The part of the car that breaks the most in the cold

In winter, low temperatures are the protagonists. Although there are several parts of the car that you should pay attention to, there is one that needs to be looked at in more detail.

When electric carsproblem with bad weather conditions it goes even further. The first frosts are already starting to show, so it is worth remembering that the battery is one of the elements of our car that can suffer the most, especially in electric cars.

Winter cold and battery

According to the report (“Transition to sustainable mobility”), which increases Spanish Association of Automotive Professionals next to the Official College of Industrial Engineers of Madrid, around 15 million cars sleep on the street every day in Spain.

The battery It is one of components our car it is less able to cope with low temperatures. As a result, battery life is shortened. Because? Batteries are boxes that contain the energy that the car needs to start, as well as for the lights to work, etc. Without this energy, which is recovered through the alternator or without the use of kinetic energy, we would not be able to drive.

In this way, extreme temperatures such as freezing can cause the reaction inside the battery to be affected. At very low temperatures, the chemical reaction slows downso that its performance decreases and therefore it often tends not to start.

In fact, as he states Royal Automobile Club of Spain (RACE)if you try to start the car multiple times, “it will cause the battery to discharge on each attempt, which may result in it discharging and the car not being able to be started permanently.”

However, the problem is that the battery does not provide enough power for the starter This happens less and less with new batteries which include cars that leave the factory because they have better cold start characteristics as well as longer life.

Recommendations for the care of our car battery

Toyota provides us with some recommendations and advice very useful to apply in this winter period, especially with the arrival of January, which is usually the coldest month in all of Spain.

  • Find out that the battery is in good condition. You can check the battery charge level at a qualified workshop.
  • If possible, leave your car sleeping in the garage. Vehicles parked on the street are more exposed and suffer more from bad weather.
  • Do not leave the car on the bench. The best way to fight a cold is to use it regularly (at least once a week, even if you go shopping).
  • Start smooth. Don’t “pedal” it too much during the first few kilometers.
  • Take a long trip at least once a month. Behold, an opportunity to plan a weekend getaway. Plan a long drive with your friends to drive your vehicle.

What will happen to electric cars?

If frost is already an enemy for cars with a combustion engine, the same applies to electric cars. Although the chemistry is different for some and others, he continues to suffer the same consequences.

From Toyotapoint out that the optimal thermal range of the batteries of their electric hybrids is around 10 and 30 degrees. Moreover, they ensure it between 0 and 50 degrees The response is still adequate and the truth is that our vehicle does not suffer that much.

But it’s also true that the consequences of a winter cold They will vary according to the year of the car, the manufacturer and of course the condition of the battery, because a new battery is not the same as the one that has been sitting under our hood for 5 years.

According to renaultthese are some of the recommendations What to consider during the winter to take care of the battery if your vehicle is electric:

  • charge at night: the price per kWh is usually lower at night.
  • This allows you to program the heating of your electric vehicle (preheated): it is common to leave first thing in the morning when the temperatures are lower with the car connected to the charging point. Program the vehicle to start driving at the desired temperature and doesn’t use as much battery when you’re on the move.
  • Use additional air conditioning systems: it is convenient to use cabin preconditioning with the activation of the heated seat and steering wheel, which allows you to enjoy a good temperature from the start, almost without drawing energy from the battery, which limits the use of heating.
  • Charge your car as soon as you finish your trip: This makes charging easier because the battery is already hot and does not need to be preheated to reach the optimum temperature before charging.
  • Use regenerative braking: This tip has more to do with autonomy than air conditioning, but it’s related. A larger battery or greater autonomy allows more electricity to be used to heat the cabin. Optimizing the use of regeneration during braking – especially in winter – increases the number of kilometers that can be driven in your electric car per charge.

So if our car is either electric or internal combustion (diesel / gasoline), which is clear, if we take into account the various recommendations of expert manufacturers such as Toyota or Renault, we must do an inspection of our vehicle whenever possible but especially when there are times of extreme temperatures, such as in winter and summer.

For this reason, at Auto Bild we recommend, now that Christmas is approaching, Take a moment and take your car to the workshop and that the best mechanical experts can take a look at your vehicle so you can spend your vacation without worry.

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