The range of an electric car is how far it will travel. A small electric car may have a range of just over 100 miles on a fully charged battery, however range is improving all the time and the majority of electric cars can now drive more than 200 miles between charges.
Like the miles per gallon (MPG) figure given for petrol and diesel cars, the range stated by a manufacturer is from test conditions and when driven in real world conditions the range achieved will be lower. As with all cars, things like number of passengers and weight being carried, speed, driving style, types of road and terrain, as well as the use of features such as heating and air conditioning, will all affect the range that an electric car can achieve on a fully charged battery. The weather also has an impact on range, so you should expect to achieve a lower range in colder weather.
An important way to preserve your range it to “pre-condition” your vehicle before you leave your house. Put simply, you schedule your departure time via the car’s media system, or vehicle app, and the car is heated or cooled to your settings while it is plugged in. This means it is prepped and ready to go using the electricity from the charger, rather than the battery in the car. This is particularly important in winter when you might need the windows defrosted – doing this while the vehicle is plugged in at home will preserve your battery and maximise your range.