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If you already have an EV, you probably know that your battery should perform well for at least eight to ten years, depending on your make, model and warranty conditions.

Lithium batteries (the type generally used in EVs) have three natural enemies: over-charging, over-discharging and over-heating. Your EV battery has been cleverly designed to help you avoid these as much as possible, but here are three things you can do to help your battery stay healthier for longer.

2. Learn the features of your car

As you get more acquainted with your EV, you’ll probably get more comfortable experimenting with the different modes available. Some EV models have a range of modes including:

Battery

1. Battery saver mode

Where your charging will stop at 80% power to protect your battery from overcharging.

Mountain mode

2. Mountain mode

Made for steep hill climbs or mountainous driving to save some of your battery power for better performance.

Electric vehicle

3. Storage mode

Where you might switch to this mode after plugging your EV into a charger so the battery takes care of itself through its computer system.