Summer is approaching and that means your electric bike battery requires a little extra care and attention. In tropical countries like India, EVs require proper maintenance, especially during these harsh and unforgiving summers. The heat can affect the performance and lifespan of electric bike batteries, which can lead to diminished driving range and performance. Follow your Atumobile operation bike manual to the letter to have a smooth riding experience. Additionally, here are some extra tips to take care of your EV battery to have it run at its optimum regardless of extreme heat waves.
Parking your electric vehicle in a shaded area can help prevent overheating of the battery. Direct sunlight can cause the temperature of the battery to rise, which could cause it irreparable damage and might start affecting other aspects of your vehicle and riding. Parking under a tree or a covered parking spot can help keep the battery cool, even if it is for a short time.
Keeping the battery charged is crucial in hot weather. A fully charged battery will have a lower operating temperature and can handle the heat better. It's recommended to charge your electric bike in the evenings or at night when the temperature is cooler. This will help extend the battery's lifespan and improve its performance.
Fast charging can generate a lot of heat, which can cause the battery health to deteriorate quickly. In extreme heat, it's better to avoid fast charging and stick to a slower charging rate. This will help the battery to cool down and prevent damage to the battery or bike. Refrain from using unauthorised chargers for your EV. All electric vehicles come with chargers specific to their features and usage so be sure to use them exclusively.
The temperature of the road surface can also affect the performance of the battery. To ensure that the battery is functioning optimally, it's essential to check the tire pressure regularly. Properly inflated tyres can help reduce the amount of energy used by the vehicle, which will help extend the battery's range. You can have the tyre pressure checked and optimised at any local mechanic or petrol station.
It’s difficult to get through the summers without air conditioning, but unfortunately, it can also be detrimental to battery health. The air conditioning system requires a lot of energy, which can drain the battery quickly. To avoid this, it's recommended to reduce the use of air conditioning when driving. Keeping the windows down or using a sunshade can help keep the car cool without relying on the air conditioning system.
While this may seem a little difficult in our fast-paced lifestyle, planning your ride could help reduce the amount of time your electric vehicle spends in direct sunlight. It's recommended to plan your trips in the early morning or late evening when the temperature is cooler. This will help reduce the amount of heat generated by the battery and keep its performance ideal.
Regular maintenance is crucial for the performance and lifespan of the battery. It's recommended to have the battery inspected regularly by a company serviceman to ensure that it's functioning optimally. A professional can also detect any potential problems and address them before they become more significant issues.
Following these tips can help extend the lifespan and improve the performance and lifespan of your electric bike battery. Proper care and maintenance as clearly outlined in Atumobile’s operation manual can also help reduce the risk of damage to the battery, which can save you money and maintenance-related stress in the long run.