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How to Keep Your Electric Car Charged During the Winter Months

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Driving an electric car is an excellent way to reduce your environmental footprint. However, winter can be a difficult time for electric car owners, especially if temperatures drop below freezing. In this blog post, we’ll discuss different methods of keeping your electric car charged during the cold winter months

Heating and Cooling

Illuminated button for activated dual-zone climate control and windshield defrost in the car.
Illuminated button for activated dual-zone climate control and windshield defrost in the car.

When it’s cold outside, the battery in your electric car will use more energy to keep itself warm. This means that you won’t be able to drive as far on a single charge, so it’s important to make sure that you are charging your battery regularly. If you don’t have access to a charging station, you may want to consider investing in a portable charger that can be used at home or while on the road. Additionally, when it’s hot outside, your battery will need additional cooling in order to remain efficient and prolong its life span. Make sure that you are familiar with the cooling system of your vehicle and how often it needs to be maintained

Charging Speed

Electric car plug charging in the winter
Electric car plug charging in the winter

The speed of recharging your battery is also important in colder climates because it will determine how long you have access to power before needing another charge. Most chargers now come with variable settings that allow you to adjust the charging speed depending on how much time you have available for charging—from fast-charging for quick top-ups on the go all the way down to trickle-charging for overnight stays at home or in a hotel room. If possible, install a faster charger at home or work so that you can get back out on the road more quickly when necessary

Battery Maintenance

Close-in shot of electric car battery range gauge
Close-in shot of electric car battery range gauge

Electric cars require regular maintenance just like any other vehicle—especially when winter weather kicks in. Make sure that your vehicle’s battery is inspected regularly and its electrolyte levels are topped off as needed. Replacing corroded or damaged terminals is also important as this can lead to decreased efficiency and shorter battery life overall. Additionally, take care not to leave your car parked outside too often during colder months; this could affect its ability to hold a charge over time due to extreme temperature fluctuations inside the cabin space
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While driving an electric car can provide environmental benefits year round, there are some things you should keep in mind during the winter months such as heating and cooling systems, charging speeds and proper battery maintenance habits which can help ensure that your vehicle remains efficient throughout the season. With these tips in mind, electric car owners should have no problem staying safe and comfortable on their winter journeys!

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