Electric Car Charging Tips You Need to Know

By Adrian Castillo

An parked electric car plugged in to chargeIf you’re new to the life of driving an electric vehicle, it’s important to understand the basics of how everything runs. One of those fundamentals is knowing how to properly charge your vehicle, so that you can do everything possible to limit and slow the degradation of your battery and prolong its lifespan. Of course, the longer you extend the life of your battery, the more you can put off the need for an expensive battery replacement. So, if you’re looking for some helpful electric car charging tips, you’ve come to the right place.

Don’t Charge Your Electric Car to 100%

It might sound unusual, but it’s best not to charge your lithium-ion car battery to its maximum. Instead, charging it to somewhere around the 80% threshold is best, because that allows capacity for your car to continue charging via regenerative braking while you’re driving.

Be Smart About Storage

If you’re going out of town or simply not driving your vehicle for a prolonged period of time, it’s OK to leave it plugged in. However, set the charge to around 50% so that it doesn’t overcharge while it’s not being driven.

Do What You Can to Keep Your Car Cool

When parking your electric car, whether to charge it or just in general, try to find a shady area to do so. Electric car batteries don’t handle heat all that well, and extreme temperatures can overheat and drain your battery’s charge prematurely.

Try to Avoid Quick Charging

Quick charging your electric car is OK from time to time, but don’t do it too often.  . The less you quick charge your vehicle, the longer your battery’s lifespan should be long-term.

Whenever You Need a Replacement Battery, Turn to Us

While there are many measures you can take to extend your battery’s lifespan, you’ll still reach a day when you need to invest in a replacement. When that day comes, look no further than Bumblebee Batteries. We have both new and rebuilt batteries for all of the most popular hybrid makes and models, plus we offer mobile battery installation services for hybrid owners throughout the country.

To learn more about these electric car charging tips, or to find out more about the replacement batteries we have to offer for your vehicle, get in touch with Bumblebee Batteries today.


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