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Does Long Term Fast Charging Reduce Ev Battery Life?

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Long-term fast charging could potentially reduce the lifespan of EV batteries, due to heat generation and chemical reactions that may degrade the battery over time. However, battery health largely depends on numerous factors such as the type of battery, temperature control, and manufacturing quality. It’s recommended to alternate between fast and slow charging for optimum battery health.

The Impact of Fast Charging on EV Battery Life

There’s a widespread belief among many electric vehicle owners that long-term Direct Current (DC) fast charging has a damaging effect on automotive power batteries, making these batteries more susceptible to degradation, thereby influencing their lifespan. If DC fast charging is used frequently, over time, the total battery capacity could significantly decrease.

Research Findings Dispute Harmful Effects

A professional automotive engineering company conducted a comprehensive study on this matter. The study involved the in-depth analysis of over 12,500 Tesla vehicles’ charging data in the United States and compared it to Alternating Current (AC) slow charging. Interestingly, the research revealed that the rate of decline in the drivable distance was statistically indistinguishable.

Detailed Analysis of the Study Findings

Comparison Between High and Low Fast Charging Rates

A separate report that analyzed the state of EVs and their batteries compared vehicles that had at least 90% fast charging rate with those that had less than 10% fast charging rate. Surprisingly, there was virtually no noticeable difference between two charging methods.

Comparison of Battery Degradation in Fast Charging and Slow Charging

DC Fast Charging vs. AC Slow Charging

There are a few illustrative comparisons presented showcasing the comparison between the DC Fast Charging and AC Slow Charging for Model Y and Model 3 vehicles. (Images are supposed to be here)

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Impact of Frequent Fast Charging on Tesla Model Y
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Impact of Frequent Fast Charging on Tesla Model 3

Influencing Factors in EV Battery Performance

Impact of Temperature and Charging State

In terms of the long-term usage, deciding between DC and AC charging might not be the only impacting factor on the battery. Other factors such as extreme temperatures and exceptionally low or high states of charging also play a significant role in affecting battery performance.

Technological Measures for Battery Protection

As indicated by the research findings, the sophisticated thermal management technology, voltage, and battery management systems employed by EV manufacturers can indeed shield batteries from any damage due to regular fast charging.

Best Practices for Extending Battery Life

Utilization of Pre-conditioning Functionality

It is strongly recommended to use pre-conditioning before charging in extreme environmental conditions. This feature enables the battery to reach an optimal temperature before charging commences.

Advised Charging Protocol

Another recommendation is to avoid fast charging at very low or very high states of charge. Given that the battery resistance would be higher at these levels, fast charging could lead to added stress on the battery.

Study Findings on Battery Degradation Rate

A study conducted in 2020 found a variation in battery degradation rate ranging from 0% to 4.1% during the first year for battery-powered vehicles including electric cars and plug-in hybrid cars. The 2019 Chevrolet Bolt Electric Vehicle was reported to have the best performance, while the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle had the worst.

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