Should I charge my electric car every night?

Early electric cars didn’t hold much charge so they needed frequent charging, but that’s not the case now unless you might to required to make a longer than average journey the next day.

You need not charge every night

“You need not charge every night. The average distance driven per day is 37 miles/59.5 km, falling well within the driving range on a charge of the latest models.”

Should I charge my electric car every night? – Kia

Most people, in reality, drive 37 miles/59.5 km  a day on average. Many of the latest new electric cars can complete a range of over 200 miles(322 km) on a single charge , which means these vehicles can easily cover daily driving.

Currently most electric car owners charge their cars at home overnight. In fact, people with regular driving habits need not charge the battery fully every night.

Electric car batteries hold their charge for long, allowing you to skip plug-ins for a few nights. Plus, there are more charging stations available outside your home than expected, so you can easily find one when your car needs a recharge.

In short, there is absolutely no need to worry that your car might stop in the middle of the road even if you did not charge your battery last night.

In general, you should not charge your electric car every night. It isn’t necessary in most cases. The practice of charging an electric vehicle every night can shorten the lifespan of the car’s battery pack.

Should I Charge My Electric Car Every Night? – Autotrader – May 2021

Repeating this cycle of charging and discharging degrades the battery over time. It decreases the amount of charge the battery can hold. It increases the amount of time needed to recharge the battery.

Most importantly, the charging cycles take a toll on the lifespan of an electric car battery.

How Long Do Electric Car Batteries Last? – Autotrader – April 2021

Charge little and often

Providing his personal experience, In his video, Tesla Torque, recommends frequent charging as being the ideal way of keeping the charge between the recommended 20 and 80%. Leaving a Lithium-ion battery unused ‘can drain it by 1% per day’, which is significant when a car is left at an airport for a fortnight. One person responding points out that the Tesla’s Sentry mode is a heavy drain.

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