Funsize
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Am I charging too often

Wed Jan 13, 2021 1:56 pm

I have a 2017 Soul EV and it was bought used. I had it a day and charged it overnight but it yielded only 80 of the 93 miles expected. I plug it in every night after any driving. Every trip gets less and now it’s stoppd at 16 miles expected. I’m losing my wits. Can it recalibrate by running it down to empty before I plug it in again?

IanL
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Re: Am I charging too often

Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:07 pm

Are you sure you have the charging option set to 100%? If it happens to be set to the start time/stop time option, that may explain your experience.

If you don't have the Owners Manual,, here's a link.

Funsize
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Re: Am I charging too often

Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:21 pm

:D thanks I’ll have to look. I appreciate the link too.

EVDee
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Re: Am I charging too often

Wed Jan 13, 2021 7:05 pm

How low is your battery when you're recharging?
Do you need the a 100% charge everyday?

Funsize
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Re: Am I charging too often

Thu Jan 14, 2021 4:24 am

It’s often just down by 15-25%. Once in a while I have a 60 my le trip planned and need it at 100%

notfred
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Re: Am I charging too often

Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:28 am

It is saying 16 miles expected range but you are still doing a 60 mile trip? That's weird.

Funsize
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Re: Am I charging too often

Thu Jan 14, 2021 9:57 am

:D not today obviously

notfred
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Re: Am I charging too often

Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:08 am

If it's reporting 16 miles and you aren't doing much more than that, then I think you have a battery that has gone bad.

I suspect that when you bought the car it had just had a BMS update which clears what the BMS knows about the battery so it reports full range. Over the next little while it then learns just how bad the battery is and reports what is actually correct.

If you have an Android phone then pick up a Konnwei KW902 OBD-II bluetooth adaptor, install Soul Spy and check out your battery before taking the car to the dealer.

Funsize
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Re: Am I charging too often

Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:39 am

Thank you. I will check that out.
I was told by a serviceman at The dealership that charging every night to top it off is not necessary and may mess with the charging capacity

MassDeduction
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Re: Am I charging too often

Sun Feb 21, 2021 2:34 pm

Funsize wrote:Thank you. I will check that out.
I was told by a serviceman at The dealership that charging every night to top it off is not necessary and may mess with the charging capacity

I agree that charging to 100% every night is not only not necessary, but it's not desirable. You don't want the car sitting at 100% when it doesn't have to. I never charge higher than I think I need to for the next day, and I try to wait until the last convenient moment before I'll need it to put it on charge. For example, if I need 4 hours of charging to get it where I need it, I will either wait until about that time to put it on charge or set some kind of timer so that it doesn't start until 4 hours before hand (in that example, the number could be different every time).

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