Hot weather can greatly affect the range of electric vehicles. Here are six tips to make sure you get the most out of your electric vehicle when the mercury rises.
1. Avoid parking in the sun
Your EV has a thermal management system that works hard to keep the vehicle cool. If you leave your car parked in the open, direct sunlight will make it difficult for this system to do its job. This will eventually drain the car’s battery. Park under a tree or in a garage.
2. Go calmly with the air conditioning
In this age of climate change, the summer weather can be quite unbearable and air conditioning is a must when you’re behind the wheel. But that doesn’t mean you have to turn on the AC until your car’s cab looks like Santa’s freezer. Running air conditioning at full speed will quickly reduce the car’s driving range. Use AC, but take a moderate approach when setting the temperature.
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3. Lifting the throttle means more EV range
With a gasoline car, taking an advanced approach to throttle management will do you no favors when it comes to fuel economy. With an electric vehicle, this type of driving will have a negative effect on the autonomy of your car. Avoid aggressive accelerations. And watch the speedometer. Traveling at a moderate speed will cost the battery less than running on the freeway at a breakneck pace. Adopting a patient and calm driving style will help you optimize the distance your car can travel between loads as the mercury increases.
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4. Lighten the load to extend the range of the EV
A heavy payload can reduce the fuel economy of a gas car. Similarly, too much luggage can burn your electric vehicle’s battery and reduce your driving range. Check your trunk or cargo area to make sure you are not carrying equipment that is not needed for your trip. If you are not going surfing, leave the table at home. Every little thing counts, and lightening the load on the car even a couple of pounds can make a profit.
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5. Avoid full loading
Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either. But it is not advisable when it is hot. As the battery charge increases, so does its internal resistance. This resistance can increase the heat of the battery, which will make the unit even tighter in hot weather. Aim for an 80% charge. This is the best way to go in the summer to promote battery health and optimize battery life.
6. Lower the stereo to add an EV range
The right soundtrack can help improve a summer drive, but it’s important to remember that your EV’s stereo works with its battery. This means that if you have the radio turned on at full volume, you will pay a price in terms of car battery life. Maximize the distance you can travel between loads by keeping the stereo volume at a moderate level. And if you run out of juice and want to extend the range of your car, bite the bullet and turn off your stereo.
When electric vehicles were first introduced, the average driving range reached about 80 miles. Things have changed a lot in just a few years, and there are quite a few electric vehicles on the market these days that can travel more than 200 miles between charges. Regardless of the range of your EV, the above tips will help you get the most out of it when the temperature rises.
This story originally continued KBB.com.