Aside from price, electric vehicle range is one of the key metrics drivers consider before switching from gas-powered cars to battery electric vehicles (BEVs). Range refers to the distance an electric car can travel on a single charge and is affected by a battery’s maximum capacity as well as factors such as weather and driver habits.
The average electric vehicle driver is interested in optimizing their EV’s performance and maximizing the range, especially if they rely on public charging infrastructure. This allows them to travel further on a single charge and limits the need for constant stops at public charging stations.
Optimizing your car’s regenerative braking can help you feed energy into the battery while you drive. Regenerative braking is a feature that works much like a generator and converts an EV’s kinetic energy into electricity when it brakes. This allows you to feed a little energy into your EV’s battery whenever you brake, giving your EV a little extra range.
As there are several different levels of regenerative braking, you will have to experiment with each level to find the most efficient setting for your electric car.
Schedule your air conditioning usage. Since all your EV’s electricity-reliant features draw power from the battery, features such as air conditioning can reduce your capacity and eat into your range. The hotter the temperature gets, the more power your electric car’s AC will draw from the battery. You can mitigate this issue by setting your AC to kick in once your electric car is done charging.
This will allow you to heat your cabin with energy from the grid rather than the battery, limiting the pressure on your EV’s battery and maximizing the range.
Follow the EV’s consumption indicator. The majority of modern electric cars have consumption indicators that monitor power use in real time similar to a fuel gauge in internal combustion engine (ICE) cars. However electric car consumption indicators are much more efficient at tracking energy use and can allow you to adjust your driving habits and styles to maximize EV battery efficiency.
Charge at lower amperages to preserve your EV battery’s integrity for the long-term. While fast and super-fast charging is incredibly convenient because it cuts charging times significantly, regular fast charging can put a major strain on your EV battery. This can result in battery degradation and reduce your battery’s lifespan. Charging at a lower amperage is more efficient because it preserves your battery cells’ integrity and promotes efficiency.
Use driver-only mode if your electric car has this feature. It reduces energy consumption by lowering the air-conditioning load, allowing you to cut your EV’s energy consumption without impacting cabin comfort.
Motorists can also refer to the specific guidelines offered by companies such as Cenntro Electric Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: CENN) in order to maximize efficiency and range in their EVs.
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