Electric cars are finding their place on our roads. Like a messiah from the future that is here to show the ignorant fossil fuel-run vehicles how it’s done. Unfortunately, the one place where the messiah falls short is its range. Most Tesla cars have their electric car range upward of 350 miles in a single full charge, with Chevrolet’s Bolt and Hyundai’s Kona Electric close behind.
Nevertheless what if you are going from coast to coast? What if you are planning to make a 2000 mile journey across Europe? Even the best range electric car, has a range nowhere near those numbers. It can be nerve-wracking to drive with one eye on the road and the other on the remaining miles. The last thing you would want is to be stranded in the middle of nowhere with a depleted battery and an $80,000 car- The malady of the present-day electric vehicle owner. However, there are ways in which you can extend the range (not by 2000miles) to a considerable degree. Read on…
Drive Smooth-Passive Driving
Give the accelerator pedal a rest. Putting your foot on the pedal and pushing it down like a block of lead, will do everything to accelerate you – including the rate at which the battery is draining. Drive passively and be more subtle when you are getting your car up to speed.
Don’t Let The Speedometer Hit The Roof
Slow down. Keep the speed of the vehicle under 60 mph for the most part. You will greatly increase the range and also save yourself from losing money when the red and blue sirens are blaring. You will use around 15% less energy if you were to reduce the speed by 10 mph.
The only way you can charge on the go is by using the regenerative braking facility. Use the brakes only when necessary and enable the car’s maximum regenerative setting and send the power back to the batteries especially while you are decelerating.
Go Easy On The AC
Operating the air conditioner will drain the battery power at a rapid pace. Try to stick to the fan and not the compressor when you can. Close the windows to make the car more aerodynamic – this will increase the range ever so slightly. If you are desperately in need of getting to a place, then employing these minute tactics will help you juice out the most out of your electric car.
Happy And Safe Driving!