Currently the Automotive market is progressively shifting towards a form of electrification. Like all new technologies, maintenance costs are very important. Today we find out how much it costs to replace the electric batteries of electric cars and what needs to be done.
Electric cars are still few in the totality of the car landscape. All in all, more and more people are wondering how much it costs to eventually replace an electric battery. We all know how delicate a car is in the maintenance phase. Whatever the last car we had, we know very well how to maintain a car is expensive and important in economic terms.
A simple car service to replace the oil filter and any other small components, has a significant cost for an Italian family. A very correct reflection is in fact asking how much it costs to replace an electric car battery.
The latter are in fact the future of mobility, but currently they are still quite expensive in this respect.
First of all, we must say that every car manufacturer has a form of insurance and warranty for electric batteries when a car is sold.
Electric batteries are currently made of lithium-ion and are about to transform into solid-state batteries in the coming years.
Of course it depends a lot on the size of the battery. When we talk about size we mean a volumetric dimension, but also in the latter's ability to achieve a great form of mileage autonomy.
The cost of electric batteries varies depending on both the Brand, but also on the quality of the battery itself. Batteries are not all the same and also change depending on the technology that is connected to it.
The costs are very high and in some respects even exorbitant. To understand, we can talk about a Nissan Leaf whose cost is around € 8,500. If all this may seem high to you, we must consider that the most important cars in terms of size and amplitude of the battery, have very important costs of the latter. If we had purchased an electric version of the Golf, the replacement of the battery pack goes beyond € 20,000.
These figures are clearly very high and are hardly sustainable for a family. Clearly these prices also include labor and VAT included.
However, we must not equate the truly new technology of electric car batteries with the traditional batteries that diesel or pure petrol cars have for the initial starting point and for the operation of a whole series of other car components.
In diesel cars, the electric battery is used to keep the radio running and is not the same interior technology as the electric car battery. It is definitely much simpler, while that of electric batteries in electric cars is much more important.
For anyone who has currently purchased a Smart, the battery replacement price is around € 11,000 for the ForTwo. We are talking about a battery price that is almost half of it. And for those who need space and choose the ForFour, again the price is not cheap. There is always talk of 11 thousand euros, just like the compact of the house.
Other examples? The legendary Citroen C-ZERO has a cost of replacing the electric battery of about 20 thousand euros. An enormous figure compared to the value of the car, one of the first to be marketed in Italy and Europe.
We must say, however, that all in all the electric battery of an electric car is a large part of it. The starting point and the capacity for autonomy totally depend on it.
This is why the price is also all in all justified but clearly it is difficult to bear by people.
As for the procedures, basically everything is up to the automotive manufacturers. As we have said, during the purchase phase of an electric car, the vast majority of us received a guarantee of at least 8 or 10 years.
In this way, car manufacturers protect themselves from customers and the latter are protected in everyday life. We must therefore not worry and we must not think that we have to spend this money.
Very serious cases of a private individual who has to replace the battery are rare and can be counted on the palm of one hand throughout Italy.
For those who want to approach the world of sustainable mobility, however, remember that an electric car is not maintenance-free! Not having a thermal engine does not mean not having to subject the car to routine maintenance. Think for example of the controls for the shock absorbers, brakes, tires, wishbones and other components that are indispensable for the ordinary use of a car.
Making a direct comparison between traditional cars and electric cars, the latter are decidedly cheaper with an average saving of around 40-45% depending on the model, as far as maintenance is concerned.
A maintenance that, however, must be done every year, in the vast majority of cases of electric cars. To keep the entire system efficient, individual car manufacturers ask owners to keep the focus on controls.
Always being within a "new" technology, even the individual car manufacturers are careful to improve the batteries more and more. We also remind you that the current batteries will be progressively replaced by solid state batteries, which should be widespread starting around 2024/2025. It will be a real revolution in terms of autonomy and charging speed.
Returning to the world of hybrids, in terms of the number of hours required to carry out maintenance between thermal vehicles (petrol or diesel) and hybrids, there are no substantial differences. Much depends, in this case also on the number of references that the automotive company makes of the single car. For example, if we take the small Yaris, between hybrid and traditional, after 15,000 km traveled the cost is always around 200 euros per year, and the same also applies to the Lexus NX which has a cost similar to its own direct competitor as it can be a thermal Mercedes medium suv. Suzuki swift? Also in this case there are no substantial differences between hybrid and petrol. To conclude the comparison, even between gasoline and electric Golf, there are no important differences for maintenance.
And Tesla? Being a premium car in all respects, it has premium car costs for maintenance. The Californian company no longer obliges its customers to carry out checks every year ... but it must be said that those who buy a Tesla can also afford to spend on maintenance that is optimal for excellent driving pleasure.
Why choose hybrids or electric then? Not to save on maintenance!