Summer Tips: How to take care of your EV during this season.
A heat wave is definitely here, and the rising temperatures are something you should be aware of if you have an electric vehicle. The journeys with your EV, combined with the hot weather might heat up the batteries a bit too much and some consequences may arise in the charging rate, the battery cooling system, and more.
Here are some of the best tips we put together for you to have a hassle-free experience with your electric gem during summer:
The shadow is your EV's best friend
Just like your phone, if you leave it in the sun for too long, the battery can decrease its charge of the battery. The lithium-ion batteries found in EVs behave the same way and our suggestion is to find the next shadow to park your car. That will help your EV cope with the heat.
If you don't have access to shadow, you can also buy sunshades for the windscreen to keep the temperature down in the car.
Eben Lovatt, Moneyshake CEO, said: “In order to protect your electric car’s battery life this summer, keep it in the shade as long as possible, especially when charging. Rapid charging your car at a station without shelter should especially be avoided, as the accelerated electrical currents combined with hot weather can damage your battery in the long term.
If you are going to charge your EV in the summer, choose a slower charger such as a standard 7kW unit and try to keep the car out of the sun. Installing a home charger in your garage if you have access to your electricity supply meter from there.”
Start using preconditioning
An amazing feature you get in most electric cars is the preconditioning function, which allows you to pre-cool the insides of your car before you start a journey.
We suggest preconditioning the cabin of your EV when it's plugged in overnight. This way, the energy will be drawn from the mains instead of from your car's battery and when you come to your car on a hot summer’s morning, you won’t need to have your air conditioning on full blast, which drains your battery faster.
Charge your EV only up to 80%
Most manufacturers recommend not fully charging your electric car to 100%, otherwise, the battery can get too hot. Couple this with high summer temperatures and you risk accelerating cell degradation.
In hot weather (and all conditions for that matter) you should only charge your electric car up to a maximum of 80%. Occasional full charges if you’re planning on a long-distance summer trip is okay, but try not to make a habit out of it if you want to keep your EV battery healthy.
Most electric cars have an eco-mode driver setting that increases the efficiency of your EV. It does this by limiting the amount of power you have for electronic systems and accelerating, for example.
Because your electric car will be using more energy in the heat, making use of this mode – especially on long journeys – will significantly save your EV’s range. You can then spend less time stopping at charge points to top up your batteries and enjoy your holiday.
Getting the most out of your EV's range is exactly what we're trying to achieve with these tips we shared with you. Tesla also gathered together amazing ways to do that and enjoy the fully-charged battery at its maximum.