EV experts have revealed how drivers can tell when they need to replace the battery in their electric car – don’t be caught out.
While some motorists battle charge anxiety and worry about mile range in colder weather, others are concerned with battery replacement.
The current estimate is that an electric car battery will last from 10 – 20 years before they need to be replaced.
However, EV drivers can extend the lifespan of most batteries by keeping them charged between 50 per cent and 80 per cent as much as possible.
Additionally, while it may be convenient to use rapid chargers if you’ve left topping up to the last minute – this will gradually lead to battery degeneration.
Electric car gurus at Autotrader shared two key red flags that signal your EV might need some TLC.
The first alert could come in the form of a dashboard warning light.
A battery symbol will illuminate if there’s a malfunction and it definitely shouldn’t be ignored.
There is a good chance an underlying problem could wreak havoc if the vehicle isn’t assessed quickly.
Other signs you battery may be on the way out include a range of electrical malfunctions.
The power source is responsible for fuelling everything in the car as well as making the wheels turn.
The motors experts said: “If you start noticing issues with electrics, for example the lights dimming or a loss of electrical power to, say, your heaters, you might want to get it checked out.”
This comes as EV drivers were urged to follow five steps this winter to keep them safe on the road – or risk being stranded.
Tips to keep your battery healthy
Keep your car at an average temperature
Extreme hot or cold temperatures can affect the battery’s lifespan.
Avoid fast chargers
A slow charge will always be better for your car in the long run.
Avoid charging your car straight after a long drive.
Instead give the batteries chance to cool down first.
As temperatures plummet, electric cars can struggle to perform with the same efficiency, but these tips could save you £1,000s.
They include where to park your EV, how to charge it, heat it and drive it to ensure maximum battery potential.
However, if drivers did ever find themselves stranded, there are some key essentials that could save them.
Motorists have been racing to buy a handy £4 B&M gadget that could help improve road safety this winter.
Meanwhile, this £1.99 item from the discount chain could save your life amid plummeting temperatures.
This comes as experts have warned of six ways to look after your car this winter and stay safe on the roads.
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Plus, five top tips to save you money on your car this season – including a change in your driving style
And, ten signs your car isn’t ready for colder temperatures – and when you need to take action.