EV Driver FAQs

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No there isn’t.  Most of the time when driving an EV, range is not an issue – so you set the temp to whatever you find comfortable.  However it is worth pointing out that  the higher the cabin temp the more the energy consumption and the  lower the range. By using heated seats and heated steering wheel options usually means the cabin temp can be set lower. Such pre-heating of the vehicle can usually be done either with a timer or via an app before starting out on a journey.

We’re all used to fuel consumption increasing at higher speeds, but  for EVs the penalty (in percentage terms) is significantly higher than it is for petrol / diesel.  So, if you are trying to maximise range, avoid higher speeds.  So for example 60mph is significantly more energy efficient than 70mph for all transport, most importantly for safety you must be keeping up with the flow of traffic.

Depends on the make and model; for example, the BMW i3 does activate the brake lights when you ease off the gas but the Nissan Leaf does not (unless ePedal is activated).

It varies between models; a well planned journey would avoid counting on it irrespective of the vehicle.

Artificial noise for EVs has only been mandatory in the EU for vehicles sold since 1st Jul 2019 and only operates at speeds below 20mph. Guide Dogs for the Blind have been involved in developing the artificial sounds. At higher speeds road noise typically dominates anyway.

To maximise battery life you’d avoid deep discharges (very empty) and very full charges.  Charge cycles between 25% charged and 85% charged maximises battery use- very high and very low charge reduce battery life. Its worth pointing out that we rarely run batteries very low anyway for fear of getting stranded.  If your EV has an option to limit the charge to 80% of so that would probably be a good thing to use day to day if your regular EV usage was well within the vehicle’s range anyway.

Yes there is evidence that a diet of pure rapid charging is not as healthy as mixed charging. However may EV drivers will do most of their charging at home or the workplace and only use rapid chargers when making long distance journeys.

The 3 pin charger is bit of a ‘get out of jail card’ enabling a slow rate top up charge where ever there is access to a 3 pin socket. But a dedicated home charger is the safer and recommended option for regular use.

The increased weight and low centre of gravity actually has EV’s performing well in snow and ice. Like any cars winter tyres are the best option.