How Long do the Batteries on an LEV Last?

June 17th, 2022 by

Every luxury electric vehicle’s battery will have a different lifespan. On average, an LEV battery will last somewhere between 10 and 20 years with proper maintenance. Maintenance is important to prolonging the life of your battery, and proper care can help your LEV’s battery last longer, and at Ray Catena, we’re committed to providing you with the best possible service and buying experience for your LEV.

The life of luxury electric vehicles batteries is one of the most consistent concerns among potential buyers. Both in terms of charge range and battery lifespan, consumers want to know they can trust their LEV battery. Luckily for all of us, EV battery technology has improved greatly over the last decade, and this trend will continue.

Current manufacturer estimates project that most LEV batteries should last anywhere from 10 and 20 years.

2022 Audi e-tron Sportback Luxury Electric VehicleElectric vehicle batteries are much different than traditional car batteries. Gas engine car batteries are what are often referred to as “SLI” batteries (starting, lighting, and ignition). These batteries are really only effective for providing a short but powerful burst of energy for ignition. Electric cars, on the other hand, use lithium-ion batteries. That’s right: the same type of battery that’s in your laptop and your phone also powers luxury electric vehicles. Lithium-ion batteries have a much higher energy density and much lower self-discharge than traditional car batteries. Simply put, this allows them to provide more consistent power over time without losing as much storage capacity.

LEV Battery Warranty

Most luxury electric vehicle manufacturers provide extensive battery warranties that should cover most of a battery’s life expectancy. For instance, Audi offers an 8-year/100,000-mile battery warranty for its electric vehicles, like the Audi e-tron. 8 years and 100,000 miles are the most common battery warranty durations you will find on LEVs.

LEV Battery Maintenance

While the occasional defect is unavoidable, proper care and maintenance can ensure that your LEV battery outlasts its warranty. Although lithium-ion battery technology advancements have made for very durable products, they still require care for optimum performance. An electric vehicle is still a car, after all. The more you take care of it, the more smoothly it will run over the long haul. Here are some tips to help prolong the life of your luxury electric vehicles’ batteries.

Don’t Charge If You Don’t Have To

Just like with your laptop battery, charging your EV battery can put unnecessary strain on it. You may be tempted to top it off every night while relaxing at home. But unless you’re running out of range and need to refill, this is often unnecessary, and will ultimately decrease the lifespan of your LEV battery. Keeping your battery’s charge consistently between 20-80% is the usual recommended range.

Keep It Cool

Hot temperatures can damage lithium-ion batteries. While high temperatures are unavoidable in certain climates and during the summer, you generally want to avoid overheating your battery. Thankfully, most LEV models have a self-cooling system in place for their batteries.

Don’t Let it Sit Too Long on Full or Empty

If you are not going to drive your LEV for a while, try keeping the battery’s charge somewhere between 20-80%. A full or empty battery that isn’t used for a long stretch of time will degrade faster. Keeping your battery in the optimal range for long periods of inactivity will be good for your long-term battery health. 

Visit us at Ray Catena Auto Group – we’re happy to help you understand every aspect of LEV driving, from charging and battery life to overall performance and speed, and much more.

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