Electric driving in winter - 9 tips

Electric driving in winter - 9 tips

  • 23 May 2023

An electric car’s range decreases significantly in winter. Batteries can store less energy at low temperatures, and heating the car consumes extra energy. This is something to keep in mind, especially now that it’s getting increasingly wet and cold outside. Fortunately, the following 10 tips will help you to continue to drive comfortably even in winter. So read on!

1 Preheat the car

Preheat the car while it’s still connected to the charging station. This way, the car gets nice and warm without using the battery. You can easily set this via the app or the menu of the car. And if it has been freezing, the windows are also immediately ice-free. Very handy.

2 Use the seat heating

Heating the whole car isn’t very efficient. You’re better off using the seat heating. It heats up quickly, the direct heat feels pleasant, and it costs less energy. This way, you can save up to 25% of the battery.

3 Beware of freezing the charging cable

Frost can cause the charging cable to get stuck. Therefore, keep the car’s plug connector and charging cable as dry as possible. Is the charging cable frozen anyway? Instead of using hot water, use a dry hot water bottle.

4 Always carry charging cables

The colder it gets, the lower the range. Once on the road, you don’t want to be surprised by a dead battery. Therefore, make sure there is always a charging cable in the car. So, you can charge anytime, anywhere.

5 Reduce power consumption

Is your battery running dangerously low? If so, use as little electronics as possible. It might not be fun but turn off the radio and heating. This will save you a few extra kilometres of electricity.

6 Put winter tyres on the car

Winter tyres provide more grip on the road and therefore less energy loss. This will allow you to drive for longer distances. Make sure you have good tyre pressure, otherwise this will have the opposite effect.

7 Check the range of your car

Do you know how many kilometers your electric car can drive in winter? It is wise to check this in advance (online). The EV database is a useful tool, it shows the expected maximum range under different conditions.

8 Use Milo for any help along the way

With Milo, our handy travel app by your side, help is always nearby. Need to charge on the go? Milo will show you the nearest locations where you can charge or fast charge, including availability. A safe and secure feeling.

9 XXImo = convenient charging and payment anywhere, anytime

XXImo allows employees to charge anywhere in the Netherlands at a fixed rate per kwh. All public charging stations and fast chargers, including Tesla Superchargers, are accessible through XXImo. With no extra or hidden costs, all on a single VAT invoice and 100% coverage in the Netherlands, guaranteed!

Continue to get the most out of your electric car in winter! Want to know more about XXImo and our charging options?