As the Winter weather creeps in, there are many things you should consider when driving as the temperature drops. Swedish performance electric vehicle brand, Polestar reveals some expert tips on how to best prepare your EV when driving this winter.
Here are the top tips on how to best prepare your EV this winter:
Preheat your car
Polestar, and most other EVs, have a preconditioning function. As the name suggests, this allows you to preheat your car before you drive it. Other than providing you with a warm car, it saves you range if you are plugged in to a charger as you won’t have to do it while you are driving. If you schedule the preconditioning your battery will also have time to warm up and be at a more optimal temperature when you set off. Speaking of warmth, if possible try to keep your car in a garage or at least cover it with a tarp or frost cover. This will save you some extra energy when warming up the car.
When the roads get icy and the snow starts falling, safety should be your first priority. The good news is that the safest way to drive during the winter will also help to maximise your car’s range.
Your wheels have less traction on snow and ice, meaning that quick acceleration and braking could result in the car skidding, so remember to avoid accelerating and braking quickly. By braking gently and maintaining a steady speed, you also use less of your battery charge.
Also, using your car’s Eco-mode will allow your car to make extra adjustments to increase your range. Polestar recommends activating eco climate and using eco tire pressure to maximise the range of your car. It’s also worth noting that using the heated seats and steering wheel can keep you warm during a shorter trip where you can turn down the cabin temperature and still feel comfortable.
Keep your battery charged
You should avoid completely running the battery down by keeping it above 20 percent during the winter. If you must leave your car in the cold, make sure it is sufficiently charged before. This ensures that you have enough charge to heat the vehicle again and give you the desired range for your next trip.
“If you are on a longer drive where you need to stop and charge, experts at Polestar suggest you should add a fast charger as a waypoint in your navigation system, you can do this handsfree by simply asking Google to show charging along the route. They go on to say, your Polestar will then make sure to heat the battery to the optimal level for charging by the time you arrive. This allows for quicker and more efficient charging.”
Keep informed and stay ready
“Winter is unpredictable and you should try to be ready for any scenario. This is important regardless of what car you drive. If you are heading on a longer trip on roads less travelled, make sure to bring your winter-kit, as you never know when a blizzard will roll in. This should include a blanket, shovel, flashlight, reflective vest, warm jacket, gloves, and a hat. Finally, the experts at Polestar say that it is important to check your tyre pressures and keep an eye on their tread depth. As the temperature falls, so does your tyre pressure. And don’t forget to fill up on washer fluid.”