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10 Things to Know Before Buying an EV

Electric Vehicles (EVs) in powersports are gaining traction, offering a blend of performance and environmental friendliness. However, their charging and battery management require a different approach to other vehicles. Much like gas powered off-road vehicles (ORVs), EVs require proper care and maintenance to extend their life cycle.

Here's what you need to know:

Understanding EV Charging

EV charging is more than just plugging in your vehicle. It's crucial to understand the different types of chargers, charging speeds, and how they affect your vehicle's performance and battery life.

Limitations in Charging Infrastructure

While EV charging stations are growing in numbers, they are not as available as gas stations. Planning is key if you plan to go on long trips through remote areas where charging stations may be sparse.

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The Need for Special Charging Outlets

EVs often require special charging outlets or stations that provide higher power levels than standard outlets. Depending on the type of charger the EV uses, you may also need a special kind of plug for your home. This is crucial for efficient charging and protecting your vehicle's battery.

Avoiding Thermal Runaway in Batteries

Thermal runaway can be a serious issue in EV batteries, caused by excessive heat leading to a destructive cycle. Proper charging and maintenance are vital to prevent this, such as keeping the vehicle out of extreme temperatures and charging according to the manufacturer's guidelines. Check the owner's manual.

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The Risks of Using Extension Cords

Using an extension cord for charging can be dangerous and is strongly advised against. It can lead to overheating, reduced charging efficiency, potential energy surges, and fire hazards. Check with the manufacturer prior to purchasing to see if the charging cord is long enough to meet your needs. If not, ask the manufacturer for a potential solution.

Temperature Effects on Charging and Discharging

Temperature plays a significant role in how your EV charges and discharges. Extreme temperatures, both hot and cold, can negatively impact battery performance and lifespan.

Charge only in temperatures set by the manufacturer's guidelines, generally above the freezing point. We recommend charging DRR electric vehicles above 40°F or below 80°F.

Why you shouldn't Charge in Cold Weather

Below freezing temperatures can significantly slow down the charging process and accelerate battery dendrite buildup. This reduces the efficiency of your battery, so always charge in a temperature-controlled environment.

Older Batteries and Extended Charging Times

As EV batteries age, they might take longer to charge, and you may notice a decrease in range. This is a natural process as the battery's capacity diminishes over time. DRR batteries are built to withstand up to 1,200 charge cycles before they should be replaced.

The Importance of Letting Batteries Cool

After extensive use, let your EV's battery cool down before charging. Charging a hot battery can accelerate wear and tear, reducing its overall lifespan. Avoid plugging in immediately and allow the battery to return to a normal temperature to maintain its health and efficiency.

Owning an EV in the off-road world is exciting and forward-thinking. However, it's essential to be aware of these aspects of EV charging and battery care to ensure a safe, efficient, and long-lasting experience. By following these guidelines, you can enjoy the thrill of EVs while taking good care of your investment.


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