Monsoon Season is Here – Tips for taking care of your EV

Some simple tips will keep you dry and your EV out of trouble this monsoon season.
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Category: EV Care and Maintenance

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Taking Care of EVs During Monsoon Season

As the monsoon season arrives, paying particular attention to the maintenance of electric vehicles (EVs) is essential. Although EVs are rugged and typically well-built, like any vehicle, monsoon conditions may pose unique challenges that can affect their performance and longevity if not taken care of properly. This article will explore the best practices for caring for EVs during the monsoon season.  

 

Walk around your car, and think about any issues which could be related to electrical systems.  

 

Regularly Inspect and Clean the Exterior

During the monsoon, the exterior of an electric vehicle is exposed to mud, dirt, and water that can accumulate on its surface, obscuring visibility. Regularly inspect the EV’s body for signs of damage, such as scratches or dents, that may need attention. Additionally, keeping the EV clean by washing it regularly helps prevent corrosion caused by contaminants that may get trapped in hard-to-reach areas.

 

Here are some tips to take care of your EV’s exterior and keep it nice and clean:

 

  • Choose water and a mild soap solution instead of harsh chemical-based cleaning solutions, as harsh chemicals may decrease the glossy finish of the EV.
  • Once you finished washing, thoroughly rinse the EV to remove any soap residue that may still be on the surface, as it can attract dirt and debris and cause corrosion.
  • It’s important to immediately dry the EV after washing to reduce the risk of water leaking into electrical parts.
  • Applying a nice polish to the EV can help maintain its glossy finish and make it last longer.



Inspect Tires and Brakes

Proper tire maintenance is essential for the safety and performance of any car, especially during the monsoon season. Regularly check the tire tread depth to ensure it meets the manufacturer’s recommended levels and that the tires are properly inflated. Good tire tread provides better grip on wet roads and reduces the risk of skidding.

If your car has regenerative braking, ensure the vehicle settings are set to apply the necessary force when unavailable.

 

Check and Maintain the Battery (Visually and diligently)

Although this is a bit of a hard one actually to do in many cases, it’s really important to pay attention to what your car is telling you.  Additionally, take the time to walk around your car and look underneath to make sure everything is secure and sealed as it should be.  

 

Your battery is the heart of your electric vehicle and is also one of the most expensive parts. For this reason, EV batteries require special attention during the monsoon season. Before the rainy season begins, inspect the area around the battery for signs of leakage or damage. If you notice any issues, have them serviced immediately.  Sensors will let you know if you have an issue.  Pay close attention to warning indicators, and get your car in for service as soon as possible..

 

Avoid driving through deep water or flooded areas to protect the battery during the monsoon. If you accidentally encounter such conditions, stop the vehicle immediately and choose a different route. Water intrusion can damage the battery and electrical components, leading to expensive repairs.

 

Protecting the EV’s charging port from water damage is crucial, as it is a delicate instrument. To keep the port dry, you can install a weatherproof cover flap. If you don’t have a cover flap, you can try covering the port with a water-resistant material.  Follow your manufacturer’s guidelines.

 

Maintain the Interior

Monsoon rains bring significant mud and water that can enter the car’s interior. Keeping the floor mats clean and dry is important to prevent mildew growth. Using rubber mats instead of fabric ones can make cleaning easier.

 

Additionally, check the condition of seals around doors and windows. Damaged seals can lead to water seepage inside the car, causing electrical malfunctions and discomfort.  

 

Drive Cautiously

During heavy rains, exercise extra caution while driving your EV. Reduced visibility and slippery roads can lead to accidents. Drive at moderate speeds and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles to avoid sudden braking or acceleration.

 

Utilize the regenerative braking feature of your EV to improve control and conserve energy.

 

Avoid Driving Over Puddles

Drive cautiously and gently over puddles. Avoid driving through deep puddles, as they might harm the undercarriage of your electric vehicle. Be cautious and inspect the EV for any indications of damage before driving through a puddle.

 

Check Your Insurance Coverage

Look at your automobile and home insurance policies and ensure they cover damage from storm damage. (hail and falling trees and branches are common, and you need coverage). Adjust your coverage as necessary, and don’t get caught with huge out of pocket expenses.

 

Conclusion

Yes, EVs require special treatment during the monsoon season. Taking care of your electric vehicle during this time is essential to ensure optimal performance and longevity.

Regularly inspecting and cleaning the exterior, checking and maintaining the battery, inspecting tires and brakes, protecting the charging system, and maintaining the interior is a good idea when safeguarding your EV during the rainy season.

By following these simple yet effective tips, you can enjoy a safe and hassle-free driving experience even during the peak of the monsoon season. Watch for special bulletins and be aware of issues in your area.  For more tips visit us at www.energyone.biz, or you can email us at [email protected]

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