Recommendations for driving

Range for electric operation

Updated 7/23/2018

The car's range for electric operation depends on several factors, e.g. the number of active power consumers. The ability to achieve a long range varies according to the circumstances and conditions under which the car is being driven.

Factors that affect the range

The driver can influence some factors, but has no influence over others. The longest range can be achieved under extremely favourable conditions when all factors have a positive impact.

Factors the driver cannot influence

There are several external factors that affect the range in varying degrees:

  • traffic situation
  • short driving distances
  • topography
  • outside temperature and headwind
  • road condition and surface.

Factors the driver can influence

The driver should be aware that the following factors affect the range so he/she can operate the car in an energy-efficient manner:

  • regular charging
  • Preconditioning
  • drive mode Pure
  • Climate settings
  • speed and acceleration
  • drive mode Save
  • tyres and tyre pressure.

Power consumers

In order to achieve the longest possible mileage for electric operation, the driver of an electric car must think about energy conservation. The more consumers there are (stereo, electric heating in windows/mirrors/seats, very cold air from the climate control system, etc.) that are switched on - the shorter the potential mileage.


In addition to high power output in the passenger compartment, high speed, sudden acceleration, heavy loads and uphill gradients can also reduce the possible driving distance.

Driving with electric operation

Select drive mode Pure for the most energy-efficient driving - to get as far as possible with electric power alone.

Select drive mode Save at higher speeds during drives which are longer than the range of the electricity.

Longer periods of inactive time

During normal hybrid battery charging some of the charging current is used to keep the car's drive system ready to drive, mainly to control the hybrid battery's temperature. If the car is not being used for a few days then energy can be saved by not starting preconditioning. If the car is not used for a long time, the hybrid battery performs best if the car is parked in a cool place. For further information about what to consider during longer periods of inactive time, see Long-term storage of vehicles with hybrid batteries.

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