A recent study conducted by Recurrent Motors Inc., a battery analysis company based in Seattle, has revealed that electric vehicle (EV) batteries are highly reliable and long-lasting. The research utilized real-world data from 15,000 EVs of different makes and models across the United States. By accessing the vehicles’ connectivity systems, Recurrent Motors gathered multiple battery readings on a daily basis, including charging activity, battery level, and estimated range.
The findings of the study showed that the majority of EVs driven close to 100,000 miles still retained at least 90 percent of their original range. This data suggests that EV batteries can outlast the lifespan of the vehicles themselves. Liz Najman, the researcher and marketing manager at Recurrent Motors, expressed surprise at how well the batteries are holding up and how infrequently they need to be replaced.
Although individual vehicles may vary, Recurrent Motors emphasized that their data is continuously evolving. This is primarily because a significant portion of EVs on the road in the U.S. are relatively new, with nearly 30 percent of them being sold just last year. The majority of the remaining vehicles are less than six years old.
The cost of replacing an EV battery can range from $5,000 to $22,000, making it an expensive endeavor. However, the study showed that outside of official recalls, only 1.5 percent of vehicles had their batteries replaced. This positive data is expected to alleviate concerns and encourage more people to switch to EVs, including used ones.
In addition to the cost aspect, EVs also contribute to reducing heat-trapping air pollution since they produce no exhaust. Passenger cars worldwide generate approximately 3.3 billion tons of carbon pollution each year, making transportation the largest contributor to this issue. By addressing concerns about battery longevity, companies like Recurrent Motors aim to increase the adoption of EVs, which can have a positive impact on the planet.
“I don’t think I’m alone in the assumption that modern EV batteries should outlast the cars themselves,” stated Liz Najman.
Source: The Globe and Mail (No URL provided)