Your EV during the Coronavirus Pandemic
During the current Covid-19 pandemic, many EV drivers are happy to avoid gas stations. That is one of the clear advantages of an EV: you can fuel at home. You don't need to take any chances with dirty pump handles, credit card readers or key pads. No handing over cash to the teller, nor getting your change or credit card back and wondering "should I sanitize that?"
But there are still questions that remain, especially when many of us are driving so much less. How should I best maintain my car? The good news is that because EVs don't have the myriad systems of fuel, oil, coolants and the like that snake through a combustion car, they are less likely to suffer from prolonged periods of simply sitting in your driveway or garage.
There are a few simple tips, however, that will help you keep your battery in tip top health during shelter in place. Because your EV battery, like all batteries, will lose a little bit of power every day, EV experts recommend keeping your battery charged up to about 80%. You can do this through your car's internal controls, or through your smart charger, if you have one. Alternately, if you do make short trips from time to time, don't charge your car every time you drive. Frequent "top offs" can be harmful to your battery over time.
For more details, and some other tips on EVs and covid-19, we recommend this excellent article: EV Maintenance During Covid-19