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I found it to be a very interesting read for those wondering what temperature does to your battery pack and how it affects its performance! I thought it was educational and since I enjoy the "how to's" of such things, I thought I'd share it with the forum!

http://www.afdc.doe.gov/pdfs/Thermal_Eval_Insight.pdf

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Good article. I'm impressed with the documentation this site comes up with. Thanks for your part in that.

It backs up what my experience had already revealed: In Virginia, gas mileage is much better in summer than in winter. It makes sense. Slow down the chemistry with cold and it takes more power to charge the battery, and you can't get as much power back out of the batteries while they are cold, so the gas engine works harder. Storage efficiency goes down. Ultimately, storage efficiency is gas mileage, since the gas engine has to do anything that the electric engine can't do.
 

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nice article!
they even reference this site.

Based on that article, I think I'll be putting the insight in the garage
this winter, and making the wife park outside :)
As far as fuel efficiency, you are likely too loose more mph's
simply based on the general properties of a combustion engine.
I'm no engineer though.
 
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