After 200,000 miles, the Tesla Model S and Model X lose significantly less than 12% of their range on average.

This figure comes from a slide in the automaker’s just-released 2022 Impact Report, in which Tesla also noted that it expects the majority of its U.S.-market vehicles to be destroyed at this mileage. Tesla estimates that the majority of its vehicles are destroyed at approximately 150,000 miles in Europe.

Deterioration in Tesla Model S and Design X selection (from Tesla 2022 Impression Report)

Tesla’s chart, which appears to relate to potential with the term retention, indicates that Tesla purchasers do not experience a significant decline in selection over the course of their vehicles. As a result of software updates and the continuous enhancements they deliver, it is likely that in real-world conditions, vehicles will be able to get far more miles out of the remaining 88% of their capacity than they would have before.

In the report, Tesla also clarifies that age is a factor and that it does not have information on other more recent chemistries.

Earlier information, from about 2017, suggested that some Tesla Product S automobiles could nonetheless have more than 90% of their initial electric power after 150,000 miles, and this has not been disproven as additional information accumulates. This chart alone demonstrates that to be the case.

2020 Tesla Model X

Whether your EV is a Tesla or not, battery degradation is extremely unlikely to render it inoperable, according to research. Even for the Nissan Leaf, one of the most susceptible to degradation in its earliest form, there have not been sufficient packs to recycle and improve for larger tasks. And as a result of advancements in thermal devices, issues such as heat and battery life are no longer as significant.

California is proposing battery degradation limits as part of its most recent requirements, which mandate a complete transition to electric vehicles by 2035. Despite the fact that vehicles currently on the road appear to resist battery degradation quite well, enforcing concrete policies could offer consumers peace of mind and facilitate this transition.