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December 22, 2023
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Top tips for driving an EV in the winter.

Brrr…we can already feel that winter chill set in. As an electric vehicle (EV) owner, you might find yourself facing a unique set of challenges to maintain optimal performance in cold weather zones. In the realm of electric mobility, where each vehicle has its own distinctive features and capabilities, it becomes very important to understand your EV and how it operates in the winter season. Just as no two snowflakes are alike, every EV model has its differences that can significantly impact performance. So, as the temperatures drop, savvy EV enthusiasts like you must embark on a journey to uncover the ins and outs of your vehicle, ensuring a smooth and efficient ride through snowy weather conditions.

In this blog, we are going to share the top 7 tips essential to cruise confidently this winter season:

1. Invest in winter tires.

Equipping your EV with winter tires designed for cold weather conditions can greatly improve traction and handling on icy or snow-covered roads. The safety and performance benefits can make a significant difference during winter driving.

2. Precondition before charging your vehicle.

Your battery is at the heart of winter driving. Rather than relying on your battery to warm up the vehicle, leverage the preconditioning feature found in most modern EVs. This allows you to warm your cabin and battery in advance, ensuring optimal performance.

3. Use Eco mode and reduce use of electrical features.

Most EVs have Eco Mode. As an EV driver, you can activate this for an extended electric driving range, as it restricts energy supply and power consumption, optimizing your battery’s efficiency.

4. Warm up with seat and steer wheeling heaters.

Add heaters on the seats (if your EV doesn’t already come with this feature), around the steering wheel, and even on the arm rests. Unlike heated air, these features directly warm your body, providing quicker comfort all while conserving your EV’s range.

5. Park indoors when you can.

Whenever you have the option, park your EV in a garage or enclosed parking space. A chilly battery tends to underperform and accept less charge, so by sheltering your EV from the cold, you ensure that the battery stays at a more favourable temperature.

6. Invest in a home charging solution.

Consider installing a home charger, such as Ivy Home, for ultimate convenience. Having a dedicated home charging solution allows you to start each day with a fully charged battery, eliminating the need to rely on travelling to public charging stations. It provides a reliable and efficient way to keep your EV ready for winter journeys.

7. Know your route.

Since cold temperatures affect range, it’s important to know your route and any pitstops where you can charge. A fast charger will help you get back on the road much quicker than a Level 1 or 2 charger. Plan your trip with tools like the Ivy app to find locations along the way!

We hope these tips will enhance your driving experience during this winter season. Don’t forget to stock your EV with essential items such as a snow brush, window scraper, and emergency vehicle kit, ensuring you’re well-prepared for any unexpected challenges on the road. Safe travels!