Ever wondered why your electric vehicle’s battery isn’t lasting as long as you expected? It turns out, certain everyday habits could be quietly draining its power. Let’s take a look at some common culprits and learn how to keep your EV’s battery in top shape. It’s time to give your electric ride the care it deserves and enjoy longer, worry-free journeys.

City Driving vs. Highway Cruising

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You might think speeding on the highway is better for your EV’s battery, but it’s actually city driving that’s the battery’s friend. In the city, every time you brake or slow down, your EV’s regenerative braking system kicks in, giving some power back to the battery. This nifty feature means that stop-and-go traffic helps conserve energy, unlike steady high-speed highway driving which continuously drains power without giving any back.

How You Hit the Gas

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The way you accelerate can really make a difference in how long your EV’s battery lasts. Slamming on the gas pedal demands a lot of power all at once, which drains the battery faster. It’s like sprinting versus jogging – sprinting uses up your energy way quicker. Cars with features for rapid acceleration are particularly sensitive to this. So, if you want to stretch that battery life, remember to go easy and steady on the acceleration.

Cold and Hot Weather

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Weather isn’t just small talk – it’s a big deal for your EV battery. Cold weather is like a power-hungry monster for batteries. When it’s freezing outside, your battery has to work overtime just to keep itself going, and that means more frequent charging stops. It’s not just a little difference, either; the drop in battery efficiency can be pretty significant. So, if you’re in a chilly area, brace yourself for more frequent visits to the charger in the winter.

Heating and Cooling the Car

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Staying comfortable in your EV, whether it’s heating up or cooling down, can cost you battery life. Cranking up the heat on a cold day or blasting the air conditioner when it’s hot eats into your driving range. However, using heated seats is a smarter choice because they use less energy – they don’t rely on big fans to move air around. It’s a bit like choosing between a big space heater and a small electric blanket – one uses a lot more power than the other.

Car Weight

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The weight your EV carries has a direct impact on battery life. The heavier the car – with passengers, cargo, and all your stuff – the more energy it takes to move. This is why packing light can help extend your battery life, especially on longer trips. It’s like the difference between carrying a backpack full of rocks versus one with just a few essentials – the lighter load is much easier to handle.

Tech Features

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Yes, your EV’s big touchscreen and other gadgets like USB charging ports do use some battery power, but it’s a pretty small impact. These modern conveniences might shave off a tiny bit from your range, but for most drivers, the trade-off for the convenience and safety features is worth it.

Tracking Battery Usage: Knowledge is Power

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Keeping an eye on what’s eating up your battery can be a game-changer. Most electric cars have features that let you see which parts of the car are using the most power. This can help you make smart decisions to extend your driving range.

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Author: Abbie Clark

Title: Co-Founder

Expertise: Automotive Industry, Electric Vehicles, DIY Car Repairs

Bio:

Abbie Clark is a writer, blog, and founder of RideRambler, Hey She Thrives, and The Bearded Bunch.

From clever car cleaning tricks to the freshest car features and reviews, Abbie loves sharing her knowledge on everything automotive. Outside of her time writing for her websites, you’ll find her fishing with her husband, deciphering her toddler’s babbling, or baking up something sweet.

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