An electric car owner has revealed that knowing which way the wind is blowing saves him mileage on his electric car.
The TikTok creator has nearly 15,000 followers interested in insights into his retired life.
Bill (@bill_retired) posted a video sharing an important tip on how to get the most out of his electric vehicle, as he says it has some characteristics that he doesn’t like and that he’s had to learn to deal with.
“My First EV Experience, Part 1 – Range Anxiety,” he captioned the clip.
He included on-screen text over the video reading, “What I Hate About My EV Part 1.”
In the TikTok, he explained that at the time of recording, he had owned his first fully electric car for about three weeks.
“I bought this little 2019 Nissan Leaf as an experiment to see if I was up for the whole EV experience,” he said.
“And so far I’ve loved it.”
The TikToker explained that he loves the car and described it as a vehicle that handles and drives well.
“I’m an EV enthusiast, I’m not an EV evangelist,” he said.
“So I’m not here to persuade anyone to buy an electric vehicle.”
Bill said the most important thing to him as a new EV driver is the range of the vehicle, which he said is a pretty disappointing aspect of this type of vehicle.
“If I charge the car to 100 percent, it usually gives me a range of about 120 miles,” he said.
“If I ride alone, with no heat, no air and not into the wind, I can expect to achieve about 90 percent of that range.”
Bill said, for example, if the car says it has 100 miles, he knows he will get about 90 miles, but if he is driving into the wind, he said he will get 70 percent of that range.
“I know that sounds crazy, but I wasn’t prepared for that,” he emphasized.
“That was a shock to me.”
Experts apparently discourage electric vehicle owners from charging their cars to 100 percent, Bill said.
“And you can’t allow it to go all the way to zero,” he added.
On one particular day, the man with a car with a range of 125 miles said that one would normally have a range between 50 and 70 miles.
“And that’s just not enough for me,” the driver stated.
“I can work with it because of my driving style, but it was a surprise.”
He recommended that people buying an electric vehicle not consider anything that has less than 300 miles of range on a full charge.
“With 300 miles, you can manage the battery the way you should and you don’t have to constantly worry about range,” Bill said.