The future for electric vehicle drivers has never looked brighter. Not only are they becoming more common, more available, and more accessible, but many towns, cities, and communities are making space for them as well. It’s a good time to take the plunge and see what the fuss is, but there are some tips you might want to follow to make it a little easier on yourself, as well. Here are a few worth considering.
Keep charging apps on your phone
Your biggest consideration is, of course, going to be the battery usage of your vehicle. To that end, you should always be as mindful of the battery as you can, as well as where you can charge it. There are great EV apps that you can download to your phone that can help you find local charge points so that you always know where you can get your next refill.
Take good care of your battery
It’s not just the charge level that matters. Your battery health is important, as well, and there are a few ways that you can take care of battery health. For instance, you should avoid charging your battery to 100%, and avoid letting it fall to 0% as well. Keeping the battery from getting too cold by keeping it in a garage or getting a thermal cover for it in the winter is a good idea, as well.
Make sure you can charge it at home
Electric vehicles can be charged from all manner of power points, including your power outlets, with some work. However, if you want to make sure that you can charge it conveniently, without taking away from anything that relies on power at home, then you can look at investing in EV charger installation. It’s an investment, for sure, but if you plan to be driving electronic vehicles from now on, it can be worth it.
Be more mindful of your routes
There are still some spots where you’re going to have some trouble finding a charge point for your car. Over time, these “black spots” are going to get filled in, there’s no doubt about that, the number of EV drivers is constantly increasing. However, in the meantime, you should always use navigation apps to plan your journey and identify potential points to stop for a recharge before you set off, not after.
Get to know other drivers
EV drivers can be an enthusiastic bunch, just like any other car fans. You might want to find EV car forums, especially those that are specific to the brand or make of car that you drive, and join in. As such, if you have any issues or want to optimize your car even further, you have the perfect place to ask. You might want to keep an eye on any Facebook groups or forums for the manufacturer of your car, too.
There’s no reason to doubt that, at some point, EV cars are going to be the norm, and none of the tips above will be strictly necessary. For now, however, it’s worth keeping in mind.
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