Note: If you are driving alone, you should only switch on the heating for your own seat to avoid wasting precious energy.
If you do use heating while driving, opt for recirculation mode. This way, the interior heats up more quickly.
By the way, even without preheating, an electric vehicle produces warm air in a very short time, much faster than an internal combustion engine. This often saves you from having to scrape ice off your car parked on the street.
Note: Efficient charging not only benefits you, but also the environment. The less energy you consume, the less pressure is put on the electricity grid.
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For efficient charging, the battery should be at its operating temperature. Charging in the evening after your drive is more effective than doing so in the morning before your journey. However, it is better to charge at a low power level so as not to overload the grid. Most likely, you are not the only one charging your car at this moment :)
By the way, even fast charging won’t do its magic if you start it with a cold battery. When the battery's temperature falls outside the optimal range, the battery management system lowers the charging power to safeguard the battery, resulting in a noticeable increase in the time required for fast charging.
Let’s wrap it up. To increase the range of your electric vehicle in winter, you could:
- opt for contact heating instead of cabin heating
- preheat the cabin before starting your winter journey
- use cruise control to keep the speed constant
- plan journeys to new locations
- charge the battery to 100% for long journeys if possible
- use your car's eco mode
- park in a garage instead of outside.
In addition, getting the most out of your electric car is all about knowing what your car can do. Different manufacturers have their own unique features, and even something as common as the eco mode can work differently from one vehicle to another. Tesla vehicles, for instance, have an optional feature called Range Mode. When you activate the feature, it does things like limiting the power for climate control and turning off the Tesla signature lights to conserve energy. And if you're driving an All-Wheel Drive Tesla, it also optimises torque distribution between the motors to maximise range.
Get to know what your vehicle is capable of and use it for your advantage!