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Maintain your electric vehicle battery while parked for an extended time while charging at home

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As an electric vehicle owner you may be in the habit of recharging your car’s battery every few days or more frequently if you drive often. Now that the status quo has changed with orders to stay at home when possible, making sure your EV’s battery is in the best condition may require some intentional action.

Just like vehicles with an internal combustion engine, electric vehicles are made with the intention of being driven regularly. EVs are still likely to have a 12-volt battery which should also be used on a regular basis and inspected periodically.

Most modern electric cars use lithium-ion cells in their battery packs which don’t work at their best when kept at either a full or nearly empty charge for long periods of time. If your EV has the ability to set charging parameters it may be best to limit charging sessions to 50-80% of the battery capacity rather than 100%. In fact, it is always recommended to stop charging before the battery reaches full capacity. If your EV has a “sleep” or “transport” mode that may also be a great way to keep the battery in the best condition during longer times of inactivity.

It is always best to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations, so be sure to check the owner’s manual or the manufacturer’s website to see what the best practices are for your specific electric vehicle.

Parking your electric car in a garage to shelter it from excessively hot or cold temperatures is also helpful to the car’s battery.

Staying home may be difficult, but keeping your electric car in great condition can be simple. Hope to see you all out on the road soon.


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