Many will have seen the social media posts of Tesla drivers being locked out of their cars as sub-zero temperatures stopped the handles releasing but there are ways to prevent problems if you have an ev.
From harsher driving conditions to fluids thickening, colder temperatures pose a challenge for all vehicles.
However, those with electric vehicles need to be particularly wary of how frosty conditions can impact their battery, as the experts at Vertu Motors explain, “Cold temperatures slow down the chemical reactions that power the battery, reducing its range and efficiency. This means your EV may not be able to travel as far on a single charge.”
“Imagine your EV battery is like a muscle. In cold weather, your muscles are tighter and less efficient. It takes more energy to move them, and they’re more prone to injury. The same is true for your EV battery in cold weather. It takes more energy to power the battery, and it’s more susceptible to damage.”
To help electric vehicle owners keep their car running smoothly, Vertu Motors have shared top tips to protect their battery this winter.
Warm up your EV before driving
Preheat your car while it is plugged in. This will help to warm the battery and make it more efficient, which can extend your range. You can usually do this using a smartphone app or by setting a timer on your car, if these features are supported.
Wrap your EV overnight
If possible, park your electric vehicle indoors during the autumn and winter. This will help to protect the battery from the cold weather and snow, which can reduce its range and lifespan. If you cannot park indoors, try to find a spot that’s sheltered or alternatively use an insulating cover, to protect your car.
Avoid draining charge
Avoid letting your battery level drop below 20%, especially in cold weather. This can help to prolong the battery’s lifespan as when an EV battery is low, it has to work harder to power the car. This is because the battery has to deliver more current at a lower voltage, which can generate excessive heat and accelerate battery degradation. So, if you’re going to be leaving your car parked outside in cold weather for a while, it’s best to leave it with a charge of at least 50%.
Reduce your output
Where possible, always try to drive in Eco mode. Doing so helps to care for your electric vehicle battery in winter by reducing the amount of energy that the battery needs to produce, which in turn reduces stress on the battery and prolongs its lifespan. Eco mode also helps to extend the range of your electric vehicle in cold weather by conserving battery power.
Do not accelerate quickly or suddenly, especially in winter conditions. This wastes battery power and can cause the tyres to spin, which can be dangerous – particularly when the roads are icier. Instead, accelerate smoothly and gradually by allowing yourself more distance between other vehicles wherever you can.
So, there you have it, five ways to look after your electric car this winter.