temps are generally between 45-65), in upper NY State, having just
a heat pump wouldn't be anywhere near sufficient.
Offering an option
of an additional
heat pump (in addition to the resistive heater) for $1500-$2000 would be a good thing, IMO.