Prius not being driven for a long time. How to keep the battery healthy?

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  1. ProspectivePriusPeruser

    ProspectivePriusPeruser Junior Member

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    Hey all,
    As the title says, my prius is going to be sitting for a decent amount of time (1 year max). Is there anything I should do to keep the battery happy?
    Thanks :)
     
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    drive a little bit weekly (the more the better). at the minimum at least start it and let it do a full warmup cycle weekly
     
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    When you say sitting, what do you mean exactly? Will it be stored and you will be absent or will you just be leaving it sit while you drive another vehicle?

    If the latter the easiest thing would be to regularly drive it at least twice a week for 30 - 40 minutes each time.

    If the former, you will need to have some kind of charging routine for both batteries. You will need to have a regime for the tires too.
     
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    Maybe give it to someone to use
     
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    yeah, that's not a good thing. you can force charge it before leaving it. but if no one can drive it regularly, or put a grid charger on it, you risk death by stagnation
     
  6. ProspectivePriusPeruser

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    I figured that it wouldn't be any good for it. I'd probably be able to have someone start the car and leave it running for a while every so often, but it being driven during this time is almost impossible. Would that be of any help to it?
     
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    yes, you don't need to drive it. once a week for a half hour or so would be great, but the more the better.
    sitting for a long time lets the cells slowly go out of balance, especially on older batteries.

    the bms will correct that every time you make it ready
     
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    No clue what the market is like down there now, but if it were anything like in the USA? I'd just sell the car and go get another in a year or so.
     
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    Rent it out as a stationary Prius camper on Airbnb
    Climate controlled
     
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