Surprising Study Finds Electric Vehicle Batteries Outlast Cars, Boosting EV Confidence

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New research suggests that electric vehicle (EV) batteries are more reliable and longer-lasting than previously believed. A study conducted by Recurrent Motors Inc., a battery analysis company based in Seattle, found that EV batteries tend to outlast the vehicles they power. The study analyzed real-world data from 15,000 EVs of different makes and models in the U.S., monitoring battery health through connectivity systems.

Key findings from the study include:

  1. Most EVs driven close to 100,000 miles still retain at least 90% of their original range.

  2. The data indicates that EV batteries are more durable and have a longer lifespan than expected.

  3. Only a small percentage (1.5%) of EVs had their batteries replaced outside of official recalls.

The study’s positive results regarding EV battery longevity are significant because the cost of replacing an EV battery can range from $5,000 to $22,000, making it a substantial concern for potential buyers, especially for used EVs beyond their warranty period.

This promising data is expected to alleviate concerns about EV battery life and encourage more people to switch to EVs, including purchasing used ones. The transportation sector is a major contributor to heat-trapping gases, and EVs, with their reduced emissions, offer an environmentally friendly alternative. By addressing battery longevity concerns, such research could contribute to a broader shift toward EV adoption.

Here is the study to read more.


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