Gas prices seem to continually creep higher and more people are opting to purchase an electric or hybrid vehicles. Tesla is making Model 3s as fast as they can produce them now for orders on the books. However, the downside of that option is people are always looking for ways to increase electric vehicle range. Did you know that by utilizing a heat rejecting automotive window film, you can increase electric vehicle range? In this brief article we will explain the how and why some innovative automotive window films can be beneficial in this area.
First, let’s explore one of the primary ways that the battery in an electric vehicle’s battery gets drained. In addition to powering the vehicle, much of the power from the batteries goes to operating the comfort systems. These would include things like lights, sound system and most importantly, the HVAC system. Depending on the vehicle, use of the air conditioning can reduce range from 9-17%. See estimate graphics from Tesla’s own website below that show range estimate for various cars in their line-up with all things being equal except the use of the HVAC system.
Model Range without HVAC Use
Model Range with HVAC Use
Now that we have established that running the HVAC does decrease the range of your vehicle, how can window tint help? Through the use of an automotive window film, solar energy entering the car through the windows can be reduced significantly. By reducing the heat entering the vehicle, the need to run the HVAC will be reduced and that will extend your range. Over time, through the extended range and reduced running costs, the window tint installation could actually pay for itself.
Hopefully this brief article will help you better understand how automotive window tint can help you increase electric vehicle range. If you would like more information about the automotive window films we offer and how they can be implemented into your electric vehicle, contact us by calling (206) 403-1366. Find out why we are Seattle, Washington’s #1 source for automotive window tinting.