A recent study tells us that you probably won’t need to replace the battery in your electric car very often. Most of the time, this only happens when the car is still under warranty. The study was done by a company called Recurrent Motors which gives reports on the health of electric car batteries and how far they can go on a single charge, especially for used electric cars.
What the Study Discovered
From looking at data from 15,000 electric cars, the study found that only a tiny number about 1.5%, had their batteries replaced when it wasn’t due to a recall. What’s interesting is that batteries don’t wear out at the same speed throughout their life. They tend to wear out faster in the first few years of a car’s life and then slow down as the car gets older.
Why Battery Replacement Matters
If you’re an electric car owner, replacing the battery can be a big deal. New batteries can be quite expensive costing anywhere from $5,000 to $22,000 and for luxury brands like Jaguar, it can even go up to $100,000. Car companies say that these batteries should last about 20 years but we didn’t have much data on how they age. So far, it seems they last much longer than we thought because very few of them need replacing even after the warranty period ends.
What the Experts Say
According to Andy Gaberson, the Head of Marketing at Recurrent, electric car batteries are lasting longer than expected because of advanced battery management systems and educated early adopters who know how to take care of their batteries.
Edward Sanchez, a senior analyst at TechInsights, says that modern electric car batteries are designed to last as long as the average car, which is about 150,000 miles. Some of them last even longer.
What the Auto Industry Is Doing
Car companies are starting to realize that cars are staying on the road for a lot longer sometimes more than a decade and they’re being driven for more miles. They want the battery to last as long as the rest of the car to avoid expensive replacements.
How to Make Your Battery Last Longer
To make sure your electric car battery lasts as long as your vehicle avoid using fast chargers too often. Fast charging can wear the battery out faster, similar to how your smartphone’s battery ages if you always charge it quickly.
It’s better to use slower chargers because they are gentler on the battery. Charging your battery is a physical process that involves moving lithium ions and electrons around in the cells. Faster charging puts more force on this process causing more wear and tear on the battery materials. Fast charging also generates a lot of heat which isn’t great for the battery’s lifespan.
Beware of Heat
Batteries don’t like extreme heat. It’s a good idea not to let your battery go below 10% capacity or charge it beyond 100% to prevent damage and the formation of dendrites which can cause problems in the battery.
Why Electric Car Batteries Are Different
The batteries in electric cars are not the same as those in phones or laptops. The ones in our gadgets only last a few years but electric car batteries can power a car for 150,000 miles and still work well. One big difference is that electric cars have systems to control the battery’s temperature whereas phones and laptops do not.
Reducing Environmental Impact
As electric car batteries get older, they can lose some of their capacity which means the car can’t go as far on a single charge. But there’s good news when it comes to the environment. Some companies are working on recycling and reusing materials from used electric car batteries. This helps us avoid a big waste problem.
To put it simply, electric car batteries can last much longer than we first thought. They can keep electric vehicles on the road for a very long time with some care and attention which is great for the environment and our wallets.