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Used Electric Cars & concerns over battery health

Evaluating a used electric car is very different from that of its gas-powered counterpart.

Electric cars are slowly gaining popularity and acceptance across different markets. Sales of electric vehicles have also been on the rise, with many carmakers slowly introducing multiple products in the segment.

With the number of electric vehicles on offer, it isn’t surprising to see that these vehicles are also finding their way into the used car market. However, evaluating a used electric car is very different from that of its gas-powered counterpart.

This is because the main component which needs to be evaluated in an electric vehicle is its batteries. However, there is currently no way for customers to do that.

Lithium-ion batteries in cars, similar to those in smartphones or other electronic appliances, tend to lose their capability of holding their charge, after being used over a period of time.

While high-end electric vehicles such as the Tesla models do manage to hold their health very well. They make use of advanced technologies, which is also one of the reasons for their premium price tags. However, this is not true for the mass market EVs, which cut costs and may not be as technically advanced as a Tesla.

According to a report, the Tesla Model S and X are said to be capable of retaining over 80% of their capacity even after covering 200,000 miles. On the other hand, a cheaper EV such as a Nissan Leaf is said to be notorious for its battery degradation. This is because it misses out on a battery temperature management system, resulting in a rapid drop in its battery health.

Another problem is that electric vehicles are yet to become as common as gas-powered vehicles, especially in the used car market. This means that there is very little information for potential buyers to look back on.

According to the report, one possible method to get an approximation of an electric car's battery health is by checking the estimated range when it is charged to 100%.

Source: Vice.com

 
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