Do electric cars perform well in mountainous areas?
I’m thinking about buying my first electric car, but I live in a very mountainous area with lots of changes in elevation. Can an electric car do well driving in the mountains?
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One of the great things about driving an electric car is the efficient way that they utilize energy.
Just like their gas-powered counterparts, steadily climbing in elevation or going uphill in mountainous regions will consume much more energy than driving on a flat road. For electric cars, however, the process of regenerative braking—which happens any time you release your foot from the acceleration pedal—actually restores the energy of your car as you’re decelerating.
Electric cars also don’t have gears to shift in and out of, so they tend to have a smoother ride while ascending and descending hills.
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