How To Maximise Your EV’s Range

Electric car sales have been growing steadily and in September 2022 we saw Britain’s millionth electric car hit the road. 

What is the average range for an electric vehicle?

The average range is 100-250 miles. However, newer models can drive as far as 400 miles on a single charge. Battery level consumption is being improved which will help to increase the average range of an EV. If you are planning a long distance travel EV’s are the best option in making your journey more environmentally friendly and cheaper to run.

10 things you can do to maximise your EV’s range:

  1. Maximize regenerative braking – The electric motor in a regenerative braking system acts as a generator. Enable your cars maximum regenerative setting, sending extra power back to the vehicles battery, typically adding a few extra miles of range.
  2. Drive Smoothly – Sudden acceleration and braking uses more power than a steady speed. So, it is more beneficial to take it easy from a standing start.
  3. Slow down – Keeping your speed under 60 mph will help your battery range. According to the Department of Energy, you’ll use 14% less energy by reducing your speed.
  4. Plan your route – Depending on the terrain that you’re driving on it can impact your EV’s range. Driving uphill uses more power than level ground. Avoid area’s known for heavy traffic. If you have a navigation system in your EV, this will suggest energy-efficient routes.
  5. Keep your tyres inflated – Under-inflated tyres create more resistance meaning the battery will work harder to maintain power. Sources suggest that over 25% of all vehicles have improperly inflated tires.
  6. Remove accessories – Any accessories that are on the car but not being used should be removed, such as cargo carriers and roof racks. By doing this you will reduce drag and save battery power.
  7. Switch off unnecessary features – The battery of EV’s not only powers the car but all of the electric features such as the lights, radio and air conditioning. Switch off any that are not needed at the time of driving.
  8. Time your charge – As soon as your car is charged it is best to remove the charger. EV batteries tend to self-discharge when they’ve finished charging. Timing your charge will also be an advantage to the battery’s long-term health.
  9. Go easy on the heating – Running an EV heater on full blast can drain your EV’s battery life. In the winter it is better to rely more on the heated seats and pre-heat our car while its plugged in. This will mean using the climate control less while driving.
  10. Keep your EV well maintained – Like any car it is always best to keep vehicles well maintained so they perform the best. Regular servicing, keep tyres in good condition and make sure all fluids are filled up.

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