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Heated Windshield

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Description

An effective way to defrost and keep ice from windshield. Perhaps heating withing the windshield itself.

Competitive/Pricing/Notes

No known cars offer an alternative to the standard design of blasting dry air at the windshield. Costs unknown.

Status

Unknown.



Category: Tags: entered 2-Feb-2013

10 Comments

A lot of European cars have directly heated windshield. The treads are invisible when you focus on the road ahead.
I know back in the 1980s this was an option available on the Mercury Sable and the Ford Taurus. It was called Instaclear. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quickclear It can be rather problematic though and makes replacing a windshield a lot more expensive.
Can be regarded resolved: New options for Europe

The new option does not expressly state "heated windshield", but it does state "heated windshield wiper nozzles & cowl, improved defrost grill". I'd assume that this solves the problem at hand.
No known cars offer an alternative to the standard design of blasting dry air at the windshield.

Does Ford qualify as a "known car"? ;-) Ford has been offering this feature for years already, at least in those models that are sold in Europe. See this video for illustration:
Ford QuickClear heated windscreen
I've had electric heated windshield on my last 4 vehicles (Ford and Volkswagen). This is offered by more and more producers now. It is very helpful in winter time here in Norway!
I have this feature in my 2001 model Think City. It's by far the fastest way to defrost the windshield. Even if the windshield is covered with relatively thick ice, the heater will loosen it in a couple of minutes, letting you just push it off. Also effective against fog.
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The Range Rovers have heated windshields also.
Volvo has it also
A colleagues Nissan and Range Rover both have this feature
Yes, 'resolved' is nonsense.  Even if the Winter Package is considered a solution, which it is not, it is far too expensive as a solution for this suggestion.