The most vital component of any electric car is the battery, and the battery’s health can significantly impact the car’s range and value. The U.S. state of California is now laying out rules for the batteries used in EVs.
The California Air Resources Board adopted new rules this week that will block the sale of new gas-powered cars in the state by 2035, with a gradual ramp-up starting in 2026. The ruling also includes new requirements for the batteries used in electric cars, to ensure they “can be full replacements to gasoline vehicles, hold their market value for owners, and that used car buyers are getting a quality vehicle that will not pollute.”
Starting with electric cars with a model year of 2026 or later (which should start appearing in 2025), the car must maintain at least 70% of its original range for 10 years or 150,000 miles. That will increase to 80% of the original range for 2030 model year cars. The Air Resources Board is also setting requirements for individual battery packs — by model year 2026, battery packs must retain 70% of their energy…
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