Battery Life Concerns of no Concern
Prepare for some serious information regurgitation.
With all the new BEVs hitting the market lately there has been a huge concern over battery life. I have seen a few comments regarding the TCO Calculator as inaccurate because it doesn’t take into account replacement costs for batteries. Is this really a valid concern? Im certainly no expert in the area but that’s not gonna stop me from throwing a few numbers together to prove my point.
Let’s take the Brammo Enertia for example, Brammo claims the batteries are good for 2000 cycles if cared for properly. The bike has a 42 mile average range so that comes out to 84,000 potential miles. Considering that’s under ideal conditions, most people wont put even half that on a motorcycle in its lifetime. And here’s a point most people miss, once the batteries hit their effective EOL (Here’s a good read on this) they should still hold an 80% charge. So for an Enertia that’s been to hell and back, probably twice, your still achieving about 33 miles range. Under similar circumstances I would say chances are your traditional ICE motorcycle will be in need of an engine rebuild.
At the rate battery technology is progressing consider also that replacement batteries will cost much less by the time they need to be replaced. Probably less than an engine rebuild that is.