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When you’re in the market for a new car, you pretty much know what kind of vehicle you need. Then narrow your search based on your preferred brand and finally configure the car to suit your needs. For Electric Vehicles, the process is a little different, but the configuration part is where most people get it wrong.
Once you’ve chosen your car make and model, it’s time to choose the right configuration and extras. In many cases, you get a one-size-fits-all configuration with not many extras to tinker with, but most people will be confused when faced with more thorough options. Some things make no sense to Electric Vehicle users, while others make or break having an Electric Vehicle.
We know that most people think it’s important to choose the right colour for their car, even though it’s white or grey in most cases, it’s not just paint. You should first consider how to charge your car and choose a home charger accordingly. They come in different flavors, but the most powerful delivers 22 kW of Energy.
Second, since you’ll likely be traveling long distances from time to time, consider the car’s fast-charging capabilities. Fortunately, at least in the United Kingdom, most cars come with fast charging by default, but that’s not always the case. Be content with a car that delivers maximum power for the fast-charging feature, which is important when you’re on the road and want to spend as little time as possible at a charging station.
Common mistakes a lot of people make is to not order an electric car with a heat pump when it’s available. This helps heat the interior of the car without putting too much stress on the battery compared to electric heaters. With a heat pump, the waste heat from the drive components is used to heat the interior. Cars with heat pumps will have better range, especially in winter and colder conditions. It’s an expensive feature, though, and not all Electric Vehicles offer one on the options list. Even Tesla has only recently started putting heat pumps in its cars, but for road warriors, it’s well worth it.
If you live in an area with cold winters, don’t forget to equip your electric car with heated seats and a heated steering wheel. These little details can make a difference in winter. Plus, they’re not expensive and don’t consume much battery.
When it comes to batteries, as with everything else, bigger is better. Of course, it doesn’t matter how big it is, it matters what you can do with it, and some cars are more efficient than others and go further on a smaller battery. But, as a rule of thumb, if you’re on a budget, don’t save battery, choose the largest capacity you can afford.
Not only will this allow you to go further on the road without worrying about running out of battery, but it will also help extend battery life. Not to mention that it will be difficult to resell cars with less range when all the newer cars on the market have range comparable to poisonous Internal Combustion Engine Vehicles.
Of course with rip off Diesel and Petrol prices, not going Electric is still one of the most common mistakes!
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