Experts have debunked the myth: when an electric car’s battery runs out, there’s no need to spend the night in the forest

The beginning of summer beckons to nature, and those who are considering the purchase of an electric car have doubts: will the discharged battery run out in nature, and what should be done then ? Will it be difficult to understand the principles of driving an electric car? Experts share advice on what to think about when traveling in an electric car and possible solutions when the battery runs out in a remote area, according to a press release.

What should you know about an electric car?

The first impressions of driving an electric car are very good for many – extremely smooth and dynamic movement when stationary, the car drives easily and evenly, but to use all the possibilities of the electric car provided by the manufacturer, you will need to do a little more research.

“The main difference with cars with internal combustion engines is that more attention is paid to the dashboard. With a normal car, you just have to fill up with fuel and it’s calm for the next week, so that with an electric car you have to keep track of how much energy you have left, especially if the traffic is more intense, you drive in winter and you heat up more or you drive in the countryside at higher speeds There are not many charging stations in the countryside, so we have to adapt to a different energy resource,” said Professor Assoc from the Automotive Engineering Department of Vilnius Tech Dr. Vidas Zuraulis.

Before you even start driving an electric car, it is worth researching in advance, getting used to monitoring costs and planning routes. According to Audrias Kikučis, Head of Voluntary Standard Insurance Products at Compensa Vienna Insurance Group, future electric car drivers often worry that the battery of the electric car will not discharge in time, but there are solutions for various unexpected situations. Kasko’s insurance terms for electric cars are similar to those for cars with internal combustion engines – countryside roadside assistance is also valid, tailored specifically to electric cars to prevent battery damage.

Audrius Kikutis

Audrius Kikutis
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What to do when the energy is low?

So that the electric car does not run out of power and trips are more efficient, it can be saved. By examining optimal charging modes and monitoring energy consumption, it is possible to drive in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way, using the full potential of the electric car.

“In the city, you have to pay attention to regeneration – there are additional levers on the steering wheel (driving modes). Regeneration mode makes it possible to recover energy expenditure, for example, at a red light, you have to start braking further without waiting for the last few meters, and you also have to accelerate more regularly.When driving in the countryside, the battery of an electric car drains faster, so you need to plan the duration of the trip more carefully and avoid rolling at the maximum permitted speed,” said Assoc Dr. V. Zuraulis.

Not only higher speed, but even more luggage consumes more energy in an electric car. If you do not correctly calculate the energy required to reach your destination or simply change the circumstances when you need to change the route and notice that the energy will not be enough, it can be saved.

“If it is already clear that there will not be enough energy, the backup option is to see where there is a settlement nearby, in an emergency it would be possible to recharge from from a household electricity source in people’s homes. And if you see that the power reserve is still a bit like that, you should choose the “eco” mode, usually provided in electric cars, and drive economically: by winter, completely turn down the heating, limit yourself so that he can drive safely and the windows do not freeze, reduce the speed of driving, ”advises Dr. V. Zuraulis.

Assoc.  Dr. Vidas Zuraulis

Assoc. Dr. Vidas Zuraulis
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What to do during a stopover in the forest?

Although an electric car trip should be planned in advance and include charging stations along the way, it’s good to have a backup plan in case the unexpected happens. The ability to get help on the road also helps you feel more adventurous when traveling through the countryside.

“When applying the insurance service to electric cars, we took into account their specific cases. While an ordinary car can be put on a tow truck and transported, an electric car needs a different kind of assistance. on the road.When the battery is completely discharged, the electric car’s gearbox locks, so it cannot be put on a tow truck.To transport to the nearest charging station, you have to charge a the car on the spot, or at least enough to put it on a tractor,” explains A. Kikutis.

After receiving a notification about the need for an electric car charging service, the first thing to do is to assess where the electric car is and what is easier to do – truck it or charge the battery with a special high-voltage charging technique, which is currently the only one in Lithuania that UAB “RedGo Lithuania” has. According to the company’s managing director, Igna Krasauskas, today, one in twelve customers who request a dead battery owns an electric car, while a year ago there were 2.5 times less. incidents of this type.

Ignas Krasauskas

Ignas Krasauskas
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I. Krasauskas says that if the battery needs to be charged on site, a special car is sent to charge the electric car. A 30-minute charge prepares the electric car to travel the same number of kilometres. It happens that the battery of an electric car runs out, for example, in underground parking lots, in which case it is incomparably more convenient to recharge the battery a little than to call a tow truck, which will simply be difficult to maneuver there. down.

Source: The Delfi





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