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 |  Mar 24 2012, 12:00 PM

Batteries and cold climates often don’t mix well. Anyone who has tried to operate an electric device, like a camera that has been sitting in the cold, will soon find that the batteries have lost their charge.

This sort of issue isn’t catastrophic with a small device, just a little inconvenient. The same can’t be said about a car, which has to work in all climates.

Volvo currently allows select customers to lease the C30 Electric and worked hard to ensure that not only the car will work in cold climates, but also the car can generate heat to make its occupants feel more comfortable.

To prove what its car has achieved, the company staged an event in Finland to show what the C30 Electric can do.

The test started by placing the car in a cold climate chamber, which kept the car at a steady -13 degrees Fahrenheit.

Not only did the cars start, but they were also able to warm up very quickly because of its separately-fueled heating system. The C30 Electric has three heaters, an electric immersion heater, an electric PTC heater, and a fuel operated heater that runs on ethanol.

The testers on hand were very impressed, not only with the way the car drove in icy conditions, but also how quickly the heaters warmed up the car. You can watch the video after the jump:

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 |  Feb 21 2012, 1:32 PM

The next-generation Nissan Pathfinder will be built on a car-based unibody setup, but the Japanese automaker wants to ensure that its off-road performance is still ruggedly good.

In full testing camouflage, Nissan took its 2013 Pathfinder Concept on a road trip to make sure it could endure over 1,500 miles of extreme cold weather testing. The upcoming SUV went from Colorado to Alaska and traveled through blizzards, snow, and mud.

But clearly Nissan has a new vision with their revamped Pathfinder, highlighting how family-friendly the vehicle is in its video, even showing off the ease of entering and exiting the vehicle with child seats installed. Of course not many people buying the three-row Pathfinder will go traveling through snow storms, but it’s nice to know that the Pathfinder hasn’t lost its true heritage when its rugged body-on-frame construction went out the window.

Watch the video of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder Concept going cold weather testing after the break.

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