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Winter Storage Tips for Off-Road Electric Vehicles

As winter blankets the landscape with frost and snow, off-road enthusiasts may find themselves contemplating the best way to store their electric off-road vehicles during the colder months. Proper winter storage is crucial for maintaining the longevity and performance of your electric vehicle (EV), especially when it comes to protecting the battery. In this blog post, we'll explore essential winter storage practices for EV off-road vehicles, emphasizing the importance of sheltering them from the elements and storing above freezing temperatures.

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Choose a Suitable Storage Space

To shield your EV off-road vehicle from winter's harsh conditions, consider storing it in a place that provides protection against snow, ice, and freezing temperatures. If this type of storage is unavailable, invest in a quality weatherproof cover to safeguard your EV from the elements.

Maintain a Controlled Temperature

Electric vehicles, including off-road models, perform optimally within a specific temperature range. Extreme cold temperatures can negatively impact the battery's efficiency and overall health. Whenever possible, store your EV in a location where the temperature remains above freezing. We also recommend not operating the vehicle below freezing temperatures. This prevents the battery from experiencing unnecessary stress and potential damage, such as diminished battery life.

Battery Maintenance

Prioritize the health of your EV's battery during winter storage. Before storing, ensure the battery is adequately charged, ideally between 40-70%. A fully charged battery can degrade over time, and a completely depleted battery may be susceptible to damage. If you are storing the vehicle in a place where temperatures may be below freezing, consider purchasing a lithium-ion battery warmer so that the battery is at the proper temperatures.

Elevate the vehicle

Elevating your EV off the ground, using a stand, lift, or blocks, can prevent the tires from developing flat spots during extended periods of inactivity. Additionally, this helps to protect the undercarriage from any moisture or condensation that may accumulate on the storage surface.

Prevent Corrosion

Winter storage often involves exposure to moisture, which can lead to corrosion. Apply a protective layer of wax or corrosion inhibitor to metal surfaces, including the frame and exposed components, to safeguard against rust during the storage period.

Regular Check-ups

Even during storage, it's essential to periodically check on your EV. Ensure that the tire pressure remains within the recommended range, inspect for any signs of leaks or damage, and confirm that the storage environment is maintaining a suitable temperature. Rodents may become an issue when storing the vehicle, so ensure there is no frayed wiring or damage.

Winter storage for off-road electric vehicles demands careful consideration to ensure your EV is ready to hit the trails again come spring. By selecting a suitable storage space, maintaining controlled temperatures, prioritizing battery health, and taking preventive measures against corrosion, you'll not only protect your investment but also guarantee a thrilling and trouble-free off-road experience when the snow finally melts away.

For more information, including removal from storage tips, please refer to your owner's manual.

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