Winter operations and Hybrid batteries???
I live in Chicago, where the winters are cold. I also travel a lot and my car gets parked outside, in the cold (occassional high temps of 0 deg. F) for up to 4 days or more at a time without starting up. How well do the Hybrid batteries seem to work during winter operations? I am considering a hybrid vehicle for my next purchase but am worried about battery life of the hybrid and perhaps serious degredation in gas mileage performance. Any experience out there with cold winters and the car parked outside for days on end without driving? Thanks.
The worst MPG is in the below 0 F temps
Now we had -4 degrees the morning we filled up. The milage over the next two days droped from our normal 35-40 mpg down to 25 mpg. I think really cold weather is the worst hybrid driving conditions.
The gas engine operates when
The gas engine operates when it needs to depending on the demands on it at the time. Using the A/C or the heater will require it to run more than if you weren't, but it won't be constantly on.