How many electric car batteries are replaced each year?

Electric car batteries can last over 20 years, so do owners really need to worry that much about replacing them? And how many electric car batteries are replaced each year?

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Answer provided by
Jason Crosby
Answered on Apr 14, 2022
This is a tricky question to answer, since electric car batteries last so long. But each year, 100 million car batteries are replaced, and considering that only 1-3% of cars on our country’s highways are electric, it’s presumed that 1-3 million electric car batteries are replaced every year. After the old batteries are removed from the car, many are recycled or are used to store renewable energy sources from solar or wind power.
Federal regulation in the U.S. also mandates that electric car batteries be covered under the manufacturer’s warranty for at least 8 years, but most EV batteries last nearly 20 years on average. This means that they aren’t being replaced on a yearly basis.
In addition, the price for an electric car’s battery can cost somewhere between $5,000-15,000, similar to having a transmission replaced in a standard vehicle. The best way to ensure that your battery lasts as long as possible is to avoid exposing your EV to extreme temperatures, and to keep Level 3 fast-charging to the absolute minimum, even if it seems convenient.
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