Say your prayers, grab your wallets
Getting a completely new battery pack from your car manufacturer is not the only option out there. One thing to do if you’re looking for a new replacement battery is to check if there are aftermarket products available. They might not have all the branding on them, but chances are, on the inside – they will look just the same as the OEM parts. Finding an aftermarket manufacturer might definitely lower the cost to replace a battery in an electric car.
But that can still be pricey. Can we go even lower? Is it possible to minimize the cost to replace an electric car battery even further?
In a nutshell, yes. Yet another route of saving some money when replacing an electric car battery is not to get a new one at all, but find a used one in a good condition. With more and more electric vehicles on our roads, it’s statistically imminent for more of those cars being involved in accidents. Sometimes, the accidents make it expensive to repair the car. Sometimes, they’re written off on the spot. Sometimes, the owner hears it’s advisable to get a new car and sell the old one for parts, or just have it towed to a scrap yard. And this is where the battery hunter comes in. if you’re lucky, you can be the silver lining to somebody else’s otherwise bleak day. Finding a car that’s been in an accident, but with a battery still intact means you can salvage the battery, keeping the cost to replace the battery in your electric car to the minimum. And as for the silver lining – the owner of the crashed car can still get some money out of the wreckage. Win-win!
How about going even lower? Is it possible to lower the electric car battery replacement cost below the cost of salvaging a battery pack from a crashed car?
There is one more way to keep that cost to minimum. This might require more footwork and effort to find a specialist who will take on that challenge, but the gain might be pushing the cost to replace a battery in an electric car to an absolute minimum. An electric car battery should really be called a battery pack. It consists of many individual cells, connected in series and in parallel, to provide adequate output voltage, output current and charge capacity. Sometimes, the problem with a battery pack not holding charge or giving out too few volts or amps might come down to aa single, or a couple of bad cells in the whole battery. With enough time, experience and the right equipment, a specialist can identify those bad apples and exchange them for new ones, for a fraction of the price of exchanging a whole battery. While he’s at it, it is also advisable to inspect the connections between the individual cells. Dirt, oxidation or mechanical failure can result in a bad connection, the inability to conduct electricity properly, and the whole battery being perceived by the onboard EV computer as “gone bad”.