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  • Mar 20, 2024

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5 things that can impact your EV range

When thinking about range, it’s important to remember that there are quite a few things that can affect it. And the miles displayed on your dash can go down (or up) depending on a whole range of things.

So, let’s chat through the top five things that can impact your EVs range.

1. The weather

Big changes in temperature, hot or cold, can bring down your EV’s range. Whisper it quietly but the same thing happens to fossil-fuelled cars too.

To help reduce the impact cold weather can have, warm your EV up before you get in and use heated seats instead of your AC. And in warm weather, keep your windows up to reduce drag, and make sure your AC’s on a low setting.

2. Terrain

Ah, the thrill of the climb and the joy of the descent! Hills and slopes can add a dash of excitement to your drive, but they can also put a dent in your EV's range. If you’re heading uphill, your EV’ll use more power and this’ll reduce your range. On the opposite end, if you’re going downhill, and using your regen braking, you’ll more likely add range to your car.

So, when mapping out your route (with the likes of Electroverse), consider the terrain and try and opt for more flat roads where you can.

3. Driving style

Your driving style can have a major impact on your EV's range. If you’re hitting that accelerator or brake pedal hard, you’re more likely to lose range.

Instead, use gentle acceleration and gradual regen braking, and you'll begin to see those miles stay steady on your dash.

4. Tyre pressure

Low tyre pressure equals more resistance, meaning your EV has to work harder to get from A to B. So, give those tyres a once-over, and pump them up to the manufacturer's recommended pressure.

Your EV will thank you by gliding along the road with ease and efficiency.

5. Weight of your EV

Every extra pound adds up. So, declutter your cargo space, and ditch the unnecessary baggage - this should help you claim back some miles.

If you’re going on a long-distance journey, anticipate your extra baggage and pump up those tyres to lessen the impact on your range.

And there you have it, five factors that can impact your EVs range. So, the next time you hit the road, keep these in mind, tweak a few things here and there, and enjoy the ride knowing that you're maximising your electric adventure to the fullest.

Want to find out more about your EV, including ways to boost your EV range? Head over to our EV Hub.