Frequently Asked Questions
The Tesla Model S has a much longer range, about 400 km. Other cars, like the Chevrolet Volt, go a much shorter distance on battery power but include a gas engine to extend the range of the battery.
You might be able to charge at work, depending on your employer.
Finally, you can charge at a public charging station. The PlugShare website is a terrific source of information on the location of public chargers.
Any degradation will happen very slowly over time and the batteries can be expected to be quite usable for many years.
But suppose you do have to replace the battery—what would that cost? Nissan provided us with one data point when they announced a battery replacement program for the LEAF. The cost is $5,499 plus installation fees and tax.
You will hear about the occasional fire involving an electric car battery, but in reality that happens only in extreme circumstances. In the rare case when it does happen, a battery fire is slow-burning and you generally have lots of time to exit the vehicle safely.