what to have in mind while driving an electric car
|An electric car gets its “propulsion” from the battery loaded with electrons.
The driving range is dependent upon battery charging capacity. This is different from one car brand to another. The Nissan EV-200 has a capacity approximately 230-250km.
The greatest factor that affects driving range is speed, temperature, wind, payload, uphill roads and driver behavior.
In Norway, we drive electric cars almost everywhere. Along the wide main roads, in narrow roads, in deep valleys and steep mountains.
When driving an electric car you have to plan your journey. Electric cars have been available for some years already. But still there are many who has not yet driven an electric car and gained experience how to drive it most effectively to get the best driving range.
|When you drive along main roads between towns and villages you will find many charging stations. This means you only have to be aware of the distance to drive and your battery capacity. If you are going to drive from one town/village to another in one day and there is 120km to drive (check distance in car computer or smartphone) and you are having 150km battery capacity left you need to find a charging station. Charge at least to 200km and you are confident you will reach your destination without any problems.
It is also very IMPORTANT when driving to remote places for glacier or mountain walking and you are driving uphill you have to plan enough battery capacity to be able to return. In remote places there is most likely no charging station.
Check distance with drive computer or your smartphone. This might sound a bit unnerving but it’s actually very easy and just basic, common sense.
|When you drive uphill a lot, you will experience the driving range is being reduced considerably. This can cause some concern when you are not experienced with an electric car, but remember, when you are at the top, it is downhill afterwards. BUT it is wise to make sure that you have enough battery capacity to get to the top. A good rule will be to charge at 80-90% before you start a longer uphill journey. The moral of this story is, take time to recharge, both yourself and the vehicle.
Our advice. Remember you are on a holiday. Be gentle on the speed pedal. Do not brake –accelerate – brake – but cruise instead. When driving uphill try to avoid flooring speed pedal. Try to drive in best speed for longest distance 65-70km. If you make cars queuing up behind you just find a place to stop and let them pass you. Remember you are on a holiday.
Spend 5-10 minutes each day to plan your journey. Check battery capacity and locate charging stations along your chosen route. If you go to remote places, decide how much battery capacity you need there and back. Electric cars are the future. The sooner you learn to drive it, the better you will understand future transportation and play your part in protecting the environment. It’s all quite straightforward, especially with all the technology we have at our fingertips.