Hot Weather EV Driving Tips
Updated: Jul 8, 2021
Electric Vehicles perform just as well in the heat as any other time, however there are a few precautionary measures you should consider to keep your EV running smoothly.
Now that summer is here you may be planning a vacation, a trip to the beach or cross country journey, whatever you have planned you shouldn’t let this get in the way of taking care of your vehicle. When the weather is a bit warmer you should pay close attention to your vehicle to keep its battery healthy and everything running smoothly.
A recent study conducted by AAA found that an EV’s driving range decreases by 17% when outside temperatures reach 35°C while air-conditioning is on. So how can you best take care of your EV?
Don’t Fast Charge When Its Hot – under any circumstance frequently charging your EV is not recommended, however when the weather is hot it can be particularly detrimental as the increased temperatures result in higher electrical currents leading to faster degeneration. Slow charging during the hot weather is the best way to go in order to save your battery from unnecessarily overheating.
Use Preconditioning Feature – This is a feature that comes with every EV and it allows you to plan ahead during extreme weather conditions. By using the preconditioning button your EV will continue to run at the perfect temperature throughout your journey as well as preserving battery life.
Park In Shade – parking in the shade is probably one of the easiest things you can do to protect your EV when the weather is hot. Anything electrical tends to overheat and not perform as well when they have been exposed to prolonged heat, EV batteries are similar.
Use Less Applications When You Drive – EV batteries behave much like a smart phone, when multiple applications are running at once they get hotter and run slower. The more background processes you have going on in your EV the hotter the battery gets. When the weather is hot it would be a good idea to close down some of the external applications if they are not necessary this will help prevent the battery overheating and save on battery life.
Leave Your EV Plugged In – EV’s are intelligent cars. They know how to interpret the commands that you give them, alert you of any issues and adapt to a multitude of situations. Another piece of proof for their intellect is in their thermal management systems. When your EV is plugged in it will automatically regulate the batteries temperature using electricity straight from the outlet. It is worth remembering that EV’s perform best when operating between 30% and 80% so it is worth keeping your battery charged within this range.
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