Tips for Charging Your EV This Winter

An electric vehicle’s battery can deplete faster or slower depending on the season. However, you will probably discover that the freezing winter climate has the most effect on your vehicle’s suggested charging schedule as well as the range.

The distance one can travel on a battery that is 100% charged is referred to as its range. The range varies depending on how you drive, the size of your car, the climate, and other considerations. Under ideal circumstances, some electric vehicles have the potential to travel more than 400 miles without being recharged.

However, many electric vehicles will lose range in subfreezing temperatures, some by up to 30%. Whenever the battery gets cold, it requires substantially additional energy to charge the vehicle than if it were warm. During the winter months when it is extremely cold, charging time also increases, regardless of the type of charger used to charge your electric vehicle.

When using a Level 1 charger during the night, the majority of the power will be used to sustain the warmth of the battery rather than increasing the energy output. A trickling charge isn’t advised during the chilly winter months.

A Level 2 charger would start charging relatively slowly if the automobile had been idle and grounded for a while. The rate of charging will accelerate and stabilize as soon as the battery is sufficiently warmed. The rate will change depending on the outside temperatures and the duration for which the car has been subjected to the cold while outside.

Level 3 DC quick chargers are the fastest way to charge your electric vehicle battery in extremely cold weather. A lot of DC outlets are able to charge an electric vehicle battery from 20% to 80% in no more than 30 minutes, depending on the model type.

Ideas for Charging, Driving Electric Vehicles in the Winter

Indoor parking: Electrify America, the leader in EV charging systems in America, recommends parking in a high-interior-temperature garage during the cold weather months when you can to aid in quick battery charging as well as maintaining the charge longer.

Have a charge plan: Schedule stopovers at general charging points to avoid having a low range when you have a lot of traveling to do. In certain EVs, the charging sessions are scheduled through a mobile app offered by the manufacturer.

EV features: If the interior of an electric car has heated seats and a steering wheel, you might use those features instead of heating the whole thing up. Less energy is used for these activities, which may reduce how quickly the battery discharges.

When you understand your electric vehicle as well as its charging requirements, particularly in colder conditions, you will know better how to depend on your EV wherever you go.

Overall, heed the specific winter-use recommendations provided by manufacturers, such as ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corp. Ltd. (NASDAQ: SOLO), with reference to the specific EV model that you own or drive in order to maximize the value you get from it throughout the year.

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