If you parked outside and did more than your short commutes preconditioning may be beneficial. Parked in a heated garage there really is no need or benefit. I do start my car now to warm it up before I head out into the cold but no preconditioning. I am retired so no planned departures anyway.Here in Wichita, we'll get plenty of 0-20 degree stretches overnight during the winter, but this is nothing like Minnesota cold. I park in a garage and I plug in 2-3x a week just to stay between 50 and 90%. When I drive, it is almost exclusively for short 10-15 mile commutes - not road trips.
I've never set a departure time and I'm trying to decide if preconditioning my battery is really worth it. Does preconditioning (under my temp conditions and driving scenario described above):
Basically, if anyone knows whether battery preconditioning would be truly beneficial under my circumstances, or if this is just one more thing to nerd out on, that'd be super helpful. Thanks.
- meaningfully improve battery life?
- meaningfully improve efficiency for my daily commutes such that it is worth consuming even more line-side electricity just to warm the battery?