This must be taken into account when buying second-hand.

There is still a long way to go before the general public is clear about all the details about the use and operation of electric cars. In fact, it is a field in which the industry continues to learn little by little and to which important information is now being added: Battery life can vary by up to 30% over 100,000 kilometers due to poor charging habits.

Yes, it is known by everyone, given that the same operating logic is applied as in a smartphone, that the charge and discharge cycles take their toll on the batteries, whose storage capacity varies. progressively reducing with use.

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However, it was not known to what extent they could affect its useful life and it is important, since in second-hand cars, the condition of the battery and its capacity are key to determining whether a used electric car is a good purchase or No.

That is why independent companies are emerging that are responsible for analyze their status in order to offer the client the most truthful information possible.

Reuters has contacted several of them, who have provided interesting data. It has been Aviloo, of Austrian origin, that has specified that during a use of 100,000 kilometers, good or bad charging habits can cause the state of the battery to vary by up to 30%.

The CEO of the start-up, Marcus Berger, points out something important that whoever is going to buy a second hand electric car You have to keep in mind: “Mileage and age don’t tell you anything, it’s all about battery health“, he explains, pointing out that a buyer can expect a 90% useful life when, due to bad habits, it is only at 70%.

This is a key aspect in the used marketbut that has repercussions on the new market as well, as Alex Johns, business development director at Altelium, explains: “If the second-hand car market [eléctricos] is not working properly, the new car market is not working properly and the electric transition will not happen.”