EV Battery Replacement And Upgrade: What You Need To Know

EV Battery Replacement And Upgrade What You Need To Know

Electric vehicle batteries have come a long way in the past few years. However, many drivers were hesitant to switch to electric vehicles because of “range anxiety,” the fear of being stranded with a dead battery. While it’s true that most EV batteries today live very long lives, some might inevitably need to be replaced or upgraded at some point. 

The concern for battery life also begs the question, “why should you replace or upgrade your EV battery?” Unfortunately, it’s a question with quite a few factors to consider. 

To help you make an informed decision, this article will answer this question and provide insight into each option.

 

Battery Degradation

The first thing to understand is that batteries degrade due to a phenomenon called “calendar aging.” Like human aging, calendar aging is a baseline of decline over time. However, other types of battery performance loss are tied to use and exposure. 

 

Types of EV Batteries

There are four main types of batteries that are used for EVs today:

  • Lithium-ion batteries are the most popular type of battery used in EVs; they are known for their high energy density and long life span.
  • Lead-acid batteries: the original type of battery used in EVs, lead-acid batteries are not as popular as they once were because they are heavier and have a shorter lifespan.
  • Nickel-metal hydride batteries: these batteries are similar to lithium-ion batteries but are not as energy-dense.
  • Ultraceptors:  these are the newest type of battery on the market and are known for their high power density.

 

The variety of EV batteries hasn’t changed much over the years. However, newer and faster ones are under development and could potentially appear on the market in the near future. Some of these new battery technologies include the following:

  • NAWA Technology is developing an ultra-fast carbon electric that’s projected to be one of the fastest batteries in the world. According to their statement, this battery is said to power up a battery tenfold. At the same time, it can also increase energy storage and boost the lifecycle of batteries up to five times. 
  • Toyota is currently developing a solid state battery, which utilizes sulfide superionic conductors that can charge or discharge completely in under 10 minutes. This concept will make it ideal for electric vehicles.
  • Zinc-ion batteries are gaining traction and popularity as many experts claim them to be the direct alternative to lithium-ion batteries. However, the difference is that zinc-ion batteries will use water as the electrolyte. On the other hand, lithium-ion uses a flammable electrolyte. The level of safety, environmental friendliness, and lower cost of lithium batteries is why this projected battery has been trending in recent years.

 

What’s the Point of Changing Out Batteries?

There are more reasons to replace an EV battery than the obvious one, which is when it dies. Here are other reasons for EV battery replacement: 

Warranty Coverage

Most EV manufacturers have an eight-year, 100,000 miles, or ten years, 150 miles warranty on their designated battery. That means the warranty will likely cover your battery if you do have to replace your battery. 

So even though an electric battery lasts 10 to 20 years before needing replacement, switching out the battery during its eighth or tenth year could be more beneficial as the manufacturer’s warranty will cover the replacement.

Newer Battery Technology

 The technology and battery options have also changed and improved drastically over a period of ten years. Newer battery models are much lighter, have a longer range, charge faster, and are more environmentally friendly. If you own an older model EV, upgrading to a newer battery model could greatly improve your driving experience. 

Your Battery Got Damaged

If your battery was damaged in an accident or sustained another type of damage, it will likely need to be replaced. While you can repair some battery damage, it’s often more expensive and difficult than simply replacing the entire battery.

 

How to Replace or Upgrade Your EV Battery

If you think switching your EV battery is easy, think again. Unfortunately, depending on your EV’s make and model, EV battery replacement is expensive and not always possible. Fortunately, today’s EV models don’t require battery replacements as the current batteries can last for thousands of miles. 

It will take decades for your battery to finally need replacing. By that time, you’ve probably already saved up for a replacement, or battery prices have gone down due to innovation and technological advancements. 

If you need to replace or upgrade your EV battery, the best thing to do is take it to an authorized dealership or service center. They will have the specific tools and know-how to take care of your EV battery properly. 

Keep in mind that battery replacement is quite pricey. For instance, a battery pack for a Chevrolet Bolt EV will set you back more than $15,000. That doesn’t include the cost of labor and other additional fees.

 

Can You Upgrade an EV Battery?

So, can EV batteries be replaced or upgraded? The answer is yes, but it’s not going to be cheap. If you do have the budget and you intend to upgrade your EV battery to an even better one with more power, by all means, go ahead. However, keep in mind that it might or might not be doable.

For example, if you’d like to upgrade from a 7.2kWh (kilowatt-hours) charging limit to an 11kWh, it might not be possible as the charging port and battery management system (BMS) might not support it. In addition, the upgrade is a change in hardware and software, which can be complicated and risky.

Therefore, it’s best to consult with an authorized dealership or service center to see if upgrading your EV battery is possible and if it’s worth the investment.

 

Why Use DATAMYTE?

Did you know that DATAMYTE can help optimize and streamline your EV manufacturing process? If you’re in the automotive manufacturing industry, you’d know just how complicated it can be to manage production while incorporating new concepts like EVs. Fortunately, DATAMYTE’s software and hardware solutions can be tailored to your specific needs. 

DATAMYTE and its quality management software have been used by some of the biggest names in the automotive industry. And with our experience and expertise, we can help you too!

The DataMyte Digital Clipboard, in particular, is essential software for improving your overall workflow and quality management system. It allows you to collect and store process data securely and efficiently.

You can create tools such as EV checklists to help you conduct inspections, avoid errors, and track progress. In other words, the DataMyte Digital Clipboard is perfect for streamlining your EV manufacturing process!

If you’re interested in learning more about how DATAMYTE can help you, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Of course, you can also check out our website.

 

Conclusion

EV battery replacement and upgrade are both possible, but they can be expensive and complicated. If you do need to replace or upgrade your EV battery, it’s best to consult with an authorized dealership or service center. And if you’re in the automotive manufacturing industry, check out DATAMYTE’s software and hardware solutions!

 

 

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