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How to Get the Best Range From Electric Cars During the Summer

Extreme temperatures harm the performance of electric cars. For example, if you live in Arizona, the hot climate may affect your electric vehicles. When it’s hot outside, the car’s air conditioning system has to work harder to keep you cool. As a result, you don’t experience the EV range electric that you would in cooler temperatures.

Just how much of a difference does it make? The Department of Energy cites data from the Idaho National Laboratory’s EV project, which found that hot and cold temperature variations can affect electric vehicle range by up to 29%. Try these tips to get the most mileage out of your electric car, even when the thermometer climbs above the already-warm average temperatures in the Gilbert area. 

Avoid Speeding

When you travel above 50 mph in an electric car, efficiency quickly declines. Stay close to the speed limit to optimize the range of your vehicle. Most electric cars get at least 20 MPG-e more with city driving than with higher-speed highway driving. 

Brake Carefully

Most electric vehicles have a regenerative braking system, which converts energy from the car’s momentum to usable electricity. By braking slowly and far in advance, you can maximize the amount of energy recaptured and reused with this technology. In addition to smooth, controlled braking, smooth acceleration can reduce your electric vehicle’s energy use. 

Cool Down Your Car in Advance

You can extend the range of your electric vehicle by cooling down the interior before your trip. After doing so, try to limit your use of the AC during the actual trip. In fact, in Car and Driver magazine test, the Tesla Model 3 lost 60 miles of range with the HVAC system running.

Another trick? When purchasing a new electric vehicle, choose climate-controlled seats if the model offers that option. The cooled seats will keep you comfortable while using less energy than air conditioning.

Choose Settings Carefully

If your vehicle has an economy mode, take advantage of extending the range of your vehicle. Depending on the specific model, this mode takes measures such as decreasing the available acceleration to conserve energy. In addition to limiting AC use and activating the car’s economy mode, avoid using infotainment consoles and GPS. Even turning down the volume on your stereo can help your car to go the extra mile. 

Decrease Weight

When you need to maximize range during hot weather, remove all unnecessary weight from your vehicle. Remove roof cargo and bike racks unless necessary. Keeping your tires properly inflated can help your car efficiently handle the weight you do carry.

Garage Your Car

When your car sits in the sun all day, you’ll need to blast the AC to cool it down when it’s time to ride. Prevent this effect by keeping your vehicle in the garage, if possible. If you don’t have a garage or use it for storage, plan to park in the shade. Stop by Highline Car Care in Gilbert when your electric car needs maintenance or repair. We’ve been serving communities in the East Valley, including Mesa, Gilbert, and surrounding areas, for more than 15 years. We specialize in electric and hybrid vehicles/cars, so we know to keep your car’s powertrain in great shape and optimize your range for every trip. Schedule your appointment in advance for fast, friendly car care, and don’t forget to check for exclusive specials to add value to your visit. 

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