Extend Electric Vehicle Range With Car Window Tint

Extend Electric Vehicle Range with Automotive Window Film - Window Film Pros

What can extend electric vehicle range? That is often a question that is top of mind when people consider an EV. With gas prices seem to be creeping higher and more people than ever are opting to purchase an electric or hybrid vehicles. Those are both great options to help save you money, but they can both be made even better with an addition. Did you know that by utilizing a heat rejecting automotive window tint and film can help extend electric / hybrid vehicle range? In this brief article we will explain the how and why automotive window tint is beneficial to extend electric vehicle range.

First, let’s explore one of the primary ways that the battery in an EV or hybrid vehicle 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 10-15%.  The following paragraph is from Tesla’s website discussing the Tesla Model S Efficiency and Range.

“Climate Control energy usage is related to keeping the cabin at a comfortable temperature. Maintaining a desired temperature in the cabin requires energy draw from the battery, which affects range. It is challenging to generalize how much the use of climate control will affect your range. It depends predominantly on how different the cabin temperature is from the outside temperature, if there is a large heat load from the sun, and how long you operate the climate control system.

If you are driving slowly for a very long time and operating climate control continually it will have the largest percentage impact on your range. In very hot or cold operating conditions with typical usage of climate control and driving at speeds around 55 mph you may see a 10-15% reduction in range.”

Extend Electric Vehicle Range with Automotive Window Film 2 - Window Film Pros Based on the current Model S range from their website, not using the HVAC could increase the range roughly 36-54 miles per charge.

So, Can Window Tint Extend Electric Vehicle Range on an (EV) or Hybrid Vehicle?

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 (heat) entering the car through the windows can be reduced significantly. Many modern automotive window films can reduce the heat entering through the glass by over 60%. By reducing the heat entering the vehicle, the need to run the air conditioning to keep the interior comfortable may be reduced.

To be fair, you may still need to utilize the HVAC to keep comfort at optimal levels, but the assumption is the heat reducing film will enable you to use it less. The net result based on the data above is that reducing the use of your air conditioning usage would extend electric vehicle range. Over time, through the extended range and reduced running costs associated with recharging, a professional window tint installation could actually pay for itself.

Please take note of the window tint laws in your area as you consider having your vehicle’s windows tinted. You can find the Window Tint Laws for the US and Canada by clicking HERE.

So, in summary, if you ever wondered how to squeeze more miles out of your electric car, window tint might be the secret weapon you’re looking for. By blocking heat from entering through the windows, tint can significantly reduce the workload on your air conditioning. Since AC is a major battery drain, this translates to increased range on a single charge. So, next time you’re looking for ways to maximize your EV’s efficiency, consider adding a layer of tint for a cooler ride and longer journeys.

**Please Note: The information contained above is a summary of information gathered from Tesla and others. It IS NOT a guarantee of increased range for your particular vehicle or situation. There are far too many variables involved to make any specific claims or promises about range increase.**

If you would like more information about automotive window film / tint and how they can be implemented into your electric or hybrid vehicle, contact a Window Film Pros in your area to learn more or schedule a free, no obligation consultation and estimate.

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