How to maximise the range of an EV

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Have you taken delivery of an electric car on subscription recently? Or are you doing your research to see if an EV will fit into your day-to-day school run and commute? We’ve put together some top tips on how to maximise the range.

Activate Eco Mode

Electric vehicles (EVs) typically come with an “eco-mode” feature, aimed at extending battery life. Engaging eco-mode restricts top speed, climate control functions, and other power-consuming features. While some EVs also offer a “sport” mode for maximum performance, it’s advisable to switch it off when prioritising battery longevity.

Maintain Proper Tyre Pressure

Ensuring optimal tyre pressure is crucial for maximising range. Under-inflated tyres increase energy consumption, leading to a decrease in range. Additionally, they can cause long-term damage to your wheels. Refer to your car manual or online resources for the recommended tyre pressure.

Moderate Motorway Speeds

Driving at high speeds, particularly over 60mph on motorways, can significantly reduce your EV’s range. Opt for a slower pace to conserve energy and minimise the need for frequent charging stops. Furthermore, plan your route efficiently before embarking on long journeys to identify alternative, energy-saving routes.

Adopt an Efficient Driving Style

Improving your driving style can substantially enhance your EV’s range. Avoid aggressive acceleration, opt for smooth braking, and utilise coasting whenever possible. These simple adjustments can yield significant improvements in mileage.

Travel Light

Minimise unnecessary cargo in your EV, as excess weight can diminish your vehicle’s range. Prioritise essential items and avoid overloading the boot to maximise efficiency and extend your driving range.

Opt for Energy-Efficient Climate Control

Heating and air conditioning are major battery consumers in EVs. Use these features judiciously, opting for alternatives like heated seats or opening windows when possible. Balancing comfort with energy efficiency can help preserve your EV’s range.

Preserve Battery Health

To prolong battery life, maintain a charge level between 20% and 80%. Charging times increase significantly beyond 80%, so it’s advisable to stay within this range whenever possible. However, for longer journeys, a full charge may be necessary despite the potential impact on battery longevity.

Plan Charging Stops

Before embarking on a long journey, identify charging stations along your route using tools like Zap Map. Planning ahead ensures you have access to charging facilities when needed, minimising the risk of range anxiety during your travels.

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Patty Atindehou

Patty is the content writer for and loves her cars and the automotive industry in general. She worked for large dealer groups in the United Kingdom and the USA specialising in high-end and premium vehicles. Her goal is to provide the most interesting information on the vehicle subscription industry.

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Post Published: May 10, 2024
Post Last Updated: May 14, 2024
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