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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-13-2014, 04:06 AM Thread Starter
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12V heated car seat

Hi

Anybody using something like this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Carpoint-031.../dp/B000WQQGB4 ?

Maybe uses less power while keeping you warm..?
(I've got a Fluence ZE without heated seats)
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-13-2014, 07:22 AM
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RE: 12V heated car seat

Question: does either Fluence model have heated seats as standard?
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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-13-2014, 08:49 AM
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RE: 12V heated car seat

Yes - I used them for a time on my Espace, but soon stopped as even when not being used they were starting to be uncomfortable on longer journeys. I think it really only makes a difference if you have leather seats - which take a bit more body heat to become unnoticeable. Cloth seats warm up faster, making these pads a bit redundant.

There is also the slight overhead of keeping them powered as this ultimately will come from the traction battery and start to affect range.

I don't plan to use it on my Fluence - and it's got leather seats!
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-14-2014, 09:17 AM
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RE: 12V heated car seat

Perhaps a better answer comfort-wise is a heated jacket or waistcoat? Do they exist?

Ah, quick check on Ebay:
Waistcoat 17.99 inc postage
Jacket 19.85 or a stylish one for 29.99

Might be worth a try. At these prices they run on 6 or 8 AA batteries so expensive to run unless rechargeable.
Maybe could be converted to take power of the cigar lighter?
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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-14-2014, 10:02 AM
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RE: 12V heated car seat

What will none EV owners think reading all this!?!?!

Cars have had heaters for decades. No way will people go back to doing without to save a couple miles range.

What next, wrapping up under a blanket?
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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-14-2014, 12:56 PM
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RE: 12V heated car seat

I'm not suggesting us Fluence owners spend the winter wrapped up in thermal blankets, duck down duvets or electric waistcoats. But as an occasional thing the electric garment idea would allow the occasional longer journey to be done without a break for hours for charging. Remember we only have pretty slow charge facility and who wants to hang about in some godforsaken carpark for 4 hours topping up a battery?

Of course, if a cold commute on a daily basis was being contemplated I'd say don't be so stupid!
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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-14-2014, 01:25 PM
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RE: 12V heated car seat

Glad to hear it

A plug in waistcoat indeed lol. Sounds like something off Wallace and Gromit!
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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-15-2014, 10:32 AM
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RE: 12V heated car seat

...or something commonly used by all-weather motorcyclists.
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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-15-2014, 01:36 PM
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RE: 12V heated car seat

Thing is, you still need some ventilation to keep demisted. the less heating you use the worse the situation gets in the future.

The lowest setting possible doesn't seem too bad on energy. It's worth setting a low temp and wrapping warm still, but I don't see wearing self-heating clothing as something to go towards. I thought about it, then thought better of it.

I'm sad that no professionals are yet doing a fit for a fuel powered heater. I don't have the confidence to do that, though we'll see next year as i don't own my Fluence yet, and I might not have it in the future.
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-16-2014, 05:01 AM
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RE: 12V heated car seat

My only concession to this was a pair of wooly gloves (with phone-friendly finger tips) for the Twizy - and stored in the unlockable binnacle. If I felt cold, the gloves gave an instant hit and made the journey bearable - even if I could see my breath inside.

Since the journey length was rarely more than 40mins it never became an issue.
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