Yep, that one gets me sometimes too. Seems sort of arbitrary to me. Maybe I just want the fan gently blowing on my feet, will that really cost me 2 miles?Turn off your climate control button. When you start the car with ventilation switched on the car thinks you will be using power that otherwise would go to power the drive motor.
As a sometime bit basher I wouldn't call it a bug as I'm pretty sure it's a deliberate choice to just make a simple estimate of the range impact. Sure, they could have spent weeks running tests to measure the current draw of every possible combination of climate control setting to generate a look up table with accurate range changes for each one. Perhaps they could have added current sensors to the climate control to measure the draw in real time and update the range accurately on the fly. Or they could have done some napkin math and said "Eh, the average range impact is 1.5 miles, round it up to 2 and ship it."I regard it as a minor defect in the EV range estimation logic. Turn your climate off and after a full PHEV charge, your range is 26 miles. Turn the fan on low (one tick) and it immediately drops to 24. Turn the fan off and it goes back to 26. Now that I think about this, I have to wonder what would happen if I dialed in the climate temp to whatever temperature shows on the dashboard for ambient temp (meaning no heating or cooling required) and then dialed up the fan to full blast. My guess is that it would stay two miles less than the no-fan-power range, which would tend to prove that it's a software bug, because the fan running at full blast is surely pulling a lot more power than it is at low, but I haven't actually tried this.
I'd say the actual range is within a mile or two most of time time. I've gotten as much as 28 and as few as 23 depending on weather and road conditions.We're new to the Niro PHEV, so I can't speak to how much they are affected by climate control, outside temp, etc. But I have had my Volt for 2 1/2 years, and the estimated electric range on a full charge varies anywhere between 50-64 miles. I believe it is based on how efficient the most recent driving has been. In reality, I usually get anywhere between 46-68 miles (mostly dependent on outside temperature).
Is the Niro's electric range really that consistent? In any case, I always look at the estimated electric range as a guestimate.
As mentioned higher in this discussion, the Niro removes two miles of estimated range with HVAC on and a full battery. If your range is down around 15, then turning HVAC on will only drop the gauge about a mile. But regardless what the gauge reads, it's still just an estimate. I've gone 34 miles with HVAC on, so it's not a hard and fast number.This is my fourth pH EV three from Ford it’s perfectly normal sometimes the batteries off by a couple miles it doesn’t really mean anything it’s only an estimate and a lot has to do with the computer thinks your average driving is like so the last time you drove the car was it relatively high speeds you might get a lower mileage rating even on a full charge in case you hadn’t noticed the faster you go the less mileage you get on your battery