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Keep the vehicle nearly fully charged during cold periods (if not using LiFePO4 batteries then at 95% charge to avoid full charge damage) at all times. Not only because of possible need for lots of cabin heat, but also because the charging port can get stuck due to ice, meaning you need the range to drive the car to a heated parking hall. If driving long ...


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There are even more categories of hybrid vehicles: micro hybrid, mild hybrid, full hybrid, plug-in hybrid. A micro hybrid has slightly beefed up enhanced flooded lead-acid battery, a starter motor that tolerates frequent use and intelligent charging systems. What they essentially do is that while you drive, the battery is left slightly below full charge. ...


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Regular hybrids tend to have a small Li-ion battery, say 4kWh, and a low-power motor (actually it tends to be something like an upgraded starter motor). It charges the battery with energy generated during braking and cannot be independently charged. The motor can power the car at low speeds in traffic, and also start the engine and provide power for ...


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