No, while electric cars can be jump-started themselves in the event of a flat 12-volt battery, they cannot be used to jump-start other cars or transfer charge.
Electric cars have a total of two batteries that power the vehicle and systems in the vehicle. There is the main battery which is powered by a motor, but there is also a 12-volt battery that controls headlights and radio like in a traditional fuel car.
When an electric car doesn’t start it could be the result of one or both of these batteries. It is possible to use another car to jump-start the 12-volt battery and the process is very similar to a gas car.
Be careful, the vehicle’s electric powered motor is powered by a high charge lithium-ion battery that cannot be jump-started. Steer clear of this one as the high charge could cause you serious harm, even death.
EVs are designed slightly differently so finding the 12-volt battery may prove a challenge. Refer to your car’s manual to help you locate it. Make sure the car is off and unplugged from a charger.
Once the correct battery is located and the cars are in position, follow the regular procedure to
jump-start your vehicle.
Only plug your car in when it turns on, and the jumper cables are disconnected. Failure to do so may result in serious harm. If this doesn’t work and your car does not turn on, contact roadside assistance and have your vehicle taken in on a flatbed truck and not towed as this can cause damage.
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