Not all electric vehicles (EVs) come equipped with heat pumps, but they should, especially in areas where temperatures drop. Traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) cars can reuse exhaust heat for heating, but EVs do not have that capability.
Therefore, the options for heating are either a conventional system or a heat pump, with the latter being more energy-efficient. Recognizing that this information may not be widely known, Tesla recently released a promotional video on its official YouTube channel highlighting the benefits of heat pumps, specifically its own.
The video explains that a heat pump functions as an air conditioner in reverse and is now included in the entire Tesla EV portfolio. The Tesla heat pump is designed to be as simple as possible, to avoid adding extra components to the vehicle.
With the heat pump, energy usage for heating can be reduced by up to four times depending on conditions. Therefore, if you live in a colder climate, it’s worth considering an EV with a heat pump, whether it’s a Tesla or not.