How can you get the most from your electric car?

If you’ve taken the plunge and gone fully electric then one thing is going to govern your driving style – range.

It’s king of the jungle in electric cars, chiefly because if you run out of juice there’s rarely a charging station within easy walking distance.

Renault wants to help its EV customers to get the most range from their cars, but it could involve going back to school.

As part of a new dealer strategy Renault could, in the future, offer eco-driving courses to customers either as they buy their new cars or soon after.

The aim is to increase range by as much as 25 per cent, the equivalent of 18 extra miles in Renault’s electric Fluence.

The added benefits of eco-driving also mean less pollution, especially if most of the population in urban centres are driving electric vehicles. 

In one study Renault carried out in Rome, where it replaced a percentage of cars in the congested city with electric vehicles and studied the effects, emissions and dangerous particulate levels fell across the board.

In fact, almost half of the population of Rome was saved from suffering dangerously high levels of benzene. Elsewhere CO2 emissions fell by 30 per cent.

I’m not sure how I’d feel about needing to be ‘trained’ before I could get the most from my electric car – but it might become increasingly important in the future.