• Miranda Maitino

6 EV Tips to Help You Through This Winter

Winter is quickly approaching. We are here to break down some of the best EV winter tips so you don’t break down.

1. Don’t Let Your Battery Go Below 20%

This is a rule EV owners should follow all year round, but it is especially important during the winter. When it starts to get colder outside, your EV’s battery will use more power which means you can get less range. If you live in a climate that typically gets a lot of snow, the 20% reserve will be necessary to warm the battery so your EV can function efficiently.

2. Don’t Blast the Heat

The first thing most people do when they get into their cars in the winter is blast the heat. Doing this in an EV in the winter can actually reduce your range. Instead, try turning on your heated seats and heated steering wheel. It’ll still warm you up without reducing your range as much.

3. Check Your Tires

This is another tip that EV owners should follow all of the time, but can help you get the most out of your EV in the winter. Tire pressure can affect your EV’s range and in colder weather tire pressure decreases faster. Maintaining the correct tire pressure can improve your EV’s energy efficiency which will help extend your range. If you experience a significant amount of snow each year, it could also be beneficial to put snow tires on your EV.

4. Park in a Covered Area When Possible

Parking in a garage or covered area reduces the amount of snow on your EV which reduces the time your EV will need to warm up. When covered parking is not available, parking in direct sunlight can help thaw your EV without needing to use any extra energy.

5. Turn Off Regenerative Braking

Regenerative braking works to store extra energy in your EV’s battery when you release the gas pedal. So instead of pressing the brake, you just have to release the gas. When it is colder out regenerative braking can naturally slow down because the battery is colder. This means it could require more manual braking. With road conditions becoming more hazardous, regenerative braking can make handling the vehicle more difficult.

6. Use The Currently App to Charge

Currently is a mobile app that lets you schedule your EV charge. You pick the date, time, and location you want your EV charge delivered. You can stay warm inside while Currently takes care of charging your vehicle. Currently can be anywhere you need it. They will deliver your charge at offices, houses, apartments, or anywhere you need a charge.

Driving an EV in the winter can seem daunting, but following these tips will make it much easier. Download Currently on the Apple and Google Play stores to start having your EV charge delivered. Follow @currently_ev on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to learn more about Currently and the electric lifestyle.

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