The complexity of battery systems, coupled with the lack of cooperation from car manufacturers, is causing insurers to write off many lightly damaged electric cars.
We tend to think that the cost of acquiring a vehicle is basically what it costs. However, there are many more costs associated with it that must be taken into account because, whatever the car, it needs a maintenance.
Included in this ‘extra expenses’ package is the surethe cost of which varies enormously depending on the type of vehicle and model to be insured, regardless of whether the coverage is for third parties or full risk.
Well, it seems that have an electric car ownership may become a problem in the near future if the trend that Reuters has detected is maintained over time.
Impossible to repair batteries
The problem in question is that, for some time now, numerous good battery packs that are impossible to repair. And not because insurance companies have a preference for running away from problems and declare more claims than they should.
No, in this case the problem is posed by the car manufacturers themselves, who in practice make it impossible to repair batteries after accidents, even if they are minor.
“We are buying electric cars (EVs) for sustainability reasons,” says Matthew Avery, director of research at automotive risk intelligence firm Thatcham Research. “But an EV is not very sustainable if you have to throw the battery after a minor collision”.
This, in addition to negatively affecting the much-needed circular economy, poses a serious problem for the owner. And it is that, not in vain, battery packs can cost tens of thousands of euros and represent up to 50% of the price of an EVoften making them uneconomical to replace.
Why can’t batteries be repaired?
The problem lies in two main ways: manufacturers build cars in such a way that it is very difficult to access the batteries and, furthermore, they refuse to share the diagnostic data that allows repair companies to do their job.
Although manufacturers like Ford and General Motors They have already ensured that they are making battery packs much more accessible and easy to repair, others like Tesla are going the opposite way.
In fact, the Tesla Model Y manufactured in Texas already incorporates structural batteries with “zero repairability”says Sandy Munro, director of Munro & Associates, a consulting firm for automobile manufacturers.
According to data collected by Reuters, there are many car manufacturers who see how their models are left without repair for this reason, both in Europe and the United States.