What affects range?
The range of an electrified vehicle refers to how far it can travel on zero-emissions power. Your driving range in a Ford electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle can be affected by three main factors:
Heavy Acceleration and High Speeds
Just as in vehicles with an internal combustion engine, accelerating heavily in an electric vehicle uses more power and therefore reduces the overall range. Similarly, travelling at higher speeds creates greater wind and road resistance, meaning you’ll get fewer miles to a single charge.
Climate and Temperature
Extreme heat or cold can affect battery range. Here in the UK, we’re more susceptible to cold temperatures and, due to the battery’s cell chemistry, it has less energy compared to when the weather is mild. In more extreme temperatures, you’re also more likely to need to heat or cool the cabin for comfort, which also has an impact on range.
The efficiency of the battery can be improved with regenerative braking, which can capture and recycle over 90% of the vehicle’s braking energy, thereby extending its range.
How to Improve Range
There are several things you can do to improve the range on your Ford electric or hybrid vehicle: