Do we consume more fuel in winter? This is a question you’ve probably asked yourself before. Auto-Moto answers you.
You most likely know, the cold has a bad influence on electric cars and in particular their range, which then drops more quickly when temperatures are negative. This is due to the batteries which need to be at a specific temperature to operate, but also to the heating, which consumes a lot of energy. But what about thermal cars? The fuel consumption is it more important in winter? Auto-Moto invites you to discover the answer below!
A slight increase
Before going any further, a little reminder: to function, an engine needs a very precise mixture of air and fuel, so that combustion can take place. Except that when it is cold, the air density increases, of the order of 10%, while theessence densifies. Logically, this therefore leads to an increase in consumption, of the order of 15 to 20% all the same, on average. In addition, the engine needs more time to reach its optimum temperature, again causing a slight overconsumption.
In order to counter this phenomenon, many oil companies manufacture specific fuels for the winter, the composition of which changes slightly. But to limit consumption, it is still best to adopt a few basiceco driving, reducing strong acceleration and showing anticipation on the road. In addition, this will allow you to reduce the risk of accidents, which are more numerous in winter.
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