At Wright Hyundai, we’re thrilled to sell Hyundai’s advanced cars to eco-conscious customers, but we know electric cars have their drawbacks. One noted flaw of EVs is their reduced capacity in extremely cold temperatures. Hyundai, though, is taking steps to eliminate this flaw, which is why the automaker has been testing its EVs in one of the coldest climates in the world.
The Hyundai electric vehicles NEXO and Kona Electric have spent time recently in the Swedish Lapland, near the Arctic Circle, in an effort to test and improve their performance in extremely cold temperatures. The weather in the Lapland, where Hyundai’s Mobis Proving Ground is located, can get down to -35 degrees Celsius—about -30 degrees Fahrenheit.
The NEXO and the Kona Electric have both proven to be exceptionally well-suited to cold temperatures during the testing. As a fuel cell electric vehicle, the challenge with the NEXO was getting the fuel cell heated up enough to start, so Hyundai engineers designed a new component to heat the fuel cell stack. This allows the NEXO to start with no trouble at temperatures as low as -30 degrees Celsius, the same as combustion engine cars.
Cold weather can also drain an electric battery more quickly, especially with the use of the heating system. Hyundai engineers worked to make the Kona Electric’s battery as efficient as possible in these temperatures, adding smart air intake control to recycle hot air instead of continuously heating up cold air, a heat pump system, and improved ventilation systems.
We at Wright Hyundai look forward to these two vehicles making their way onto dealership lots sometime soon.