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Mastering EV Charging: Top Tips for All Weather Conditions

Mastering EV Charging: Top Tips for All Weather Conditions

Like gas cars, electric vehicles require a certain level of care, especially when it comes to battery maintenance and charging. Here, we provide tips and answer your questions on how to best charge all year round, regardless of the location and weather condition. Let's dive in!

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Can I install an EV charging station if I don't have a garage?

For many, the ideal place to charge an EV is inside a garage. But what if you don't have a garage? Or it is full and you prefer to charge outside? The good news is, that you can still charge your car outdoors! The key is to ensure you have a sturdy and weather-resistant EV charging station and use a pedestal if needed. Alternatively, you can also mount the charging station on a wall outside of your home. If possible, position the charging port so it is shielded from direct sunlight and rain, and therefore remains a bit more protected. This will help prolong its lifespan. Also, always ensure the charging cables are off the ground to prevent any potential hazards. A pedestal is a great way to keep your cables organized and the charging station area tidy.

Can I charge my EV during a heat wave?

Extreme heat can be challenging for electric vehicle batteries. If you're charging during a heatwave, make sure to do the following:

  1. Try to charge during cooler parts of the day, such as the early morning or the late evening.
  2. Avoid charging to 100% if you are not planning to use the car immediately. Batteries can get hot, and keeping them at a full charge in high heat can put a strain on them. A general rule of thumb is to keep your car battery charged to 80% so that you ensure the battery lasts longer. To learn more about battery maintenance, check out our guide on how to take care of your EV battery.
  3. Use a sunshade or park in shaded areas to keep your vehicle cooler on hotter days.

How do I charge an EV in the winter?

For those living in colder climates, extreme cold weather can also be tough on EV batteries. It might reduce the efficiency of the charge and even the driving range of your electric car. However, this should not deter you from choosing an electric vehicle as your next car, as there are many preventative measures you can take to ensure your EV remains in tip-top shape throughout the winter. To get the best out of your vehicle during the winter months, here are a few tips to follow:

  1. Preheat your car while it is still plugged in. This uses power from the grid, not the battery, ensuring you get the most range when you are ready to drive off.
  2. If possible, park in a sheltered spot, even if it is just under a carport. This shields your EV from the cold and extreme temperatures.
  3. Always ensure that the charging port and connector are free of ice and snow before plugging it in. If there is ice on the port or connector, this could prevent the charger from being plugged in correctly.

Want to learn more about driving your electric car in cold weather? In this video, our co-founder shares some essential winter tips: from choosing the right tires to charging and boosting your driving range. We also delve into the benefits of regenerative braking. Whether you are new to EVs or a seasoned driver, these tips will come in handy.

Lectrium's "Top 3 Factors to Consider When Driving Your EV in Winter" guide

Can I charge my EV in the rain?

If you're using a charging station that's been professionally installed and is rated for outdoor use, charging in the rain is generally safe. Water and electricity don’t mix, but modern EV charging systems are designed to handle rain. Still:

  1. Always check the equipment for any signs of wear or damage before use.
  2. Make sure the connections are dry before plugging in.
  3. Don’t submerge any part of the charging equipment in water.

In short, with a little extra attention to the specifics of when and where you are charging, you can ensure your EV is running efficiently and safely all year round, and under all weather conditions. Regular maintenance and being conscious of the environment can go a long way in prolonging the life of your electric vehicle.

Thinking of getting an electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid? Explore various models on our EV listing platform.

Additionally, if you're looking for a charging station for your home, find a charger through Lectrium and get a quote for the installation today.

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