As the temperature begins to drop, it is important for EV owners to prepare their vehicle for the winter.
Cold weather can affect electric vehicles in several ways, impacting both the driving range and overall performance.
To help your EV be winter-ready, please read our top tips below!
Battery Performance: Cold temperatures can reduce the efficiency of your EV's battery. Plan for shorter driving ranges during winter. Keep your vehicle plugged in whenever possible, especially overnight, to maintain the battery's state of charge.
Preconditioning: Most EVs come equipped with a pre-conditioning feature. Use it to warm up your car while it's still plugged in. This not only ensures a comfortable interior but also helps preserve your battery by using power from the grid, rather than the battery.
Tyre Pressure: Cold weather causes tire pressure to drop. Make sure your tires are properly inflated to the recommended levels. Underinflated tires can increase rolling resistance and decrease efficiency.
Regenerative Braking: Regenerative braking may not work as efficiently in extremely cold weather. Be prepared to use your brakes more often.
Charging Stations: Plan your routes to include charging stations. Cold weather can increase the time it takes to charge your EV, so factor in extra time for charging.
Cabin Heating: Use the car's seat heaters and steering wheel heater to warm up the interior, as these use less energy than the HVAC system. Additionally, consider wearing warm clothing to reduce the need for high heating settings.
Emergency Kit: Pack an emergency kit in your car, including a blanket, gloves, flashlight, and portable charger. Cold weather can be unpredictable, and it's essential to be prepared for unexpected situations.
Remember, proper winter maintenance not only ensures your safety and comfort but also prolongs the lifespan of your EV.