Enjoy skiing in the great outdoors? Want to preserve our natural wildernesses from climate change? Booking a ski holiday hasn’t always been one of the greener choices you can make with your holiday time but now thanks to Livigno’s investment in electric car charging points you can enjoy your skiing with a clear conscience.
Livigno has 14 electric car charging stations mostly on the main routes into the resort which should make driving your electric vehicle a lot easier than it has been in the past. Charging your vehicle and some of these EV charging stations can even be done free of charge, which will mean big savings. There are currently 5 public fast-charging stations owned by Electricity company Repower and Livigno is so keen to welcome people driving eco-friendly vehicles they are offering cost-free charging until 31st May 2020.
You can find these electric car charging points at:
The Deputy Mayor of Livigno recently commented; “I believe that Livigno can become the first smart city in the Alps. Adding “electric mobility is the future in terms of transport and we wanted to make the town move in a green direction.”
How Easy Is It To Drive An Electric Vehicle In The Mountains?
Much like driving any other type of vehicle through snow and icy surfaces, driving an electric vehicle isn’t going to be a walk in the park. If you are nervous driving in these conditions, it may be worth considering booking a transfer from the airport instead but this would, of course, be arguably less green than driving your EV!
The same rules apply to electric vehicles as they do to any other type of vehicle. This includes making sure you have enough fuel or charge for the journey. Electric cars have been shown to operate with far less efficient than petrol or diesel vehicles in cold conditions.
According to a 2014 study by the AAA Automotive Research Center in Southern California, Hybrid vehicles saw their range drop 34% at temperatures of -7 while all-electric vehicles saw a 57% drop in range.
This has a lot to do with power being taken to heat the car off course so it is worth making sure the interior is warmed up during a charge rather than doing this after you have disconnected to ensure you gain maximum range from your vehicle.
That said all car types are going to be put under increased stresses in cold weather and with petrol and diesel cars mechanical failure can also be a factor so it is important to make sure your car is in good working order before you travel.
It is also critical to ensure winter tyres are fitted to improve grip as well as snow chains if you are driving in the mountains as roads can get very treacherous in the cold weather.