The new ŠKODAs built on the MQB37 platform, such as the latest ŠKODA SUPERB, offer unheralded possibilities for the heating system. In the most modern cars, the control unit receives information about the number of passenger based on the seat belts fastened, resulting in greater heating and cooling efficiency. This feature will be particularly important for electric cars and plug-in hybrids, where heating is one of the most energy-intensive appliances in the car.
Electric vehicles cars will benefit from a new heating system that uses a heating unit similar to that of cars with current diesel engines, only more powerful. Another upside of this is that there is no further heating medium, i.e. in cars with internal combustion engine cars, this is water. The electric convector heater directly heats the air coming out of the vents, with the added benefit of an unexpectedly fast supply of warm air.
So it is not true that electric vehicles are poor at heating. On the contrary, they are heated better and faster than internal combustion engine cars. However, the heat source does place significant demands on the on-board batteries, so the heat needs to be handled efficiently. As the recharging infrastructure grows and advances are made in overnight plug-in options, electric vehicles will let you pre-heat the interior or defrost the glass while they are still connected to the mains, without depleting the on-board batteries. Then, while you’re driving, you just need to top up the already comfortably heated interior every now and then.