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The Cost of Wrecking Your EV: Why It Can Hurt Your Wallet | Jump Start

The adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) has been steadily growing in Singapore, with many drivers being early adopters of this eco-friendly technology. However, there are still many drivers who are on the fence about converting to EVs. A recent incident involving a Tesla Model Y has raised questions about the repairability of EVs and the regulations surrounding them.

The Tesla Model Y was involved in an accident where the left door was hit, causing the airbag to deploy. While no one was hurt in the accident, it was later discovered that the car chassis had been damaged, making it beyond repair according to the Land Transport Authority (LTA) guidelines. This raised the question of whether EVs are more difficult to repair compared to internal combustion engine vehicles, and whether the LTA regulations need to be updated.

One of the reasons for the difficulty in repairing EVs is the manufacturing process. Tesla uses advanced manufacturing techniques such as Giga casting, where large sections of the car are produced as a single piece. While this allows for quick and efficient production, it also means that a minor accident can result in a very involved process to repair the damaged parts, driving up repair costs.

Another factor that makes EVs harder to repair is the materials they are made of. Modern cars, including EVs, are increasingly using aluminum for its lightweight and corrosion-resistant properties. While aluminum is great for weight savings, it is more difficult to work with in the workshop compared to steel. Repairing aluminum body panels can be more expensive and challenging, especially if the damaged part is a major structural component.

The batteries in EVs are also a concern when it comes to repairs. Any damage to the batteries can be a major safety hazard, and repairing or replacing them can be a lengthy and expensive process. Some car makers are treating the batteries as a structural component, which further complicates repairs and replacements.

Overall, while EVs offer many benefits in terms of performance and efficiency, they also come with challenges when it comes to repairs and regulations. It remains to be seen whether authorities will update regulations to make it easier to repair EVs and prevent unnecessary write-offs of modern cars. What do you think? Let us know in the comments.



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