REVEALED: Used electric car batteries – do I need to worry? | Electrifying

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At we know that buying a used electric car can seem daunting. We surveyed 11,000 drivers  and two thirds of the people we surveyed told us they had concerns and worries about one main thing – the battery 

So in this video I’m going to put your mind at rest and tell you everything you need to know about the largest and most important part of a used electric car – and explain why you really don’t need to worry.

It’s understandable that car buyers are concerned about the battery on a used electric car degrading over time. After all, we’re used to the power capacity of our gadgets shrinking over time, sometimes to the extent that you need to replace the battery to get you through the day.

Firstly, the batteries in an electric car are very different to what you’d find in a phone. Sure, they are made of the same stuff, but a car’s battery is designed to last the lifetime of the car and is exceptionally well protected and engineered to prolong their life.

When the new generation of electric cars appeared around a decade ago, there were rumours that the powerpacks would need replacing after three years or so, and would cost thousands to replace. But of course that turned out not to be true – there will be some degradation, but it should take many years before it starts to have an impact on how far your car can take you.

The current crop of electric car batteries lose around 5% of their capacity every 100,000 miles, and experience with very early electric cars suggests that a well looked after battery will be good for 300,000 miles. As a result, most come with extremely long warranties – up to 10 years in some cases.

Join Nicola as she delves into the world of used electric car batteries and explains why you really don’t need to worry about buying a used electric car.

Have you bought a used electric car? Were you worried before you did? As always, we love to hear what you think, so please let us know in the comments below.


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