Adjust your tires and braking.
Driving an EV off road takes a little getting used to. These vehicles are quite a bit heavier than their traditional counterparts, and that can make driving in soft sand especially difficult. You’ll want to air down for more traction, but not so much that you kill all your range. A flatter tire means more traction but also more rolling resistance.
And then there is brake regeneration. In an EV, when you lift off the throttle the regenerative braking system kicks in, slowing the vehicle down and pushing some electrons into the battery. That’s great for range but terrible when you want to just float over the crest of a dune. Adjust your brake regeneration to the lowest possible setting to avoid getting stuck at the crest.
The good news is that EVs have gobs of instant torque, so much that there is no need for any kind of four-wheel drive low range. All of the power is accessible the moment your foot touches the throttle. Steep, rocky ascents are a piece of cake, even if your EV doesn’t have front and rear locking differentials.
However, without four-wheel drive low you might find your steep descents to be a little tricky, especially if you have a full battery. I once started on a trail at 98 percent state of charge and immediately found myself on a series of steep uphill and downhills. Normally I would have put my ICE vehicle into four-wheel drive low and used the gears to slow me on the declines. However, EVs don’t have a transfer case or gears, and since my battery was full, I couldn’t use brake regeneration to slow me down. I had to use the mechanical brakes, which resulted in a slight loss of traction. It wasn’t a deal breaker, but you should be warned.