EV digital products and services provider Eevee Mobility has suggested hybrid and electric car owners charge the battery to a max of 80% before setting off for a festive getaway, to extend the lifetime of the battery.
The EV app developer has released tips that could potentially reduce the costs and carbon footprint of driving home for Christmas. This includes only charging the EV battery to 100% before long-distance trips, otherwise keeping it to 80% max. The company said the healthiest state of charge for an EV battery is between 30% and 80%.
Additionally, it found rapid charging sessions can cause high currents and high temperature, which strain an EV battery. It said there is no problem with supercharging multiple times per week but recommended trying to use them only when needed.
Removing roof racks or rear racks when not in use was suggested as they shorten driving range. While also using an EV’s eco mode to make accelerations gentler was recommended to save battery life. The company added fast acceleration is nice when driving an EV, but stressed it eats away battery life.
Furthermore, EV drivers were told to try to decelerate as much as possible by using regenerative braking, as it will minimise energy consumption.
Finally, Eevee said improperly inflated tires will also increase energy consumption and drain EV’s battery, and said to try choosing energy-efficient routes in the EV’s navigation system.