Wondering about how to drive to maximise your electric vehicle's battery life? EV range is partially down to how you drive so it’s worth knowing how to get the most out of your charge.
Watch your speed – Just like with a conventional engine, travelling at lower speeds puts less drain on your battery.
Use regenerative braking– Taking advantage of regenerative settings in your EV’s setup will channel wasted energy into power.
Go easy with the climate control– Air conditioning and heating both drain battery so try to keep your use to a minimum while driving a EV hire.
Use cruise control - Unless you are in heavy traffic, making regular turns, or experiencing adverse weather conditions, using cruise control can help conserve energy and increase driving range.
There are now more EV charging points in the UK than petrol stations
(EDF energy, 2020)
EV Charger Types
Slow/standard: Charging at home using a three-pin plug or home charging unit. Takes 6-12 hours to charge an EV.
Fast (7kW-22kW): Found at workplaces and car parks. A full charge in 2-4 hours.
Rapid (25kW-99kW): Found at large commercial sites, such as motorway service stations. An 80% charge in about 1 to 1.5 hours.
EV Charging Connector Types
Type 2 AC charger: For fast charging. A round 7-pin plug with one flat edge.
Combined Charging System (CCS): For rapid charging. Two DC pins below the Type 2 AC connector.
CHAdeMO: For rapid charging only, mainly in cars from Japanese automobile manufacturers. A round four-pin plug.
Yes, your EV will be 80% charged which is the manufacturer’s maximum recommended charge to preserve battery life.
Zapmap have a map showing all the different charging points across the country. You can even plot a trip and it will show you where you can recharge along the way. You can download their app and use them on the go.
Google maps will also show you your nearest charging point if you search ‘EV charging points’.
Ideally you should recharge it to 80%. If this isn’t possible, please return it with no less than 10% charge, you will be billed for the cost of charging it back to 80%.
No, the opposite is true as there are no gears to change so it is more like driving an automatic. Braking and acceleration are both more responsive so hills and bends are easier to navigate in an EV.
This depends on the model of EV you are driving, how you drive it and the conditions you are driving in.