By following a few simple tips can help ensure you’re maximising your electric range - meaning lower fuel costs and fewer stops to recharge.
Stay in the blue
With responsive controls and plenty of performance, TX is a fun cab to drive - the electric motor provides its torque straight away, without needing to rev up like a petrol or diesel engine… and it’s so quiet that most drivers accelerate more quickly than they usually would.
The gauge on the driver display is a good indicator of how efficiently you’re driving, it shows the power being used in real-time. The more the needle moves, the move energy you’re using; so try to drive smoothly and consistently, avoiding the extremes of the gauge.
And if your right foot gets too heavy, the dial will turn from blue to amber, so keep an eye on this gauge and try to ‘stay in the blue’.
One foot driving
The Drive Modes
The different drive modes help you to control how you use the electrical energy in your TX. The default 'SMART' mode will use the most efficient method for the present conditions. This normally means it uses the battery first, before activating the range extender as the battery is depleted. This is ideal for the majority of situations, but it may not suit your work routine…
…the stored electrical energy is best deployed in an urban environment, where speeds are lower and congestion leads to stop start driving.
That means if you’re travelling on free-flowing faster roads it’s often better to select the ‘SAVE’ drive mode. This maintains the battery’s state of charge, so that when you reach the city you can utilise the stored energy when it is at its most effective.
Use every drop
However you use the drive modes, make sure you are using the energy stored in the battery. If you arrive at a charging point with some charge remaining, and you’ve used petrol since you last re-charged, that’s mileage you could have covered on less expensive, electric power. So don’t be afraid to select ‘PURE’ mode and deplete the battery, and only use the petrol range extender if you’re sure you’ll fully drain your drive battery before your next opportunity to stop and recharge
Time is money, but so is fuel
There’s some other good advice that applies, regardless of the vehicle you’re in. From making sure tyres are correctly inflated (expect a 0.5% decrease in efficiency for every 1PSI underinflated), to dropping your speed on dual-carriageways and motorways.
A vehicle travelling at 70mph typically consumes 25% more energy than one travelling the same distance at 50mph, but the effect multiples the faster you travel, so even a reduction of a few mph can make a big difference.
Heating and Ventilation
It’s not just the way you drive that can impact how much you spend on fuel. Think about the way you use the equipment in your TX.
Electric vehicle batteries work best at the right temperature, so on very cold days some of the energy must be used to heat the drive battery. For example. In testing, our drivers experienced a 15% reduction in range between August and February.
TX even features a programmable timer that allows you to warm the cabin from the mains supply while plugged in to a charge point. That means you come back to a warm cab and you don’t need to use energy from your battery to warm up once you set off.
In an electric vehicle there isn’t a free source of hot air under the bonnet like in a combustion engine vehicle. Switch on your heated seat to maintain a comfortable temperature, instead of turning up the cabin heating, which has to warm a large volume of air and is therefore far less effective.
On a hot day, open a window at slow speeds instead of turning up the air-conditioning… but never do both, that freshly cooled air will disappear outside, making the system work much harder to maintain the desired temperature.
…and if there are no passengers on board, switch off the rear zone to reduce energy consumption.
Try selecting the ‘reset after every trip’ option so you’re able to try out some of these tips and see how your average efficiency improves from day to day.
- Stay in the blue
The more the needle moves, the more energy you’re using.
- Anticipate the road ahead
Coasting is more efficient than braking; but when you need to slow down, use regeneration instead of the brake pedal.
- Use every drop
Use the drive modes to best meet your working needs, but only use your range-extender as much as you have to.
- Heating and ventilation
You can extend your range even further by switching on your heated seat or opening a window, instead of turning on the heating or air-conditioning.