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See how far you can go

Learn what factors influence how far your EV can go on a single charge, including outside temperature, driving modes, and features like air-conditioning.

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The rules of battery care

All batteries age with use and over time.
However, there are ways to care for the high-voltage battery that’ll help it maintain good service and reliability over time. While the onboard Battery Management System (BMS) automatically helps protect the battery for you, you can also help by:

  • Avoiding charging the vehicle to more than 80% unless necessary. Only charge beyond 80% if you need more range that day, like before starting a road trip.
  • Avoiding situations where the battery is at a very low state of charge (below 20%) or a very high state of charge (over 90%) for an extended amount of time.
  • Avoiding consecutive, habitual high-speed DC fast charging. Multiple back-to-back DC charging on road trips is fine, but not every day. DC shouldn’t be your only source for charging.

Get the most out of every mode

The technology in our EVs allows you to choose between driving modes to tailor your journey for maximum comfort, maximum power output, or maximum range.

There are four or five driving modes to choose from: Comfort, Eco, Sport, Traction (AWD only), or Individual.

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Save power by controlling the air

When it comes to conserving electricity, the heating and air-conditioning systems can make a big difference. While they may excel at keeping a cool or cozy interior, they also participate in draining the electric  battery. If you’re a big fan of the heater or are all about the air-conditioning, keep in mind they will affect the range.

You can maximize range by pre-heating or pre-cooling the cabin before unplugging and driving away. This uses energy from the wall to get you off to a comfortable start, and also saves battery power for driving. It’s more efficient to maintain a comfortable temperature after you’re underway, than to try to heat or cool away  from an extreme temperature.


To preheat or pre-cool the cabin, just set a departure time in advance, and the car will take care of the rest. Alternatively, you can trigger pre-climatization from your phone a few minutes before leaving.

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Keep toasty when the cold comes

We know that Canadian winters can be less than comfortable, and you’ll need heat during those frosty months that seem to stretch on forever.

Unlike a combustion engine, an EV is so energy efficient that its drivetrain doesn’t create a lot of waste heat for the cabin to keep you warm. Energy for cabin heat has to come from the battery as well, which reduces range.

With this in mind, we equipped every ID.4 in Canada with a heat pump: an energy-efficient device that reuses the heat generated, in addition to heat provided by moving refrigerant around, to provide warmth. A heat pump can save up to 30% of your vehicle’s energy, compared to a resistive electrical heater alone. So you can be economical and stay warm while driving further.

We’re putting a stop to wasting energy

You used to waste energy as soon as you put your foot on the brake. Today, in the age of energy conservation, vehicles have advanced to recuperate some of that potential energy, turning it back into electricity. The ID.4 stores the energy created with almost every touch of the brake, then uses it for things like air-conditioning or heat. Any remaining energy is stored in the battery, making your vehicle all the more efficient as it conserves your charge for more important things

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