Charge Ahead: Tips to Mastering Electric Vehicles and Frosty Mornings!

Jan 8, 2024

1. Maximize Your EV’s Range in Cold Weather: In colder months, EV batteries can lose efficiency. To combat this, preheat your EV while it’s still plugged in. This uses power from the grid rather than the battery, preserving your range. Also, consider eco-driving techniques like smooth acceleration and using regenerative braking to extend your battery life.

2. Efficient Use of EV Chargers: Familiarize yourself with the locations of EV charging stations across Ireland. Apps like PlugShare or Zap-Map can help. When using public chargers, remember to be considerate – charge only as much as you need and move your vehicle once charging is complete to free up space for others.

3. Dealing with Frost: For EV drivers, a handy tip is to use your mobile app or the car’s timer to start heating your car while it’s still connected to the charger. This not only clears the frost from your windshield but also conserves battery power for your drive.

4. Regular Maintenance for Peak Performance: Even though EVs require less maintenance than traditional vehicles, regular checks are still important. Ensure your tire pressure is optimal for cold weather, as it can affect range and safety. Also, check your EV’s battery health periodically.

5. Be Prepared for Frosty Conditions: Keep a winter driving kit in your EV, including a scraper for ice, a brush for snow, and perhaps a small shovel. Also, it’s wise to have a warm blanket and some additional warm clothing in case of emergencies. This preparedness can make a significant difference in colder weather.

6. Utilize Eco-Friendly Driving Modes: Many modern EVs offer different driving modes. In frosty conditions, using modes like ‘Eco’ can help conserve battery power, extending your range. These modes often adjust the car’s performance for more efficient driving, which is particularly useful during winter months in Ireland.

Are you eligible for the Electric Vehicle Home Charger Grant?

The SEAI scheme provides a grant up to the value of €600 towards the purchase and installation of an electric vehicle charge point for a homeowners property. The applicant must be the owner of an eligible new or second-hand electric vehicle. For more information click here.

Eligibility Checklist:
  • You must be a private owner who bought an eligible EV from 01/01/2018
  • You must have dedicated off-street parking
  • The property can not be associated with a previous EV vehicle grant and charge point offer.
  • The vehicle has to be registered to the applicant and to the address of the property where the home charger is being installed (unless this is a Company Vehicle application)