Do electric cars last longer?

Next month, I start my new job as an insurance agent. I’ll be driving all over the city looking for clients, so I’m hoping to buy a car that will be able to handle all that extra mileage. Do electric vehicles have a longer lifespan?

Samuel Todd · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
No doubt, it can be stressful to watch those miles pile up on a brand new car. But congratulations on your new job!
Generally speaking, electric cars last longer than their gas counterparts (and require less maintenance, too!). So picking up a sleek new electric vehicle (EV) might be your best bet.
To help with your decision, consider the following about gas cars vs. electric cars.
Most gas cars get between 150,000 and 200,000 miles before they call it quits. A faulty engine and lack of maintenance are the main reasons that a gas car will give out.
With so many moving parts—from the combustion engine to the gearbox—wear and tear starts to pile up, and it’s only a matter of time before there’s a major breakdown.
Electric cars, on the other hand, can last well over 200,000 miles. The two biggest limiting factors for an EV’s lifespan are the car battery and electric motor. The motor is the least of your concerns—it’s estimated to last over 400,000 miles! So, it all comes down to the car battery.
Most car batteries last around 200,000 miles—the top end of the lifespan for a gas car. But, with proper charging habits and improvements in battery technology, the newest batteries are capable of lasting 300,000-plus miles.
And because they have fewer moving parts, EVs require less maintenance (no fuel filters, oil changes, or spark plug replacements, among other things). All in all, it’s easier to keep your electric car on the road longer, making it a great vehicle for a job that requires lots of driving.
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