Consequences? Charged, but unplugged 3 months in garage.

Discussion in 'Volt' started by Francisco, Oct 29, 2018.

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  1. Francisco

    Francisco Member

    Greetings everyone:
    I am planning on parking my 2014 Volt with 24,000 miles during the Winter.. It will be parked in a heated garage during the winter. What if any damage can occur? Thanks in advance.
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  3. Timothy Fay

    Timothy Fay New Member

    No real damage should occur, however I would take it for a drive every now and then. The 12 volt AGM battery in the trunk will die and you should keep the engine lubricated at least once every two months.

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  4. Pushmi-Pullyu

    Pushmi-Pullyu Well-Known Member

    Short answer: According to the owner's manual, if you will be storing the car for more than a month: Run the battery pack down to approximately 50% charge, then park and disconnect the starter battery. (Do not store long-term with the main battery pack at or near 100% state of charge!)

    Longer answer: See discussion at the GM-Volt forum here.

    Last edited: Oct 31, 2018
  5. The Gadgeteer

    The Gadgeteer Active Member

    I read something along the same lines for the Clarity plug hybrid about a partiall charge during storage over a month.
    Does anyone know the reason why?
  6. Pushmi-Pullyu

    Pushmi-Pullyu Well-Known Member

    It's a basic property of li-ion batteries. Storing them at either full charge or near zero charge puts strain on them which shortens their life. Storing them long-term at between 50-60% of their full state of charge is best. Caveat: What the car's instrument panel displays as 50% or 60% may not be exactly that, because what the car displays is usable capacity, not full capacity.
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  8. There's a buffer both at the top of capacity (to mitigate degradation over time) and the bottom (to prevent total discharge). The 50% on the panel is probably close enough.
  9. Pushmi-Pullyu

    Pushmi-Pullyu Well-Known Member

    It's a basic characteristic of li-ion batteries. Storing li-ion batteries long term at near 100% or near 0% charge puts unnecessary strain on them, causing unnecessarily shortened lifespan. Li-ion batteries "like" to be kept at around 50-60% charge when stored long-term.

    From advice I've seen (both official and unofficial) about different plug-in EVs, it seems that this is something you should worry about only if you're leaving the car sitting for a month or more. For shorter periods, don't worry about it.

  10. larrenz

    larrenz Member

    Just leave it unplugged and half charged. No need to use a trickle charger.

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