Electric Vehicle Range – The Role and Care of Your Batteries

With the right motor and batteries you will be surprised at the acceleration ability of your new electric vehicle. You will even out accelerate many gas vehicles if put to the test. We are not just building an oversized underpowered golf cart here. These vehicles are capable of doing 50 mph and have a range of up to 200 miles before they need to be charged up.

Depending on whether you have bought new batteries or found some second-hand industrial batteries you will have to decide how you are going to maximize their lifespan and the range you are going to get out of each charge. With second-hand batteries you may need to be more conservative with your speed and range. Most second-hand batteries can be restored to almost new condition with some care, with flooded batteries this would involve emptying the batteries of electrolyte and filling them up again with ionized water and then charging them for approximately 24 hours. When they have been charged like this they are emptied once more and the process is repeated, they should then be refilled with the correct electrolyte and charged once more.

This process should give them a totally new lease on life. With new batteries, they take time to reach full capacity, usually after a number of charges, and most batteries should not be run to fully discharged early on as this will reduce their lifespan. Because the batteries are the heart of your electric vehicle and determine how far you will be able to travel on a single charge, it is essential to take good care of them, whether they are second-hand batteries which you picked up cheaply or a new set of batteries which you paid good money for. If you have been able to buy a new set of batteries it is highly advisable to carefully read the instructions which would come with the set as these instructions will give you the best advice on how to best care for your new batteries, thereby ensuring you get the maximum usage out of the batteries.

As you get used to driving your electric vehicle, you will find ways of running without using the motor, such as when there are steep hills, you can often coast down the hills to save the batteries. This will significantly increase your range and remember that when you are doing this you are saving money and doing your bit to help the planet.