While driving an electric car may be energy efficient and save you money on fuel, most electric car owners are legitimately concerned about how long the rechargeable battery will last before a replacement is needed. As with any type of battery, the way you use your vehicle will have a huge impact on the durability.
Avoid Exposing Your Battery to Extreme Weather
Exposure to high temperatures is known to decrease the life of a battery. During the warmer months, do what you can to keep the interior of your car cool. Use window shades and try to park in a garage or under a tree to avoid the impact of direct sunlight.
While cool is good, very cold conditions are not. So while keeping the battery cooler during the warmer months is good, you will still notice a drop in mileage when the outside temperatures are hovering around the freezing mark. This time of year is great for parking in garages, if possible.
Avoid Deep Discharges
Believe it or not, allowing the battery it to fully drain – only to repeat the process over and over again – puts a lot of pressure on the battery itself. Try to avoid a deep discharge, for example, if there are 10 bars to represent your battery level. Your best bet is to make sure your charge is always above a 2. While you may be tempted to push the limits from time to time, try to avoid doing so as much as possible.
While replacing your GEM car battery eventually is inevitable, we recommend using these tips to keep it healthy and last as long as possible.