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How Much Range You Need in Your EV

Mileage is not just about mileage.

Now you are ready to make the leap to electric vehicles. I researched brands and models and understood the pros and cons of charging an electric vehicle.

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One thing you might not have thought of the scope. To first-time buyers, mileage may sound like a matter of distance, but it’s more than that. Analyzing how, where, and weather conditions you drive will help you determine the mileage that best suits your needs.

9 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying an Electric Vehicle

Here are 5 things to worry about when it comes to scope:

Car and driver tips for cruising

EV drivers want their current battery charge to last as long as possible. Even with charging stations everywhere, it’s always a good idea to look at the battery indicator when it’s fully or nearly fully charged. So how do you do your bike favors and never run out of juice? Simple – slower.

Data show that driving at speeds above 100 km/h significantly reduces the efficiency of electric vehicles. It makes sense. The harder the electric motor works to keep up with high speeds, the faster it loosens.

This anecdotal chart from Teslike shows how the range affects different Tesla models. For example, driving a Model 3 at 65 mph has a range of approximately 253 miles. But accelerating another 10 mph, the range drops to 213, a difference of about 15%. It can make a difference when you try to stay longer between charges.

Another thing to consider is acceleration. If you do it too quickly at a traffic stop when the traffic light turns green, your battery will drain much faster than a reliable, no-hurry approach.

Smooth, smooth braking and stopping are key to good mileage. It’s healthier for a car to anticipate a stop than to hit the brakes at the last minute.

The EV uses regenerative braking (a process that stores energy that would be lost during braking) and uses it to charge the EV’s battery. Regenerative braking also relieves stress on the brake pads, so it’s better for the car to brake softly.

Are you a traveler or commuter?

Planning to raise your family for a summer trip? Or is your electric vehicle only used for driving down the highway on the way to the office? Either way, understanding the reach associated with your goal is absolutely essential.

For example, if you’re climbing the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina, you’re going to spend some time winding down the winding road and it’s a scenic route in every sense.

It affects where you drive and the type of road you drive on. Short runs on flat roads do not require as much range as long runs on mountain roads, for example.

Accelerating within an inch of your life shouldn’t be a plan. The goal is to drive at the speed limit to keep the car’s Electric Car Range and Efficiency (EPA) in normal range. No one wants the battery to drain while on vacation.

However, people who drive electric vehicles to and from work may have different mileage requirements. It’s still a good idea to stay within a healthy EPA range, but you don’t have to be as careful and vigilant as you are when you go on a short hike within the city.

You can drive a little faster and turn on your heating or air conditioning (other factors that can affect mileage) knowing that you can charge faster than driving for an hour in an unfamiliar area.

human and cargo elements

Riding an electric car is good for the environment, but it also puts a strain on the vehicle. Loading a lot of stuff in an electric vehicle can also be stressful.

Weight issues: The more the car has to do to transport multiple passengers, the less the range decreases as it transports things like heavy bags, moving boxes or work supplies. It is difficult to know exactly because there is a difference depending on the car model and manufacturer.

Do you carry a lot in both suitcases? Do you take several children with you every day? The heavier the electric vehicle, the more range it needs.

If you regularly carry passengers or cargo, you’ll need a wider range of electric vehicles than those with few passengers. So don’t hesitate to help your friend get around town. But keep in mind that his heavy crates are stacked in the back seat, so he may have to load it a little faster than usual.

What is your parking and charging plan?

Another scope question to consider is: How and where will electric vehicles be charged? Luckily, when you buy an electric car, it comes standard with a portable charger that plugs into your home outlet and doesn’t require advanced installation.

However, you may not always be able to charge at home, so you may need to find a public charging station close to your work or home. You may need to charge on the go, but some people can’t charge at home and have to use other charging options.

It’s a good idea to do your due diligence and research public charging stations near your home, on your usual route, or even in areas you don’t normally drive.

A good place to start is to look at EVgo’s resources. There are hundreds of charging stations currently on the market that support all fast charging EVs. According to the website, more than 130 million people in the United States live within 10 miles of an EVgo fast charger. There are other loading services as well. There might be a perfect place to recharge your battery.

How to plan a trip with an electric vehicle

The weather factor is real

It is no exaggeration to say that the weather affects all aspects of our lives, including electric vehicles. As expected, the cool air has a serious impact on an EV’s mileage, especially when the temperature drops below 15 degrees Fahrenheit. Lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles do not adapt well to winter temperatures, reducing their mileage. Vehicle analytics company Geotab has a handy EV range temperature tool that you can use to determine the effects of extreme temperatures on your vehicle. Fun fact: 70 degrees Fahrenheit is the happiest temperature for an EV.

As for heat, at 95 degrees Fahrenheit (with the air conditioning on) the EV’s range is reduced by 17%. Plan ahead before heading out into the heat to keep your range at a healthy level. While your car is still charging, you may want to let it cool down and then hit the road.

Range has a lot more to do with distance, but it doesn’t have to completely dominate your driving life. Considering conditions such as speed, weight, location of charging stations, and potentially hazardous weather can help you determine the EV range you need.

How well do electric vehicles work in extreme cold or heat?


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How Much Range You Need in Your EV

Range involves more than how far you drive

So you’re ready to take the electric car plunge. You’ve researched makes and models, and you understand the ins and outs of charging an EV.  

One thing you might not have thought about is range. For first-time buyers, range may sound like a distance-only thing, but it’s about much more than that. Analyzing the way you drive, plus where and in what types of weather, will help you determine the best range for your needs.

9 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Buy an EV

Here are five things to wrap your head around when it comes to range.

Car and Driver Tips to Cruise By

As drivers of EVs, you want your current battery charge to last as long as possible. Even if you have charging stations all around you, it’s great to see the battery indicator with a full or full-ish charge. So how can you do your ride a favor and keep the juice from depleting? Easy—slow down. 

Data shows that driving faster than 65 MPH dramatically slashes an electric car’s efficiency. That makes sense: The harder an electric motor has to work to keep up with high speeds, the faster it depletes. 

This anecdotal chart from Teslike shows how range is impacted on a variety of Tesla models. If you drive a Model 3 at 65 mph, for example, range is about 253 miles. Accelerate another ten miles per hour, however, and the range drops to 213—a difference of about 15 percent. That can make a difference if you’re trying to go longer between charging sessions.

Another thing to consider is how fast you accelerate. If you do it too quickly, say, at a traffic stop when the light turns green, you’ll deplete the battery a lot faster than taking a steady, non-rushed approach.

An even, smooth style of braking and stopping is key to having a good range. It’s healthier for your car to anticipate stops, rather than slamming on the brakes at the very last moment. 

EVs use regenerative braking—a process which holds on to energy that would otherwise be lost during braking—and utilizes it to help recharge the EVs battery. Regenerative braking also eases strain on brake pads, so anytime you can go easy when you brake, the more beneficial it is for your car.

Are You a Road Tripper or Commuter?

Planning on packing up the family for a summer road trip? Or is your EV just for hitting the highway as you head to the office? Either way, understanding range as it relates to destinations is absolutely key. 

If you’re climbing the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina, for example, you will be weaving along winding roads and probably taking your time given that it’s, literally, the scenic route.

Where you drive and the types of roads you drive on make an impact. Short drives on flat roads don’t need as much range as, say, long drives on mountain roads.

Accelerating within an inch of your life should not be the plan; traveling at the speed limit to keep your car’s EPA (electric car range and efficiency) within the normal range is the goal. No one wants to get stranded with a depleted battery when you’re on vacation. 

Those who drive EVs for getting to and from work, however, may have different range needs. It’s still a good idea to stay within a healthy EPA range but you don’t have to be quite as cautious and range-wary for shorter, in-town treks.

You can drive a bit faster and turn up the heater or the AC (other factors that can affect range) if you know you’ll be able to charge up sooner than you could on an hours-long road trip in an unfamiliar area. 

The People and Cargo Factor

Carpooling in your EV may be great for the environment, but it will also put a bit more strain on your vehicle. Carrying a lot of items in your EV can strain it, too.

It’s all about the weight: The more work your car has to do to carry multiple passengers and/or stuff like heavy bags, moving boxes, or work supplies, the more its range decreases. It’s hard to know exactly how much, as it varies according to a car’s make and model. 

Hauling lots of things in both trunks? Carpooling several kids daily? The more weight in your EV, the more range you need.

If you regularly haul a carload of passengers or cargo, you’re going to need an EV with more range than someone who rarely has passengers. So feel free to help your buddy move across town, but know that his heavy boxes you piled into the backseat may make you need to recharge a bit sooner than usual. 

What’s Your Plan for Parking and Charging?

Another range-related question to consider is this: How and where will you charge your EV? Fortunately, when you buy an electric vehicle, it comes standard with a portable charger, which can be plugged into a household outlet and doesn’t need any kind of advanced installation. 

It’s not always possible to charge at home, though, so you might need to research public charging locations near your work or home. You might need to recharge while you’re on the road but some people also simply can’t charge at home and must take advantage of other charging options.

Doing your due diligence and researching public charging spots near your home, on your usual routes, and even in areas a bit beyond your normal drive is a good idea.

A great place to start is by checking out the resources on EVgo. It has hundreds of charging locations that serve all fast-charge capable EVs on the market today. According to its website, more than 130 million people in the US live within a 10 mile drive of an EVgo fast charger. There are other charging services as well; one might have the perfect spot for you to fill up with electricity.

How to Plan a Road Trip With an EV
The Weather Factor Is a Real Thing

It’s safe to say that weather affects every aspect of our lives, including electric vehicles. As you might expect, chilly air affects an EV’s range quite a bit, especially when the temperature plummets below 15 degrees Fahrenheit. The lithium ion batteries used in EVs do not work as well in winter temps, which diminishes range. The fleet analytics company Geotab has a handy temperature tool for EV range, so you can check to see how extreme temperatures affect your car. Fun fact: 70 degrees F is your electric vehicle’s happiest temp. 

As for heat, a blazing temperature of 95 degrees F (with the air conditioning on) will deplete your EVs driving range by 17 percent. Planning ahead before heading out in the heat is key to keeping your range within healthy levels. You may want to cool your car while it’s still charging, and then hit the streets. 

Range has so much more to do with distance but it doesn’t have to completely rule your driving life. Being mindful of conditions like speed, weight, location of charging stations, and potentially impactful weather can help you come to a decision about the EV range you need.

How Well Do EVs Work in Extreme Cold or Heat?

#Range

How Much Range You Need in Your EV

Range involves more than how far you drive

So you’re ready to take the electric car plunge. You’ve researched makes and models, and you understand the ins and outs of charging an EV.  

One thing you might not have thought about is range. For first-time buyers, range may sound like a distance-only thing, but it’s about much more than that. Analyzing the way you drive, plus where and in what types of weather, will help you determine the best range for your needs.

9 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Buy an EV

Here are five things to wrap your head around when it comes to range.

Car and Driver Tips to Cruise By

As drivers of EVs, you want your current battery charge to last as long as possible. Even if you have charging stations all around you, it’s great to see the battery indicator with a full or full-ish charge. So how can you do your ride a favor and keep the juice from depleting? Easy—slow down. 

Data shows that driving faster than 65 MPH dramatically slashes an electric car’s efficiency. That makes sense: The harder an electric motor has to work to keep up with high speeds, the faster it depletes. 

This anecdotal chart from Teslike shows how range is impacted on a variety of Tesla models. If you drive a Model 3 at 65 mph, for example, range is about 253 miles. Accelerate another ten miles per hour, however, and the range drops to 213—a difference of about 15 percent. That can make a difference if you’re trying to go longer between charging sessions.

Another thing to consider is how fast you accelerate. If you do it too quickly, say, at a traffic stop when the light turns green, you’ll deplete the battery a lot faster than taking a steady, non-rushed approach.

An even, smooth style of braking and stopping is key to having a good range. It’s healthier for your car to anticipate stops, rather than slamming on the brakes at the very last moment. 

EVs use regenerative braking—a process which holds on to energy that would otherwise be lost during braking—and utilizes it to help recharge the EVs battery. Regenerative braking also eases strain on brake pads, so anytime you can go easy when you brake, the more beneficial it is for your car.

Are You a Road Tripper or Commuter?

Planning on packing up the family for a summer road trip? Or is your EV just for hitting the highway as you head to the office? Either way, understanding range as it relates to destinations is absolutely key. 

If you’re climbing the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina, for example, you will be weaving along winding roads and probably taking your time given that it’s, literally, the scenic route.

Where you drive and the types of roads you drive on make an impact. Short drives on flat roads don’t need as much range as, say, long drives on mountain roads.

Accelerating within an inch of your life should not be the plan; traveling at the speed limit to keep your car’s EPA (electric car range and efficiency) within the normal range is the goal. No one wants to get stranded with a depleted battery when you’re on vacation. 

Those who drive EVs for getting to and from work, however, may have different range needs. It’s still a good idea to stay within a healthy EPA range but you don’t have to be quite as cautious and range-wary for shorter, in-town treks.

You can drive a bit faster and turn up the heater or the AC (other factors that can affect range) if you know you’ll be able to charge up sooner than you could on an hours-long road trip in an unfamiliar area. 

The People and Cargo Factor

Carpooling in your EV may be great for the environment, but it will also put a bit more strain on your vehicle. Carrying a lot of items in your EV can strain it, too.

It’s all about the weight: The more work your car has to do to carry multiple passengers and/or stuff like heavy bags, moving boxes, or work supplies, the more its range decreases. It’s hard to know exactly how much, as it varies according to a car’s make and model. 

Hauling lots of things in both trunks? Carpooling several kids daily? The more weight in your EV, the more range you need.

If you regularly haul a carload of passengers or cargo, you’re going to need an EV with more range than someone who rarely has passengers. So feel free to help your buddy move across town, but know that his heavy boxes you piled into the backseat may make you need to recharge a bit sooner than usual. 

What’s Your Plan for Parking and Charging?

Another range-related question to consider is this: How and where will you charge your EV? Fortunately, when you buy an electric vehicle, it comes standard with a portable charger, which can be plugged into a household outlet and doesn’t need any kind of advanced installation. 

It’s not always possible to charge at home, though, so you might need to research public charging locations near your work or home. You might need to recharge while you’re on the road but some people also simply can’t charge at home and must take advantage of other charging options.

Doing your due diligence and researching public charging spots near your home, on your usual routes, and even in areas a bit beyond your normal drive is a good idea.

A great place to start is by checking out the resources on EVgo. It has hundreds of charging locations that serve all fast-charge capable EVs on the market today. According to its website, more than 130 million people in the US live within a 10 mile drive of an EVgo fast charger. There are other charging services as well; one might have the perfect spot for you to fill up with electricity.

How to Plan a Road Trip With an EV
The Weather Factor Is a Real Thing

It’s safe to say that weather affects every aspect of our lives, including electric vehicles. As you might expect, chilly air affects an EV’s range quite a bit, especially when the temperature plummets below 15 degrees Fahrenheit. The lithium ion batteries used in EVs do not work as well in winter temps, which diminishes range. The fleet analytics company Geotab has a handy temperature tool for EV range, so you can check to see how extreme temperatures affect your car. Fun fact: 70 degrees F is your electric vehicle’s happiest temp. 

As for heat, a blazing temperature of 95 degrees F (with the air conditioning on) will deplete your EVs driving range by 17 percent. Planning ahead before heading out in the heat is key to keeping your range within healthy levels. You may want to cool your car while it’s still charging, and then hit the streets. 

Range has so much more to do with distance but it doesn’t have to completely rule your driving life. Being mindful of conditions like speed, weight, location of charging stations, and potentially impactful weather can help you come to a decision about the EV range you need.

How Well Do EVs Work in Extreme Cold or Heat?

#Range


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