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The battery of your electric car is completely discharged. What happens then?

It is quite rare, especially in recent years where autonomy and charging networks have grown a lot. But the fear of the burden of the battery of our electric car reaches 0% or 0 kilometersIt is common among users. The question is what happens when we get to this situation.

Normally, electric cars give us an estimate in kilometers or percentage (or both) of the remaining range. Before running out of charge, our vehicle will surely warn us that we are approaching a dangerous level and will encourage us to find a place to charge.

Of course, we must take the situation calmly but seriously, since this implies two things: on the one hand we are taking the battery to a deep discharge, which can damage its capacity and cause it to suffer degradation, which means that we will lose autonomy over the kilometers if we do it regularly. For the other we run the obvious risk of getting stranded on the road. Something quite unpleasant that will force us to have to call the tow truck. And they don’t always come quickly to our aid.

The electric car battery is completely discharged. What happens then?

But The point is that even when the marker reaches zero, the battery still maintains a reserve that will allow us to go a few kilometers before this happens. How many? That will depend on the model.

According to a test carried out by the European organization autobest has done a test with 15 of the most popular electric models to see how far they can go when the battery reaches zero according to the marker.

The conclusion of the study indicates that when this happens, the first thing that usually happens is that the system seeks to reduce consumption as much as possible to extend autonomy. Something that means in most cases entering a “turtle mode” that significantly limits engine power.

Once the 0% barrier has been passed, the study has shown that vehicles still maintain between 14 and 37.8 kilometers of autonomy In the reservation.

After this barrier, then the car will come to a complete stop, which will lead us to the next problem. The trailer.

And it is that as the study indicates, many electric vehicles do not have a “neutral” mode. An N that puts the car in neutral and makes it easier for it to be towed by certain types of tow trucks. It is possible that we can move it in a very short distance, a few meters, at a very low speed, maximum 5 km/h, so as not to damage the transmission system.

Therefore, we only have look in the manual and notify the insurance to send us a trailer that luckily for us, in Spain those with a platform where the car does not have to be towed beyond those few recommended meters have prevailed.

The conclusion is that when the battery of our electric car is in a very low area, we must take the necessary measures to solve it with a recharge. But we must not panicwe will have to try to reduce consumption as much as possible, and calculate the distance to the closest point taking into account the margin that the battery will give us once it reaches zero.

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