eNate wrote: ↑
Mon Jan 13, 2020 2:11 pm
i3maybe wrote: ↑
Mon Jan 13, 2020 1:01 pm
Am I right in saying the Aux Heating was fitted as standard to US spec cars?
Just so we're using consistent terms to avoid confusion:
North American BEV i3 models include the heat pump option. You can double check the heat pump installation in your car by entering your VIN in http://www.mdecoder.com
All i3's (REX and BEV models) have the resistive coil heating. (When I hear "aux heating," this is what I think of, because some internal combustion cars come with similar coil packs -- also called "aux heat" -- to provide instant cabin heat while the motor is coming up to temperature.)
Lastly, all i3's have battery preconditioning -- the "dealer pre heat" you referenced in an earlier post -- that uses the car's high-voltage battery to operate a coil pack that in turn gets heat to the battery tray. This necessitates a pre-set departure time and also requires the car to be plugged in.
I agree Aux heat makes me think resistive heater.
The heat pump was standard until model year 2019 for the BEV in the US and never installed on the REx due to space constraints with the REx equipment. Now, sadly it is an option and I think a rather unpopular one so far due in part no doubt to the lack of educated sales people.
I love the heat pump it makes a huge difference in the winter and keeps the resistive heater from running down to 22f in my experience. It is the primary cabin and battery thermal management system when installed.
The heat pump is completely different than the battery heater often called the battery blanket. The heat pump does not pre heat the battery the battery blanket does that. In order for the battery blanket to pre-condition the battery, a few conditions must be met. The car must be plugged in ( on 110v the battery might deplete some) a departure time must be set, and that departure time must be programed at least 3 hours prior to the desired departure.