Do EVs Last? Buckle Up and Explore EV Reliability
It’s no secret that electric vehicles have soared in popularity. With revolutionary manufacturers like Tesla changing the game, EV shave become more feasible for daily drivers. From rugged off-road brands like Ford to the luxurious Porsche, more manufacturers are offering electric vehicles in their lineup.
So, as the hype toward EVs continues to rise, what does this mean for consumers? Keep on reading as we deep-dive into EV reliability, and see what the future has in store for these battery-powered rides.
How Do EVs Work?
For starters, it’s imperative to know how EVs work compared to a traditional car. Your usual, run-of-the-mill vehicle has an internal combustion engine. These engines utilize oil for lubrication and require routine maintenance to keep running smoothly.
EVs utilize large battery packs that power the vehicle, alongside an electric motor. Instead of fueling up at the gas station, EVs can plug into standard outlets and charge up for your next journey ahead.
More differences between EVs and traditional vehicles include:
· Maintenance ease: EVs usually need fewer stops at the repair shop.
· Noise: EVs may drive silently due to the lack of engine.
· Torque: EVs produce torque from the get-go, while traditional vehicles need to pick up speed to produce maximum torque.
Are EVs Reliable?
Whether you’re an EV enthusiast or are just beginning your research, EV reliability is a big-ticket question. The good news is: You’ll never see the dreaded check engine light when you start up your EV. With no issues coming from the engine, oils, fluids, or belts, EVs are straightforward in their maintenance.
The battery is the soul of the EV. It’s the main source of power and needs to run well for the EV to drive. Every battery has a charge cycle, but luckily for EV batteries, you can expect them to last between 10 to 20 years.
How do drivers feel about their EVs? In data provided by Consumer Reports, 76% of EV owners with models from 2019 or later are satisfied with their vehicles. Though this data only accounts for the last three years of models, it is promising for the future of EV reliability and consumer satisfaction.
What Are the Risks of Driving an EV?
As with any vehicle, there are risks. Since EVs are composed of innovative technology, there are unique quirks that can arise. For example, EVs are more likely to have software issues compared to traditional vehicles where most maintenance issues are mechanical.
EVs are large, complex computers that have many moving parts. That’s why it’s always a good idea to do your research on EV-exclusive protection plans and talk to your dealership about vehicle service agreements and limited warranties. With that extra protection, you can drive with peace of mind.
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