I was in a dealership recently and given a ‘tempting’ offer for an EV. It was for a C0 brand new, 0 miles, unregistered for £13,000. There was no battery lease, so I asked once the 5 year warranty expired what could I do to stay on the road? After a bit of head-scratching, they suggested I’d probably have to buy one.
Fine I said, can you get me the price from Parts? They came back in 10 minutes. A replacement battery pack for the C0 (and probably Ion) was £17,850 plus VAT and fitting!
Since insurance will not cover the pack - my suggested car purchase was an instant £4,000 loss for the supplier on the cost of a new battery. There were no suggestions other than ‘the price might fall’. !
Those tempted to join the EV party should note this - as you will be left with a nice car and negative equity from the start.