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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-16-2017, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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Total Battery Drain if car isn't used?

On Cobb County Kia, I read the following review and I wonder if anyone has any more information to clarify or deny the claims in this review? Is it true that there's a minimum drive time required just to make the car work?? What if I go on vacation and my car is sitting in my garage for a week or two? Would it be dead when I return? What then? If this is true, my heart breaks, because the deal breaks.

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On 2/27/17 I bought a KIA Niro Touring. On 3/6/17 it wouldn't start and needed to be towed. Kia service told me the car was normal but I needed to drive it more to keep the battery charged. This does not seem to be a problem with my particular vehicle, rather a design choice KIA made. I use the car daily for my work commute, errands, etc. though apparently this usage is not adequate to have a reliable operating vehicle. Kia does not inform the public the vehicle will not operate unless it has a minimum daily usage time. I bought the car assuming I could use it like any car. As much as I like the idea of an eco-friendly vehicle, I take exception to the concept that it must be driven extra time than my needs dictate to keep the battery charged. The service provider suggested I keep the engine running for 20-40 minutes but can just leave the car locked because of the smart key. This does not sound smart to me. I spoke directly with Kia Motors regarding my situation and they stand by their vehicle saying it is normal and the only problem is I am not driving it enough to keep the battery charged. They advised me to drive more. I would not like others to find themselves in my unfortunate situation. Please be mindful before making a purchase.
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HA! Nevermind! Same person posts here, apparently! (Can't post a link to the thread, but trust me, this is a duplicate.)
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post #3 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-17-2017, 09:22 AM
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Minimum drive time

I sure hope all this talk about minimum driving needed to keep the battery charged isn't true for the Niro. I just traded in a 4 year old C-Max on the Niro. The C-Max spent numerous 20-26 day "vacations" at an airport parking lot. After returning, the car started with no problem.
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post #4 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-17-2017, 12:59 PM
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That's what I don't get. It really doesn't make sense. I have a 2002 honda civic sitting on my driveway literally doing nothing. I can't remember the last time I drove that thing. But leave it for 2 weeks, get in there, and it'll start right up with no issues. Leave it on for like 15 minutes and put her back down.

A new car should not have these issues.
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post #5 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-29-2017, 10:27 AM
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After sitting untouched for two weeks, mine showed no discernible decrease in battery charge.
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There is a battery drain cut off that will prevent the battery from being drained to a point that it will not start. If that happens there is a battery reset switch which activates the battery so that the car can be started and bring the battery back to an acceptable point of charge.
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post #7 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-29-2017, 01:59 PM
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I will point to page H14 of the 2017 Niro Owners Manual that states " If you park the vehicle for a long time, the hybrid system will discharge. You need to drive the vehicle several times per month to maintain a charge.
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post #8 of 22 (permalink) Old 04-22-2017, 06:54 PM
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I just saw this post on a UK Niro forum - " As soon as you turn the ignition on, the LiJon-battery charges the 12V-battery if it needs it. This happens even if the car is stationary and the petrol engine is off.

The American version of Niro has a button to boost the 12V-battery if itīs too week to run the starting procedures and that charge comes from the LiJon-battery - without the petrol engine running. "
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post #9 of 22 (permalink) Old 04-23-2017, 06:21 PM
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But it shouldn't completely discharge if you let it sit for a week or two. If worse comes to worse, give your keys to a trusted family member and ask them to drive it now and then.
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After sitting untouched for two weeks, mine showed no discernible decrease in battery charge.
After sitting untouched for another period (this time five weeks), no discernible decrease in charge.
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