How to increase electric vehicle range
‘Range anxiety’ is one of the most common barriers preventing new car buyers to transition to an electric vehicle. With our explainer, you can be better prepared and increase your driving range.
Electric vehicle (EV) ownership is on the rise in Australia, thanks to the release of popular mid-size SUV models such as the Tesla Model Y and BYD Atto 3, and government purchase incentives. Whether you’re in the market for an EV, or have just picked up your new set of wheels, it’s important to understand the best way to utilise the battery’s potential and preserve the vehicle’s range on the road.
Like any car powered by an internal combustion engine (ICE), the distance a battery can last between charges differentiates from car to car. For example, the entry-level GWM Ora Standard Range has an approximate driving range of 310 km per charge, whereas a Tesla Model Y – which comes at nearly double the cost of the GWM Ora – has a driving range closer to 400 km.
Nick Franco, Head of Business Development at Chargefox, says the real key to long-distance driving in an EV is to "plan ahead".
Not dissimilar to a petrol gauge on an ICE vehicle, EVs will typically show how many kilometres you have remaining on your dashboard.
To avoid losing charge while on the road in your EV, keep these steps in mind when planning your journey for a safe and pleasant drive.