Second-hand electric car sales increasing in Estonia

Electric vehicle charging at an EV charging station.
Electric vehicle charging at an EV charging station. Source: Siim Lõvi/ERR

According to the Estonian Transport Administration (Transpordiamet), over 800 electric cars have changed hands in Estonia so far this year. However, car experts say people are concerned about the short battery lives of used electric cars.

So far this year, almost 150 more electric cars have been sold on the second-hand market than in the whole of 2022. Sander Kirss, used car sales manager at City Motors, says the company currently buys six or seven electric cars per month.

"In any case, there's an upward trend. The volume is increasing and buying power is also definitely increasing. If we are talking about the price of electric cars and the price of cars with internal combustion engines and what is happening, then indeed the gaps are getting smaller. Today an electric car is no longer half the price it used to be," said Kirss.

According to Kirss, buyers often have doubts regarding the batteries of those electric cars that are between three and five years old. However, he added, there are also a lot of cars on the road with batteries that are, for instance, ten years old.

"Eight years is often what the manufacturer provides as a guarantee for the battery of an electric car,  but that does not mean that the battery will be dead [after that time]. We can certainly say that the batteries last longer than initially feared," Kirss said.

Alan Vaht, head of electric mobility at Alexela, also said that the short lifespan of electric cars is a myth.

"Take the very first Nissan Leaf 1 - these cars are still being driven today. If the car's original driving range was maybe around 200 kilometers and if the battery capacity is at 80 percent - and that's for an electric car that's more than 10 years old - then that's down to the roads and the weather," said Vaht.


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