Electric Car Battery Life Expectancy

2022 Kia Niro EV Charging

It’s gotten a lot more expensive to keep a gas-powered car on the road. That’s why a lot of Mansfield drivers have made the switch to electric cars. If you’re thinking about doing the same, you might be wondering about the average electric car battery life expectancy. How long can you expect an EV battery to last? The battery in the Kia Niro EV or Kia EV6 is guaranteed to get at least 10 years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. Keep reading to learn more. 



How Long Will Your EV Battery Last?

Manufacturers in the United States are required to warranty an Electric battery for 8 years or up to 100,000 miles. Kia goes the extra mile and warranties their batteries for 10 years or 100,000 miles. But some experts say that these batteries often last 10 to 20 years or around 120,000 to 150,000 miles. That means that Lexington drivers who buy their vehicles new will likely trade it in before the end of the typical electric car battery life expectancy.

What Could Shorten Your Electric Car Battery’s Life Expectancy?

Not every battery will meet the average life expectancy. There are several things that could potentially shorten its lifespan. Fortunately, many of those things are covered by the Kia warranty. If you notice any issues, such as a warning light on your dashboard, be sure to schedule an appointment for service right away.

Factors That Can Impact Your Electric Car Battery’s Life Expectancy

  • Poor electrical connections between cells or battery modules
  • Auto manufacturing defects in battery cells
  • Extreme high or low battery temperatures
  • Manufacturing differences between cells
  • Mechanical damage to the battery during routine maintenance or service
  • Improper serving procedures
  • Imbalances between battery cells or battery modules
  • Abnormally high or low rates of charging

Ways to Optimize Your Electric Car Battery Life Expectancy

Batteries, like everything else, last longer when properly maintained. Here are some things Shelby drivers can do to optimize an electric car battery’s life expectancy:

  • Don’t charge the batteries every night
  • Try to keep the battery levels between 20%-80%.
  • Keep the car out of extreme heat as much as possible.
  • Don’t use DC fast charging for every charge. Change it up with slower methods from time to time.
  • Don’t exceed the speed limit and keep the car at a constant speed.

Test Drive the Electric Vehicles at Spitzer Kia Mansfield 

You should come take one of our electric vehicles for a test drive. We’d be happy to answer any of your questions and to help you drive home in one of your own. While you’re here, check out our post on how long it takes to charge an electric vehicle. We’re just a short drive away from Ashland. So, drop by or contact us today.


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