Batteries are a major part of an electric car, and something that we know drivers worry about. However, the technology used is very different from that found in your mobile phone. Evidence so far points to batteries not being an issue for electric car owners.

A report by Fleet News in 2017 shows that the major leasing company have experienced no battery failures among the electric vehicles on their fleets. What’s more, C&C Taxis, a 100% pure electric taxi fleet based in Cornwall, recently retired its second-generation Nissan LEAF after an incredible 174,000 miles. In the USA, ‘Plug-in America’ owner surveys also suggest that the Nissan LEAF is performing well.

Performance Guarantees

Thankfully, the cells in electric car batteries don’t deteriorate at the same rate as those in mobile phones or laptops. But they do still degrade very gradually over time. Nevertheless, the electric vehicle manufacturers’ are so confident in the ongoing performance of their cars, that they guarantee the batteries will maintain a specified level of charge over the years.

Manufacturer Battery Guarantee

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Extended-range electric vehicles (E-REV)

More deliveries, less preparation, optimised vehicle loading

Smart Routing and EV Priorisation
An excellent service quality

Flexibility, lighter callout slots, commitments kept

Smart charging plan
Better working conditions

Balanced work load, less stress, lower staff turn-over

Smart charging plan
An environmentally responsible approach

Reduced mileage, lower CO2 emissions and fuel consumption

Extended-range electric vehicles (E-REV)

Extended-range electric vehicles have a plug-in battery pack and electric motor, as well as an internal combustion engine. The difference from a plug-in hybrid is that the electric motor always drives the wheels, with the internal combustion engine acting as a generator to recharge the battery when it is depleted. Range extenders can have pure electric range of up to 125 miles. This typically results in tailpipe emissions of less than 20g/km CO2. Throughout this Website, we refer to ‘electric cars’, ‘electric vehicles’ and ‘plug-in cars’. The terms are all interchangeable descriptions of the vehicles set out above. Generally, we use ‘vehicles’ to refer to both cars and vans.
Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, also known as Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs), are another type of electric car and have a fuel cell stack which uses hydrogen to produce electricity which then powers the wheels of the vehicle. There is no internal combustion engine in a FCEV. The fuel cell is an electrochemical device similar to a battery, but unlike a battery it does not need recharging and will continue to generate power as long as it is fed with a supply of hydrogen. Fuel cells produce electricity and heat with just water produced at the tailpipe. Unlike battery-powered vehicles, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are refuelled at a filling station in a similar way to vehicles with a petrol or diesel engine. The FCEVs on the market have a range of around 300 miles. They take just three to five minutes to refuel and an initial network of 12 hydrogen filling stations is being developed across in the UK to support their roll out.

Service and maintenance

Pure electric cars are in many ways a lot simpler than our conventional petrol or diesel cars. Which can make electric car servicing easier and maintenance costs less likely; helping to keep costs (and hassle) to a minimum.