Electric vehicles (EVs) have become an increasingly popular alternative to traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) cars, with more and more people making the switch to environmentally friendly vehicles. However, one of the biggest concerns that people have when it comes to EVs is range anxiety – the fear of running out of power and being stranded on the side of the road.
To help alleviate this concern, manufacturers like our own Ford and Lincoln brand have implemented a number of features that can help drivers get the most out of their EVs. One of the most important of these features is the ability to charge on the go, and FordPass is the largest charging center aggregate, providing drivers with access to charging stations all over not just Canada but North America.
Of course, charging is just one part of the equation when it comes to maximizing the range of an EV. It’s also important for drivers to understand how to drive their vehicles in the most efficient way possible. This involves everything from using regenerative braking to recover energy when decelerating, to taking advantage of different drive modes like Whisper, Engage, and Unbridled to match driving conditions.
When it comes to range anxiety, one of the most important things that drivers can do is to qualify themselves about their routine distances. By understanding how far they typically drive on a daily basis, they can get a better sense of whether an EV is right for them and what kind of range they need. It’s also important for drivers to modify their mindset when it comes to charging – rather than always aiming for a full charge, it’s often more efficient to charge just enough to get to the next destination.
Extreme temperatures can also have a big impact on EV range, which is why features like preconditioning are so important. By preheating or cooling the car before driving, drivers can help ensure that the battery and cabin are both at optimal temperatures for maximum range. Similarly, over-the-air updates can continue to improve the efficiency of EVs over time, providing personalized suggestions for maximizing range and optimizing charging.
It’s also worth noting that charging an EV on a daily basis won’t necessarily degrade the battery over time, as long as drivers follow best practices like charging to 80% rather than always aiming for a full charge. With these tips and features in mind, drivers can feel confident that their EV will get them where they need to go – without any range anxiety holding them back.