Millions of Brits will be taking the advice of the popular Christmas song and ‘Driving Home for Christmas’ this week.
Research (by the RAC and INRIX) suggested that this week could be the busiest festive getaway on our roads in five years, with 27m trips planned.
But those with a hybrid or electric car can potentially reduce their costs and carbon footprint and make their trips safer by following these simple tips from the EEVEE Driver app.
1. Charge your battery to a max of 80%, it will extend the lifetime of your battery
2. Only charge your battery to 100% before long-distance trips, otherwise keep it till 80% max
3. The healthiest state of charge for your battery is between 30% and 80%
4. Rapid charging sessions cause high currents and high temperatures which will strain your battery. There’s no big problem with supercharging multiple times per week but try to use them only when needed
5. Charging the last 20% of your EV’s battery could take almost as long as it did to get to the first 80%.
6. Remove roof racks or rear racks when you’re not using them, they shorten your driving range
7. Try to decelerate as much as possible by using regenerative braking, it will minimise your energy consumption.
8. Using your EV’s eco mode will make your accelerations gentler which saves battery life.
9. Improperly inflated tires will increase energy consumption and drain your battery.
10. Try choosing energy-efficient routes in your EV’s navigation system.
11. Fast acceleration is nice when driving an EV but never forget it eats away your battery.
This guest post was written by our friends at EEVEE Mobility.
EEVEE is on a mission to build a zero-emissions future by making EV adoption even smarter through its ecosystem of digital products and services, designed to make EV ownership more transparent, more efficient and more insightful. This includes the EEVEE Driver app, the ultimate tool to help EV owners keep track of their charging sessions, related costs and much more. The EEVEE Business web platform harnesses EV driver and charging data to help companies in the electrification of their fleets to properly account for costs and to operate more efficiently. Completing EEVEE Mobility’s offering is a data and AI platform for the energy ecosystem to help make the transition to EVs and related increase in energy demand more manageable.