Tesla Drivers in Chicago Confront a Harsh Foe: Cold Weather

In the New York Times (unlocked article):

In a painfully chilly parking lot in Chicago on Tuesday, Tesla drivers huddled in their cars waiting for a charge.

I understand that I’m privileged that I live in California and that I’m able to charge my EV at home. However, for people who live where it gets to below 0 temperatures and who can’t charge at home, they have to rely on Tesla’s supercharger network or another DC fast charging solution.

We had to do this with our first EV. Since we lived in an apartment, we had to top off at DC fast chargers.

“It ends up being very difficult to make battery electric vehicles work in very cold conditions,” Mr. Brouwer said. “You cannot charge a battery as fast or discharge a battery as fast if it’s cold. There’s no physical way of getting around.”

There’s no way to get around the way how a battery works in cold weather. But we do need to have better access to level 2 charging so people can charge at home overnight.

This is an infrastructure problem, not an EV problem.