TIPS: Driving EVs on Slick Winter Roads
In a ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) car you can select a lower gear to help reduce wheel spin. In an EV there is no conventional gearbox like this, as you have only one speed. From a stop, electric motors have full torque instantly which makes for quick off the line acceleration. However, this can also lead to the potential of loss of traction on slippery surfaces.
The best practice to maximize traction for EV drivers is to utilize eco/low-power-mode for regenerative braking mode. This puts pressure on the wheels so that the car slows without braking. This can help prevent the wheels from locking up and skidding. EV’s also have an natural advantage with their low center of gravity created by battery packs located between the wheels and along the bottom of the frame of the car. This helps add to the overall driving stability in slick conditions.
Also, your tire quality is critical for negotiating the roads in adverse weather conditions. While a snow tire offers an extra deep tread that works well for accumulated snow, a winter or ice tire uses a softer type of rubber to help provide better grip on slippery ice or compacted snow. Most all-season tires offer a balance of tread and rubber composition to help with all driving conditions. Also, be sure to monitor your tire inflation levels to get the best performance out of any tire and to prevent premature wear.
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