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How to get the most electric driving from your plug-in hybrid

How to get the most electric driving from your plug-in hybrid We’ve shared a couple of articles recently on the reality of driving a fully electric vehicle and we are now pleased to share advice from one... Read More

Driving an EV in cold weather 

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How to get the most electric driving from your plug-in hybrid

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23/01/2023

How to get the most electric driving from your plug-in hybrid

We’ve shared a couple of articles recently on the reality of driving a fully electric vehicle and we are now pleased to share advice from one of our team, on how to get the most out of your plug-in hybrid vehicle. 

"I drive a Ford Kuga and on a full charge it has around 32 miles of electric range to play with. Now, this might not sound much but it’s great for local driving, most of my day-to-day business mileage fits into these parameters so some weeks I rarely use the petrol mode. 

I try to ensure I’m using electric power whenever I’m in town, for me it is this kind of driving that feels suited to electric mode.  

You definitely get to know your car as you drive it and instinctively drive a bit more gently. I definitely drive slow and steady, braking and accelerating calmly……think no sudden movements!

My car has various modes to drive in, from normal to sport, slippery and deep snow (haven’t needed that one yet!), but my preferred mode is ECO which definitely improves efficiency and gets the most electric range. It doesn’t feel much different, the car pulls away smoothly and slowly when compared to sport mode. 

My husband tends to do motorway driving and has found that using cruise control gets the best results when it comes to using electricity. Even if we’re doing a long journey, we make sure we’ve got as much range as possible, we generally plug the car in when it’s at home or at his work. 

When we chose our hybrid, we knew it wouldn’t give us a massive electric range, so we don’t feel guilty or uneasy about using petrol mode too. I think that’s quite important,  don’t get to hang up on always driving electric, otherwise the lack of range will get annoying in this type of car.

Personally, I’m not going to drive around freezing cold to save electric range, if it’s winter, the heaters are on! Some guides will tell you that not using the heaters or air con save range, and that’s true, but in my mind you’ve got to still enjoy driving and being in the car. 

Overall, I like the flexibility of this plug-in hybrid, it was a great ‘intro’ to alternative fuels and  now there is more choice of fully electric on the market that are the right size for our family we are going to be thinking about fully electric for our next family car."

Driving an EV in cold weather 

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12/01/2023

Driving an EV in cold weather 

 

We have owned an electric vehicle, The Skoda Enyaq 80iv,  for five months now and we have got used to charging when on a road trip as well as charging at home. 

 

I definitely experienced range anxiety before getting the Skoda, but having had it for a few months now, I’d say we are used to managing our expectations of how far we can travel before we need to charge. What this means in reality for the battery is on a long journey, charging up to 100%, then going down to perhaps 20%, stopping and charging back up to 80%, and then repeating that as many times as required on the journey. Whilst we enjoyed and got used to this between July and October, how would it be in the winter? 

 

We had a long trip planned which would involve a 700 mile drive from the centre of the UK down to the French Alps. Normally we stop overnight halfway on our journey and  typically a full tank of diesel can get us most of the way to our overnight destination, with one stop for a top up. 

 

In the Skoda EV, we planned our route and planned where to stop, but we did not know the range of the battery in cold weather. The weather apps told us to expect temperatures of five or below and sometimes zero and below and reading blogs and Facebook posts, we could see people expecting ranges of between 150 miles to 200 plus miles in cold weather. 

 

In actual fact, we were pleasantly surprised with the range we achieved and also the pace of the journey that gave us. Having to stop for a cup of coffee whilst you top up the charge is not a bad thing. 

 

Driving in cold weather at 130kmh, uses the battery a lot faster than 100kmh, so for us it was worth slowing down a bit to increase the range. 

 

The last leg of our journey we charged up to 80% at a services on the motorway, then left the motorway to drive across the Jura mountains. Whilst this is a bit of up-and-down, it does have plenty of level terrain as well. At the end of that section, we dropped down off the mountains towards Geneva, which gave us a great thrill because the regenerative battery charges almost all the way down this rather steep slope. That meant that at the bottom of that slope we arrived with late 60s, early 70s battery charge. 

 

We had planned to possibly stop before we went up the Alps to our destination to make sure we had a good charge before making the ascent but in fact we didn’t need to, we arrived at the base of the mountain with about 49% which was plenty to reach our destination. 

My observations of driving in cold weather is that the battery does deliver a reduced range, but by moderating one’s expectations, planning ahead and actually just slowing down a little bit, it works fine.

 

I’d say it’s so far so good and all the benefits of driving an EV like the Skoda Enyaq 80iv massively outweigh any actual reduction in the range of the vehicle.

It is an absolute joy to drive. It feels like gliding or floating on the road and it makes driving very enjoyable even in busy traffic, but especially when driving across open countryside.