Which batteries are used in electric cars?
Lithium-ion batteries are installed in our electric cars. 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 car battery cost?
Despite constantly falling costs, the battery is still the most expensive component of an electric car. The production costs of our batteries are around €6,000. Nevertheless, in combination with the environmental bonuses and attractive leasing rates, an electric car really is an affordable option.
How long does an electric car battery last?
Lithium-ion batteries have a service life of about 8-12 years. In that time, around 1500 to 2500 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 car 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.