# How much I saved driving Volvo's most cost-effective electric car

Yeah but then you will have to spend another R400k replacing the battery.
Battery lasts 20 years.

How many years is 6000 cycles? A cycle is 100% -> 0% -> 100%. Then after the 6000 cycles you still have 60-80% capacity left.

How many years is 6000 cycles? A cycle is 100% -> 0% -> 100%. Then after the 6000 cycles you still have 60-80% capacity left.
Are these computer generated figures or real world figures? I don't for second believe these batteries will last 20 years. maybe 10 years max.

Are these computer generated figures or real world figures? I don't for second believe these batteries will last 20 years. maybe 10 years max.
That's what the warranty says. 6000 cycles or 10 years. They don't explode or become bricks after 10 years or 6000 cycles.

That's what the warranty says. 6000 cycles or 10 years. They don't explode or become bricks after 10 years or 6000 cycles.
Yeah i know they wont explode, but your claimed 400km range will turn to a 100km range after 10 years, is that worth it?

Yeah i know they wont explode, but your claimed 400km range will turn to a 100km range after 10 years, is that worth it?
No, your 400km range will be 400 x 0.8 = 320km.

You should rest after 2 hours driving anyway, so you can charge after 240km.

No, your 400km range will be 400 x 0.8 = 320km.

You should rest after 2 hours driving anyway, so you can charge after 240km.
Hell no, That battery wont loose only 80km range in 10 years. Weather will affect the battery too and not only the cycles.

Hell no, That battery wont loose only 80km range in 10 years. Weather will affect the battery too and not only the cycles.
What weather? It doesn't snow here.

What weather? It doesn't snow here.
You do realize that car manufactures often test prototypes in south africa due to extreme weather conditions?

Have 2 relatives, one in UK and one in France who have EVs, UK one has a Skoda and in France it is a Renault

Nothing has gone wrong with either of them. Skoda is now 15 months old. It has a 6-year warranty which includes some consumables like wiper blades, brake pads. No service but an annual inspection or 6000 miles, which ever comes sooner

The Skoda costs £72 a month in electricity to charge, Her husband has a VW Passat and this uses £188 monthly for petrol

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You say this like it’s some kind of achievement.

I would bloody hope nothing goes wrong in 15 months.

Nothing should go wrong in 5 years, but ideally 10.

You do realize that car manufactures often test prototypes in south africa due to extreme weather conditions?
Hot weather doesn't affect range.

Actually with EV's and Hybrid, brake pads last a whole lot longer due to regenerative braking
And tires need replacing far sooner due to excess weight and lower center of gravity, sadly.

And tires need replacing far sooner due to excess weight and lower center of gravity, sadly.

Excess weight? They are on average only about 30% heavier.

That isn’t going to translate to 30% faster wear.

I see Michelin claim a 20% reduction in tyre life, but I wonder if this is a lab tested result or just an opinion.

With EV’s generally being faster and more powerful one has to wonder if it’s a fair comparison in many cases if the tyres are indirectly being driven harder due to more power under foot.

I mentioned above that my UK Cousin has a Skoda EV

Her previous car was a Toyota Prius which she bought in 2005. When she sold it in 2020 it had the original battery and had 223 000 miles on the clock

The only thing she found slightly annoying was that the tyres only seemed to last 25 000 miles. She got some Yokohama tyres and they were better than Dunlop, etc

The amount of misinformation on EVs in this thread is amazing. Then again in not surprised.

And tires need replacing far sooner due to excess weight and lower center of gravity, sadly.
Same applies to any heavy petrol/diesel car. An SL55 AMG weight in at about 1900 KG. If wikipedia is to be believed, the EX30 also weights in at about the same weight.

On average, EV tires last around 20k to 40k miles (~32k km to 64k km) which seems pretty much inline with most common ICE cars on the roads today

Was the R180 per week saving before or after the R15000pm car repayment and R2000pm insurance???