Electric Car Battery EV Replacement Cost Exceeds Vehicle Value

Thinking about buying a used electric car? The cost to replace its battery could exceed the vehicle’s value. For a St. Petersburg family, that is the shocker when mechanics diagnosed its battery needed to be replaced. This 17-year-old was excited to get a car to drive herself to and from school. Her parents spent $11,000 on a used electric car for her. It’s a Ford Focus Electric. The car is a 2014 model, with 60,000 miles. Replacing the Ford Focus battery costs $14,000, exceeding the car’s book value! 😥

This family found out the hard way what a new battery cost for an EV. Video credit, 10 Tampa Bay News/Rumble

10 Tampa Bay News reports: Electric cars have become quite popular lately. And with gas prices and inflation, it seems like a great way to help the environment and save money in the long term. But, what happens when the battery needs replacing? And what happens when the replacement battery costs more than the car itself? For a St. Petersburg family, that is the exact position they found themselves in. Avery Siwinski who is 17 years old was excited to get a car to drive herself to and from school. Her parents spent $11,000 on a used electric car for her. It’s a 2014 Ford Focus Electric, with 60,000 miles. 

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Ford Focus EV batery pack is being put into the vehicle on its assembly line. Image credit, my electric car forum.

It was fine at first, she said. I loved it so much. It was small and quiet and cute. And all of a sudden it stopped working. Avery had her car for six months before her dashboard started to light up with problematic symbols. In March, it started giving an alert, she said. And then we took it to the shop and it stopped running. In the midst of the car troubles, the family was dealing with tragedy. In June, Avery’s father died following a stage four colon cancer diagnosis. Her grandfather, Ray Siwinski stepped in to try to get the car issues sorted. Turns out, this is a pretty common problem for this particular car, Ray Siwinski said. The car has sat at Auto Nation Ford in Pinellas County for the last few months. Ray said he was able to get a quote on a replacement battery for the electric car. The Ford dealership had advised us that we could replace the electric car battery, he said. It would only cost $14,000!

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Cutaway view of a Ford Focus EV showing power train and battery components. Image credit, Fox News

Last month I blogged this article about Walmart’s new fleet of Ford E-Transit vans and the battery warranty is 8yrs/100k miles. The debacle may be the range and charging time and its estimated 100-mile range. It sat on the same spot for over a month before going into service.

Another interesting read, while you’re here, is about this Rivian EV Pickup truck that towed a car on a trailer across the country having to stop every 100 miles to recharge. In my humble opinion, the technology is not yet there to go all electric with vehicles. The charging time and range make the EV impractical for everyday use, like Walmart’s E-Transit vans being used for delivery in rural areas.

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