Volkswagen ID.4

Tips for maximising vehicle range for ID. models

The electric range of EVs has seen significant improvements in recent years due to advancements in battery technology. However, the range of electric vehicles can vary depending on various factors, including the vehicle model, battery capacity, driving conditions, and weather.

The ID.4 and ID.5 models have a range of approximately 485 km*, which is very impressive compared to other EVs in the market. With electric range this long, range anxiety would be the last thing on your mind. Even better, there are multiple ways to extend this range, just by following a couple of tips.

Read on to discover how you can maximise your EV’s electric range. 

Volkswagen Driving modes

Tip 1: Mode B in the city, mode D in the country.

All ID. models offer two driving modes: B and D. The B mode (B for break) is suited for city driving as when the driver takes their foot off the accelerator, the car regenerates power. It uses the electric motor in the rear to brake, converting the kinetic energy into electrical energy which is then stored in the battery. The D mode (D for drive) is best suited or motorways and main roads – here the vehicle continues to ‘sail’ even when you take your foot off the accelerator. In larger distances, using kinetic energy is the most efficient way to move in order to extend the vehicles range.

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Tip 2. Efficient driving

Your way of driving can also influence your vehicle’s range. To maximise your vehicle’s range, ways you can achieve this is to:

  • Accelerate gradually
  • Avoid harsh breaking
  • Utilise recuperation/regenerative breaking (a braking system that allows vehicles to recapture energy whilst braking to recharge the battery.)

All ID. models have the Eco Assistant on board as a standard which supports a forward-looking, efficient style of driving. For example, when your vehicle is approaching a corner or a built-up area, you’ll be notified via display screen when to take your foot off the accelerator. The Eco Assistant also automatically increases recuperation where possible.

Volkswagen ID. eco modes

Tip 3. Switch to eco mode

Eco mode, as its name suggests, is a way to conserve battery energy. Found in nearly every electric vehicle, when you switch into eco mode you’ll observe that the vehicle typically reduces torque and makes adjustments to climate control systems, sound systems, and lighting. While these subtle modifications may go unnoticed, they contribute to extending your vehicle’s range.

Volkswagen ID.5 tyres

Tip 4: Check your Tyres

Maintaining your tyres have the correct pressure is important as it enables your EV to perform to its full potential. Underinflated tyres can measurably increase rolling resistance thus causing unnecessary energy consumption. Overinflated tyres on the other hand can reduce electric range as it can cause your vehicle to bounce more, in turn increasing aerodynamic drag and reduces efficiency.

Having properly inflated tyres help with maximising the vehicle’s electric range and is essential for any vehicle to perform efficiently. If you need assistance knowing the correct tyre pressure for your ID. vehicle, feel free to ask our team for assistance.

Volkswagen ID. 4 trunk

Tips 5: 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 factors that affect electric range that are outside of the driver’s control (e.g. weather), following these tips and adopting a few simple driving habits can easily maximise the range of your electric vehicle.

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.

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*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.

International models might be shown for illustrative purposes only, and New Zealand specifications may vary.

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Please note that imagery and specifications may be of overseas vehicles and include optional extras. Pricing is subject to change. Speak to our team for current pricing and specs.