I saw an increase in capacity on my 2016 Spark EV too. It rose from 15.5 to 15.8 and then slowly came back down to 15.5.RSC wrote: ↑Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:23 pmI started tracking my battery capacity (Torque Pro) on a monthly basis:
Date Mileage Capacity (kWh)
5/5/2019 18601 16.1
6/1/2019 18905 15.9
7/3/2019 19259 15.9
7/13/2019 19425 16.2
8/1/2019 19669 16.3
9/1/2019 19878 16.4
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This is almost all L1 charging at 8 amps, maybe a couple of times at 12 amps and one L2 session to get the car home from the dealer (16K miles, September 2018). As you can see, I don't drive much. The car is plugged in almost all the time, set to Rate and Departure charging. On the PG&E EV-A plan, this is almost all at night. I'm retired, so the car doesn't sit in a parking lot for very long. Sometimes when I return from a drive on a hot day I'll charge Immediate for 5 or 10 minutes just so battery cooling will kick in.
The GOM currently shows 72 miles. I don't have LRR tires and live on a hill, so I don't get much regen starting out from full.
There seems to be a recent upward trend in capacity. It will be interesting to see what the capacity is on Oct. 1.
I found that each higher bar is illuminated when the charge level reaches 1% higher than the bar below it. For instance, at 70% charge, 7 bars will be illuminated. At 71% the eighth bar illuminates. This happens while adding or using battery capacity. You can use TorquePro to confirm this.Kermit wrote: ↑Fri Nov 01, 2019 10:28 amTo get my car to stop charging around 80% I have the charging set by departure time. I only charge via 120v at 8 amps so I don't have to hit any buttons before getting out of the car. I have the departure time set to 1pm and since I leave for work around 8AM that gets it to about 80% charged. I also have it set to charge less on Friday morning (departure time set to Noon) so after I drive it Friday it sits over the weekend at about 50% while unplugged. I plug it in Sunday night to charge to 80% for the week (if I forget to plug it in the 50% charge is more than enough to get me to work and back a couple of days).
I do charge to 100% about once a month because I have heard it allows the battery cells to balance.
Also if you ever need to charge immediately you just have to plug the cord in unplug it and plug it back in to bypass these settings.
As far as figuring out the 80% mark if you don't have an OBD2 reader and enginelink (ios) or torque pro (android) you could just get it to 8 bars on the battery meter.
Your location may change these charging suggestions though, if you live somewhere very hot or very cold you may want to leave it plugged in to allow the car to condition the battery at least on the days that are very cold or hot.