EV Myth: EV Batteries Don't Last

March 17, 2024

EV batteries

One of the most common misconceptions surrounding electric vehicles (EVs) is the belief that their batteries don’t last. However, this notion couldn’t be further from the truth.

Contrary to popular belief, the lithium-ion batteries used in EVs differ significantly from those in everyday devices like smartphones. In fact, most car manufacturers now offer impressive eight-year, 100,000-mile battery warranties on EVs, surpassing the coverage typically provided for internal combustion engine vehicles.

Recent studies further reinforce the durability of EV batteries. A comprehensive analysis conducted by Seattle-based battery experts, Recurrent Motors, revealed that a mere 1.5% of EV batteries studied had required replacement under warranty. Additionally, Tesla’s Impact Report for 2022 showcased that the battery degradation on their older S and X models, even after 200,000 miles, was a just 12%.

Real-world examples also speak volumes about the longevity of EV batteries. Cleevely EV Mobile, an esteemed electric car repairer in the UK, frequently showcases high-mileage EVs on their social media platforms. Remarkably, vehicles like the Tesla Model 3 taxi with 300,000 miles and a Model S with 290,000 miles still boast over 80% battery capacity.

Importantly, there is currently no data available to indicate persistent, premature, or unexpected failures of EV batteries. Industry experts widely acknowledge that EV batteries typically outlast the chassis of the vehicle itself. And when an EV battery does reach the end of its usefulness in the vehicle, it can be repurposed or recycled.


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