Caring for a Hybrid or Electric Car during Coronavirus
Can I leave my hybrid plugged in?
We wouldn’t recommend leaving your car plugged in for a longer period of time than necessary.
While you’re not driving it, aim to keep the charge at around the 30% mark and leave it unplugged. You can then charge the car up to full just before you need to use it.
Should I keep the car fully charged?
Your EV battery will be better off if the charge is maintained at about 30% of capacity, which is the best amount to keep the battery in optimal condition.
How to stop your 12v battery from going flat
Your 12v battery on a hybrid or electric car will lose charge the same as it will on a regular car, so start your vehicle once a week and let it run for about 20 minutes. This will allow the battery to maintain charge during extended periods where it isn’t being driven.
My engine has started automatically and shows a warning message
General car care during the Coronavirus lockdown
To help you look after your car while it’s not in use we’ve put together a list of simple tips for everything from tyres to paintwork, interior to brakes.Car Care and Coronavirus