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Winter doesn’t officially start until December 22, but for many of us it began weeks ago when the temperature began to dip, and turning on the heater became more of a necessity than a luxury. Ford is cleverly using ambient lighting to trick motorists into thinking they’re warmer than they really are in the winter, and cooler in the summer. It sounds deceitful, but the company is developing this new technology in a bid to quell the range concerns associated with electric cars.

Ford points to research carried out by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory that finds using the climate control system in an electric car reduces driving range by up to 50 percent. It doesn’t matter whether you’re running the heater or the air conditioning; the end result is that the climate control system draws a tremendous amount of electricity. In the 2021 Mustang Mach-E, that means maximum amount of range drops from 270 to 135 miles. That’s not great.

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