Does anyone know if the U.S. version of the Solterra will have a heat pump or will it use resistive heating? Thanks.
Given how many Subarus are sold in cold climate states, it's hard to believe they would not include a heat pump as standard, but as you say, who knows. We'll have to wait for more details to come out.I’m sure we will get some more info on about 2 months or so when they announce MSRP. I too am curious about whether or not it will have a heat pump or some mech to help guard against cold weather drainage. I would assume (and hope) that a vehicle that is selling itself as a rugged, all-terrain, all-weather vehicle would have this but who knows
The heat pump is a more efficient way of providing heat to the battery pack and the cabin. The alternative is resistance heating which is much less efficient, except at extremely low temperatures.Whats the purpose of the heat pump?
Is it only for cabin warmth? or will it also be used as part of pre-conditioning of cold batteries prior to or part of charging?
I thought the heat pump was specifically for HVAC and that heating the battery was done by the coolant system?It keeps the battery packs warm in cold weather so that you don’t lose as much charge. They are susceptible to the same kind of power reduction that lead acid batteries encounter in cold temps
The heat pump does it more efficiently than resistive heating would do it, if not equipped with a heat pump. The coolant system is simply the way the heat provided by the heat pump (or resistive heating) is distributed to the battery pack and passenger compartment.I thought the heat pump was specifically for HVAC and that heating the battery was done by the coolant system?
Has anyone managed to ferret out where the heat pump is actually located? I’ve watched a number of reviews, etc., but I haven’t been able to spot anything that looks like a heat pump.The heat pump does it more efficiently than resistive heating would do it, if not equipped with a heat pump. The coolant system is simply the way the heat provided by the heat pump (or resistive heating) is distributed to the battery pack and passenger compartment.
I have a friend who owns a Tesla, and apparently it’s either not readily visible or it looks nothing like the Tesla heat pump.Crumas, it might not look anything like what a traditional home-based heat pump looks like and there may be different components located in different places, too. It's not surprising to me that this technology is being integrated into EVs...the HVAC industry's experience and development with very high efficiency solutions like mini-splits is a natural carry over into these "more portable" small solutions for heating/cooling/dehumidification, IMHO. They use a fraction of the power that older tech used for that while providing better comfort at the same time.
I don't think anything has changed since the original reports of it having a heat pump. I wouldn't buy any EV without one. DENSO Products Electrify Toyota and Subaru’s New All-Electric bZ4X and SOLTERRA.Putting that question upfront again. Didn't see any mention of the Heat Pump (Canadian or US versions) in the latest info coming out. We can see lists of features now, but no heat pump is mentioned. Has anybody seen anything new?