We’ve reached a stage where each of us is surrounded by battery-powered devices, including our personal vehicles. Well, just like we try to maintain our phone battery, we also need to maintain the battery of electric vehicles!
Aging is one of the major factors that plays a role in battery life degradation, but not the only one. Several other factors also affect battery health in electric vehicles. So, without further ado, let’s talk about each of them.
When parked, reduce exposure to high temperatures:
When exposed to extreme heat while parked and unplugged, an automated temperature control system installed in your electric vehicle will begin to operate to maintain optimum temperature. The EV should be plugged in when parked or parked in the shade so that the EV thermal management system can operate without consuming the EV battery.
Minimize time spent at 0% and 100%
Usually, electric vehicles already have a battery management system that prevents them from being charged and discharged to an extreme state of charge. Always try not to plug in your electric vehicle overnight, as this is not a healthy option for your battery life. The same goes for keeping it at 0% for a long time. Try to keep your electric vehicle’s battery health between 20-80% if you’re not going on long trips.
Avoid fast charging:
Occasional use of fast charging can be very convenient, but don’t make it a regular thing. Since high voltage DC charging strains your EV battery and reduces its life faster.
When parked, reduce exposure to low temperatures:
This is again about maintaining the temperature of your electric vehicle without letting it use its battery to do the same. Electric vehicles typically have a thermal management system that kicks in automatically to maintain battery temperature. This system can also operate automatically using the electric vehicle’s battery until the battery drops to 15%. So try to keep it plugged in when parked at low temperatures.
Avoid rapid discharges:
Try to resist the urge to hit that gas pedal all the way when you don’t need it. As much as you like it, pushing your EV to high speeds with quick launches only drains your battery life faster than the ideal ride.
Reduced battery life of your electric vehicle is unavoidable due to calendar aging. But now you know how not to shrink it faster and manage its health to extend its lifespan.
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