How to Maximize EV Range in Hot Weather


We’ve gathered the top 10 ways to maximize your EV range in hot weather. Cerritos, Irvine, and West Covina residents can all agree on the sky-high temps experienced around town.

Norm Reeves Superstore supplies all the tips every driver around Huntington Beach, San Diego, and Vista, California can use for their EV. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the easy ways that maximizing your range can be accomplished.

Maximize EV Range in Hot Weather
  1. Stay Out of the Sun

An EV parked out in the blazing sun cannot work as well as one parked under the shade of a tree. The car’s thermal management system keeps the car cool and cannot perform this function in the heat as well.

  1. Cool Off First

Before you go out and blast the air conditioner, cool off your car earlier, preferably while it’s charging. The air conditioner can deplete a lot of energy from your battery, so it’s best to plan ahead.

  1. Lighten Your Load

If you’ve overloaded your car with packages or luggage, the EV has to work harder and use more energy to go. Lighten the load and take out anything large that you don’t need. In fact, it’s best to avoid adding roof racks to your car because that adds excess weight.

Maximize EV Range in Hot Weather
  1. Make It 80 Percent

Although a full charge may give many drivers satisfaction, when it’s hot outside, charge your car to only 80 percent. When you have a full charge, the resistance rises, which raises the battery heat. This can put excess pressure on the battery, so lower your percentage.

  1. Turn That Down

Every ride needs a road trip soundtrack, but if you turn up the volume, you’re wearing down the battery and how far you can go. By keeping the volume at a sensible level, it doesn’t affect the battery as much. If you see that you need to charge the car soon, turn it off altogether.

  1. Opt for Eco

Every EV features an Eco driving mode although it may go by another name. This mode conserves energy therefore saving your battery and enabling you to travel that extra mile.

EV Range in Hot Weather
  1. No Need for Speed

While speeding feels freeing, beyond the risk of getting a ticket, it could also drain your EV battery. Use the accelerator when you need it and in moderation. By maintaining a smooth and even pace, you’ll still get to where you’re going and can rely on your battery longer.

  1. Watch the Clock

Do you really need to go out from noon to 3pm? If not, stay inside until the sun goes down or wait until earlier in the morning. The sun beats down the most during these hours and can give your battery a beating.

  1. Feel the Pressure

For a measured, easy ride, the right tire inflation can make a difference. Check your tire inflation monthly or more with a tire gauge or by stopping by our dealership. Good tire pressure leads to a satisfying ride.

  1. Go Your Own Way

While you may love the scenic route, it’s not the most efficient way to go. If you want to maximize your EV range, use your navigation system to select the quickest, least congested route to conserve your energy.

Shop for an EV at Norm Reeves Superstore

Armed with 10 ways to maximize your EV range in hot weather, drive with confidence around Cerritos, Irvine, and West Covina. Plan the most efficient route to Norm Reeves Superstore and see what EVs can blend with your Huntington Beach, San Diego, or Vista, CA lifestyle.

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