Ever since we introduced the all new eNVy® Neighborhood Vehicle, they have been selling like crazy! Not only are they the perfect electric vehicle to drive around the block, but they are also proving to be very effective on the job where noise levels are required to be low, as well as blowing away the boring white golf carts on the fairway. Although we have an FAQ Section on our website, the biggest questions our dealers receive revolve around battery maintenance.
Here are 10 tips to help you stay ahead of the curve with your eNVy batteries:
TIMEFRAME - Allow 10-13 hours to fully charge the batteries from dead. It is recommended to not let the batteries get below 80% of their capacity. Continuously deeply discharging the batteries will shorten their lifespan. It is also OK to leave the charger plugged in even after they are fully charged. This will not damage the battery or charger.
PRIOR TO FIRST USE - Fully charge the batteries prior to the first use, and keep the batteries fully charged to keep them healthy. The batteries will not perform to their fullest capacity until they have been discharged up to 50% and recharged 20-30 times.
80% RULE - Never discharge the batteries more than 80% of their capacity. Deeply discharging the batteries will shorten their lifespan. Discharged batteries can freeze in freezing temperatures. Do not use, charge, or load test a frozen battery as it could explode.
FULL CHARGE - Keep batteries fully charged EVEN when not in use.
ICE ICE BABY - If you observe ice in the cells, or the case is swollen or split, allow the battery to warm up before testing or charging.
TOO HOT TO CHARGE - Do not charge batteries at temperatures of 110° F or higher. Doing so will shorten the lifespan of the battery, and can even cause serious damage.
ELECTROLYTES - If the electrolyte level is low, add distilled water up to a maximum of 1/4" below the bottom of the vent wells. Do not overfill. Adding too much electrolyte may cause a boil-over during charging. 1/4" over the plates is sufficient. (It's impossible to overfill with the watering kit included.)
WATERING KIT - All eNVy's come standard with an easy to use watering kit. This kit prevents overfilling and the spilling of any battery acid. Only use distilled water. All other water will damage the battery or could cause harm.
WATER OFTEN - We recommend changing your water at least once a month with normal use. The best way to gauge if water is needed is to look at the white indicator tabs on each battery cell. If the white is at the bottom, then it is time to refill. You should add water right after fully charging the batteries.
BATTERY TYPE AND NUMBER OF BATTERIES - The eNVy uses four 12 volt batteries. We recommend using Interstate Batteries.
CHARGE IT, RIDE IT!
Everything about the eNVy is built for performance and style. Although the batteries are the best you can get, it is important to keep them maintained, ready to ride when you are. At the beginning of eNVy’s battery life, you can get anywhere from 13-17 miles. After the batteries have been properly charged and maintained for 30+ cycles you can get around 20 miles.
The eNVy is built to last. From the all-welded American steel frame to the batteries and components used, they all combine to give you the ultra quiet, electric “Neighborhood Vehicle.”
The eNVy is available at a dealer near you! Go test drive one today!