Smart interior cooling or heating
When it comes to charging in freezing weather, the ideal scenario for longer journeys is as follows: in the car’s system, enable an exception to charge the car to 100% and, when you set the departure time, also set the temperature the occupants want. the interior heated to. The car will not only charge, but also preheat the car’s interior using electricity from the grid and the vehicle’s battery. It is then a good idea to use fast charging on the road when the car is warm and the battery is therefore also at operating temperature: charging will then be as quick as possible. On the other hand, it’s not a good idea to leave charging, say, till the next morning, for example, and going to the fast charger before you leave, when the battery will be cold and charging slow.
Preheating the interior, or cooling it in summer, will extend the car’s range: it will take less energy to maintain the set temperature than if the interior is heated or cooled after the journey has started. It’s also more comfortable, as the occupants’ teeth won’t be chattering or they won’t be soaked in sweat for the first few kilometres in the car. “In extreme temperatures, you always have to take into account that charging may be slightly slower than in normal situations. In winter the battery needs to be heated, on hot summer days it needs to be cooled,” says Michal Hora, adding that everything works ideally from about room temperature upwards and that ŠKODA electric cars manage the battery cooling or heating system completely by themselves: the user doesn’t have to worry about anything (except setting up the interior heating or cooling before the journey).