While we were plowing through the recent snowfall in New Jersey with a 2010 Audi S4, MINI E electric Cooper drivers were feeling the wrath of going green in the winter. Dr. Lyle Dennis of GM-Volt, who is leasing a MINI E for one year said:
On a recent trip at a temperature of 23 degrees Fahrenheit and including a two-hour 110 volt charge in the middle, the battery meter hit zero miles/zero percent after just 55 miles (see graphic). The car is billed as having a 100 mile range…There has been a pronounced decline in battery range in the cold weather.
According to a report by the Washington Post, many MINI E drivers are noticing a 20 percent reduction in the range of the electric Cooper in cold weather. A New Jersey driver with an 85 mile commute found out the hard way after being left out in the cold without any battery charge.
– By: Omar Rana