Come by Folsom Lake Kia and see our lineup of Kia EVs. The acquisition of an electric car is a terrific investment that has sustainable and cost-saving benefits. However, what is the average lifespan of an automobile that runs on zero gasoline?

EV Lifespan

The average gasoline-powered vehicle lasts around 200,000 miles, or about 12 years. Do EVs last longer, shorter, or about the same?

Most EVs are estimated to last for about 100,000 miles, or roughly eight years. On the surface, this may seem like a dealbreaker since this is a shorter lifespan than a conventional automobile. However, the 100,000-mile lifespan refers to the EV’s battery life. Replacing the battery once over the life of the vehicle will significantly extend its life, making it last just as long if not longer than a typical automobile.

How to Extend EV Life

You can also prolong the life of your EV with the right care and maintenance. Here are some tips for extending EV longevity.

  • Avoid extreme temperatures: Extreme hot and cold can negatively impact the battery’s chemical makeup. During the summer and winter, try to park indoors if possible.
  • Avoid recharging the battery to 100%: A full recharge places strain on the battery’s liquid chemical bond. Allowing the battery to fully drain to zero is not good either. As a rule of thumb, always keep the charge between 20% and 80%. Reserve 100% charges for long road trips.
  • Avoid fast accelerations: A rapid increase in speed is taxing on the battery’s power. It also reduces the vehicle’s range.

Come by our dealership to see electric models like the Kia EV6. With routine maintenance at a dealership, EVs can last reliably for many years.