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Hybrids in cold weather

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I'm excited about the Volt and the technology it brings. However, how much will that 40 mile electric range be reduced when it's below 0? It was colder than -40 where I live this week, batteries get very weak.

Anyone have hybrids that lives in a cold climate? How to they do?

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The Prius starts everyday, beyond that I haven't bothered checking the mileage or anything, hell I haven't driven it or ridden in it in weeks.

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My friend's Prius' engine always starts when the power is turned on and the temp is 37F or below. The reason being is that there's no heat for the cabin without the engine.

EDIT: It is my guess that's the reason.

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My friend's Prius' engine always starts when the power is turned on and the temp is 37F or below. The reason being is that there's no heat for the cabin without the engine.

EDIT: It is my guess that's the reason.

I have an '09 Camry Hybrid. When you press the power button the car is READY in electric mode. The engine comes in momentarily but not to heat. The car is all electric so it has an electric heater to bring the car up to running temperature in cold weather until the ICE heats up. You get better mileage in warmer weather when the ICE doesn't have to run as much to keep the batteries up from all the power drain. Always starts, runs great!

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