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Ford pilots lights to dupe humans' body temps, extend electric range - Roadshow

by Terri Embley (2020-01-30)


page1-93px-CREC-2000-07-19.pdf.jpgid="article-body" class="row" section="article-body"> Warm? Cold? Have some ambient lighting.

Ford Here's the thing with electric cars: they're not the absolute best option for drivers that experience extreme temperatures. I own a Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid, and I see my estimated range drop considerably when it's cold and I need the heat on. So, yes, it's a real problem.

Automakers know the heating and air conditioning systems suck up a lot of electricity from an electric car's battery, so they're looking at a pretty simple way to extend a battery's range -- and it doesn't involve major engineering overhauls. No, instead, it tries to trick humans into thinking they're warmer or cooled off with lighting.

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