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Driving an electric or hybrid vehicle can help you save money as well as having a positive impact on reducing your carbon footprint. Making small changes to the way you drive and charge your electric vehicle can bring financial and environmental benefits. Getting into new habits can return financial benefits and the feel-good factor.

All year round:

  • Be consistent with your battery – avoiding running it very low or fast-charging it too often
  • If you do need to charge your EV on the road, find the nearest ESB EV charger to you
  • Drive consistently – avoid harsh braking or accelerating
  • Use the eco mode on your electric vehicle if it has one. This will dim headlights slightly, or reduce the heating/cooling power to save battery power
  • Charging your EV battery at night can save money. Use a timer if you have one. Off-peak energy costs are generally lower at night
  • Keep your vehicle above 20% battery charge where possible. Only let it run down when you have to on a longer journey
  • Equally, try not to charge your vehicle above 80% unless you need it for a long journey. To get the best out of your EV battery life, keep it between 20% and 80%
  • Use regenerative braking, available on most EVs, which is to brake more slowly than harshly. This creates kinetic energy that the car can turn into battery power
  • Consider saving money by getting solar panels installed to cover the cost of charging an electric vehicle

In the summer:

  • Most modern electric vehicles come with an app that you can use to cool the interior of your car before you get in. If it’s at optimum temperature when you get in you’re less likely to blast the air conditioning and use more energy
  • If you’re using your vehicle to travel on a summer holiday, pack light! The more weight an EV is carrying the less range you will get from your battery
  • Keep your car in the shade when it’s parked to avoid your battery overheating
  • To optimise your EV battery, try not to charge your battery over 80% as this can increase its temperature and lead to potential overheating
  • Don’t charge your battery immediately after driving. Let it cool down first before you plug it in

In the winter:

  • Most modern electric vehicles come with an app that you can use to heat the interior of your car before you get in. If it’s at optimum temperature when you get in you’re less likely to blast the heater and use more energy
  • Precondition your battery using the app so that your battery is warm and ready to go before you drive off
  • Make use of heated seats as they use less energy than the heater
  • The same goes for a heated steering wheel if you have one
  • Wear suitable clothing – dress for outside while you’re in the car so that you’ll be less reliant on heating
  • Be consistent with your battery – avoiding running it very low or fast-charging it too often. Cold weather can affect batteries (the same as it can with petrol or diesel cars too), so keeping charging consistent will help it to last longer
  • Cover your car in harsh conditions like snow or ice. Or keep it in a garage if you have one. This will keep the battery warmer.
  • Keep your tyre pressure topped up to the optimum level
 
Get in touch with our team to find out how Mastertech can help you get the benefits out of your electric vehicle. 

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