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Tips for Driving an Electric Vehicle in the Winter
By Ivy Crum,
11/29/2016

Although driving an electric car is relatively similar to driving a non-electric car, there are a few unique aspects that can make winter driving tricky. Whether this is your first winter in an electric vehicle or you are a seasoned veteran, here are important tips to keep in mind before the cold weather and snow hits:

  • The most important parts of your car in the winter are the tires. The quality of your driving heavily depends on your tire type, quality and pressure.
  • If possible, park your car in a garage. If you leave it freezing outside, heating it up will take extra power off your EV.
  • Keep your vehicle plugged in until you are ready to go somewhere. Even when the battery is already fully charged, do not unplug it. Re-charging in the winter takes longer (especially without a battery pack heating system installed). It also lowers the amount of energy your battery pack can offer.
  • If you have the ability to pre-heat the cabin using grid power, do it. This means your car will be warm when you get in which will keep your battery pack fully re-charged, ensuring longer range.
  • To keep warm, layer up and use heated seats and heated steering wheel if possible. Most battery packs have a heating system installed because lithium-ion batteries do not perform well when they are cold. Heating up your EV will influence your driving range by 30 percent or more.
  • Keep your vehicle in eco- or low-power-mode. This way, the care will use less valuable power.

Running out of energy on a cold day could be a potential hazard so follow the suggestions above to help avoid an electric vehicle mishap this winter.

Be sure your electric vehicle is protected with an insurance policy as well. To learn more about electric car insurance coverage and find out if you qualify for a discount, visit AssuredPartners Personal Insurance.

Source: fueleconomy.gov

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