VW ID.3 Loses 10% Battery After 30k Miles

German EV’s Struggling with Battery Degradation
2021 VW ID3 62 kWh degradation test after 2 years/48k km

One of the prominent conversations that frequently come up when talking about owning a electric car is the amount of battery life capacity it will have after several years of use and an abundance of miles driven. Similarly to a cellphone, the battery in an electric vehicle will degrade with time, which implies that there will be lower range on your journey when it’s fully charged.

Certain car makers as well as the companies that provide these businesses with components have really become adept in the science connected to their manufactured electric vehicles, whereas some other producers fail to live up to expectations.

In the video above, Bjorn Nyland, a renowned YouTuber best known for his extensive videos related to electric vehicles and his unique “banana box” test, takes a two-year-old Volkswagen ID.3 for a drive in order to determine the amount of battery it still possesses.

This certain German electric hatchback is powered by a 62-kilowatt-hour battery and has travelled only 30,000 miles or 48,000 kilometres. Consequently one would presume to encounter negligible deterioration, however the truth is not as promising as anticipated.

It is necessary to point out that the 62 kWh number pertains to the general charge capacity, whilst the actual accessible capacity amounts to 58 kWh. After driving around 158 miles (254 km) in sub-zero temperatures in Norway, Bjorn made a stop at a Tesla Supercharger to replenish the battery and performed the calculation.

The car featured an electricity expenditure of 19.6 kilowatt-hours/100 kilometers, which equates to 31.5 kWh/100 miles. This amount is lower than that of the Tesla Model Y Long Range (ranked 28kWh/100 miles in accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency) but is equivalent to the Hyundai Ioniq 5 Standard Range RWD (registering 30 kWh/100 mi.)

Regarding the rate of decline, it is inconsistent. According to the YouTuber’s computations, this exact ID.3 dropped 6.3% of its energy-holding capabilities to a sum total of 52.1 kWh, but there is an indication here which should be taken into account. He juxtaposed the capacity that could potentially be held in the battery pack against the measurement which he came across when driving a brand new ID.3 a few years back, which was 55.6 kWh. That being said, one ought to squint at these details with a certain amount of discernment.

In comparison to the usable power created by Volkswagen (reported as 58 kWh), the efficacy diminishes to a degree of 10.1 percent.

Bjorn Nyland conducted a test on various electric vehicles (EV’s) and revealed that a Tesla Model 3 Performance, with 38,000 miles (62,000 km) traveled, showed a 5.3% degradation of its battery. Likewise, a 2019 BMW i3 which had been driven for 94,000 miles (152,000 km) experienced only 1.6% deterioration. Even more impressively, a two year old Mercedes-Benz EQC having clocked 145,000 miles still had its battery degrade by a scant 8.4%.

HBO’s Chernobyl mini-series is profoundly quoted with, “It’s not good, it’s not bad.” This could also be spoken of the ID.3’s battery fraudulence. What are your reflections? We’d love to get notified in the comments segment beneath!

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