Electric cars are a new and popular type of vehicle that is taking over the transportation industry. They have been around for years, but they have recently become more mainstream with many different companies releasing their own models.   

One thing you may not know about electric cars is how long do electric car batteries last? This article will explore this question in depth so you can decide if an electric car is right for you.    

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What are the components of electric car batteries?

The majority are made of lithium-ion and function similarly to the batteries found in household goods, cellular phones, and laptop computers. Lithium-ion batteries are small, light, and can be recharged, which makes them suitable for use in a car.

However, just like our mobile devices, their power capacity will deteriorate over time. Around 80% of the initial capacity remaining after eight years of continuous usage. 

To overcome range anxiety, handle an electric car the same way you would a gasoline automobile. The only difference is that the fuel flows from a socket instead of a pump. As a result, to prevent any unwanted power shortages, regular charging is essential.

Knowing the range of your electric vehicle

Understanding an electric car’s range is important. This refers to the amount of time it can go without recharging and is critical for keeping it charged and ready to go.

Electric car ranges differ by manufacturer and model, as they do with anything powered by batteries. The varying ranges of MG’s hybrid and electric vehicles, for example, are listed below:

  • The MG5 EV has a range of 214 miles.
  • The MG ZS EV has a range of 163 miles.
  • The MG HS PLUG-IN HYBRID has a range of 32 miles.

Once you figure out the range for your electric vehicle, then you can appropriately plan your travels. It helps eliminate the anxiety of your battery running out when you least expect it. 

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How long do electric car batteries last? 

One of the biggest reasons why drivers are hesitant to transition to an electric vehicle seems to be the battery life. The batteries go through ‘discharge’ cycles when the car is being driven and ‘charge’ cycles when the automobile is plugged in.   

The quantity of charge the battery can retain is affected by this process being repeated over time. This reduces the range and time required to charge between trips. The majority of battery manufacturers offer a five- to eight-year warranty. 

Based on current estimates, an electric car’s battery will go for 10 to 20 years before needing to be replaced. However, technological advancements have resulted in the latest electric car batteries having an extended lifespan than ever before.         

Can you make your car battery last longer?       

There are a few things you can do to try to extend the life of your electric car battery:

  • Charge your electric car battery between 20% and 80% – How much you charge a battery determines the length of time a battery pack lasts. You may prolong the lifespan of the batteries by charging them between 20% and 80% and not letting them go below 50%. 
  • Avoid overcharging – Overcharging can create chemical changes within the battery, which might reduce the battery’s ability to retain energy. In the end, you want to limit the number of charging cycles your battery undergoes during its lifetime.
  • Limit your exposure to severe temperatures – Excessive cold or heat can harm your car’s battery, limiting the distance you can go.
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Is an electric car right for you?

The type of driving you’ll do with an electric car will determine if it’s right for you. If you travel between 150 and 200 miles per day and can access a charging station either at work or at home, then the New MG ZS EV or MG5 EV Long Range are the vehicles for you.             

With the interest and use of electric cars growing and the charging network continuously expanding, locating a charging station is now easier than ever. Furthermore, the cost of running an EV on electricity is significantly less. This is in comparison to the cost of running a car on gasoline or diesel. These are just a few of the reasons why going electric might be the best option for you.