Tesla to ward off the cold and maximise battery life

Tesla is working to overcome reported battery efficiency and range issues caused by cold weather. The technology firm has announced it will introduce a battery preheating feature in order to […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Tesla is working to overcome reported battery efficiency and range issues caused by cold weather.

The technology firm has announced it will introduce a battery preheating feature in order to warm up cars’ power packs before owners need to start driving – it says this will avoid the reduction in battery life caused by low temperatures.

A warm battery is needed for the car to reach full power, use regenerative braking to its fullest extent and maximise charge capacity.

Tesla owners will soon be able to ensure these facilities are properly working by the time they get in the car by activating a battery preheating feature through the mobile app.

It says the pre-heating process will use power, so the car should be plugged in to maintain the power on the battery while it warms up.

The manufacturer adds the use of climate control and passenger heating in the car can also drain the performance of the battery and limit efficiency.