Fact #913: February 22, 2016 The Most Common Warranty for Plug-In Vehicle Batteries is 8 Years/100,000 Miles

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For model year 2016, there are nine electric vehicles (EVs) and seven plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) that have battery warranties of 8 years/100,000 miles. Tesla warranties are also for 8 years, but with unlimited miles. Three manufacturers offer 10-year EV battery warranties, one of them with 100,000 miles and the others not specified. The shortest warranty time frames are for PHEVs by Volvo and Porsche, which are 7 years or less. California, however, has a mandated battery warranty period for partial zero emission vehicles (PZEV) sold in the state. Thus, models classified as PZEV sold in California have a 10-year/150,000-mile battery warranty.

Battery Warranty Periods for Model Year 2016 Electric and Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles

Table showing battery warranty periods for model year 2016 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Note: Warranties typically allow for some limited loss of battery capacity during the warranty period. PZEV sold in California have a mandated battery warranty period of 10 years/150,000 miles.

*Manufacturer specification for warranty miles could not be located for this vehicle.
**Original owners; secondary owners receive 10 year/100,000 mile warranty.

Source: Compiled by Oak Ridge National Laboratory from manufacturer and industry websites, February 2016.

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Battery Warranty Periods for Model Year 2016 Electric and Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles
Make and ModelWarranty YearsWarranty Miles
Model Year 2016 Electric Vehicles
BMW i3 BEV8100,000
BMW X5 xDrive40e8100,000
Chevrolet Spark EV8100,000
Fiat 500e8100,000
Ford Focus Electric8100,000
Mercedes-Benz B250e8100,000
Mitsubishi i-MiEV8100,000
Nissan Leaf8100,000
Volkswagen e-Golf8100,000
Tesla Model S (60 kW-hr battery pack)8Unlimited
Tesla Model S (85 kW-hr battery pack)8Unlimited
Tesla Model S AWD - 70D8Unlimited
Tesla Model S AWD - 85D8Unlimited
Tesla Model S AWD - 90D8Unlimited
Tesla Model S AWD – P85D8Unlimited
Tesla Model S AWD – P90D8Unlimited
Kia Soul Electric10100,000
BYD e610Not specified*
smart fortwo electric drive10Not specified*
Model Year 2016 Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles
Audi A3 e-tron ultra8100,000
Mercedes-Benz S550e15150,000
Porsche Cayenne S e-Hybrid6Not specified*
Porsche 918 Spyder7Not specified*
Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid770,000
BMW i3REX8100,000
BMW i88100,000
Cadillac ELR8100,000
Chevrolet Volt8100,000
Ford C-Max Energi Plug-In Hybrid8100,000
Ford Fusion Energi Plug-In Hybrid8100,000
Hyundai Sonata Plug-In HybridLifetime**Unlimited
Volvo XC90 AWD Plug-In Hybrid450,000

Note: Warranties typically allow for some limited loss of battery capacity during the warranty period. PZEV sold in California have a mandated battery warranty period of 10 years/150,000 miles.

*Manufacturer specification for warranty miles could not be located for this vehicle.
**Original owners; secondary owners receive 10 year/100,000 mile warranty.

Source: Compiled by Oak Ridge National Laboratory from manufacturer and industry websites, February 2016.

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