ksoul2084 wrote:...To my knowledge it is more efficient/better to charge a battery that is already warm as it lowers resistance in the pack...
This is an argument I have had with TeslaBjorn.
It is true that the battery will charge quicker and more efficiently when it is warm.
It also charges faster at the lower end of the SOC curve
His recommendation for long distance drives is to drive fast to a low SOC - then charge faster.
I think this is bad advice. Charging while the battery is hot degrades the battery faster, especially at the very low and very high ends of the SOC curve.
The air pump is not effective enough to counteract the heat build-up in the battery. Even if you have the air-con on full in the cabin.
I argue that it is better for the battery to drive a bit slower, and then charge a bit slower.
It takes a bit longer but it is much better for the long term health of the battery.
MassDeduction - I doubt that 35% SOC is very low. I would guess 15%.
IanL - 238 km at 8.5 km / kWh is great. The best I have got is 211 km at 7.5 km / kWh.
Either a) You have 100 cells - so your car has a higher voltage and hence is more efficient. or b) You have a softer foot than me. or c) your island's roads are much slower than mine. or d) a combination of all 3.
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