Electric Vehicle Storage Tips

If you’re looking to store your EV for a long period of time (longer than two weeks), you should take some precautions to ensure that your vehicle is ready for action when you return to it. In many ways, EVs are less “mechanically” complicated than traditional gasoline or diesel-powered vehicles. However, it’s important to note that there are still several key steps that must be taken to ensure that your electric vehicle is stored properly to prevent damage. Following the steps outlined here will go a long way towards ensuring a long, trouble-free life with your EV.
Jaguar I-PACE

Finding an Ideal Space

You should find a dry spot indoors to store your EV, preferably on concrete. It’s important to choose a low-traffic area where your car won’t be bumped into or damaged by folks trying to squeeze past with yard equipment or boxes of Christmas decorations. You’ll need access to a power outlet as well (we’ll explain why in the next section). It’s a good idea to maintain comprehensive insurance coverage on your EV while it’s stored. That way, if it’s damaged while it’s parked, due to fire, theft, or falling debris – a lapse in coverage won’t leave you with an unexpected expense.

Porsche Taycan Car Cover

Preparing Your Car For Storage

First, you should thoroughly wash and clean your car – and make sure it’s completely dry before storing it. Next, place a couple of fabric softener dryer-sheets inside your interior and cargo areas. For whatever reason, rodents can’t stand the pungent smell and stay away, so they won’t be chewing on sensitive wiring. Cover your electric vehicle with a quality car cover to protect it from dirt and dust, and fill your tires to the maximum suggested pressure listed in the owner’s manual to prevent flat spots on the tires. Check your brake fluid, and top it off if necessary. Some EVs use a cooling system for the batteries and electric motor that uses liquid coolant. If yours is one of them, check this system, too, and top it off with the correct type of coolant.

Porsche Taycan Turbo S

Maintaining Your Batteries

At this point, you may be asking yourself, “Should I leave my EV plugged in and charging while I store it?” This is where it gets a bit complicated. Every manufacturer is different. Some manufacturers suggest leaving your car unplugged, while others advise plugging it in. In some cases, your vehicle actually has a setting for storage, so it’s a good idea to consult your owner’s manual to be sure. If you still have questions, the team at Blue Grass MOTORSPORT is here to answer your questions via phone or email.

It’s worth noting that your EV still uses a 12-volt system to power your accessories, so the traditional car battery should be placed on a trickle charger as numerous computerized systems slowly use battery power – even while the vehicle is “off”. The parts department at each Blue Grass MOTORSPORT dealership can recommend a trickle charger for you, and will likely have the unit in stock.

Audi e-tron GT quattro
As you can see, it’s relatively easy to store your electric vehicle. Taking the time to store your electric vehicle properly now will save far more time later, when you want to start driving it again. It could save you money, too, as improper storage could potentially create damage that will require additional service to rectify. We hope that this article has answered common questions regarding storing your car properly, and if you have any additional questions, you can contact us through phone or email. We’re here to help.

Follow these suggestions at your own risk. Blue Grass MOTORSPORT accepts no responsibility for any damage you may cause to your vehicle, home, or property by following these instructions.

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