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Maintain and protect your electric vehicle

Electric vehicles (EVs) are prevalent today. Car makers have jumped on the trend, and EVs are now a common sight on the roads. When you buy an electric car, there are some things you should consider.

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EVs can be a practical and economical means of transportation. Just be aware of their unique cold-weather requirements before hitting the road in the winter.

For example, your windshield washer fluid might need an additional winter-appropriate mixture. By using a good ice scraper to clear an icy windshield means you won’t have to use up precious electrical power by running the defroster.

Your NAPA AUTOPRO technician can help with routine maintenance and repairs, and advise you on how to get the most from your electric vehicle.

AVOID RUST PROTECTION

The steel used to make electric cars is generally treated in the factory. So, applying rust protection is not as important when you buy a new car.

In addition, EV manufacturers do not recommend rustproofing, saying that coating parts and high-voltage electrical wiring can cause serious damage. In fact, some vehicle warranties are weakened or voided altogether if rustproofing is applied.

KEEP THE BATTERIES WARM

EV batteries are temperature-sensitive and must be kept warm. Many cars come with thermal management systems that help prevent the batteries from freezing. Keep your car in the garage or at least insulate the batteries to help them last longer and charge better.

MORE POWER THAN GRIP

One of the biggest factors with an EV is the immediate delivery of torque from its electric motor. This instant power burst gets your car moving in an instant. On snow or ice, that means spinning your wheels. Adding a set of snow tires and keeping tire pressure lower than usual can help increase winter traction.

LIMITED RANGE

Cold weather can result in lower charging and output levels. Even if you charge your EV in a garage or shelter, the batteries may get cold while you’re driving, making insulation even more important. Remember: if you run out of power on the road, towing an EV often requires a flatbed tow, because the electric motor won’t disengage like a gas-powered vehicle.

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