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  • E-car: how to optimize your range in cold weather

    18.11.2021 | Torsten Schallmaier
    Are you familiar with the term “range anxiety”? If so, you probably drive an electric car. The big worry is coming to a stop in the middle of nowhere due to an empty battery. Especially in winter, electric cars need more energy than in summer. Here are some practical tips that will allow you to optimize your range.
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E-car: how to optimize your range in cold weather

18.11.2021 | Torsten Schallmaier
1290577624
Are you familiar with the term “range anxiety”? If so, you probably drive an electric car. The big worry is coming to a stop in the middle of nowhere due to an empty battery. Especially in winter, electric cars need more energy than in summer. Here are some practical tips that will allow you to optimize your range.

Burnt energy in cold weather

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:

  • Pre-heat the vehicle while it is plugged into the power supply. This saves on the traction battery.
  • Do not keep the heating on the highest level while driving.
  • Do not open doors and windows for any longer than is necessary.
  • If there is one, switch on the heating system’s energy-saving function. That way, only the driver’s space is heated when you are alone at the wheel, for example.
  • Avoid short journeys interspersed with long periods of idling, as the interior and the battery cool down and have to be heated up repeatedly.
  • Set the heating to recirculate. This warms up the interior faster.
  • If possible, park in a garage so that the battery does not cool down excessively.
  • If possible, start charging when the battery is still at operating temperature, e.g. in the evening after a relatively long journey, as a battery that has cooled down has a severe adverse effect on charging capacity.
  • Use smart heat pumps: these use ambient heat and waste heat from vehicle components to heat the electric vehicle. Heat pumps are already installed as standard or can be retrofitted.

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.

Faster is not better

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.

Eco mode on

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.

Add some pressure

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!

So that you are never without power

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.

Out and about electrically with Helvetia and MOVE: profit double.

MOVE offers one of the largest public charging networks for electric cars. If you conclude a new insurance contract for your plug-in hybrid or your electric car by 31 December 2021, Helvetia will cover the cost of your first MOVE annual subscription worth CHF 59 and throw in starting credit of CHF 20. This means you can charge your e-car in Switzerland and abroad at attractive rates.