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EV Cold Weather Driving Tips: Navigating Ontario, California, and Beyond 

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As the popularity of electric vehicles (EVs) continues to rise, many drivers in Ontario, California, and the Inland Empire are considering making the switch to an EV for their next new car or used car purchase. While EVs offer numerous benefits, including environmental friendliness and lower operating costs, it’s important to understand how they perform in different weather conditions, especially in colder climates. In this blog, we will provide essential tips for driving your EV in cold weather, ensuring a smooth and efficient experience. 

Understanding the Impact of Cold Weather on EVs 

Before diving into the tips, it’s crucial to understand how cold weather affects EVs. Lower temperatures can lead to reduced battery efficiency, resulting in decreased range and longer charging times. However, with proper knowledge and preparation, you can minimize these effects and enjoy uninterrupted performance from your EV. 

Tip #1: Precondition Your EV 

Preconditioning your EV while it’s still plugged in can significantly improve its performance in cold weather. This process involves warming up the battery and cabin before you start driving. By doing this, you ensure that the battery operates at an optimal temperature, which helps maintain its efficiency and range. 

Recommended Reading: What is electric car preconditioning?  

Tip #2: Optimize Your Driving Habits 

Adopting energy-efficient driving habits can also help maximize your EV’s range in cold weather. Avoid aggressive acceleration and high speeds, as these can drain the battery more quickly. Instead, practice smooth driving and use regenerative braking to your advantage. 

Further Reading: Tips for Extending Ev Range in the Winter    

Tip #3: Keep Your EV Charged 

In colder months, it’s advisable to keep your EV’s battery more charged than usual. Since cold weather can reduce the available range, having extra charge provides a buffer and can  range anxiety.  

Tip #4: Use Accessories Wisely 

Heating systems in EVs can consume a significant amount of battery power. To conserve energy, use heated seats and steering wheels instead of the cabin heater when possible.  

Tip #5: Plan Your Route and Charging Stops 

When planning longer trips in your EV during winter, it’s important to consider your route and charging stops. Use apps and websites to locate charging stations along your route and plan for a little extra time to charge in cold weather. 

Tip #6: Regular Maintenance and Tire Care 

Regular maintenance is essential for any vehicle, and EVs are no exception. In cold weather, pay special attention to your tire pressure, as it can decrease in lower temperatures. Properly inflated tires ensure better range and safety. 

Read More: Goodyear on Winter Tire Care 

Tip #7: Use a Garage or Covered Parking 

If possible, park your EV in a garage or covered area. This can help protect the battery from extreme cold and reduce the energy needed to heat the vehicle when you start your journey. 

Tip #8: Understand Your EV’s Limitations 

Every EV model has its own set of characteristics and limitations in cold weather. Familiarize yourself with your specific model’s performance in cold conditions to avoid surprises. 

Incorporating EVs into Your Lifestyle 

If you’re in the market for a new or used car and considering an EV, understanding these tips will help you make an informed decision. For those in Ontario, California, or the Inland Empire looking to explore their EV options, Ontario Auto Center offers a wide range of vehicles to suit your needs. 

Explore the OAC EV Inventory here. 

Scheduling EV Service 

Regular service and maintenance are vital for keeping your EV in top condition, especially when dealing with the challenges of cold weather. For expert servicing of your EV, consider scheduling a service at Ontario Auto Center. 



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