Owning an electric car is a big deal for many drivers. Not only do you have the pleasure of avoiding gas pumps, but you’re also doing your part to reduce pollution. However, it isn’t always easy to find an electric car charging station, and there are other charging-related nuances that can trip you up.
The following are five things to know about charging your electric car:
1. Know Your Range
How far can your electric car travel before it needs to be charged? Manufacturers share this information on the vehicle’s Monroney sticker, and it should be in your owner’s manual as well. Commit this number to memory to avoid running out of power at inopportune times.
2. Published Range Isn’t the Whole Story
Never rely exclusively on the manufacturer’s published or stated range when operating an electric car. If you do, you may lose power sooner than expected. For example, if you live in a hot or cold climate, your range may drop by 15 percent. On days with extreme temperatures, your range could fall by as much as 40 percent, according to Inside Science.