If you have just bought an electric car or are planning to buy one, you may be wondering about what possible emergencies could occur so that you can leave home prepared to deal with those situations should they ever arise. We discuss a trio of necessary precautions EV owners need to take so that they can get out of tricky situations quickly.
Keep tabs on the 12V battery
You may not know it (yet), but electric vehicles also have a lead-acid 12 volt battery. What? Yes, that battery is used to provide power for a number of minor functions, such as interior lighting, powering the ignition and door locks, and other such functions.
Like any 12-volt battery in a gas- or diesel-powered vehicle, the one in your EV also expires or can become defective. Some EV makers, such as Tesla, send out warnings on the dashboard when this battery is nearing expiration. Replace the battery in time, or carry jump cables should it ever go flat and you need to jumpstart it.
Prepare for flat tires
The tires today are a lot stronger than those of years gone by, so tire issues rarely become major headaches for vehicle owners. Given that EVs and vehicles in general rarely come with spare tires these days, it is imperative that you have some supplies with you in your EV so that you can give a flat tire some first aid while you look for a durable fix.
You will need one tire sealant can, plus an air compressor, electric preferably. These basic tools will enable you to seal any leak in the tire and then inflate that tire before you continue your journey. This is often a better alternative than calling for roadside assistance and then having to wait until they get to where you are — if it isn’t in the middle of nowhere.
Get your charge cable and adaptors
Never assume that where you are going is so close that there’s no need to carry the charge cable. Plans can change once you leave home, and emergencies can occur that require you to go on a long drive.
It is therefore important for you to put the charge cable inside the car before you leave home. You also need to get a set of different adaptors so that you can charge your EV at any charge station while you are on the road.
Just because you made the switch to an EV doesn’t mean that you stop anticipating and preparing for any potential car problems on the road. All EV makers, including ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corp. Ltd. (NASDAQ: SOLO), have a lot of work to do to educate the motoring public about where the similarities or differences between conventional vehicles and EVs start and stop.
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