How to protect battery of your EV from Excessive heat?
"All batteries suffer from severe heat in general. These include your EV battery as well as any other electronic devices."
All batteries suffer from severe heat in general. These include your EV battery as well as any other electronic devices.
The batteries start to expand as the temperature rises. As a result, there is leakage, distortion, and a general decline in performance.
So, here are some basic steps you may do to prevent your EV's battery from overheating:
Do not overcharge the battery:
Never make the mistake of leaving the charger on for long periods of time. You will surely have an idea of how long your vehicle’s battery needs to be charged.
Stick to the time frame. It is highly advisable for you to charge the battery only up to about 80%. Do not charge it up to 100% every single time as that makes the battery very hot.
The more you charge, the greater the buildup of heat which consequently alters the life and performance of the EV battery.
Charge up to 100% on rare occasions when you wish to go on a long journey.
Do not drain out the battery:
This is another practice that reduces the life of the battery due to excessive heating. You should always keep an eye on the battery charge.
If it is closing in on 20%, put it on charge right away. When you drive a vehicle with a battery that’s about to die, a lot of heat gets generated.
This is because the voltage falls as the battery discharges and there is a lot of strain on the battery to function.
This added load creates excessive heat and the battery of your EV suffers to a great extent.
So, the moment you notice the charge is dwindling, attach it to the charger and allow it to charge up to 80%.
Reduce Power Consumption:
The more energy you pull from your EV's battery pack, the harder it has to work and the hotter it will get. On hot days, resist the temptation to drive hard and fast.
Instead, make sure you accelerate smoothly and calmly, draining as little energy from the battery pack as possible.
In really hot weather, if you are using an electric car, you’ll of course want to use the air conditioning, but wherever possible, pre-cool your car when it is plugged into the socket.
Not only will it pre-cool the cabin, but it will dramatically reduce the strain on the battery pack.
Park the vehicle in the shade:
Where possible, try and park in underground parking garages with good ventilation, away from direct sunlight.
Not only will it reduce the temperatures your EV's battery pack is subjected to, but it will give the battery pack time to cool down before you next use it.
Also if you have to park your EV in the open, park the vehicle in a spot used by a car or a truck, so that the bottom surface of the parking lot is cooler and will radiate less heat energy onto your EV.