Whether you already own an electric vehicle or are considering making the switch, your biggest concerns likely revolve around how much range you’ll get. The idea of running out of power with no charging station in reach can fill you with anxiety. Additionally, on an entirely practical level, conserving energy and boosting your range will save you money while also helping the environment. How is this achieved? Read on to learn all the secrets:
1. Switch to LEDs
A simple switch to LED driving lights can boost your range by around six miles per charge. If you’re thinking that doesn’t sound like much, imagine yourself driving home late at night in a thunderstorm and running out of juice five miles from home. Every little bit counts!
LEDs produce light at just the right wavelength for automotive use, while consuming less energy than incandescent bulbs. In fact, they’re so efficient, you may want to consider upgrading every light you can in your EV to its LED alternative.
2. Let’s talk the torque
One of the most exhilarating benefits of an EV is its immediate torque, allowing for lightning-fast takeoffs. However, this doesn’t mean you need to demonstrate your car’s awesomeness at every traffic light. If you take it easy when accelerating, your EV will reward you with more range.
3. Take it easy
Be sure to stick well within the speed limits wherever you go. Speeds of under 60 mph are ideal for maximizing the range you get out of your EV.
According to the Department of Energy, you can conserve as much as 14% of your EVs charge if you drop your speed by 10 mph. Of course, you need to avoid going too slow as this can be almost as dangerous as speeding.
4. Plan your route
This point builds from the last as it’s going to be easier for you to avoid high speeds if you plan your routes in advance. Though highway driving might be faster, you’ll get more range if you select a route that allows for steady driving at a more relaxed speed.
And if the fastest route is also hilly, you might want to reconsider as steep gradients will drain your battery.
Though this may sound like extra work, it will quickly become second-nature. You’ll develop a knack for avoiding heavy traffic through a combination of clever route selection and timing your trips. Your EV may even help you out with this as many now come equipped with a nav system designed to find energy-efficient routes.
5. Ditch the excess baggage
The math here is simple: reducing your EV’s weight = boosting its efficiency. This means you should never allow excess baggage to pile up in your car. Even just 50 extra pounds can suck 1% of your energy.
6. Check your tires
More than a quarter of the vehicles with which you share the road have improperly inflated tires. As an EV owner, this translates to a drain on your energy that can also leave you with uneven tread wear.
Something as simple as a 10-degree change in the ambient temperature can affect your tire pressure, so get in the habit of checking them once a week with a tire gauge. Ensure they are always at the PSI recommended in your manual (there should also be a sticker on the driver-side door for easy reference).
Getting maximum range out of your EV is easier than you might think. So, be brave and follow the above tips to get the most out of every charge.