Squeezing the most you can out of every kilowatt-hour from your electric vehicle will not only help you prevent slimming down your wallet but also save you the occasional inconvenience or embarrassment might I say. There are some ways that you can adopt to help increase the range of your electric car, and also improve its efficiency. The path to the best battery range is often specific to the make and brand, but irrespective of what you drive these tips will help you go the extra mile and increase your electric car range. Read on…
Learn And Use The Right Driving Modes
The best thing about the most affordable electric cars is that everything is instantaneous. Nearly all of the electric cars now allow drivers to switch modes and alter the performance with a push of a button. The modes vary. Some increase the performance at the cost of range, while others will help you break even on the performance at the expense of acceleration or even by turning the regenerative braking more aggressively to help in recapturing energy. Go in-depth into the driving modes, and also the best times and situations to use them. Switching from one mode to another, on the fly will help you vastly get the best out of any driving situation.
Your Battery Changes Over Time
With time and constant charge and discharge cycles, your battery loses its capacity and degrades; it will take a cut in its maximum driving range. In most cases, batteries will retain a good 75 percent of their initial capacity after 4 years of use. However, truth be told, the more you are dependent on the car, the more the capacity of the battery will deteriorate. Cars that are parked out in the sun for a good chunk of its time will also degrade the battery; climate and weather conditions will deteriorate the battery capacity as well. This is why choosing a car that has an active cooling system for warmer climates will make a world of difference.
Easy On The Accelerator Pedal
Get out of the habit of always “flooring-it”. The more aggressive you are driving it, the faster you go and the more brutal your acceleration is, the more your battery will discharge. It is the same in the case of gas cars, and electric cars follow the same laws that govern matter as well. Lighten on the pressure and you will see a noticeable increase in the range and charging costs as well!