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Steering Wheel Heater

Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2018 7:17 pm
by CanuckEVDriver
This likely is more important in colder climates (like Canada).

The steering wheel heater element only heats the outside perimeter of the steering wheel.

It would be nice if the element were to wrap around the steering wheel so that your fingers would also warm up, and not just the palm of the hand. Especially on mornings with -10 degree C (or colder) weather.

(On the 2018 models at least, not sure of pre-2018)

Re: Steering Wheel Heater

Posted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:26 pm
by LeftieBiker
Just think of those "poor" Model 3 drivers who paid $65k for a car with no steering wheel heater at all.

Re: Steering Wheel Heater

Posted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 6:48 pm
by jjeff
CanuckEVDriver wrote:This likely is more important in colder climates (like Canada).

The steering wheel heater element only heats the outside perimeter of the steering wheel.

It would be nice if the element were to wrap around the steering wheel so that your fingers would also warm up, and not just the palm of the hand. Especially on mornings with -10 degree C (or colder) weather.

(On the 2018 models at least, not sure of pre-2018)
I normally run my heater with defrost and floor heat, no A/C. I drove someone elses Leaf who had floor and front vents on and they had the front vents pointed at the back of their fingers when on the steering wheel, I'll be darned if it didn't warm the back of my fingers :)
Of course if you need defrost, this won't work but it does have me rethinking my normal setting for those occasions when I don't need defrost. It was nice having warm fingers and not just the palms :)

Re: Steering Wheel Heater

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:37 am
by SalisburySam
LeftieBiker wrote:Just think of those "poor" Model 3 drivers who paid $65k for a car with no steering wheel heater at all.
Indeed! I use my 2012 LEAF for all cool/cold weather driving (local only of course due to range), and fully pre-heat the Model 3 for any longer range need. For me the lack of steering wheel heat on the 3 is one of those “...and just what were they thinking?” items.

Re: Steering Wheel Heater

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:37 am
by kuroneko
I haven't noticed that it only heats on the outside, but I never had one before. Just having a heated steering wheel is nice since my last car didn't have it at all. It does feel like the Leaf doesn't get as bitter cold as an ICE car. Except for last week when it was way below freezing my Leaf has been comfortable even without running the heat. I remember driving in my ICE car last winter and freezing until the thing finally warmed up a little (which was about half way to work). The Leaf is cool, but not bitter cold.