You can help use less energy to improve your electric vehicle (EV) range between charges by making a few simple adjustments to your driving habits and practicing a few tips. Your EV offers useful onboard features designed to help you make the most of your charge. Here are some smart tips for eco-driving:
Making the Most of Your Charge
Set Your Interior Temperature in Advance with Preconditioning*
Your EV has a convenient feature called preconditioning that lets you heat or cool your vehicle’s interior temperature to your preference by a set departure time using the FordPass®** App. When preconditioning is set up and your vehicle is plugged in, your EV will draw on energy from the power grid rather than your vehicle’s battery. When you are ready to depart, the cabin temperature is comfortable without the need to deplete the charge from the high-voltage battery.
Stick to the Speed Limit***
Try to avoid quick acceleration and hard braking since they affect range. If you brake slowly and smoothly, you can help capture more energy.
Utilize Cruise Control
When traffic and road conditions permit, use cruise control to help maintain a constant set speed, and avoid driving at higher speeds, which can have a negative impact on your range.
Say No to Stop-and-Go Traffic
If you can, avoid routes that have heavy stop-and-go traffic and many stoplights.
More Wind and Weight Means Less Range
Have a trailer or roof-mounted bike rack? They are convenient but can decrease range. Skip them and you can reduce energy use.
Keep Up on Maintenance
Remember to keep up with your scheduled maintenance and the latest software updates. Being diligent can help optimize your Ford EV’s performance, and having the latest rollout of software keeps your vehicle’s system optimized.
For more eco-driving tips to get the best range from your vehicle, visit www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy-efficiency/.
*Effectiveness of cabin conditioning may be reduced by extreme outside temperatures or when using 120-volt charging.
**The FordPass App, compatible with select smartphone platforms, is available via a download. Message and data rates may apply.
***Range and charge time based on manufacturer computer engineering simulations and EPA-estimated range calculation methodology. The charging rate decreases as the battery reaches full capacity. Your results may vary based on peak charging times and battery state of charge. Actual vehicle range varies with conditions such as external elements, driving behaviours, vehicle maintenance, lithium-ion battery age, and state of health.