EV Lifespan: Are they as durable as gasoline cars?

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Modern battery electric vehicles (EVs) face the same criticisms as the gasoline and diesel engines that were once new technologies and dismissed by horse-driven people. Electric vehicles will be on the roads for as long as diesel and gasoline vehicles. Yes, and automakers have already begun to deliver.

Myth Busted: EVs and Gasoline Cars are not infallible

The average car and truck lifespan has increased since the beginning of automobile production. Despite some exceptions like Matt Farah’s million-mile 1996 Lexus LS400 and Irv Gordon’s 3.2-million mile 1966 Volvo P1800S, the average car’s life expectancy is increasing. The average American car was only 5.5 years old in 1977. He was 8.4 years old in 1995. In 2020, it will reach 11.9 years.

This speaks volumes about the driver’s expectations today and the technological advances made to meet them. People want cars that last. They expect cars that are either electric or gasoline-powered to last for years.

However, the way a vehicle is driven and maintained can have a major impact on its lifespan. This holds true regardless of how well-built it might be. However, if a vehicle is driven in a dangerous manner, overloaded, corrupted, or neglected, it will be destroyed before it reaches its prime. Vehicles that are well maintained can last for at least 150,000 miles.

Although no vehicle is perfect, there are certain things that can help EVs live longer.

EV Key Component Life Expectancy

There are many components that can be used to help you decide whether to buy an electric or conventional vehicle. These are some similarities between the two types:

  • Depending on the environment, modern vehicle frames and bodies can last for many years.
  • The lifespan of electrical systems such as radios, navigation systems, and power windows is generally greater than 10 years.
  • The average life expectancy of suspension and steering components is 6-10 years.
  • Depending on how you drive and the maintenance of your tires, they can last between 4 and 5 years.
  • Depending on the environment, cabin filters and wipers are usually replaced every 6-12 months.
  • The 12-V battery also lasts 5 to 7 years, depending on how you drive.
  • Brake hydraulics are identical to callipers, and typically require service every two years.

However, there are significant differences between electric and conventional vehicles. Modern powertrains can last for decades if maintained properly, but electric motors and batteries are often overlooked due to the high cost of vital components such as batteries.

Nevertheless, the major components of electric vehicles are at least as efficient as their gasoline-burning counterparts.

Motor

An electric motor typically has one moving part, compared to many hundred in an engine. Coolant needs for electric motors are limited to once every 100,000 miles. Regular oil changes and air filters are required for engines. Both engines and motors are known to last up to 20 years.

Transmission

 

Electric vehicles don’t usually have a transmission. They typically only have a single gear reduction. This makes them the clear winner in terms of transmission lifetime. Modern vehicles have manual and automatic transmissions that last up to 15 years. They require fluid service at least once every 100,000 miles.

BatterTesla S Model batteries are made up of modules that can be linked together to create a Tesla S Model.

Tesla

Although they are expensive lithium-ion batteries last a long while. The average EV battery lasts for about 200,000 miles. This is almost 20 years. Tesla is rumoured to be working on an EV battery capable of lasting 1,000,000 miles. This would surpass the current average vehicle’s 11.9 year lifespan. Major EV manufacturers report that there have been few battery replacements over the past decade.

Brakes Services are a great example. 

 

The hydraulic brake system in electric vehicles is not as used because they use regenerative brakes to slow down the vehicle. Conventional vehicle brakes can last between 25,000 and 65,000 miles depending on the vehicle and driver habits. However, hybrid and electric vehicle pads and rotors are known for lasting longer. Many hybrid and electric vehicle owners have reported brakes that last over 100,000 miles.

Maintaining an EV is important!

Because electric vehicles have simpler powertrains, they require less maintenance. This makes them more important. The life expectancy of your electric vehicle is directly affected by how you drive it, charge it, and maintain it. Two key areas are worth focusing on.

Cooling System Inspections

It is essential to maintain your cooling system. For the longest battery life, combine passive and active heating with cooling to keep it around 70 degrees F. You should pay attention to the maintenance of your cooling system, such as replacing coolant and air filters.

Battery Charging Methods

It is important to follow good charging practices. The battery management system (BMS), which manages the charge rate to protect the battery’s life, can be aided by charging only with Level 2 chargers. While you can use Level 3 charging stations for trips, regular usage of these chargers with high power will affect the battery’s life.

The EV life expectancy is at least equal to that of gas cars

Both electric and conventional vehicles have seen technological advancements in the past decade that make them more durable. Both should last at most a decade if you are responsible about driving and follow good maintenance habits.

The desire to see EVs last a long time seems to be reflected in the confidence of the government and automakers. Federal regulations now require automakers to cover major components like the battery or electric motor for eight years, or 100,000 miles. California, however, extends this to 10 years, or 150,000 miles. This is to encourage confidence in EVs. Some EV manufacturers offer a lifetime guarantee which is almost unheard-of in traditional vehicle warranties.

It’s important to know that you can select any vehicle you like when shopping for a new car. As electric vehicles become more affordable and more readily available, it will be riskier to not choose one.

 

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