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.
Standard installation for the Homecharger covers the majority of homes in the UK and includes the following: