Tips on how to look after your EV in cold weathers

Here are the best top tips you’ll find will help you look after your electric car in cold weather. Make sure you educate yourself on the best solutions to your many asked questions and problems.

Cold Temperatures– Electric cars do work in the cold and function fine, however their driving range decreases to varying degrees in cold weather. But there are ways around controlling this.

One solution would be preheating your car to warm up the interior that also warms up the battery allowing it to consume the energy needed to get to 80% capacity. (A quick tip: using the vehicles heated seats consumes less energy than using the heating installed into the vehicle.)

Another would be sheltering your car from the outside cold and winds that can potentially stop your car battery from dying, for example keeping it in a garage or covering it over with an outdoor car cover.

Finally, get your battery checked before winter hits, this is important for your EV because it’s the battery will need to be fully charged ready for winter months as the cold temperature will affect how slow the chemical reaction inside of the battery is.

Snow– You don’t have to worry when driving your electric car in cold weather. It is an advantage that with an electrical vehicle you have no gears and an ultra-smooth motor, you are less likely to slip and slide when accelerating. The narrow eco tyres on many electric vehicles can also help, aiding grip on packed snow. However If you are worried that the grip on your tyres are not performing as you want them to, winter tires offer more grip, are optimised well to braking, and minimise the chance of hydroplaning are a lot safer to use.

Low battery– It is very important you don’t let your electric vehicle get too low on battery. Your vehicle should be in the range of 20%-80% to work to its full potential. To stop this from happening you can set the preconditioning every day at a set time, so your car is ready for when you leave in the morning. (Just make sure your vehicle is plugged in when preconditioning.) Using 240v as a level 2 source for preconditioning will draw the most power. Not having the 240v charging source, the procedure may need to dip into the stored energy in the battery, which isn’t ideal. In that case, the battery and cabin will be warm, but you may not depart with 100% state of charge.

For more information on how to keep safe driving an electric vehicle during the winter visit the website linked below.