With the UK in the midst of a lockdown due to Covid-19, everyone but essential workers are at home with perhaps just a weekly trip to the supermarket replacing your usual daily commute. If you drive an electric car or a hybrid car, do you know if it should be left plugged in, between uses, or not?
There's a lot of different advice available and the best thing to do is check your vehicle manual or manufacturer website but as general advice goes, we hope this helps!
Generally speaking, it is fine to leave your electric car or hybrid car charging, between uses, without any negative effects on your battery.
If you drive a fully electric car with a good electric range then chances are your weekly short trip isn't going to drain much of the battery, but if you drive a hybrid car, with more modest range of 20-or-so electric miles you are best to always plug in to ensure your battery doesn't drain to zero. Keep your petrol tank topped up in a hybrid too - just in case!
There are varying opinions on what is 'too low' for a battery charge, but it seems that a general rule of thumb is to keep your battery above 30% to maintain long-term performance. Going below that level once in a while won’t do too much damage so don't panic if you do!
If you own a Tesla, it’s recommended that you keep the car plugged-in, but with a maximum charge level set at 50% (this can be done in the car’s settings).
This will allow the battery to maintain a charge of 50%, which is the most stable state for lithium-ion batteries.
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