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How to calculate the range of an electric vehicle

Thanks to advancements in technology, electric vehicle usage has soared in recent years. Therefore, with more and more users on the road, it is becoming increasingly important to understand how best to calculate the range of your electrical vehicle, because let’s face it, no one wants to break down mid-journey!

What is ‘range’?

First, it’s important to know that the term range in this context defines the distance that you can travel before the battery in your vehicle runs out. The amount of range offered by each electric vehicle differs depending on several factors. For example, the size of the lithium-ion battery will tell you how much electricity the car can store, but environmental factors such as average driving speed will dictate how the energy is divided.

What calculation should be used?

To calculate the range of an electric vehicle, you need to use an EV calculation. The most commonly used equation for electrical vehicle range is: KWh of pack divided by wh/m = distance. KWh (kilowatt-hours) is the unit that determines the amount of energy that it’s possible to get from a pack, which you should divide by the wh/m (watt-hour per mile). This will give you the theoretical distance that your vehicle should be able to reach before needing to recharge. These two measurements – if you don’t already know them – can be found in the logbook that came with your vehicle.

Theoretical vs actual range

It should be noted, however, that there is a difference between the theoretical range that your electric vehicle should achieve, and the real range your vehicle will achieve in practice. The difference between the two exists as the theoretical range is calculated in perfect conditions, meaning that any environmental factors you will encounter on the road, such as rain, wind, ice and snow, have not been factored in.

For more information about calculating electric vehicle range, or for more general inquiries, contact our friendly and professional team at Rogers Electric today.

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