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Do Electric Vans Lose Charge When Parked?

December 2nd, 2021

The nature of owning a van means you are going to have periods of time when it’s not in use and needs to be parked. This could be temporary, while you run errands or perhaps for an extended period of while you are off on holiday for example. Either way, you’re certainly going to want to have the reassurance that your van’s battery isn’t going to die and potentially leave you in a bit of a pickle!

With this in mind, we explore a few common questions relating to how your electric van handles periods of inactivity, particularly – will your electric van battery life be impacted by inactivity. Read on to discover more!

Will my electric van lose charge when parked?

Yes but not by a lot. You won’t lose significant amounts of battery (depending on how much charge your van has) but there are a few factors that need to be considered relating to this. Your electric van will be able to deal with immobility very well, better than combustion-powered engines.  Although, here are a few things you can do to optimize this period of inactivity.

Keep your electric van out of sunlight

If you can, this is incredibly helpful. It cannot be underestimated how much temperature can impact your electric van. Even during day-to-day use, extremely hot weather could also cause some minor issues relating to a decrease in the battery. This is because extreme temperatures impact the chemical reactions within the battery itself. This is why it’s useful to park your van in shade and if it’s a long period of time, in your garage, which will keep the temperature steady for the entire time.

Ensure you charge your electric van

It might seem like charging your van up to 100% when you know it’s going to be parked is the thing to do. However, this is not the case. Electric vehicles lose charge when parked although it is minimal, it may mount up over an extended period of time. We suggest your battery be at least 80% prior to parking it.

Make sure you ensure it has at least 50% battery when being placed into storage. Surprisingly, if you charge your electric van up to 100% and leave it for extended periods it can actually harm it. Charging it from 50-80% is absolutely fine. Also, most electric van users tend to keep their van charged overnight and when not in use and this again ensures it is going to stay charged up when not in use.

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