Winter has arrived, the nights are drawing in earlier and the inevitability of icy roads is fast approaching. With Christmas just around the corner, we’re already thinking about making the journeys back home to our families to enjoy the festive period with our three-household bubbles. But driving in winter isn’t easy, so here are our tips on how to get there safely and stress-free.
Pre-heat your electric car at the tap of an app
What is the worst thing about starting your journey in winter?
Your answer may be something similar to ‘racing out 15 minutes before you’re set to leave the house, ensuring the car is warming up and defrosting’. With your EV, this is a problem of the past with the advanced technology allowing you to preheat your car via the charger’s app. All it takes is one click.
Of course, by pre-heating your car while it’s still plugged into the charger, there will be no impact on the range that your electric vehicle’s battery will go before it needs charging again.
Moreover, pre-heating an EV will do no damage to your car, whereas continually letting a petrol or diesel car run on a cold morning, over a significant amount of time, can have longer-term damage on the engine and the battery power of your ICE-powered vehicle.
Drive your EV safely in snowy and icy conditions
Driving an EV in winter’s harsher weather conditions is actually safer than driving a traditionally powered vehicle due to the nature of its electric battery power and automatic gearbox. This results in a smoother drive and an easier journey, with less risks of skidding while accelerating.
Whereas a petrol or diesel car has many parts which are used in going through the gears, an automatic gearbox powered by an electric motor won’t struggle in the cold.
In addition, EVs also have a regenerative braking function, so that not only is it more controlled and safe when the driver is braking but due to the steady motion of the wheels, this also acts as a recharging feature for the battery of your car and therefore also improving the overall traction of the vehicle.
Charging your EV battery when it’s cold outside
As with everything in winter, it takes slightly longer for appliances to charge to their full capacity. This is due to the lack of initial warmth the battery has in colder conditions. However, it is a common misconception that EVs take twice as long to charge in wintry conditions. In fact, the battery of an electric car only takes a small proportion longer to charge.
To put it into perspective, charging your EV at a motorway services would usually take around 30 minutes, depending on your vehicle and the power of the charger, whereas on a colder day it will take around 45 minutes. A difference that is, arguably, hardly noticeable, should you need to stop and recharge.
You should also ensure you are getting the most out of your battery lifecycle, particularly through these colder times, by considering driving a little more conservatively. A continuous amount of quick acceleration will begin to take its toll on your EV battery over time. This then ultimately diminishes the focus of your battery’s communication with your tyres. So, by driving slower and smoother in the winter, you will be able to retain a controlled drive for longer.
When you’re parked up for your Christmas holiday, make sure you plug your EV in after the long drive as this will benefit your car and can increase the initial range up to 20%. In winter, it can take up to 2 hours longer to charge your domestic electric vehicle charger so by ensuring you’ve plugged it in when you arrive, you’ll be ready to get away as soon as you need.
Home installations for EV chargers
With a domestic charger, there is no need to rely on public charge points or unreliable 3-pin plugs. At We Power Your Car, we are a one-stop-shop for getting the perfect EV charger installed at your home.
There are no hidden costs as everything is included in our fixed price quote. No matter which electric vehicle you choose to buy for your next car, let us sort your EV charging. Find the right charger in under a minute by answering a few simple questions here.
This type of electric charger has it's own cable to charge your car.
This type of electric charger requires a seperate cable to charge your car.
We lay SWA cable laid at 600mm deep, with a protective cable warning tape laid 150mm above the cable. These are laid on a sand or sifted sand soil bed then backfilled.
We position overhead cables at a minimum height of 3.5m and are run along a catenary wire. The cable run should not be accessible to vehicles.
Our instant price is fixed if it falls within our standard installation package plus any additions that you have selected (extra cabling for example). This package covers the majority of homes in the UK. Before we undertake your installation we will carry out a digital survey to check that nothing has been missed. After reviewing the survey results some additional work may be required in order to complete your installation safely and to the required standards. If this is the case, we will contact you well before the installation date and advise the cost of any required work. You can then continue with your installation, or alternatively we will refund you in full if you do not want to proceed.
Included in our standard installation is :
• Fitting of a single phase charge point to a brick or plaster wall or other suitable permanent structure
• Up to 10 metres of cable, run and neatly clipped to the wall between the electricity supply meter / distribution board and the charge point.
• Routing of the cable through a drilled hole in a wall up to 500mm (20 inches) thick if this is needed.
• The fitting and testing of electrical connections and protections required for the charge point.
• An additional three way consumer unit, if required
• Installation of a Type A RCBO in an RCBO enclosure
• Up to 3 metres of plastic trunking to conceal interior wiring.
• An O-pen earth protection device if the charge point requires it. (This is NOT an earth rod)
• Up to 4 hours of labour from your installer to complete the work.
• Electrical testing of the whole installation.
• Handover and setup of the charge point and any app that may be needed.
Not included in our standard installation (additional work) :
• Where the installation requires additional cabling over and above the amount you have told us about.
• Upgrade/replacement of the main incoming supply fuse where the local DNO (eg Northern Powergrid) would need to attend site.
• If the charge point is to be mounted on a post/pedestal rather than an existing wall and where you have not selected a post as an extra cost option in your order.
• Installation of a charge point to a three phase supply.
• Where gas and water mains bonding (earthing) is not in place at your property. If this is not in place, additional work would be required before installation of the charge point.
• Any groundwork that has not been selected during the order process.
What else you need to know :
• On the day of installation, please ensure that the area around your consumer unit (fuse box), incoming electricity supply meter and proposed charge point location (including where the cable is expected to be run) is clear and free of obstructions.
• We will need your WiFi password as part of the installation process in order to connect your charge point to the internet. Please have this available for the installer. Details will not be kept.
• The charge point must be on your own designated off road parking.
• The charger will be fixed in line with current guidelines at a height where it cannot be hit by a vehicle.
• Our installers are not able to enter loft spaces; lift floorboards or flooring; take apart any furniture of work above a height of 2m. If you anticipate that any of this may be required, then please contact us and we can discuss in more detail and provide you with a quotation.
• Should there be extreme weather conditions our installers may not be able to continue with you installation if it is not safe to do so (for example flooding). They will always do their best to complete the work where they can.
If you have any questions then please contact our customer service team who will be happy to help. Please also read our terms and conditions.