As electric vehicles (EVs) become more popular, drivers are looking for ways to maximize their EVs’ efficiency and range for long journeys. Here are some tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your electric car.
Drive Slowly and Steadily
Driving slowly can help preserve battery charge, as lower speeds put less stress on the battery. This is especially important in cold weather, which can reduce an EV’s range by slowing down chemical reactions in the battery. By maintaining a steady speed, you can ensure your battery lasts longer and you can travel further on a single charge.
Pre-Heat the Cabin
Turning on the air conditioning or heating affects battery charge and range. However, you can minimize this impact by pre-heating the cabin while the car is plugged in. This will ensure that your car is comfortable when you start driving, without draining the battery unnecessarily.
Take Advantage of Regenerative Braking
Going downhill can benefit EV drivers due to regenerative braking, which converts the energy generated during braking back into the battery. On the other hand, going uphill uses up the battery charge faster. By planning your route to include more downhill sections, you can maximize your EV’s range and efficiency.
Stay Updated on EV Infrastructure Developments
Companies like Sysco Corporation are working to expand EV infrastructure, such as the Riverside Electric Vehicle Hub. This project aims to reduce direct emissions by 27.5% and includes plans for 40 dual-port DC fast-charging stations, 4 MWh of battery storage, and increased solar power generation. Staying informed about these developments can help you plan your trips more efficiently and make the most of your electric car’s range.