Electric car care in winter: Top tips for more mobility – The Press & Journal | CarTailz

Have you switched to an electric vehicle but are unsure how your battery will perform in cold weather?

Most of us don’t perform at our best in cold weather, and electric cars are no exception.

While electric vehicles are improving and the latest models aren’t badly affected by a drop in temperature, the cold can still slow the movement of lithium ions in the battery.

This means that it will not work as efficiently as usual and could limit the range of your electric car. But you don’t have to worry about suddenly breaking down or running out of charge – all electric vehicles display the remaining range so you don’t get caught out in the cold.

To keep your car running efficiently and on the road during the winter months, finance company CarFinance247 has some helpful tips for drivers who want to get the most out of their electric vehicle’s performance.

Drive carefully

Mindful driving can help you save electricity and improve your electric car’s range in cold weather. Drive at a constant speed and try to avoid sudden acceleration or braking. You can also save energy by turning off the radio and not using the heater.

Invest in winter tires

Investing in winter tires can help you stay safe when the weather takes a turn for the worse. The battery location can give electric cars a low center of gravity, which improves traction in snow, but they can also be heavier than petrol or diesel cars, making them more difficult to control in icy conditions.

In wet weather there is no need to worry. Although electricity and water don’t mix, electric vehicles have built-in precautions so splashes of water are unlikely to cause damage, but it’s still good practice to avoid driving through flooded roads.

Keep your car covered

Leaving your car in a garage or covered parking lot overnight can help keep the battery warm. Don’t have a garage? Keeping it under a cover can also make a difference.

They’re a great way to protect your engine from rain, frost, tree sap, dirt and bird droppings when brick and mortar or a shelter isn’t an option for you.

Halfords offer a range of covers and tarpaulins, with some reasonable options available for around £60.

preheat car

Many electric vehicles are equipped with a pre-conditioning function, which allows you to warm up the car while it is charging and before you get in.

Keeping the car plugged in while warming up will not drain the battery. Some systems can even be controlled remotely from your home.

Leave regenerative braking on

Regenerative braking is the system where the electric motor acts as its own generator when you slow down or brake.

The energy generated is then sent back to the battery as a charge. Leaving this feature on in cold weather can help your battery last longer.

Use Eco mode

Another helpful feature that many EVs use to help out in cold weather is Eco mode. This can save energy, reduce power consumption and increase mileage by limiting the amount of energy going to the traction motor or cabin heaters.

Save more time to charge overnight

While you can still charge your electric car in cold weather, expect overnight charging and fast charging to take longer. In low temperatures, overnight charges may add an additional two or three hours.

This should be taken into account when travelling, as charging points can also be affected and charging on the go takes longer. Try to avoid fully discharging your charge just in case.

basic maintenance of the car

An electric car is in many ways like petrol or diesel cars, and a lot of the usual winter maintenance advice for cars still applies.

Be sure to keep your car clean, top up your antifreeze, and most importantly, top up your battery as well. If it’s snowing or you have ice on your windshield, remove and de-ice as usual.

Is it safe to charge an electric vehicle in the rain or snow?

Yes, you don’t have to worry about charging your electric vehicle in bad weather. Both electric cars and charging stations are built to withstand rain and have protective layers and shields to prevent water from entering the system and causing damage.

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