Electric vehicles (EVs) have paved the way for a sustainable and eco-friendly future of transportation and one of the most crucial components of an electric vehicle is its battery. Just like all batteries, it is important to ensure that your electric vehicle battery is in top shape regardless of how long you’ve had it.

Electric car batteries will usually last a very long time and can even take up to 20 years before they need replacing. Taking proper care of your EV battery is not only essential for maximising its lifespan but also for ensuring optimal performance and range. Here are 5 essential tips to help you take care of your electric vehicle battery.

Mind Your Charging Habits

Charging your EV battery properly can significantly impact its longevity. You should aim to keep your battery’s state of charge (SoC) between 20% and 80%. Avoid letting the battery drop to very low levels or charging it to 100% on a regular basis. Additionally, try to use slower charging methods whenever possible, as fast charging can generate more heat and potentially degrade the battery over time. It’s alright to leave your car plugged in overnight for a full charge when you need it, but leaving your car plugged in for longer than it needs may contribute to battery degradation.

Avoid Extreme Temperatures

Extreme temperatures, whether too hot or too cold, can have a negative impact on your EV battery’s health. Whenever possible, park your EV in a garage or shaded area during hot weather to prevent excessive heat build-ups. In colder climates, pre-conditioning your battery while the vehicle is still plugged in can help maintain optimal performance.

Smooth Driving and Regenerative Braking

Your driving habits can influence how much energy your EV battery uses. Smooth and gradual acceleration, as well as regenerative braking (which converts kinetic energy back into stored energy), can help extend your battery’s range and lifespan. Avoid sudden acceleration and hard braking, as they can increase the strain on the battery.

Regular Maintenance Checks

Just like traditional vehicles, EVs also require and benefit from regular maintenance. It’s important that as an EV owner, you follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for battery maintenance, which may include periodic battery inspections and software updates. Regular maintenance can help identify any potential issues early on and ensure your battery is functioning optimally.

Plan for Long Periods of Inactivity

If you anticipate not using your EV for an extended period, such as during a vacation, it’s important to properly store the battery. Most EV manufacturers recommend storing the battery with a charge level between 50% and 70%. This helps prevent the battery from becoming fully depleted or overcharged during the idle period.

Taking care of your electric vehicle battery is essential for maximising its lifespan and ensuring consistent performance. By following these five tips, you can enjoy a longer-lasting battery, improved range, and a more enjoyable EV driving experience. Remember, a little care goes a long way in maintaining the heart of your electric vehicle.

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