Elec­tric bat­ter­ies

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New re­search re­leased to­day shows elec­tric ve­hi­cle (EV) bat­ter­ies are re­li­able and long-lived. As part of the Gov­ern­ment’s elec­tric ve­hi­cle in­for­ma­tion cam­paign, the En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency & Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity (EECA) com­mis­sioned the in­de­pen­dent re­port into elec­tric ve­hi­cle bat­ter­ies. The re­port is by Ver­dant Vi­sion, an Aus­trali­abased elec­tric ve­hi­cle con­sul­tancy. “Elec­tric ve­hi­cle bat­ter­ies are an im­pres­sive tech­nol­ogy and not ev­ery­one re­alises how long-lived and re­li­able they are,” said EECA Trans­port Gen­eral Man­ager El­iz­a­beth Yea­man. Man­u­fac­tur­ers’ con­fi­dence in these bat­ter­ies is shown by the war­ranties they of­fer – now up to ten years on some ve­hi­cles. “This re­port will help own­ers look af­ter their bat­ter­ies to get the most out of them. It will also help in­form peo­ple con­sid­er­ing pur­chas­ing an elec­tric ve­hi­cle.” The re­port found:

• Elec­tric ve­hi­cle bat­ter­ies are de­signed to drive and recharge for many years, with high re­li­a­bil­ity, and may well last the life of the ve­hi­cle.

• Most new elec­tric ve­hi­cles have ex­ten­sive bat­tery war­ranties, and elec­tric ve­hi­cle own­ers can ex­pect bat­ter­ies to last well be­yond the war­ranty pe­riod.

• Sud­den elec­tric ve­hi­cle bat­tery failure is very rare, and more likely is that own­ers may no­tice slight degra­da­tion over time. There are some sim­ple tips EV own­ers can fol­low to max­imise the life of their bat­tery.

To read the full re­port go to www.en­er­gy­wise.govt.nz/ev and click on the elec­tric ve­hi­cle bat­tery life link in the menu.

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