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“Configuring your driving style and operational factors can allow you to obtain maximum range every time on the road.”
Depending on the main factors like the battery size, the weight and size of your vehicle, and the motor capability, the range of your electric car varies a lot. But also your practical driving style allows you to get the maximum range whenever you hit on the road.
For now, let’s go over some of the various ways to maximize your electric vehicle range before you need to plug in again.
An aggressive acceleration leads to the dropping economy of any car. The overall range drop is especially noticeable to an electric car. Using the accelerator to smoothly reach your driving speed is a key to increase your electric vehicle range. Try to use the “Eco” mode for automatic modifications to your driving speed.
Depending on the speed you drive, you may recognize more or fewer miles in reserve at your arrival. The brisk speed of your driving is the prominent factor for losing range. While you increase the speed, wind resistance multiplies, and drains energy from the battery and cut your range. Try to avoid driving speeds above 60 miles per hour.
EVs come with regenerative braking, in which the electric motor is used to slow a vehicle down while recharging its battery in the process. Besides, they also come with traditional braking systems using standard brake pad to slow down where the energy is wasted as heat with the friction involved that could be recycled by the battery. Under heavy braking, electric cars also use the traditional brakes, while using the regenerative braking for the best efficiency. In order to recover as much energy as possible, you should avoid pressing the brake pad too often, too hard on the brake pedal, and rather rely on the regeneration as much as you can.
An option for a climate control system obtains a great deal of energy from the battery. Kia Soul EV comes with a standard model having an optional heated seat to restrain the drain of hearting the car. Kia Soul EV application also able you to control to heat or cool your electric car while it is plugged in for charging.
Tend to tires
Driving your vehicle with under-inflated tires not only consumes the energy rapidly but can also lead to untimely tread wear. Using a simple tire gauge, it is crucial that you check the pressure, as it is susceptible, varying by an average of one PSI (pound per square inch) in every 10-degree change in air temperature.
Planning your journey
It is highly recommended for you to check your route before you hit the road. Searching and choosing a route without any heavy traffic that allows you to drive steadily at lower speeds. Even a chosen route takes several miles long, you will earn extra range efficiency.