Electric cars are the future – in fact, many top manufacturers, like Ford, claim that all their cars sold in Europe will be electric by 2030. It’s much more than just a fad, this is a revolution the likes of which we haven’t seen since the first mass-production car was introduced. With the UK government introducing schemes to encourage people to go electric, the chances are you’ll be looking for an EV in the not so distant future.
Buying an EV presents significantly different concerns from buying a regular car with an engine. We’ve spoken about these before, but today’s post will focus on the battery inside the car. There are many things to know about the lithium-ion batteries in EVs, and this guide will explain all:
The battery range
Firstly, you want to know how far you can drive on a single charge. The further you can go, the better. Ideally, you want an electric vehicle that can comfortably get you to work every day without needing to be charged. If it can get you home again on the same charge, you’ve got a winner.
The battery warranty & lifespan
EV batteries are typically good to last anywhere between 10-20 years if you take good care of your car. However, most manufacturers will offer warranties that are significantly less than the 20-year lifespan. It’s your job to find a car that offers a great warranty, letting you repair or replace your battery for free during this period. It all depends on the manufacturer, but MG is known for having great warranties. Speak to your local MG dealer for more info, but you’re typically looking at a 7-year warranty at least, which is one of the best in the industry.
Where will you be able to charge your vehicle? Obviously, you will need to install a charging point at home, so factor the cost of this into your calculations when buying a car. Additionally, you need to know where your local charging points are to recharge your battery on the move. Does your workplace have charging points for EVs? You can usually find some in car parks and supermarkets, and a few petrol stations are installing them as well. Be sure that you have a good charging network near you to guarantee you can charge the car whenever the battery is low.
If you are buying a used EV, you need to check if it has a battery lease or not. When electric cars were first introduced, many manufacturers sold them with battery leasing attached. Effectively, it meant the cost of the car was cheaper, but you had to pay for the battery every month. This could be a £50 charge, and some used EVs might have a battery lease attached to them. Realistically, you don’t want to buy a car like this as it’s an added expense for no reason. Modern EVs have better technology that makes the batteries more affordable, negating the need to lease.
In general, an EV battery will last for as long as a typical car engine. If anything, they can last for longer when taken care of. The key concerns revolve around range, lifespan, charging and leasing. Hopefully, this guide has explained all!