Many industries are answering the call for coming up with products and innovations that are, not only useful, but also environment-friendly. With the ongoing battle to reduce pollution and the rise in the clamor for more sustainable yet practical technological advancements, people are starting to embrace the concept of change, especially in terms of transportation.
Major motor companies, such as Nissan and Tesla, have come up with cars that can go fuel-free and run on rechargeable batteries. As these cars are electric and rechargeable, it is important to note that their batteries have a certain life span and will lose capacity over time.
If you own one of these electric vehicles, there is no need to panic just yet. While batteries do not last forever, you can boost their lifespan through better care and mindful usage. Here are some ways to help you improve your electric car’s battery life:
- Find a middle ground. Data gathered from battery research and studies have noted that electric car batteries run better on mid ranges (30-90%) of battery charge. That being said, draining the batteries completely or overcharging them results in a faster wear and tear process and will not maximize your car battery’s life.
- Avoid extreme temperatures. Lithium ion batteries found in electric cars function best on regulated temperature. Weather conditions that are either too hot or too cold can damage battery longevity, so be sure to avoid parking in locations that are too hot or keeping your electric vehicles inside places that are too cold.
- Know your electric vehicle. Knowing how your car and its parts function can help you maximize its features and care for it better, as well. For example, your car’s batteries are capable of recharging whenever you hit the brakes. With this in mind, you would know that driving on partially-charged batteries allows for this energy-efficient process, called regenerative braking, to take place. Similarly, knowing that an electric car that has not been used for a long time will most likely need a full charge helps you improve not just its mileage, but also ensures that its dormant and unbalanced batteries get refreshed and rebalanced.
Author Bio: Rana Tarakji is an entrepreneur and a contributing writer at One SEO, a digital marketing company in Lebanon, Beirut. Rana is passionate about digital marketing, startups, helping entrepreneurs grow, and empowering them to live their dreams. She has worked as a marketer, a technology co-founder and business developer, and a writer.