Electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular, and many drivers are curious about how long their engines will last. While electric cars may never require oil changes or timing belt replacements, they do require battery replacement every 10 years on average. Additionally, electric vehicle batteries are the dirtiest part of the production process and their continued production depends on mining companies finding and exploiting new cobalt and lithium deposits. However, advances in battery technology are making previous electric vehicles obsolete in the market, and automakers and suppliers must focus on upgradability.
Despite this, electric vehicle engines are likely to outlast several battery changes and several hundred thousand kilometers. Even the cheapest commuter cars with gasoline engines have impressive warranties and are designed to last for a long time.