A thing that has always puzzled me about electric cars is how do they cope
in winter. How do you heat the car up and demist windows, I should imagine
it reduces your mileage considerably if it has to done electrically? I beli
eve the batteries give off some heat and perhaps some heat from the motor/s
can be harvested but I cannot see it compares to using the coolant system
in a petrol or diesel car. Heat as opposed to sound insulation might help.
Is it a case of wrap up well and stick your flying helmet on?
I remember seeing at a motor show years ago a paraffin heater that can be
built into the heating system of HGVs so lorry drivers can keep their cabs
warm when the driver is parked overnight, without needing to leave the
I wonder if a similar system could be built into electric cars, so you need
to top that up with paraffin every so often and keep the batteries only for
the motors and lights.
On Sat, 30 Jan 2016 13:41:53 +0000, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
We used to use a small half sphere shaped catalytic heater that ran
off a liquid fuel of some sort. It was typically used under the
(pretty well ventilated) canvas 'hood' of our small motor cruiser,
just to provide a source of flameless heat during the colder evenings.
I've no idea how safe it was by today's Elf n Safety rules but we are
still here. ;-)
I did find a report on the gas powered catalytic heaters and that
seems to suggest you are more likely to die from oxygen starvation
than the fumes as such.
I wonder how that might compare with a liquid fuel based versions (but
not like the liquefied gas some soldering irons use).
I think you had to start this particular heater with meths so best
done outside and on the land?
Cheers, T i m
You would need to be careful in designing such a device due to the fact that
you may need it to operate on the move, and the fuel slosh and the naked
flame might be an issue. I did wonder if something might be done using the
same system as in those gass heated rollers etc, which use some form of
catalyst to use methane without a flame.
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My car already has a fuel burning heater that heats the cooling water in
winter to reduce warm up times. It seems that the fuel saved by getting
the engine warm quickly is about the same as the fuel burnt to get it
that way ...
Fun when they dont work...properly
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Er... why is it any easier to run that than to just run the engine?
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In this country (the Uk) I believe it is illegal to have a vehicle on
the public highway with it's engine running and especially when
"Stationary idling is an offence under section 42 of the Road Traffic
The Act enforces rule 123 of the Highway Code which states: "You must
not leave a vehicle engine running unnecessarily while that vehicle is
stationary on a public road."
And regulation 107, which makes it an offence to leave an engine
running in an unattended vehicle except in certain prescribed
Cheers, T i m
On the rare occasions when I used it, and my last car there had it as
standard, it was to get the chill off the circulating air when it was
bloody cold. Some people would use it to get everything nice and toasty.
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