Tips & tricks for EV drivers

Driving an electric car is a like a breath of fresh air. You enjoy exceptional silence inside the vehicle and a smooth driving experience. However, you need to master certain reflexes in order to get the most out of your vehicle and the battery. This makes emission-free mobility worry-free mobility!

LeasePlan has put together a number of tips to help your inner electric pioneer in making the transition from fuel to battery. Got a practical question? Our staff will be happy to answer it.

Before setting off

Most electric vehicles are equipped with a feature that allows you to pre-programme the charging of the battery and the interior temperature. You can do this via the infotainment screen or the car's app. It pays to learn how to use this feature if you want to take advantage of the full potential of your EV.

On the road with your EV

If you want to travel longer distances without worry or limit the number of charging stops, it's a good idea to adapt your driving style. These tips will help you get more kilometres out of your battery without sacrificing driving enjoyment. Quite the contrary!

Charging on the road

The 10 commandments of electric driving

Thanks to the above tips, you’re all set to make the most of your electric driving experience. We conclude with ten commandments that will turn you into an expert EV driver:

  1. Plan your trip ahead of time

    Use a good route planner, so that you always know whether there's a charging station nearby.

  2. Make sure you always have your charge card or cable with you.

    Make sure you always have your charge card or cable with you. This prevents any unpleasant surprises.

  3. Reduce your speed.

    This is especially relevant on motorways, so you can drive much further with your battery capacity.

  4. Don't accelerate too hard

    You save energy by braking and accelerating more slowly. So, anticipate situations and let your vehicle coast more. Relax and enjoy the drive!

  5. Use regenerative braking

    When you take your foot off the accelerator, the car will slow down and use the energy released to recharge the battery.

  6. Make sure your tyre pressure is correct.

    This is important not only for your safety and comfort, but also to reduce resistance and increase your range.

  7. Use summer and winter tyres.

    Winter tyres improve road holding during the coldest months of the year.

  8. Heat or cool your car while charging

    Set the desired temperature while the vehicle is still plugged in. As a result, you'll need less energy while driving.

  9. Be smart with energy

    Small things can make a big difference. For example, seat heating is an economical alternative to heating the interior. And by charging at the right times, you can also save a lot on your electricity bill.

  10. Maintain your battery properly

    Your battery is the beating heart of your EV, so only fully charge your battery when driving long distances. At all other times, 80% is the recommended maximum.

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