How well do electric cars heat the interior?

I want to buy an electric car, but I live in an area with pretty cold winters. From what I understand, the motors in electric cars don’t generate much heat on their own. Without the added warmth of a combustion engine, how well do electric cars heat the interior?

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Answer provided by
Allison Stone
Answered on Jun 15, 2022
One of the bonuses of owning an electric car is that you can heat things up quickly, and you don’t even have to idle an engine to do so.
In some ways, gas-powered cars have a slight advantage over electric cars in the cold because the engine itself generates a lot of heat internally. The heat generated from the combustion engine helps heat the interior, and can even melt snow and ice off of the outside of the car.
However, electric cars have the ability to heat the cabin of the car and use heated accessories such as heated seats or a heated steering wheel without even needing to turn on the motor. You can even heat up your car remotely while it’s still plugged in, making the cabin nice and toasty without draining your battery.
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