If you’re thinking about buying a used electric car, one of the first questions you may want answered is: will I need to replace the battery?
Typically, an EV’s achievable range drops about 2% every year. The exact amount will depend on the driving and charging habits of its owner.
To check how far a vehicle you are considering purchasing can go, ask to see its range when it’s at full charge. By comparing this to the specification for the vehicle’s range when new*, you will see how much its battery capacity has reduced. Don’t compare it to a newer model, as these tend to have much larger batteries and so can drive further.
Once you know how far you can drive it per charge, you can judge whether the car will suit your driving needs over the time you plan to own it.
*Though beware, older, overly generous vehicle test cycles mean the originally stated range may be exaggerated, often by more than 30%.