In winter, driving range can be reduced by up to 30 percent. Firstly, the battery has to consume more energy, as chemical reactions take place more slowly in the cold. Secondly, the interior, the windows and seats, the steering wheel and the battery itself all have to be heated using electrical energy from the traction battery. Heating is therefore a major energy guzzler. So during the cold season the following is especially important:
By the way: not only the heating system consumes energy; the air-conditioning also reduces range. So in summer, take care to use the air conditioning sparingly and selectively.
Hard accelerations and high speeds have a negative impact on energy consumption. When your speed doubles, air resistance quadruples. So adapt your driving behaviour proactively.
Does your e-car have an eco mode? Great, then use it. Above all for people with a short commute, it is worth setting the driving mode to eco. In city traffic especially, the car is unable to realize its maximum potential. Eco mode automatically reduces energy consumption, thereby ensuring greater range.
Increasing the tyre pressure can also help to squeeze out more kilometres. Drivers who inflate their tyres by as little as 0.2 bar save energy and increase their range, with no adverse effect on driving comfort. But efforts to conserve energy should never detract from safety!
Good tips are of no use whatsoever if the charging station is defective. Helvetia allows you to directly combine the wallbox installed at your home with the insurance for your e-car or plug-in hybrid – so that you stay mobile at all times.