Image Courtesy of BYD Motors

Image Courtesy of BYD Motors

Battery-electric trucks are revolutionizing transportation, but various factors such as driving style can significantly impact the range and battery performance of these vehicles. It is crucial to understand the ergonomics of the vehicle in order for drivers to maximize performance. Learn to ease your range anxiety and take on your transportation needs with confidence by understanding the vehicle's regenerative braking, mapping out routes, avoiding fast acceleration, and maintaining a moderate cabin temperature.

Regenerative Braking

Regenerative braking is a method of energy recuperation unique to electric vehicles that decelerates by transforming its kinetic or potential energy into a usable form that can be either utilized instantly or reserved for future use. Drivers should take advantage of this feature to repower their vehicle when slowing down or going downhill. Understanding regenerative braking is vital and can even have maintenance benefits by extending service intervals.

Route Planning

Range can be extended by optimizing your route to be more downhill, avoiding inclines and dropping off the heaviest-loads first. Taking the shortest route isn’t necessarily the best for maximizing battery performance. Plan your routes accordingly to account for elevation, terrain and curves. By mapping out the best way to utilize regenerative braking, the electric trucks will be able to operate for a longer range.

Speed

Prioritizing energy conservation is key to optimizing range. The quicker you accelerate and faster you drive, the more energy you will use which leads to a reduced range. While electric vehicles are renowned for their remarkable acceleration capabilities, that acceleration does take a toll on the vehicle's range. Driving smoothly and maintaining a consistent speed will help with range.

Cabin Temperature

Carefully using the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system is important to preventing energy consumption. To preserve battery life, use these systems sparingly and consider preconditioning your vehicle while it's still charging. Opt to use seat heaters instead of the cabin heater to save energy in the cold weather.