Only 2.5% of electric vehicle batteries have been replaced to date, study finds.

A recent study conducted by *Recurrent* has indicated that the need for electric vehicle battery replacements is relatively rare. When high-profile recalls such as GM’s issues with the Chevy Bolt EV are excluded, only 2.5% of electric vehicle battery packs in 2011 to 2024 model year EVs have been replaced thus far. Critics of electric vehicles often cite battery replacements as a major drawback compared to combustion-powered cars.

This criticism is particularly directed at Tesla, which represents the majority of electric vehicle sales in the United States. The study also reveals that the increase in replacements from last year is primarily attributed to older cars. For vehicles older than 2015, replacement rates are 13%, but are under 1% for cars from 2016 and newer.

Additionally, battery-related recalls, including those of General Motors with the Hummer EV’s batteries and Rivian’s all-electric adventure vehicles, have not caused significant financial inconvenience for consumers. An example is a Hummer EV owner who had their battery replaced by GM and shared, “GM called and asked if they could have my battery for an engineering study. They offered me $250.00, the new battery, and a loaner vehicle.

Dealer turned it around in one day, as this was the second time they replaced my battery. Win win for everyone.”

The full *Recurrent* study can be viewed here. For news tips, please feel free to contact us.

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