How long can you keep your electric car? Auto-Moto has tried to answer this question and gives you its answer.
When buying a car, we generally want to keep it as long as possible, whether it is gasoline, diesel or electric. But if it is relatively easy to assess the lifespan of the first two categories, it is on the other hand a little more difficult for the third, while the zero-emission models are more recent. But as this engine takes up more and more space on the market, it is still interesting to know what to expect, and to have a small idea of the maximum mileage that your electric car will be able to cover. But as for a thermal vehicle, there is no absolute value, since it then depends on several criteria, which differ from a gasoline or diesel car. Auto-Moto helps you to see a little more clearly and to better anticipate the lifespan of your car, which depends mainly on the state of the battery.
However, you should know that unlike a thermal vehicle, the mileage has no direct impact on the latter, although it plays an indirect way. In fact, it is above all the charge cycles and discharge that count, obviously induced by the frequency of use of the car and the type of driving. On average, a battery can achieve 1,000 to 1,500 cycles, or about 10 to 15 years, which corresponds to 200 to 500,000 kilometers on average. Of course, these figures are only valid if the car has been used under normal conditions, up to around 20,000 kilometers per year. Of course, the electric motor also has a limited lifespan. But with daily use between 30 and 40 kilometers, it can then reach fifty years, which is equivalent to several thousand kilometers. But the lifespan of an electric car actually depends on many criteria, such as the model and the make, the frequency of use or the way of driving.
How to extend the life of your electric car?
Once we know that thebattery status has a direct impact on the lifespan of an electric vehicle, some precautions should be taken to preserve it. And one of the best ways is to take the right steps when it comes to charging. Indeed, contrary to what one might think, it is not recommended to fully charge the battery, nor to let it discharge completely, at least not all the time. The ideal is indeed to keep a level between 20 and 80%, and to let it go from 100 to 0% only once a year. In addition, if possible, avoid rapid charges, which are very harmful to the battery. In order to limit the number of charges, also remember to adopt the right gestureseco driving, avoiding sudden acceleration and favoring a smooth ride. Make the most of your car’s engine braking, and anticipate slowing down and braking. You should also know that not all brands are created equal, some being more reliable than others, such as for conventional combustion vehicles.
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