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This weekend I will be driving to an event about 80 miles away where it is unlikely I will be able to charge the battery.

My initial plan was to set off on battery power and drive until empty and forced to switch to petrol. Then, if I'm able to get to a plug at my destination I can recharge and do the same for the return trip 3 days later. If I can't get a charge, I'll just drive back on petrol.

However, I know the car does "stuff" when I'm not in it, which I think is to do with heating/cooling the battery and keeping things just right. I also know that an "empty" battery isn't really empty, but just down to a minimum level (30%?) that GM calculated to prolong it's life.

So, if the car ls left for a few days, will it further deplete the battery beyond the safe buffer that Chevrolet built in to it? Or will it fail to keep things at optimal temperature? Or will it be fine?
 

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Pretty sure it will be fine...or it would be a major design flaw. Doesn't the car do things only when plugged in?
 

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You will never deplete the battery lower than the car will allow so do not worry about that. The car takes car of preventing damage.

Don't forget... when you are driving on petrol you are running a generator and continuously charging the battery.

The great thing about the Ampera is that you just drive... battery or petrol... and it takes care of keeping everything good :)
 

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I would not mind betting that knowing the volt if it did not like it's battery condition.it would start up the ice:D. I am sure they tell you to plug it in only to stop the car going off for drive on its own because it's getting fed up doing nothing.
 

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Can just imagine all the EV's going to the skateboard park at night & having a ball, then returning back to sit and look innocent in the morning. 'Toy story' lol
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The volt innocent look's but those ampera's with their angry faces would be more like teenagers with "and whot you gona do abowt it den". Make sure you strap then down at night, if they doing get their sleep they are really grumpy the next day:D
 
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