Five Tips to Maximise Range for ID. Electric Models
Recent advancements in battery technology have led to significant improvements in the electric range of EVs, with most EVs now with an average range of 200 to 400 miles*. However, the range of electric vehicles can vary depending on several factors, such as the vehicle model, battery capacity, driving conditions, and weather conditions.
When it comes to the ID.4 and ID.5 models, their impressive range of approximately 485 km* sets them apart from other EVs in the market. With such a long electric range, range anxiety becomes a thing of the past. Even better, there are several tips you can follow to further extend this range.
Continue reading to explore effective ways to maximise the electric range of your EV.
Tip 1: Mode B in the city, mode D in the country
All ID. models offer two driving modes: B and D. The B mode, designed for city driving, activates regenerative braking when the driver releases the accelerator, converting kinetic energy into electrical energy stored in the battery. On the other hand, the D mode is more suitable for motorways and main roads, allowing the vehicle to continue to ‘coast’ even when you release the accelerator pedal. In larger distances, using kinetic energy is the most efficient way to move in order to extend the vehicles range.
Tip 2: Practice Efficient Driving Habits
Your driving habits can significantly impact your vehicle’s range. To optimize your vehicle’s range, consider implementing the following strategies:
- Gradual Acceleration: Avoid sudden and aggressive acceleration, as it consumes more energy. Instead, aim for a smooth and gradual acceleration.
- Gentle Braking: Harsh braking not only increases wear on your vehicle’s brakes but also wastes energy. Opt for gentle braking whenever possible.
- Utilise Recuperation/Regenerative Braking: Take advantage of the recuperation or regenerative braking feature available in all ID. models. This innovative braking system allows your vehicle to capture and store energy while braking, effectively recharging the battery.
All ID. models come equipped with the Eco Assistant as a standard feature. This intelligent assistant promotes an efficient driving style by providing proactive guidance. For instance, when approaching a corner or a residential area, the display screen notifies you when to release the accelerator pedal. Additionally, the Eco Assistant automatically increases recuperation, when possible, further maximizing range.
Tip 3: Optimise Range with Eco Mode
Eco mode, present in almost all electric vehicles, is designed to conserve battery energy. By activating eco mode, you’ll notice that the vehicle reduces torque and makes adjustments to climate control systems, sound systems, and lighting. Although these subtle modifications may be unnoticeable, they play a significant role in extending your vehicle’s range.
Tip 4: Ensure Correct Tyre Pressure
Maintaining the correct tire pressure is crucial for maximizing the performance of your EV. When your tires are underinflated, they can significantly increase rolling resistance, resulting in unnecessary energy consumption. Overinflated tires on the other hand can decrease electric range by causing your vehicle to bounce more, leading to increased aerodynamic drag and reduced efficiency.
Maintaining the correct tire pressure is essential for maximising your vehicle’s electric range and promoting overall efficiency. If you require guidance on the recommended tire pressure for your ID. model, don’t hesitate to ask our team for assistance.
Tip 5: Remove any extra load
Removing any unnecessary load on your vehicles like bike racks, roof boxes, or baggage, etc., can increase your vehicles range as yhese additional weights can disrupt the vehicle’s aerodynamics and impact its electric range.
To sum up, there are various ways to maximise the range of your EV. Even though there are factors that affect electric range that are outside of the driver’s control (e.g. weather), following these tips and adopting a few simple driving habits can easily maximise the range of your electric vehicle.
If you would like to know more or have any questions, visit our showroom today or contact us and our team will happily assist with your queries.
Some images shown are overseas models. Images used for illustrative purposes only and may show optional extras. Driving range figure standards are calculated using the World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP). Actual results achieved will differ according to operating conditions and driving style. The figures for the all-electric range reflect the expected results under WLTP and are pending homologation prior to final confirmation. Charging speed and motor performance figures refer to Kia test results, final figures will be communicated at a later stage.
*Electric vehicle/mode ranges are shown using WLTP (real world driving test). This variable is based on driving conditions, style, situation and terrain. The average New Zealander drives approx. 40 km per day.