Hi guys, recently I've ordered a new Tucson PHEV 2022. I’m wondering if a block heater is required for this plug-in hybrid model. Do you have any idea or any information about this subject?
Could you elaborate on this a bit? I'm definitely considering a Tucson PHEV, but do have concerns regarding the cabin heating in the winter months, and how long it would take to warm up to a comfortable temperature.As it is it takes much longer to warm the cab up when compared to my older non-hybrid cars.
I'm in Kingston, so the weather for me is similar to you in Oshawa. I don't know if its the over all efficiency of the engine not wasting heat, but as Kevin noted, the cabin does take longer to heat. I park in the driveway so it is exposed to colder temps than in a garage. We have just had the coldest temps of the year, down to -23 and it took a good 15 minutes of driving (after remote starting engine for 10 minutes) to get up to a warm interior. Granted I like the temp to be higher than 22. I'm hoping the block heater will reduce this time. I will certainly post once it arrives and gets installed.Could you elaborate on this a bit? I'm definitely considering a Tucson PHEV, but do have concerns regarding the cabin heating in the winter months, and how long it would take to warm up to a comfortable temperature.
I live in Oshawa (pretty close to Toronto), and some winter weather can be pretty cold. I will be parking the car in my garage (unheated), so it will be a bit warmer and out of the snow/rain/sleet anyway.
The block heater wasn't available in the dealer to install it before delivering the car to you?I finally sourced out a block heater for my PHEV. Kat's is sold out of the one that is compatible for Hyundai and I couldn't find anything that was available in Canada. I finally found some Kat engine block heaters on etrailer.com. I had to pay a lot for shipping (total cost of part plus shipping $127.87 USD), but should arrive in a week. Hopefully this will help.get things warmed up and use electric mode more readily during the winter months. As it is it takes much longer to warm the cab up when compared to my older non-hybrid cars.
I haven't run into that problem yet. I have usually remote started the engine with the heater set to defrost for 10 minutes However, I would think that the air that the defroster emits, as long as it is warmer than the windscreen, would start to have an effect. But I'm no engineer. I just got an email that my engine block heater will arrive by the 17th and I'm hoping to get it installed ASAP.Hi PDS.....Just one other thing came to mind regarding cabin heat. I assume that the defroster would obviously be affected by the engine heat, so would think that there may be a problem if you leave the house before the engine is totally heated up and it starts to snow or sleet. The defroster would be ineffective and depending on the weather, you may have to pull over to let the engine warm completely so the defroster would work properly.
Have you encountered any kind of defroster issues so far?
Thanks so much for your comments!