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How to Gain Maximum Range With EV Cars

How to Gain Maximum Range With EV Cars


CleanCar’s Top 10 EV range performance tips for EV Cars

Find out with CleanCar how you can gain Maximum Range with EV Cars… You will also find out the benefits of Electric cars…

How to gain maximum range for the EV’s in your diesel or petrol fleet/electric fleet –

Simple, easy advice that can extend your EV mileage range by 25% or more…

Whether you have fleet of diesel/petrol or EV cars there are aggressive driving styles, hot and cold seasonal weather conditions and differences in route topographies will all combine to negatively impact. To the range capability of the electric and hybrid vehicles in your Fleet.

Tips to your fleet solutions –

Here are some very straightforward tips and advice on how drivers and Fleet managers can gain optimal EV range performance. Encouraging your company vehicle drivers to adopt these habits will alleviate any ‘range anxiety’ issues. It ensures both company and employee gains the maximum cost benefits, from switching to low/zero emission transport. It’s good for profits, pockets and the planet! Electric vehicle technology is changing for the better everyday so it makes it easier for you to drive around and feel comfortable.

Encourage your drivers –

  1. Encourage your EV driver’s into the habit of pre-planning their vehicle charging needs. The drivers need to ensure, whenever possible, they reach the 80% optimal battery charge level. Apart from gaining optimum range, the long term effect will also maintain and extend the battery ‘life’. When recorded regularly it’s at a reliable ‘good condition’ documentation that supports asset resale or lease returns.
  2. When planning a longer trip than normal do remind drivers to make sure they are aware of more than one or two of the public network charge point locations en route. Charge points can not always be relied upon to either be working or available! However, there are Apps for that such as; Zap-Map, Chargepoint or PlugShare in the app stores.
  3. In cold weather, recommend drivers having the heater on during the last 20 – minutes or so of charging. The minimal heat settings will suffice during the journey – Seat warmers do the trick nicely!
  4. If it’s hot weather then the same applies to the air conditioning.When out and about encourage drivers to park in the shade/sheltered bays for the same reasons as above.
  5. Encourage your EV drivers to develop a smooth breaking and acceleration driving style! This improves battery performance and range efficiencies as well as safety!
  6. Educate drivers to try to avoid high speeds, especially over 50 mph given that EV’s are almost the opposite to petrol & diesel as slow stop/start style city driving suits electric vehicles.
  7. As ever, longer trips in an electric or hybrid vehicle should always be planned. Remind drivers that high cruising speeds on motorways for long periods will reduce the stated range capability.
  8. Encourage them to use their vehicles ‘ECO settings’ to aid battery performance and conditioning.
  9. Advise them to leave the kitchen sink at home! More unnecessary weight equals less range.
  10. Ask them to test and compare their regular route options. So called ‘faster’ routes could be less range efficient, (higher speed – flat motorway). This would lack regenerative breaking benefits (up hill and down dale!).

In short, cold and warm weather conditions use up more battery power (performance fluctuation caused by extreme temperatures). It also results in heavier use of both power draining vehicle heating and air conditioning systems. Higher speed cruising over longer flat distances drains battery power faster, given the lack of regenerative breaking system benefits.

Electric car technology is improving. To find out benefits of Electric Cars that would suit you and save you money? Contact CleanCar

About the Author

Alex Baker
My background is the fleet/finance sector where I worked for many years as well as building, developing and deploying web and app-based systems that use real-world data to help make difficult tasks easier and hassle-free.As well as helping companies to electrify their Fleet, I am also involved in some initiatives and grant-funded projects looking at future technologies such as smart grid and Vehicle to Grid. If its electric and you plug it in and drives on the road, then I have a passion for it.I regularly speak in public and occasionally appear on live TV and radio where I share my sometimes controversial view on the electric vehicle marketplace and how to speed up global adoption of the technology.

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