Over the last 10 years EV driving has caused a huge transition in the car industry. Especially the last 2 years have been influential since the majority of manufacturers released at least one full electric car which calls for a huge rise in the number of available EV occasions. For anyone who is planning to buy an EV, we selected a few tips to take into account when buying a used EV.
The battery is by far the most expensive part of the EV. The most important thing to do is to check the battery condition. Bear in mind that weather circumstances, battery type and quality al impact the range.
Just to be sure, we recommend checking the replacement value in case the battery ends up not working properly. The price of a new battery can easily exceed €5000 euros, this depends on the kWh capacity. Additionally, brands like Renault make it possible to rent a battery. Currently the estimated lifecycle of a battery is 10-20 years.
We recommend taking enough time for an EV test-drive. Make sure you check the accuracy of the battery range. Check the estimated range before the test-drive and compare it to the amount range after the drive. Also note how much km you drove in the test-drive. This method gives a good indication of the battery condition of your (potential) EV.
If the test-drive is near your home or your office, we recommend searching for a few charging points that you potentially will use when driving the EV, so you know which stations provide the amount of power and a price you prefer.
Just like you would while buying a second-hand petrol- or diesel car, we recommend checking the condition of the brakes, tires and the suspension. Also keep in mind that the number of kilometres is not equal to the battery condition. A battery will also wear out whn the car is not driving. If an 8 year old car has driven 10.000km, the battery wear will not be equal to the amount of kilometres driven.
Why driving EV in terms of costs?
The price of EVs is quite a lot higher when compared to petrol- or diesel cars. Luckily the EV compensates in the total cost of ownership (TCO). The average costs of charging an EV are 5,4 cents per km. The average price of other fuels is 10 cents. The costs of EV maintenance are lower due to less wear-sensitive car parts compared to cars with a combustion engine. Lastly, the residual value of EVs after 5 years is estimated at 40-50%, while petrol and diesels are valued between 27-42%.
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