Electric cars continue to grow in prominence with consumers and much-needed improvements from the first line of vehicles. However, mainstream acceptance has not resolved serious issues with EVs, particularly concerning the catastrophic damage that occurs after the most minor of accidents.
Simply put, there are extremely expensive downsides. Even with all the hype, a significant percentage of these vehicles are being totaled over the smallest amount of damage. The longevity of EVs is in question when compared to cars with combustion engines.
While initially touted for its innovation, replacing Tesla batteries could result in a bill of $20,000 due to the difficulty of removing something that is integral to the vehicle’s overall structure.
Exorbitant repair costs
Owners involved in accidents that result in slight battery damage and seeking repairs find themselves needing viable repairs. Paying the literal price are not just drivers, but also their insurers providing coverage.
The remote possibility that batteries can be repaired may still not be an option due to possible litigation involving those in accidents. EV vehicle manufacturers are notoriously slow in sharing data, while others outright refuse to share what they see as proprietary information. Lacking the insight needed from car companies, repairing the batteries is likely, if not impossible.
While many motor vehicle experts see a resolution in the future, drivers who prefer these vehicles are still stuck with significant costs in insurance premiums. All for a purportedly environmentally friendly car.
High-profile car manufacturers are entering the field of battery manufacturing of electric cars, including Ford and General Motors. Meanwhile, Tesla continues to stay on the non-solution course with their nearly impossible-to-repair batteries.