5 mistakes to avoid when using an electric vehicle 5 mistakes to avoid when using an electric vehicle

5 Mistakes to avoid when using an Electric Vehicle

When using an electric vehicle, it is important to avoid some common mistakes to maximise its efficiency and battery life. Here is a description of the five most common mistakes we usually encounter.


Don't disconnect the main switch of the electrical panel with the vehicle in charge


Disconnecting the main switch of the electrical panel with the vehicle in charge

A very common mistake is to put the electric vehicle on charge and disconnect the main switch of the switchboard while it is charging. In large companies, the operator often puts the vehicle on charge at the end of the working day in order to have it operational the next day. Usually, the main switch of the switchboard is also disconnected at the end of the day, and it can therefore happen that the vehicle is not charged and ready for use the following day. For this reason, it is recommended to remember to use dedicated sockets for charging electric vehicles, as is the case with forklift trucks. enerally speaking, disconnecting the main switch of the electrical panel while charging the vehicle should be avoided, unless there are exceptional circumstances requiring to have it serviced.


Don't leave tyres flat


Leaving tyres flat - A mistake to avoid

Maintaining the correct tyre pressure is important for the efficiency and durability of the vehicle. Leaving tyres flat can reduce the efficiency of the electric vehicle and reduce the range. Tyre pressure affects vehicle stability, handling and braking distance. Therefore, in addition to range, it is also important for driving comfort. To maintain the correct tyre pressure, it is important to check it regularly, usually once a month. The correct tyre pressure is specified by the vehicle manufacturer and is usually stated in the owner's manual. Be sure to use a reliable pressure gauge to check the pressure and, if necessary, inflate or deflate the tyres according to the manufacturer's specifications. Also, it is a good habit to check tyre pressure when outside temperatures change significantly, as temperature can affect tyre pressure. By maintaining the correct tyre pressure, you can improve the safety, efficiency and durability of your electric vehicle.


Don't keep your electric vehicle completely out of power


Keeping an electric vehicle completely out of power for months

Leaving a fully discharged battery for long periods can cause the irreversible deterioration of the battery cells, reducing their overall capacity. This can lead to a permanent loss of autonomy. The battery tends to age more quickly. Electric vehicle batteries are equipped with battery management systems (BMS) that prevent the battery from being completely discharged or overcharged. However, leaving a fully discharged battery for too long could jeopardise the functioning of the BMS. If are you planning to leave the electric vehicle stationary for an extended period (months), follow the manufacturer recommendations. This may include charging the battery to a specific level and deactivating certain functions that could consume energy.


Regenerative braking of electric vehicle Alkè


Using little or no regeneration when braking

Regenerative braking is an advantage of electric vehicles, allowing energy to be recovered during deceleration and braking. Not using this function means wasting energy-saving opportunities. The use of regenerative braking in an electric vehicle is recommended for several reasons, including energy efficiency, reduced wear and tear on conventional brakes, and an improved driving experience. Regenerative braking converts the vehicle's kinetic energy into electrical energy to be stored in the battery. When regenerative braking is activated, the electric motor acts as a generator, slowing the vehicle and converting some of the kinetic energy into electrical energy. This process reduces dependence on conventional mechanical brakes, which dissipate energy in the form of heat during braking. As a result, regenerative braking can increase the overall efficiency of the electric vehicle and contribute to a longer range. The use of regenerative braking in an electric vehicle is an effective way to maximise energy efficiency and contribute to energy recovery, thereby contributing to greater range and more sustainable driving.


Always service the electric vehicle periodically


Not servicing the vehicle periodically

Unfortunately, very often electric vehicles are not serviced periodically. Regular servicing is important in any type of vehicle, including electric vehicles, for several reasons: preventive maintenance, safety, efficiency, battery life, warranty, and long-term cost reduction. The battery is one of the most expensive and critical components of an electric vehicle. During servicing, the technician can check the health of the battery by monitoring its capacity, voltage and temperature. Detecting battery problems early on can prevent costly repairs or replacements in the future. Maintenance of charging systems: electric vehicles are equipped with complex charging systems, including the on-board charger. Each electric vehicle has manufacturer-specific recommendations for maintenance and optimal use. Make sure you follow them carefully to ensure the durability and efficiency of your vehicle.



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