If I buy an electric car, will I have to replace my battery in 5 years?

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I am thinking of buying a low kilometer Nissan Leaf and am wondering how long the battery is expected to last.

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A valid question, and one that we can typically answer straight away. The answer is no, or it is extremely unlikely. The current prediction is your battery will last at least 10 years and perhaps even up to 20 years before needing replacement.

Battery performance has massively outperformed public predictions since the introduction of mass produced electric cars.

The Industry experience so far:

The Nissan Leaf came out in 2011/2012. It is the most popular electric car in the world with over 250,000 sold.

Early Nissan Leafs are over 6 years old, and many are still showing great battery health. There are early Nissan Leafs operating in England with over 150,000 miles. A well looked after vehicle with 100,000 miles on it will normally have only lost 5 or 10% of its capacity. And this is all on the old battery technology. Every new generation of EV brings with it new and improved battery packs.

We can safely say that EV batteries are not a disposable item, and will outlive a typical combustion engine car.

ANSWER SOURCE:  Drive Green UK

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