Here are the tips to follow to make sure you get the most out of your EV when mercury rises because Hot weather can greatly impact EV range:

  • Avoid parking in the sun: Your EV has a thermal management system that works hard to keep the vehicle cool. If you leave the car parked under the open skies, the direct heat from the sun will make it harder for this system to do its job. This will ultimately deplete the car’s battery. Park under a tree or in a garage.
  • Go easy on the air conditioning: Hot weather can be pretty unbearable, and air conditioning is a must when you’re behind the wheel. But that doesn’t mean you to crank the AC up until your car’s cabin feels like North pole. Running the air conditioning at the full blast will quickly reduce your car’s driving range. Use the AC, but take a moderate approach when setting the temperature.
  • Easing up on the throttle means more EV range: With a gas-power car, taking a lead-footed approach to throttle management will do you no favors when it comes to fuel economy. With an EV, this kind of driving will have a negative effect on your car’s range. Avoid aggressive acceleration. And keep an eye on the speedometer. Traveling at a moderate speed will take less of a toll on the battery than racing down the highway at a breakneck pace. Adopting a patient, easygoing driving style will help you optimize the distance your car is able to travel between charges when the mercury rises.
  • Light your load to extend EV range: a heaving payload can reduce a gas-power car’s fuel economy. Similarly, too much baggage can tax your EV’s battery and diminish driving range. Check the trunk or cargo area to make sure you’re not lugging around gear that isn’t necessary for your journey. If you’re going surfing, leave the surfboard at home. Every little bit counts, and lightning the car’s load by even a couple of pounds can reap benefits.
  • Avoid a full charge: There’s sense of satisfying completion that comes with giving your EV a full charge. But it’s not advisable in hot weather. As the battery’s charge increase, its internal resistance rises. This resistance can rise the battery’s heat, which will put even more of a strain on the unit in warm weather. Aim for an 80% charge. This is best path to take in summer weather for promoting batter health and optimizing range.
  • Turn down the stereo to add EV range: The right soundtrack can help enhance a summer drive, but it’s important to remember that your EV’s stereo is power by its battery. That means that if you have the radio cranked at full volume, you’re pay a price when it comes to the car’s driving range. Maximize the distance you’re able to travel between charges by keeping the stereo’s volume at a moderate level. And if you’re running low on juice and want to extend your car’s range, bite the bullet and turn the stereo off.