Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming more and more popular as people seek to reduce their carbon footprint and save money on fuel costs. However, owning an EV does require some adjustments in your driving habits and maintenance routine. We’ll provide some tips on how to make the most out of owning an EV.
1. Plan your route (consider taking portable EV charger)
As with any EV, it’s important to plan your route in advance and be aware of the location of charging stations. Singapore has an extensive network of charging stations, and apps like EVGo and Greenlots can help you find the closest one to your location. You should also plan your route to avoid congested areas, which can drain your EV's battery more quickly.
2. Empty out trunks
An EV operates more efficiently when it isn't burdened down, just like any other vehicle. Remove any heavy objects you don't need from the trunk to get the most range possible out of each charge.
3. Keep your battery life at 80%
Even though you might be tempted, sometimes charging your EV only partially is preferable. You might want to think about unplugging at 80% to save yourself time because studies have shown that an EV's charging rate slows down after it reaches this level of energy. It's a win-win situation because this also increases the battery life of your EV.
4. Be considerate at public EV charging stations
Always abide by the Golden Rule because we must all share public charging stations. Move your car once you are done charging so that no one else is forced to wait while you use the outlet. When you're finished, make sure to firmly reholster the charging gun. Imagine if it were left on the ground and was hit by a car if it was not protected like this from damage. This lessens the chance that someone will trip over the cable.
5. Drive Efficiently
Driving an EV requires a different driving style compared to a traditional petrol-powered car. To get the most out of your EV, you should avoid rapid acceleration and heavy braking, which can drain your battery more quickly. Instead, try to maintain a steady speed and use regenerative braking to extend your range. You can also use the eco-mode or range-extender features to help you conserve battery life.
In conclusion, owning an EV in Singapore can be a great way to save money and reduce your carbon footprint. By planning your route, emptying out trunks, keeping battery life at 80%, driving efficiently, and being considerate at public charging, you can ensure that you get the most out of your investment. Check out for more updated car tips and informations on our social media: