I traded in my gas powered Honda Accord for an EV and here are five things I learned about charging.
Number one there are levels to this right Level One charging will get you about four to five miles per hour level two charging will get you anywhere from 25 to 30 miles per hour and then of course we have level three charging which is DC fast charging and that's basically you can go to 80 from 18 minutes to about 30 minutes depending on your vehicle.
Use the AI in your vehicle if you're planning any trip that's longer than a couple miles use the AI it will choose the best route in addition to that it will make sure it'll line up charges along the way and the AI is probably going to drive more efficient than you are I recommend using an app that will tell you what's the best charging locations something like what Tesla has inbuilt it'll give you the latest up-to-date information on the charger status on your route and if you don't have a Tesla there's there's a great app called plug share on plug share we'll also like tell you the status of the charger whether it's up you know what people are actually saying about the charger which is awesome never let your battery go below 20 percent me personally I never let my battery go below 30 and never let your battery charge more than eighty percent unless you're going on a long road trip me personally I drive a lot I drive about 100 miles a day 500 miles per week so I usually charge my battery to about 90 percent the problem with charging your battery too much more than 80 percent or in my case 90 is it leads to fast battery degradation and
We want to keep our batteries for as long as we can right keep your speed around 70 miles an hour I know that's hard if these are super fast and I'm tempted it's easy to go 80 blah blah blah whatever you used to drive it but keep your speed around 70 miles an hour you're going to get close to what the projected mile of range is especially in my vehicle it's pretty efficient I can get around four kilowatt per hour and usually that lines up with what the projected range is
Lastly Tesla's like to be plugged in I can't speak for every electric vehicle but I could tell you Teslas have um subsystems that draw from the battery especially if you're using like Sentry mode if it's cold it's maintaining the battery temperature so when your vehicle is plugged in even if it's not charging it's drawing from the grid as opposed to your battery and some of those newer batteries like the lithium ion phosphate batteries they like to be charged to 100 and read the manual RTFM right anyway so read the manual that came with your vehicle um I know I've read on the internet that you know these experts say oh don't charge every day I don't know if that's what the manual is saying it actually says specifically that you know these subsystems would much rather pull from the grid as opposed to your battery so keep your vehicle plugged in if you can if you live in a home where you can charge cool if you don't right it won't won't stop the show so anyway those are the things I learned about EV charging I hope you guys continue to make good decisions stay safe and I'll see you on the next video peace