5 Ways to Keep Your Electric Car Going in the Extreme Heat

Electric cars might have an issue starting in extreme heat. Several electric car owners in California have reported issues with their vehicles starting over the past few days of triple digit weather. The owner of a BMW i3, Christian Cordero, reported that the screen in her vehicle notified her that the car’s battery was overheated and would not be operable.

BMW has apparently not heard of overheating being an issue for its electric cars. However, the AAA Automotive Research Center conducted a study that showed that at 95 degrees, electric cars lost 33% of their range of travel.

AAA and BMW have recommended that drivers park their electric and hybrid vehicles in a garage or other shaded area to keep them from overheating during the extremely hot weather.

If you own an electric or hybrid car, here are 5 ways to keep the battery functioning well in the extreme heat so you aren’t left stranded with a car that won’t start:

  1. Park your vehicle in the shade whenever possible.
  2. Go easy on the accelerator. Keep your car’s battery pack from getting too hot by avoiding heavy acceleration.
  3. Don’t over-charge your car. Fully charging the battery will wear out your battery more quickly.
  4. If your car has a thermal management system, plug it in whenever possible during extreme heat.
  5. If possible, avoid quick charge stations, as using these can significantly reduce the life of your battery.

“Electric cars are a great eco-friendly vehicle choice, but you don’t want to worry about being stranded somewhere in the heat because your car won’t start,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

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DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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