The electric cars with the best — and worst — battery life if you’re looking to buy in 2022

The Leaf is one of the best-selling electric vehicles and was the first mass-produced consumer electric vehicle. This era of Leaf had a 24kWh battery that managed 124 miles under NEDC testing but managed more like 70-100 miles in the real world when new. Curiously, given that the Renault Kangoo ZE has the same battery, the Leaf performs poorly in GeoTab data – in fact, most first-generation Nissan Leaf variants returned worse than average battery degradation. The fact that the Nissan doesn’t have water-cooled batteries, unlike most competing EVs, could be a contributing factor, especially since much of GeoTab’s data comes from vehicles operating in hot climates. As with the BMW i3, it’s worth mentioning that the second-generation Leaf, which gets a different battery chemistry, turns out to be better and retained 94.7% of its battery SOH after nearly three years.

Conclusion of the best EV to buy in 2022

Overall, battery degradation remains a concern for many drivers considering an electric vehicle, particularly if they’re buying on the used market, but data shows you stand to lose relatively little battery power. maximum autonomy, even over many years. .

That said, it’s unfortunate that GeoTab’s data doesn’t include popular used electric vehicles like the Hyundai Ioniq and Renault Zoe, let alone newer ones like the VW ID.3 and Peugeot e-208. All of this should happen as the company continues to monitor the battery performance of its vehicles, so the accuracy and relevance of battery data should only grow over time.

Even as it stands, the data shows the disparate performance you can experience with different EVs and also gives us the clearest idea yet of how much range you can expect on average. over the lifetime of an electric vehicle or PHEV. Fortunately, this degradation is small enough that most EV users experience little or no compromise in car usability over the years, although you should always consider the loss of range when you are considering an electric vehicle or a plug-in hybrid vehicle, new or used.

This article is updated with the latest information.


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