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28/11/2023

How do I care for my electric car in cold weather?

Taking care of your electric car in winter is important to ensure optimal performance and efficiency. Here are some tips to help you look after your electric car during the winter months:

  • Battery Maintenance:

    • Keep your battery charged. Cold temperatures can reduce the overall range of your electric vehicle (EV), so make sure to keep the battery charged to a sufficient level.
    • If possible, park your electric car in a garage or other shelter to help keep the battery warmer.
  • Preconditioning:

    • Many electric cars have a pre-conditioning feature that allows you to warm up the car while it's still plugged in. This helps in maintaining the battery temperature and also ensures a comfortable cabin temperature when you start driving.
  • Tire Maintenance:

    • Check tire pressure regularly, as cold temperatures can cause tire pressure to drop. Maintaining the correct tire pressure is essential for both safety and efficiency.
    • Consider using winter tires for better traction on snow and ice.
  • Cabin Comfort:

    • Preheat the interior of your car while it's still connected to the charger to avoid using the battery for heating, which can reduce your overall range.
    • Use the heated seats and steering wheel instead of relying solely on the cabin heater, as these use less energy.
  • Fluids and Lubricants:

    • Ensure that all fluids, such as coolant and windshield washer fluid, are at appropriate levels. Some electric vehicles use a coolant system to regulate battery temperature.
    • Check and replace any fluids that may be affected by cold temperatures.
  • Charging Considerations:

    • Be aware that extreme cold can slow down the charging process. If possible, park your car in a warmer environment when charging.
    • Keep the charging port clear of snow and ice to ensure a good connection.
  • Regenerative Braking:

    • Understand how regenerative braking works in cold weather. Some electric cars may have reduced regenerative braking capabilities in low temperatures.
  • Drive Carefully:

    • Winter conditions can be challenging, so drive carefully and be mindful of slippery roads. Use the appropriate driving mode for winter conditions if your electric car has one.
  • Emergency Kit:

    • Keep an emergency kit in your car with items like a blanket, flashlight, portable charger, and other necessities in case you encounter unexpected issues during winter driving.
  • Stay Informed:

    • Keep an eye on weather forecasts and plan your trips accordingly. If severe weather is expected, it's a good idea to stay updated on road conditions.

By following these tips, you can help ensure that your electric car performs well during the winter months and that you stay safe on the road.

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