Choosing an EV

Batteries and reliability

Batteries are a major part of an electric car, and something that we know drivers worry about. However, the technology used is very different from that found in your mobile phone. Evidence so far points to batteries not being an issue for electric car owners.

On and on and on…

A report by Fleet News in 2017 shows that the major leasing company have experienced no battery failures among the electric vehicles on their fleets. What’s more, C&C Taxis, a 100% pure electric taxi fleet based in Cornwall, recently retired its second-generation Nissan LEAF after an incredible 174,000 miles. In the USA, ‘Plug-in America’ owner surveys also suggest that the Nissan LEAF is performing well.

Performance Guarantees

Thankfully, the cells in electric car batteries don’t deteriorate at the same rate as those in mobile phones or laptops. But they do still degrade very gradually over time. Nevertheless, the electric vehicle manufacturers’ are so confident in the ongoing performance of their cars, that they guarantee the batteries will maintain a specified level of charge over the years:

Manufacturer Battery Guarantee

  • Audi – 8 years / 100,000 miles
  • BMW – 8 years / 100,000 miles
  • Hyundai – 8 years / 125,000 miles
  • Kia – 7 years / 100,000 miles
  • Nissan – up to 8 years / 100,000 miles
  • Renault – 5 years / 100,000 miles
  • Toyota – 5 years / 100,000 miles
  • VW – 8 years / 99,360 miles

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