Electrifying Discussions: Electric Vehicle charging tips
Unlike fuelling a petrol or diesel car, EV drivers have more to consider when trying to charge their cars. However, that doesn’t mean it has to be more difficult, it just requires a bit of forward thinking.
In this episode of Electrifying Discussions, Grace, Laura, Jack and Charlie discuss their EV charging habits and how to to get the most out of every session.
So what are our top electric vehicle charging tips?
It may sound simple, but one of the best tips for new EV drivers worried about charging, is simply to think ahead. This means using sites like ZapMap when you’re going on a longer journey to see where the public chargers are located so you can plan your journey accordingly. Or if you’re planning a holiday, you could even consider booking accommodation with an EV charger. That way you can charge your EV overnight without having to worry.
Charge during off-peak hours
If you have a charger at home, you may be able to take advantage of cheaper off-peak electricity prices, which are usually available overnight. Charging your EV during times when there is less demand for electricity can also help balance the grid.
Did you know that with our handy Easee app you can easily set scheduled charging so you can always take advantage of cheaper charging times?
Don’t regularly charge to 100%
You might be wondering, ‘should I charge my electric vehicle to 100% every night?’. Well the answer is no, as regularly charging to 100% can affect the long-term health of your battery. Instead, it’s recommended to only charge to 80%. This is because, the more complete charging cycles a battery goes through, the less efficient it becomes.
Bring a charging cable
While some public charging have inbuilt cables, some don’t. So it’s always worth storing a charging cable in your boot, just in case!
Be mindful in cold weather
Did you know that the battery of an average EV can self-discharge when temperatures drop below 0 degrees? This means that on cold winter days, charging your EV once a week probably won’t be enough. So make sure you plan your charging sessions well! Even plugging in one hour than usual can make a difference!
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