5 Tips to Prevent EV Battery Degradation
1. Avoid overcharging your electric vehicle battery. Overcharging can damage the battery and reduce its lifespan. Make sure to only charge your vehicle battery to the recommended level. Most current EV manufacturers suggest charging your car between 70-90% for daily use and to not charge to 100% unless you are travelling and leaving immediately upon charge completion.
2. Keep your vehicle battery cool. Heat can damage the battery and reduce its lifespan. If possible, park in a shady or cool spot to help keep the battery cool.
3. Avoid draining your vehicle battery completely. Draining the battery too low can also damage it and reduce its lifespan. Try to keep the battery above 20% charge if possible.
4. Keep your electric vehicle battery clean. This is especially true for owners that live in areas that salt their roads during winter months. The easiest way to take an EV battery out of commission is to damage the pack.
5. If you have the vehicle-to-grid feature, use it judiciously. vehicle-to-grid can be a great benefit to both electric vehicle owners and power grid operators. However, this technology also poses some warranty issues for automobile manufacturers. Try to use the vehicle-to-grid feature only when needed, and be aware of the potential risks.