Electric vehicles (EVs) are gaining popularity in India as an environment-friendly and cost-effective choice for last-mile solutions. However, EV owners/drivers often experience range anxiety due to the factors such as weather, terrain, battery condition, and speed. With proper planning and effort, drivers can increase their EV's range for a relaxed, sustainable, and profitable ride.
The range of your EV depends on key factors such as battery size, vehicle weight and size, and motor capability. But one’s driving style can also significantly impact the range one can achieve. To help maximize an EV's range on the road, manufacturers typically provide a range of tips and tricks to enhance efficiency and minimize the need for frequent charging.
Tips to follow :
Use regenerative braking systems - This system acts as a generator, recapturing energy that would otherwise be lost as heat, storing it in the battery, and providing a range boost.
Speed Check - EVs are most efficient when driven within an optimal speed range. Aggressive acceleration can significantly reduce the range. Driving at an optimum speed can use 14% less energy compared to higher speeds.
Plan your route - The terrain you drive on can impact your EV's range. Uphill driving requires more power than driving on level ground, so avoiding hilly routes is advisable. Plan your route and use eco-friendly routing options to find the most efficient path.
Keep your tires inflated - Keeping your tires properly inflated can improve your EV's range. Under-inflated tires create more resistance, forcing the battery to work harder to maintain power.
Charge regularly – To alleviate range anxiety, it's important to charge your EV regularly. Regular charging not only ensures enough battery charge for your trips but also prolongs the battery lifespan and maintains its peak performance. With a robust charging network like Altigreen's extensive network and the fast-charging capabilities of the neEV TEZ, which charges from 0 to 100% in just 15 minutes, range anxiety becomes a thing of the past. It's best to keep your battery topped up between 20% and 80% for optimal performance.
Avoid overloading: Overloading an electric three-wheeler cargo vehicle reduces its range and can result in fewer delivery trips and lower profitability. Exceeding the recommended weight limits puts extra strain on the battery and motor, reducing the vehicle's range and potentially causing damage. Adhering to the recommended weight limits ensures optimal performance and longevity.
The last-mile industry in India is experiencing rapid growth, with an expected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 28%. E-commerce companies, restaurants, and hyperlocal delivery services are increasingly adopting EVs as a sustainable option. By implementing healthy vehicle maintenance practices and following these driving tips, businesses can increase their profits by making more deliveries with ease, eliminating range anxiety as a concern.