You can help use less energy to improve your Ford all‑electric vehicle’s range between charges by making a few simple adjustments to your driving habits and practicing a few tips. Your all-electric vehicle already offers useful onboard features designed to help you make the most of your charge. Here are some smart tips for eco-driving:
Making the Most of Your Charge
Warm Up or Cool Down Your Interior with Scheduled Charging and Departure Times*
Your Ford electric vehicle features Departure Times, which will heat or cool your vehicle’s interior temperature to your preference, based on when you will need it, by drawing on energy from your charger when the vehicle is plugged in. When you’re ready to depart, the cabin temperature is comfortable without the need to deplete the charge from the high-voltage battery. All you need is the FordPass™ App.**
Stick with the Speed Limit†
Try to avoid quick acceleration and hard braking since they affect range. If you brake slowly and smoothly, you can help capture more energy.
Put It in Cruise
When traffic and road conditions permit, use cruise control to help maintain a constant set speed, and avoid driving at higher speeds, which can have a negative impact on your range.
Say No to Stop-and-Go Traffic
If you can, avoid routes that have heavy stop-and-go traffic and many stoplights.
More Wind and Weight = Less Range
Have a cargo carrier or roof-mounted bike rack? They’re convenient but can decrease range. Skip them and you can reduce energy use.
Reduce A/C and Heater Usage*
Climate control use during hot or cold outside temperatures will adversely affect the driving range of an electric vehicle. To help reduce the impact heating and cooling systems have on range, electric vehicles can be preconditioned* ahead of departure while the car is still charging. The desired cabin temperature can be achieved without using energy from the battery, thus preserving range. This can be done through the FordPass App and, in all-electric models, inside the vehicle itself.
Look After Your All-Electric Vehicle
Remember to keep up with your scheduled maintenance and the latest software updates. Being diligent can help optimize your Ford all-electric vehicle’s performance, and having the latest rollout of software keeps your vehicle’s system optimized.
*Effectiveness of cabin conditioning may be reduced by extreme outside temperatures or when using 120-volt charging.
**The FordPass App, compatible with select smartphone platforms, is available via a download. Message and data rates may apply.
†Range and charge time based on manufacturer computer engineering simulations and EPA-estimated range calculation methodology. The charging rate decreases as battery reaches full capacity. Your results may vary based on peak charging times and battery state of charge. Actual vehicle range varies with conditions such as external elements, driving behaviors, vehicle maintenance, lithium-ion battery age and state of health.