many years ago when I lived in Montreal we used to plug the car in. That's not to charge it but it was a heater to keep the oil and engine block warm enough (not too too cold I mean) that meant the engine could turn over upon request.
Do Canadians still do that? I don't know if nearby Americans ever did that.
Yes, both our vehicles in northern Minnesota have head bolt heaters. The dealership we use includes them on every new vehicle they order for the lot. We have a heated garage, so we only use them if it gets extremely cold when we are traveling in the winter.
Mardee, congratulations to all you Duluthians for breaking the snowiest December record ever with 44.7 inches of snow! Relatives planned to fly out of there to San Francisco on Christmas morning, but the flights were cancelled the day before.
I looked out the window in early December to see the Fed Ex truck stuck in the ditch right on the corner of our private road. The wrecker finally came and pulled him out so he could continue down our short lane to deliver a package. As he was leaving, he tried to stop at our driveway to tell my husband about getting stuck, but he hit more ice and slid into the ditch, again! My husband got out his truck and pulled him. The next week he was driving a different vehicle because he had hit a deer. I'm not sure he's in the right occupation;)