razz
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Turned on heater first time. Range dropped 20 miles

Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:40 pm

Have owned my Bolt for 2 weeks. Usually rely on steering whell and seat heaters. Works fine, even though I live in VT. I turned on the heater for the first time and range estimate immediately dropped from 150 to 130. Didn't recover when I turned heater off after about 4 seconds. Is this normal?

boltage
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Re: Turned on heater first time. Range dropped 20 miles

Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:17 pm

Yes, the heater consumes a lot of power, at least initially. Heating all of the air blowing into the cabin takes a lot more power than heating the seat and steering wheel.

theothertom
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Re: Turned on heater first time. Range dropped 20 miles

Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:08 am

Yes, it's normal. A lot of people use the heated seats and heated steering wheel but not the cabin heat.

NeilBlanchard
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Joined: Tue May 31, 2016 4:58 pm
Location: Massachusetts

Re: Turned on heater first time. Range dropped 20 miles

Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:44 pm

You can minimize this, by turning down the temperature, and by running it intermittently; only when you need it.

The heated seats and steering wheel use a couple of hundred watts, at most. The heater uses a couple of thousand watts, at least.

If the Bolt had a direct heating windshield defroster (like the e-Golf has), then that would be great. These work a lot like the rear defroster, but you can barely see it in the glass.

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