This may be more of a motor vehicle question, but since I'm asking about batteries, I think it may be more suited here.
As we know, electronics don't like the cold.
As we also know, last week was real cold.
Now, I've had my fair share of phone troubles in the cold before. For a short while, I lived in the north, and in extreme cold my phone would arbitrarily turn off if I held it out too long. I was wondering if electric cars suffered the same effect at all.
As I understand it Teslas use (in part) Li-ion batteries, like my phone does, and these are the kinds I've heard have the most problems in extreme temperatures. Assuming they follow the same principles as my phone, then driving out of a warm garage may mean your car will arbitrarily turn off on the road. I imagine that's undesirable behavior for a car.
Did this front affect electric cars at all? If not, what measures have the manufactures taken to protect their electrics against this?
Note: I'm not asking about these cars having trouble starting; that's an issue in all cars. But where gas-powered cars primarily rely on batteries to start, electric cars rely on them to keep moving. I am asking if the cold affected the batteries of already-running electric cars.