Electric car batteries have come a long way over in last couple of years but still one of the biggest questions new or potential EV owners have is about how long the batteries will last this is also known as ‘range anxiety.’
The range of electric cars varies by make and model, so it’s important to check the vehicles specifications. However, a motorists in today’s time can generally expect to travel between 150 (240 kms) to 250 miles (400 kms) in a modern EV before they would need to be recharged.
Owners of electric vehicles can expect larger ranges in the summer because lithium-ion batteries are very temperature sensitive and can become sluggish when the mercury drops meaning the ambient temperature can affect the range of EVs drastically.
Electric vehicles often include energy-saving features to help prolong the battery’s charge.
One example of this is ‘idling’, which is when the car switches off to avoid wasting energy.
Another is ‘regenerative braking’, which means the battery charges when the brakes are used.
Don’t rely on fast chargers – they’re fine to use when needed, but a slow charge is better for your battery in the long term and avoid charging your car straight after a long drive – give the batteries chance to cool down first.
The lifespan of an electric car battery varies depending on the manufacturer but most typically last for at least 10 years.
Reference- TopGear, Autocar, InsideEvs, Electrek, Statista, BloombergNEF