Good news: owners of electric cars rarely have to change the battery

Good news: owners of electric cars rarely have to change the battery

According to a study conducted by Recurrent Auto, very few electric vehicles would have needed to change the battery. Good news for those who feared spending thousands of euros in the event of a technical problem.

Since the arrival of electric vehicles on the automotive market, a question has constantly come up on the lips of potential buyers: how long will the battery last? An important question, when we know that the cost of replacing a battery in an electric car amounts to several thousand euros, depending on the manufacturers.

But if we rely on the data provided by Recurrent Auto and reported by Inside EVs, very few owners of electric vehicles have had to replace the battery. According to the study carried out on more than 15,000 electric vehicles, only 1.5% of them underwent a battery change, without taking into account the recalls of the brands for potential manufacturing defects.

Tesla, battery conservation champion

According to data collected by Recurrent Auto, Chevrolet Bolt EV and Hyundai Kona Electric owners are the least fortunate: they are the two tracked vehicles that have had the most battery replacements, with 34% and 25% respectively. of replacements. Note that these two vehicles have however experienced recalls from their respective brands in order to proceed to an official replacement. On the other hand, Tesla enthusiasts will be delighted to learn that their vehicles are among those that have undergone the fewest battery changes among the vehicles analyzed by Recurrent Auto. At the bottom of the ranking, we therefore find the Tesla Model Y, the Tesla Model 3, but also the Audi e-tron.

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Battery replacement frequency // Source: Recurrent Auto
Battery replacement frequency // Source: Recurrent Auto

Regarding the almost zero replacement rate of the Tesla Model Y, it should be noted that this model of the brand of Elon Musk has only been available for 3 years on the automotive market.

Extending the life of your battery is possible

The study conducted by Recurrent Auto, dated March 27, 2023, also mentions the percentage of electric car batteries replaced, by year. According to the data, this is a declining figure over time. Two spikes were noted, in 2017 and 2019, which match the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Hyundai Kona Electric recalls. Liz Najman, the researcher behind this study also dwells on battery life and its degradation.

The percentage of batteries replaced per year // Source: Recurrent Auto
The percentage of batteries replaced per year // Source: Recurrent Auto

Depending on the brands and vehicles, the battery will experience (or not) a gradual degradation. For example, Tesla’s Model S, with a 100 kWh battery, will see more degradation over time, while its versions with a smaller battery will experience less degradation.

Other more recent vehicles, like the Hyundai Ioniq 5, see their degradation curve maintain over time.

The battery degradation curve stabilizes // Source: Recurrent Auto
The battery degradation curve stabilizes // Source: Recurrent Auto

Finally, the study concludes with some advice to extend the life of electric batteries, such as avoiding using fast charging daily, or avoiding exposing your vehicle to heat (or cold) for too long. Basic advice, but which can save you thousands of dollars in the long term.

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