Electric Cars and Winter Driving

November 26th, 2015 by

Green Car Reports has some excellent advice for maximizing the driving range of your electric car during cold winter months. If you live in or around Gorham, Scarborough, Westbrook, Portland, South Portland, Cape Elizabeth or a surrounding area and want to learn what your electric car needs this winter, simply contact Berlin City Nissan of Portland, and our friendly service team will be happy to advise you.

Please read on to see what advice Green Car Reports has for electric car drivers this winter. The below information is based on testing performed on a Nissan Leaf, a popular electric vehicle that is taking the country by storm.

Keep the car plugged in. Electric vehicles use electricity to keep the battery packs heated or cooled to the ideal temperature range; even if the pack is fully recharged, the battery will be warmer in winter if your car stays plugged in until you leave. This provides a longer driving range.
Use seat heaters rather than cabin heat. Most electric cars use resistance heaters to warm the cabin air, which use tons of energy from your pack. Use seat heaters instead if your car has them.
Store the car inside if possible.
Make sure your tires are properly inflated.
Allow extra time for re-charging.
Electric car owners in and around Gorham, Scarborough, Westbrook, Portland, South Portland, Cape Elizabeth should follow these tips to maximize winter driving ranges. Also, if you have questions about your electric car or are in the market to buy a Nissan Leaf, please stop by Berlin City Nissan of Portland today.

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