4 keys to optimize your electric car in winter
We explain how to optimize your electric car in winter to be able to get the most out of it during the coldest days.
How to optimize an electric car during winter
Not only does the motor of an electric car discharge a little faster in low temperatures, the battery of a smartphone, or even the batteries that we use for any electrical device such as, for example, a video game console, also discharge faster when it is cold.
The reason is due to the condensation of the electrolyte that the batteries have , since the colder it is, the more the energy storage capacity decreases. If you have had a car with a traditional engine, has it ever cost you more to start the engine in winter? The answer is due to the efficiency of the engine.
For this reason, we tell you 4 tips to know how to optimize an electric car in winter:
4 tips to optimize an electric car in winter
Follow the tips below to optimize an electric car in winter:
Check battery status
Many times we overlook checking the state of the battery, however, knowing the level of charge is one of the fundamental keys to be able to optimize your electric car in winter , since it is a way of knowing what state it is in and if it is going to be able to face the days of cold, rain and snow.
Don't wait any longer and make an appointment at the workshop to check the condition of the battery as soon as possible. In addition, they will be able to advise you in the event that it is necessary to change the battery. By clicking here you can request an appointment at your nearest Louzao Mercedes-Benz workshop .
Two other important aspects that you must take into account when charging the battery of an electric car are the following:
- Before putting the battery to charge, it starts the battery heating system so that it is in an optimal state for charging.
- Low temperatures can also affect the performance of charging stations, so try to set the charging time to longer .
Driving style can greatly influence the performance of the elements that make up our car, such as the battery or the engine. To optimize the performance of an electric car during the winter, we advise you to implement the following tips to drive efficiently, with which you will also reduce the emission of pollutants:
- Maintain a constant and moderate speed .
- Using the ECO driving mode as much as possible will minimize energy consumption.
- Avoid braking by keeping the minimum safety distance.
- When you have to stop the car for more than two minutes in a traffic jam, it is best to turn off the engine.
- Before taking the car, check the state of the roads and the traffic to anticipate and plan the trip as well as possible.
Don't forget the tires
To optimize the performance of your electric car during the winter and reduce energy consumption as much as possible, set aside ten to fifteen minutes to check the condition of your tires.
With the arrival of cold, low temperatures cause the air in the tires to decrease and, consequently, greater rolling resistance and higher energy consumption. To prevent this from happening, we recommend that you slightly increase the pressure in the tires.
Although there are days when you get in the car and want to turn on the heating as if you were in the Caribbean itself, the truth is that the air conditioning system can affect the performance of your car.
Therefore, for the optimization of an electric car in winter, we recommend that, if possible, you activate the heating system of the steering wheel and seats . In case your car does not have it, keeping the heating at a minimum temperature and constantly is a good method to reduce energy consumption.
In any case, do not turn the heating off while driving , as turning it back on and having to reheat the entire cabin can cost you more. And, if possible, turn on the heating about 20 minutes before starting the trip.