Tips For Storing Your Electric Vehicle Safely
When it comes time to store your electric car for any period of time longer than two weeks, precautions must be taken to ensure that you return to your vehicle in the same condition that you left it in. Even though EVs are less mechanically complicated than their traditional counterparts, there are still important steps to take to prevent damage and ensure that your vehicle is ready to drive again when you need it. Follow these steps to ensure that your electric vehicle is stored properly.
Finding an Ideal Space
It’s always best to store your vehicle in a dry place, indoors, on concrete. You’ll also need access to a power outlet. Low-traffic areas that are out of the way are best, as accidents can happen with yard equipment, ladders, and boxes of holiday decorations. Even though you won’t be driving the car, we highly recommend maintaining comprehensive insurance coverage on your vehicle while it’s in storage. That way, if something does happen – fire, theft, or damage from, say, a snow shovel falling on it – you’ll be covered.
Preparing Your Car For Storage
It’s a good idea to give your vehicle a thorough cleaning before you store it. Distribute some dryer sheets throughout the interior and cargo areas of your vehicle – as it seems rodents can’t stand the smell, and this is an easy way to minimize the chance a mouse will find your EV a suitable home. Ensure that your vehicle is completely dry before storing it, and use a quality car cover to protect your vehicle from dust and dirt. It’s also a good idea to fill your tires to the maximum pressure listed in your owner’s manual to prevent flat spots from sitting, and check your brake fluid and top it off if necessary.
Some EVs use coolant – if yours is one of them, check your coolant level as well. If you need to top it off, make sure you’re using the correct coolant for your vehicle. Some EVs require a special type of coolant.
Maintaining Your Batteries
This is where things can get a little confusing. Some manufacturers suggest that you leave your vehicle plugged in and charging while it’s parked; others suggest leaving it unplugged. Still others advise that it’s best for their particular vehicle to remain plugged in, but with a special storage mode selected. If you aren’t sure, it’s always best to consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual. Still confused? Contact us – we’ll get you in touch with the right people who can answer your questions.
Remember, your EV still has a traditional 12V battery to power the accessories. As you would on a traditional vehicle, you should hook up the 12 volt system to a trickle charger. If you’d like to purchase a trickle charger, the parts department at anyone of your Rizza Auto Group dealerships will have the correct model in stock, or point you in the right direction.
Preparation is Everything
That’s all there is to it. As with most things in life, preparation is everything. No matter your reason for storing your EV – vacation, seasonal use, or otherwise – taking a small amount of time to ensure it’s handled properly will save you time and money when you decide to put your EV back on the road. We hope that you found this article helpful, and if you have any questions remember that the team here at the Rizza Auto Group is only a phone call or email away.
Follow these suggestions at your own risk. The Rizza Auto Group accepts no responsibility for any damage you may cause to your vehicle, home, or property by following these instructions.