During this global pandemic, most of us are driving our vehicles a lot less often than we used to. If you bought an electric vehicle for your commute, but now your commute is only a walk to your dining room, there are a few things you need to do to store your EV. These tips come from Bob Taenaka, senior technical leader for Battery and Cell System Development at Ford.
Keep your 12-volt battery charged
If you drive your hybrid or electric vehicle at least once a month, this should keep your 12-volt battery charged. If you are not driving it, plug it in for at least 8 hours total each month.
Charge the high-voltage battery
In addition to the 12-volt battery, you also need to make sure your high-voltage battery has a charge. Taenaka recommends storing your vehicle with a charge between 10 and 80%. If it is at less than 10%, you run the risk of the battery becoming completely depleted.
Store your vehicle (when isolating 30 days or more)
If you do not plan on driving your Ford hybrid for more than a month, you should disconnect the negative terminal from your 12-volt battery. Or, if your vehicle is a plug-in hybrid or EV, you can leave it plugged in. A final option is to connect your 12-volt battery to a 12-volt battery charger.
If you plan on storing your EV for an extended period of time, make sure it’s in good shape beforehand. Visit Sanderson Ford’s service department and we’ll give your EV the care it needs.