Electric driving

Electric driving
Factors that affect range

The real-world range of an EV depends on the car itself, driving style, weather, and road conditions. Knowing how these factors influence power consumption is beneficial when going on longer trips.

The real-world range of an EV depends on the car itself, driving style, weather, and road conditions. Knowing how these factors influence power consumption is beneficial when going on longer trips.

  • The car itself

    Overall weight, tyre choice, tyre condition and climatisation all affect the number of miles you can get out of a full battery (or a full tank, for that matter). The same goes for mounting a roof box or pulling a trailer. The less power is used to counter rolling resistance or temperature differences, the more energy can be converted into motion.

  • Weather and road conditions

    Wind, outside temperature, and road surface influence the energy needed to propel an EV. Cold weather, for instance, makes the battery work harder and can decrease the efficiency of the powertrain depending on the use of climate control. However, preheating the car while it’s being charged will effectively increase its range.

  • Driving

    Accelerating hard and satisfying the need for speed can be very tempting, especially with the instant power of an EV at your disposal. However, a calmer attitude behind the wheel will ensure that you can go the extra mile(s).

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