Your EV during an emergency
Situations may arise where you want to avoid visiting gas stations, such as the crowding of fuel stations during fire evacuations or other emergencies.
The Covid-19 pandemic created an important reason to avoid gas stations. It illustrates 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?"
Other questions can come up during an emergency or pandemic situation. Many people may be driving less or are forced to evacuate to an area without normal EV service options. 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 a shelter in place scenario.. 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 during a lockdown or other emergency, we recommend this excellent article: EV Maintenance During Covid-19.