Interested in electromobility? The ultimate goal would be getting an electric car. When we talk about electric vehicles with people, they instantly start imagining all of their troubles fading away. No more gas stations! No more stinky gas! No more risk of fire! Everything will be just perfect. The truth is that electric vehicles bring a lot of benefits to the table, but there are still some drawbacks. One of the biggest things that you will have to think about if you’re serious about getting an electric vehicle is that you’ll have to think about where you can charge the car. You can charge your car at home but what about when you go on the road? You’re basically at the mercy of charging stations that you find along the way. More cities are rolling out charging stations, but there may be some problems as you go from the city into a more rural area.
When it comes to electric vehicles, the amount of miles that you can go is determined by a few factors.
First and foremost, you have to think about the weather. While you’re probably used to thinking about the weather because of driving conditions, you need to think about the weather in terms of how it’s going to affect your battery life on the vehicle. When the weather is very hot, you’re going to have problems with the total range that you can go on a single charge. The battery will wear down much faster in extreme heat or when it’s super cold compared to a moderate day with just a little bit of rain. Humidity can also play a factor in battery life. If you’re planning a trip, make sure that you plan accordingly.
Next, you want to look at how you drive. If you tend to be a gas pedal hog, you’re going to burn up a lot of the battery’s energy. Same with braking really hard. Some electric vehicles let you recapture some of the energy as you go with gentle breaks. Gentle handling of your vehicle prevents losing the large driving range that you’ve come to depend on.
Finally, think about your comfort level in the vehicle itself. If you’re driving in the winter, chances are good that you’re going to want to run the heat to stay warm. Same with the summer: the air conditioner inside the vehicle will become your best friend. These things are going to affect the range you get out of the battery. The windshield wipers and headlights are also going to play a role in how long your battery lasts, as these are all systems that will tap into the battery.
Does this mean that electric vehicles aren’t useful? Not at all. If anything, itís good to see how effective electric vehicles can be. Also, as there are more and more charging stations being built, you will not have to worry as much about running on a single charge than you were in the beginning.