How do you increase miles per charge?

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  1. Steve Burns

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    Purchased our 2020 prime end of November and now have 7k miles on the car. Most of the miles have been highway miles not in ev mode. In December the average monitor says I was getting 6 or 7 miles per KWh and January and Feb under 5. I don't understand why last month I was seeing 37 miles after a full charge and more recently barely 25. The weather between December, January, and this month hasn't changed that much. I was charging overnight every night if completely depleted or if only 5 miles of EV where used and I have read now that maybe that is not a good idea? Has that affected my miles dropping from the brand new condition by somehow affecting the battery memory? I had a 220v plug installed in the electric box in the garage I already had wired but now have read that charging at level 2 may not be as good for the battery as charging slower at 110 over night? What is the secret to consistently the increasing the EV miles per charge? I've read of some people getting 40+ miles on a full charge and for a short time my highest was 37. Is there anyway to consistently get these higher numbers instead of 24 or 25 miles?
     
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    Thanks. I guess the good news is that I should see significant increases in range come spring and summer.
     
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    Try leaving it plugged in longer
     
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    I usually leave it plugged in overnight with the timer set to start charging at midnight to take advantage of the lower rates. It's plugged into a 110v so it can't charge any longer?
     
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    Move to Southern CA or Hawaii? If you see no seasonal temperature difference, the range will not change provided other factors do not change.
     
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    Along with cold weather, have you checked tire pressure? Keeping your cabin heat at a reasonable 63-65 degrees?
     
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    Yeah I pretty much just use the heated seats. Tire pressure between earlier 27-29 mile range hasn't changed so it's not that. Don't know what is causing the drop except perhaps as has been suggested the colder weather? Except that it was cold here in December and January too?
     
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    No change in commute or typical driving?
     
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    Nope no change.
     
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