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Improving maximum range and other tips for driving electric vehicles in cold weather

Presented by La Turquoise Agency

The more electric vehicles (EVs) there are on the road, the more the myths about their  inefficiency in winter are debunked. In fact, EVs can even perform better than their gasoline-powered counterparts when the temperature drops. Here’s a short guide.

Are EVs more difficult to start in winter?

No. Even in the coldest temperatures, EVs start like a charm, without making a sound. That’s because their engines contain no liquid in contact with components and thus perform the same in hot or cold weather.

EVs can even be preheated for comfort. Preheating doesn't create any pollution, and will also extend battery life while you're driving. That's because preheated interiors stay warm without any need for the heating system to run at full blast –  it can just be used to maintain temperature and thereby save energy.

Is it a good idea to use just the seats and steering wheel to heat yourself?

Many factors come into play here – it all depends on how you drive. That said, EVs are nevertheless more stable than gasoline-powered cars due to their heavy, underfloor batteries that add grip and traction, making it easier and safer to drive on slippery roads.

Are EVs less stable on snow and slippery roads?

Many factors come into play here – it all depends on how you drive. That said, EVs are nevertheless more stable than gasoline-powered cars due to their heavy, underfloor batteries that add grip and traction, making it easier and safer to drive on slippery roads.

Do the battery terminals need more time to charge because of the cold?

You'll notice the battery needs more time to charge as the temperature drops. This is an unavoidable drawback of EVs, but there are ways to speed things up. Don’t forget battery temperature is a determining factor: the warmer the battery, the faster it charges. So, after a long drive, make sure you recharge the battery while it’s still warm!

Is it true that battery life decreases in winter?

Yes! Drivers report a 10% to 40% decrease in driving range in winter. For example, an EV with a range of 120 km in summer will see that range drop to 80 km in winter. However, you can extend your EV’s range by driving with more sensitivity, especially when starting the motor and setting off. Also, in winter, leave your EV plugged in when it’s not being used for long periods.

Good news about your EV insurance!

With these tips, you'll be protected against most mishaps that can affect your EV when the weather turns cold. However, the right vehicle insurance is still essential to protect you against serious damage caused by an accident or a severe storm.

Good news: your environment-friendly driving can entitle you to a discount of up to 20%* on your EV insurance premium. Contact La Turquoise Agency for a quote on coverage that meets your needs. 

*Certain conditions apply. This website provides general information only. Your insurance policy contract takes precedence at all times.  

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