Maximise Range

Turn your electric vehicle into a long range star. 

Extending your range is easy if you know how. When added together, small changes can go a long way, turning your electric vehicle into a long-distance superstar. And while you can’t control everything, you do have a lot of control in how far you’re able to go. Want to maximise your electric vehicle’s range? Here are some key factors to bear in mind:

Driving style.

Two major factors affect your range: how fast you drive and how hard you accelerate. As a rule of thumb: if you double your speed, your range will be halved. And every time you accelerate, you use energy.

 

Simple ways to extend your range:

  • Avoid harsh braking – unless there’s an emergency. Because you’ll have to accelerate again.
  • Turn off Sport Mode when you don’t need it.
  • Don’t rush. Drive at a moderate speed and avoid unnecessary acceleration.
  • On the motorway: try to follow a vehicle that drives consistently, like a large truck or mobile home – at a safe distance of course. 
  • When planning your route, try to avoid large, steep hills.

 

The E-coaching tool, part of Opel Connected Services, will help turn you into an e-driving pro.

Additional weight.

The weight of your car directly affects your range. So, shed any unnecessary weight before you set off:

 

  • Remove accessories you don’t need. 
  • Ensure the rear seats and load area are free of unwanted items.
  • Roof racks are great for transporting sports gear, but when not in use, they just reduce your car’s aerodynamic efficiency.

Tyre pressure.

Ensuring your tyres are correctly inflated is really important in maximising vehicle range. Excessively deflated tyres burn up more energy and dramatically decrease the miles you can cover with a full charge. So check your tyre pressure at least once a month, or before long journeys. If they’re low, head to your nearest service station and top up to the recommended levels.