How To Look After Your EV Battery
If you have invested in an electric vehicle then it stands to reason that you’re going to want your EV battery to have a lifetime that lasts as long as possible. Not only that, but you want it to perform to its best ability – so that you get the best possible journey performance from your car. These days electric vehicles are made extremely well and come equipped with a decent battery life, but ensuring that you do what you can to look after your EV battery will certainly help.
Avoid Rapid Charging
Rapid charging is a great feature when you have a genuine need to charge your battery quickly – during a journey or when your car hasn’t been charged overnight for example. However, wherever possible if you can use standard charging at home then this is better for your battery. So try to get into the habit of charging it overnight at home rather than in a rush in the morning, if your battery is running out of juice.
Only Charge Fully When Needed
There will be times when you need a full battery, so make sure that you charge it fully in this instance. However, if you’re only going on a short journey then try to avoid charging the battery if it is not needed – instead make use of the battery power you already have and charge it when it really needs it.
Don’t Let Your Car Sit Too Long
Much like traditional fuel cars, your electric vehicle being sat in one place for weeks at a time isn’t great for the overall vehicle let alone the EV battery. Try to get into the habit of taking your car for a short spin around the block if it is a vehicle that doesn’t already get used regularly.
Keep The Battery in a Fit State
In order to keep your battery at its optimum performance, you should try to keep it between 20% and 80%, unless you really need it to be more than this – for example, you’re going on a long journey. You’ll need to check the mileage 80% of your EV battery will give you, but generally, it’s a good amount.
EV batteries work much the same as any other batteries. Similar to a mobile phone you might find that they do start to run out of juice over time. However, that isn’t to say you can get a decent lifespan out of your electric vehicle battery because you absolutely can. However, in order to make sure that you get the absolute maximum you can out of your electric vehicle, looking after the battery by following the tips above is a must. You’ll get to know your car and its abilities, so soon you won’t even need to check whether the percentage of battery life is enough for the journey you need to do. You’ll start to recognise what you need – much like you probably already know how much petrol or diesel your car currently takes just through experience and habit.