Tips for your EV during the summer months: how to drive and charge?

It's no unknown phenomenon, batteries performing less well in hot temperatures. This applies to your smartphone and therefore also to your electric car. The range of your EV may change if you drive in the hot summer months, which is why it is important to pay extra attention to the following points.

What is the impact of heat on my electric car?

High temperatures can reduce your electric car's range. In warmer temperatures, your EV's battery has to work harder to keep cool. As a result, you won't be able to travel as far as normal after a full charge. The power source of your electric car is the lithium-ion battery, and when it is exposed to higher temperatures, there is a risk of overheating. If your battery gets too hot, its chemistry can be affected, causing your EV to lose some of its charging capacity. So it is important to protect your EV from too hot temperatures.

What temperature is too hot for my electric car?

The ideal temperature for an EV's battery is between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius.

☀️From 30 degrees, you will start to notice problems reduced performance in terms of range, but the battery will not suffer any damage.

☀️However, from 40 degrees, the battery can suffer damage, so you should try to avoid this at all times.. 

What can I do to protect my electric car from the heat?

Smart parking 🅿️

Parking your electric car in the shade can significantly reduce the temperature of your car, protecting the battery and electronics. Always choose parking spaces under trees, underground or covered car parks. If you have no choice but to park your EV in the sun, it is best to use a sunshade or awning net.

Optimise your air conditioning ❄️

Using air conditioning can increase the battery consumption of your electric car.  Set the temperature to a medium level, too big a difference with the outside temperature can reduce your car's range . Make use of your car's smart features, such as "Eco" mode or "Cabin Overheat Protection". With many modern EVs, you can also use an app to make your car cooler beforehand.

Limit fast charging🔌

While fast charging is convenient, it can generate extra heat that adversely affects the battery. Use AC chargers (up to 22 kW) or limit fast charging sessions. Also, make sure you only charge the battery to 80%, because from this point on, the battery has to put in extra effort to charge to 100% and therefore gets warmer.

Avoid heavy loading 🚗

It is good to keep in mind that the more stuff and the heavier the load on your electric car, the less efficient your car's battery will be. So try to keep the load lighter in summer.

Remember that high temperatures can affect your EV's battery and reduce range. By following these simple tips, you can protect your electric car and ensure you always get the most out of your drive, even on the hottest summer days. Enjoy the benefits of electric driving while also protecting your EV's battery.

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