Driving an electric vehicle is great, but you don’t want to be stuck with a dead battery. That’s why it’s important to learn how best to maintain your vehicle’s battery life. Here are some tips from our in-house EV experts that will help you keep your EV running strong:
Reduce your vehicle’s charging temperature.
When you’re charging your vehicle, it’s important to keep the battery temperature below 100° F (38° C). Charging at higher temperatures can reduce battery life.
If you can’t avoid charging in hot weather, use a charge cooler to help lower the temperature of your car’s battery and internal electronics.
Keep your vehicle in a garage or shaded area when possible.
While you can’t control the weather, you can take steps to ensure that your battery doesn’t suffer from exposure to extreme temperatures. When possible, park in a garage or shaded area when not using your vehicle. If the temperature outside is too hot or cold for comfortable driving, don’t use your electric car until conditions improve.
If you do find yourself far away from home with no way to charge up your car’s battery and need to keep it running for an extended period of time (such as on vacation), consider purchasing a trickle charger that plugs into your cigarette lighter/power port and slowly charges up the batteries while they’re still installed in their designated spots within the vehicle itself
Avoid charging your vehicle overnight.
If you’re like most people, your car is parked in the garage or driveway overnight. This is not a good thing for your electric vehicle battery. The reason has to do with how batteries work and why they need to be charged properly in order to last as long as possible.
Battery life is determined by how many charge cycles they can go through before they wear out and need replacement. A typical lead-acid battery will only last about 500 full discharges before reaching its end of life (EOL). After each discharge cycle, it needs time to recharge before it can be used again–this process is known as “charging.” The more times you fully discharge and recharge your battery over its lifetime, the shorter its lifespan will be overall; this means if you keep topping up from empty every day rather than letting everything run down once every few days or weeks (as suggested above), then eventually there’ll come a point where no matter how much longer you leave between charges after this point – even if it’s years – things aren’t going well anymore because there just won’t be enough capacity left inside those cells…and ultimately bad things happen next!
Check battery cables and connections regularly for damage.
Battery cables and connections should be checked regularly for damage.
Check the battery cable ends for cracks, corrosion or other damage. If you find any, it’s time to replace the cable.
Check that each terminal is connected securely with no fraying or loose strands–this can cause poor charging performance and premature failure of your battery pack!
Use an auxiliary back-up charger when necessary.
You can also use an auxiliary back-up charger when necessary. This is not a replacement for regular charging, but it’s great for getting you out of a pinch if you’re on the road and your battery is running low. Back-up chargers are not always available, so make sure you have one before embarking on any long trips or excursions where charging isn’t possible.
Proper maintenance will help your electric vehicle battery last longer
- The life of your electric vehicle battery depends on how often it is charged and discharged.
- The temperature of the environment in which the battery is stored can affect its lifespan.
- Driving habits such as acceleration, braking, and idling also play a role in determining how long an EV battery will last.
- How much you drive each day will affect how often you need to charge your car’s battery pack or swap out old ones with new ones (if applicable).
We hope this article has helped you understand the importance of taking care of your vehicle’s battery. Whether you’re an experienced EV owner or just getting started, we encourage you to check out our other articles on how to get the most out of your car!