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Updated by Kyle Hunt on Apr 07, 2013
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How to drive farther in cold weather in an electric car

You just bought the new Ford Focus, but you’re afraid that it won’t drive as far in the winter. Well, the cold hard truth is, you won’t be able to! But there are several things you can do to maximize the range of your electric car in the winter so it can still get you everywhere you need to go. Here is what you need to do to deal with Utah’s worst:

1

Keep the car in the garage

Chances are that you normally keep the car in the garage because of the charging station, but if you don’t, it’s a good idea to do so. A garage can maintain an internal temperature a few degrees higher than outside temperature. Extra insulation will help keep the batter warmer, giving it a longer life outside.

2

Let your Ford Fusion charge longer than usual

Let your Ford Fusion charge longer than usual

Utah winters can affect your charging schedule, so it is important to plug it in earlier than. A Ford Fusion usually takes about four hours to charge, but give it more time just in case.

3

Precondition the cabin

Precondition the cabin

This allows you to heat up the car while it is still plugged into the wall. Doing so will give you a warm car with a full battery before you even leave the house!

4

Check your tires

Check your tires

Lower temperatures drop tire pressure significantly. If your tire pressure is too high or too low, it can create more friction on the road, causing the engine to work harder against itself. Filling tires to the proper levels allow for maximum efficiency.

5

Use heaters sparingly

Use heaters sparingly

Some electric cars come with seat heaters, which are much more energy efficient than heating vents. Vents require a ton of energy from the battery, so it is best to only use them when it is absolutely necessary.

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