Škoda Enyaq: Understanding and Extending Range
The range of electric vehicles (similar to the petrol and diesel vehicles) can be impacted by various factors, many of which can be controlled. In this blog, we will discuss how range is measured, as well as ways to optimise your electric vehicle’s range by providing tips on how to get the most out of your EV’s performance.
The Enyaq 80 SUV has a WLTP combined range up to 534 kms*
The Enyaq 80 Coupé has a WLTP combined range up to 531 kms*
What is WLTP and how does it measure range?
The WLTP is a real-world test that measures vehicle emissions and range. We rely on the WLTP test for the most accurate, real-world range estimate for electric vehicles. The WLTP measures key aspects that simulate day-to-day driving such as speed, duration, and distance driven, alongside braking, top times, and acceleration phases.
It’s also important to note that there are certain environmental and driving factors that can have an impact on the actual range achieved (see below). This may differ by individual driving habits, weather, and type of drive, etc. But, there are also certain practices you can do in order to further extend the vehicle’s range and we’ll delve into each one of them in this blog. Be sure to take notes!
Using the range calculator may help give you an idea of how various factors can have an impact on the potential Enyaq range.
Watch this video on range to learn more.
Extending the Enyaq’s Range
1. Pre-condition your Enyaq
A fantastic way to maximise your electric vehicle range is to pre-condition your vehicle. Full EV’s rely on energy from the vehicle battery to power electric heaters, so the impact on range can be quite significant, particularly in colder temperatures. You can pre-condition your Enyaq by setting your daily departure times, and your vehicle will heat or cool its interior to optimum temperature. Pre-conditioning your Enyaq means that when your car is plugged in, power is drawn from the mains and not the car, so it has no impact on your range, and you can start your journey with a fully charged EV.
Whilst this won’t extend your electric vehicle’s range, it will preserve the predicted range available to you at the start of a journey.
The same concept applies when you’re out driving – laying off the air conditioning, heating, seat warmers etc. when possible will help you maintain your electric vehicle’s range.
2. Switch to Eco driving mode
Switching to eco mode is a great way to conserve battery energy and hence extend the Enyaq’s range. When you switch to eco mode, you’ll find that the vehicle typically reduces torque and makes adjustments to climate control systems, sound systems, and lighting. Such modifications, though sometimes can go unnoticed, contribute to extending the Enyaq’s range
3. Utilise recuperation wherever possible
Recuperation, most commonly known as regenerative braking, is a technology used in electric vehicles (EVs) to capture and store energy that would otherwise be lost during braking. Enyaq can recuperate by recovering kinetic energy from the wheel axles and converting it to electric charge. This means when braking or coasting, the energy created is in effect fed back into your battery helping to maximise range. REcuperation is most effective when driving in the cities since there are more breaking opportunities and lower air resistance.
4. Practice efficient driving
No matter the type of vehicle, even traditional Ice vehicles, the way you drive has an influence on the vehicle’s range. Another way you can ensure you’re maximising the Enyaq’s range is to drive efficiently, which can be achieved by:
- Accelerating gradually
- Avoiding harsh braking
- Utilise regenerative breaking
- Activating cruise control, which helps to maintain a consistent speed with less braking and accelerating
5. Check your tyres
Maintaining your tyre pressure is important in any vehicle – especially an EV. Correctly inflated tyres help to reduce rolling resistance – one of the primary sources of energy consumption in a vehicle. On the other side, overinflated tyres can also reduce your electric vehicle’s range as they could cause your vehicle to bounce more, in turn increasing aerodynamic drag and reducing efficiency.
Keeping your tyres inflated at the correct pressure allows your EV to perform to its full potential. The correct tyre pressure for your vehicle can typically be found in the owner’s manual or on a sticker, located on the driver’s side doorjamb. If you run into any trouble, visit our showroom and we’ll be able to assist.
6. Get rid of unnecessary loads
If you have any unnecessary load on your vehicle, like bike racks, roof boxes, or baggage that you’re not making use of, consider removing any extra weight. These extra weights can hinder the aerodynamic of your EV and therefore impact electric range.
To sum up, there are various ways to maximise the range of your EV. Even though there are environmental factors that affect electric range that are outside of the driver’s control, considering the driving factors and adopting a few simple driving habits can easily maximise the range of the Enyaq.
If you would like to know more or have any questions, visit our showroom today or contact us and our team will happily assist with your queries.
Some images shown are overseas models. Images used for illustrative purposes only and may show optional extras. *Electric vehicle/mode ranges are shown using WLTP (real world driving test). This variable is based on driving conditions, style, situation and terrain. The average New Zealander drives approx. 40 km per day.
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