How do I solve range problems with an electric car?

I want to buy an electric car for my next vehicle, but I’m worried about having problems with the driving range as I regularly have to commute long distances for work. How do I solve range problems with an electric car?

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Answer provided by
Allison Stone
Answered on Jun 09, 2022
Depending on the make and model of your electric vehicle, it will have a set maximum range based on the size and power of your battery as well as the size and weight of your vehicle. The age of your car’s lithium-ion battery will also impact the range, as rechargeable batteries tend to slowly lose range over time.
Just like with gas-powered cars, there will be some variation in the reported range estimate and the actual range you get depending on real-world conditions, but if you’re experiencing major discrepancies you could have a faulty battery.
If your battery is in working order and you just want to maximize the range you get from your car, there are some things you can practice to extend your battery life and get the most range out of your car such as:
  • Utilize regenerative braking to recharge the battery
  • Smoothly accelerate and decelerate so as not to drain the battery unnecessarily
  • Charge your battery to optimal levels (about 80%) as fully charging it every night will hurt your battery’s life overall
  • Plan ahead for your road trip to make sure you can optimize your range and take advantage of public charging stations
  • Check your tire pressure regularly, as underfilled tires can decrease your mileage
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