Electric vehicles have come a long way from when they were introduced in the market. However, it can be stressful to know how low your battery charge can go, and nobody wants to end up stranded at the side of the road with a flat battery. However, it’s easy to get extra kms from a charge. Here we list 5 ways to extend your electric vehicle’s (EV) battery in Singapore.
1. Drive consistently
Heavy-footed driving will deplete your EV’s battery at a faster rate. Although it’s always tempting to test out your EV, your charge will go further when you accelerate slowly and consistently from a standing start.
2. Keep to the speed limit
If you are driving your EV for a long distance or your drivers are, keep your speed consistent. The faster you go, the more power you will use from the battery to maintain that speed.
100km per hour is the pace where most EVs can maintain the balance of conserving power while keeping speed. Any speed faster than this will see the range level decrease faster than desired. If your EV in Singapore has an “Eco” mode, switch this on to increase the amount of energy that is 'regenerated' as the car slows or brakes.
3. Utilise regenerative braking
When driving your EV, use your EV’s energy-recovering regenerative braking option as you come to a stop. Regenerative braking is when the vehicle takes energy from the process of slowing down and using it to recharge the vehicle’s battery. Utilise your vehicle’s maximum regenerative setting to generate extra power back to the vehicle’s battery when you take your foot off the accelerator.
4. Be smart with your air-conditioning
The weather can get pretty hot in Singapore and we are all used to blasting our air conditioning system in the vehicles. When using an EV, using the air conditioning can consume a lot of battery power at a fast rate. When possible, try to just use the fan instead of the air-conditioning system. You can also pre-cool the EV while it’s charging to help reduce the need to run the AC once you drive away.
5. Plan your trip
It could take you less time getting to your destination by driving on the motorway, but you could maximize your EV’s range by keeping to a route that allows you to drive steadily at consistent speeds. Try keeping away from areas known for heavy traffic. Some EVs in Singapore have navigation systems that can plot the best energy efficient routes. If you lease an EV with this function, do give it a try to conserve battery power.
At Pan Pac, we have introduced a range of EVs in Singapore for leasing. Give our friendly team a call today at +65 8482 3003 to find out more or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org