WHICH BATTERIES ARE USED IN ELECTRIC VEHICLES?
Lithium-ion batteries are installed in our electric vehicles. Our declared goal is to produce high-quality and at the same time affordable batteries. We also pay special attention to the sustainability factor. Compared to conventional production, we will install batteries with a lower CO2 footprint in our Gigafactory.
HOW MUCH DOES AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE BATTERY COST?
Despite constantly falling costs, the battery is still the most expensive component of an electric vehicle. The production costs of our batteries are around €6,000. Nevertheless, in combination with the environmental benefits, attractive financial incentives, and lower maintenance costs an electric vehicle really is an affordable option.
HOW LONG DOES AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE BATTERY LAST?
Lithium-ion batteries have a service life of about 8–12 years. In that time, around 1,500 to 2,500 charging cycles can be expected. The capacity decreases with age to 70 to 80 percent of the original value. This depends on the charging method, the number of charging cycles and also the driving style. Opel gives a battery guarantee of 8 years or at least 160,000 km.
HOW ARE BATTERIES DISPOSED OF?
Electric vehicle batteries lose charging capacity over time but that doesn’t mean they become unusable. At Opel, we give every battery a “second life”. They are only recycled once that’s over.