Range can be defined as how far you can travel in an electric vehicle from a single full charge.
Are range figures realistic?
Our range figures are from the WLTP test, which was specifically developed by the European Union to be more realistic than the old NEDC test, and give figures closer to real-life vehicle usage.
Therefore, the maximum range figure is realistic, however many different factors can influence whether that is achievable.
How do I know what range I can achieve?
Importantly our predicted range gauge on our vehicles utilises recent driving history, as well as the battery state of charge and current driving conditions to estimate the range available. Therefore, it is perfectly normal to get into a fully charged electric vehicle and see a range prediction figure much lower than the maximum achievable range. This is because the vehicle is offering you an estimation of what is likely to be achieved based on past and current factors. If you then begin driving with lower energy consumption than previously (lower speeds, fewer passengers, etc) the range gauge will adjust accordingly.
What impacts range?
Many different factors impact range and any combination of these different factors will influence the range, which you achieve on any given day. Most of these factors would equally influence the mpg you would achieve in an internal combustion engine vehicle.
The predominant factors affecting range include driving style, driving speed, terrain (hills, etc), use of heating & air conditioning, acceleration, load (weight of luggage and passengers carried), temperature and use of regenerative braking.
What can I do to maximise range?
Range can be maximised in a number of ways, by limiting the impact of the above factors – for example only using heating and air conditioning when needed or not carrying unnecessary load.
However, our vehicles also have a host of features designed to assist you in maximising range:
- Be guided by the indicators on the vehicle: while driving you can easily see whether your vehicle is using a lot of energy, or not – and small adjustments in speed can make a big difference.
- Changing the vehicle into ‘Eco’ mode means that it will prioritise economy over other factors, such as speed and subsequently is the best mode to use if you are looking to maximise range.
- ‘B’ for Braking Mode can also be selected on the gearstick, meaning your vehicle will use a higher level of regenerative braking and slow-up faster when your foot is off the accelerator. Regenerative braking slows the vehicle while harnessing the kinetic energy back into the battery, thus helping to maximise range.
- Within the MyDS app you can receive personalised eco driving tips, based on your individual driving data.
- Within the MyDS app the e-Remote control feature allows you to remotely pre-heat or cool your vehicle from your smartphone. For example, when waking on a hot summer day, you can switch on the pre-conditioning, so the car is an ambient temperature prior to your journey. As long as the vehicle is charging, the energy will be taken from the power source rather than the battery, therefore not affecting your driving range.