Your EV’s main battery pack may not be the only battery under the hood! Many EVs use a 12-volt battery in addition to the main lithium-ion battery pack, and this smaller battery—which powers accessories and minor electrical components—is similar to the battery of a gas-powered car.
Whether you drive an EV like the F-150 Lightning or a gas-powered car, leaving your lights in will drain the 12-volt battery and leave you unable to start your car. Is an EV jump-start possible? And can you jump-start a gas car with an EV? Most manufacturers advise against jump-starting a gas-powered car with an EV. However, you can jump-start an EV with a gas-powered car ifthe EV has a 12-volt battery. Let’s take a closer look at how EV jump-starts work.
Although you can jump-start an EV using a gas car’s battery, the reverse isn’t true; you should not use an EV to jump-start a regular car. Doing so may reduce the lifespan of your EV battery. If you’re asked to jump-start someone’s car with your EV, we recommend suggesting a roadside assistance service in the Bedford area instead.
First, we need to reiterate which type of EV jump start is possible. You should never attempt to jump-start an EV’s lithium-ion battery pack—only the 12-volt battery that powers accessories and enables you to start the car.
With that out of the way, here’s how to perform an EV jump-start if you’re ever stranded in Halifax with a dead 12-volt battery:
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