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All-Electric Vehicles and Winter: Mortal Enemies?

Auto123 gets to drive the all-new Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the Volvo XC40 Recharge in the dead of winter and gets schooled on what happens to range in frigid temperatures!

In a bit of fortuitous timing, it happens that we’re test-driving two all-electric models back-to-back this month, in the midst of an extended cold snap. We’re relishing the chance to try out these EVs in these conditions, and specifically, we want to see what kind of effect the freezing temperatures – generally below -15 Celsius on average, and quite a bit lower most nights – can have on range.

Having just completed a tour of duty in the 2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge, we’re now getting a crack at the all-new Hyundai Ioniq 5 all-electric crossover, which hits the market this year with the Tesla Model 3 dead in its sights.

It’s early days for our testing, and we will have full reviews in the coming days for you, but it’s already clear that those stories of range being slashed by as much as 40 percent in extreme conditions are more than stories, they’re observable reality.

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