The Lifespan of Electric & Hybrid Batteries is further than you think.
As more electric vehicles fill coveted dealership spots, make their way to customer’s homes and hit the roads, one of the most pressing questions regarding this new automotive technology is: “How long do electric car batteries really last?” Still, a decade later, this question is relevant today. When hybrid cars began to experience hockey stick growth, a commonly asked question was “How long do Prius batteries last?”
At the time, the Toyota Prius was emerging as the most popular hybrid vehicle model, and is credited for bringing hybrid electric cars mainstream. Back then, a hybrid vehicle’s battery life wasn’t nearly as good as it is today, and many hybrids would lose much of their battery’s capacity after about 100,000 miles of driving. This is because battery chemistry and cell packing technology has dramatically improved in electric vehicles. For example, the Toyota Prius, now uses lithium-ion batteries, which are a step up from the Nickel Metal Hydride batteries they had when the Prius was initially available. The typical hybrid battery lifespan is now nearly double. Bloomberg New Energy Finance recently found that the volume-weighted average price of a lithium-ion battery pack is $176/kWh and the price has fallen 85% in real terms since 2010 due to technology improvements resulting in higher energy density at the cathode material, cell and pack level.
Still, first time EV owners want to know specifics about electric car battery life and the variation. Many Tesla owners have reported over 160,000 miles on their original batteries without problems, and similar reports have come from customers of BMW electric cars. More specifically, the Tesla owner survey included 350 EV drivers, which experienced a 5% reduction in total battery capacity after 50,000 miles, but maintained more capacity after that and are expected to still have 90% capacity after around 185,000 miles, and 80 percent capacity after 500,000 miles. According to United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, the average American driver logs 13,476 miles per year, which means if you’re like most drivers, you could have your Tesla batteries for over 20 years.
Furthermore, most electric car manufacturers offer very robust 100,000-mile warranties on the high-voltage battery systems in the cars, which is longer than the warranties offered on the other components of the vehicle, so they obviously have a high degree of confidence in EV battery life. As with any new technology, questions and concerns are expected. What do you think about EV battery life? How has your experience been? Share your story by contacting us.
The batteries used in modern hybrids or EVs are high quality, automotive-grade, and are developed with the purpose of powering the vehicle for many years. The manufacturers wouldn’t offer such long, robust warranties if they weren’t certain about the longevity of the battery.In July, Tesloop’s original Model S 90D, dubbed eHawk, has surpassed 400,000 miles making it the Tesla with the highest reported mileage in the world. The vehicle has been in service driving city to city in Southern California and Nevada since July 2015 and has transported thousands passengers driven by hundreds of Pilots (Tesloop drivers).” So, if you’re considering buying an electric car or a plug-in hybrid electric car, don’t worry about the battery lifespan. Pick the car that you like the most. Then plug in and enjoy the ride!