Electric Cars’ Resale Value: Will Toyota Make a Difference?
The resale value of electric cars has taken a hit in recent times, mainly due to enticing discounts and advancements in technology. Compared to petrol vehicles, electric cars have proven to be less resilient in terms of depreciation. However, Toyota aims to change this trend by slowing down the decline when its new-generation electric cars hit the market.
Toyota believes that superior battery technology will play a crucial role in maintaining solid resale values, a key characteristic associated with the brand. According to Sean Hanley, the sales and marketing head of Toyota Australia, the biggest challenge for electric cars is their depreciating resale value. A study conducted in the UK revealed that electric cars, on average, lose 51% of their purchase value in three years, compared to 37% for petrol-powered vehicles.
The decline in resale value can be partly attributed to manufacturers lowering electric car prices to boost sales. Additionally, experts suggest that the trend of higher depreciation rates is expected to continue. Consequently, car subscription services are becoming hesitant to include electric vehicles in their offerings due to the financial risk involved. Fleet management organizations are also unlikely to provide competitive rates for operating leases on electric vehicles.
If the current trend continues, customers may find it financially burdensome as the resale value of electric cars could be lower than the final payout amount at the end of a lease or loan term. Understanding these concerns, Toyota is evaluating the possibility of introducing a “full-service” lease program to alleviate reservations customers may have about electric cars. This program would be implemented with the launch of the BZ4X, Toyota’s first electric model to be sold in Australia from February 2024.
Apart from lease programs, Toyota is heavily investing in battery technology and manufacturing techniques, aiming to enhance reliability, longevity, and ultimately, resale values. The accumulated expertise in battery production and the strict quality control measures give Toyota a competitive edge. Each battery pack produced by Toyota’s partner, Panasonic, undergoes a 20-day aging process, twice as long as those used by other manufacturers. This commitment to quality ensures that Toyota’s electric cars’ battery packs outlast their rivals’.
Looking towards the future, Toyota plans to introduce next-generation electric vehicles in 2026, equipped with batteries leveraging new technologies and offering a cruising range of up to 1000km.
It remains to be seen whether Toyota’s efforts will indeed have a significant impact on the resale value of electric cars. As the market evolves and technology advances, consumers will have to weigh the benefits of owning an electric vehicle against potential depreciation risks. Despite the challenges, Toyota’s determination to improve resale values showcases its commitment to the electric car revolution.
Joshua Dowling has been a reputable motoring journalist for over two decades, having worked for prominent publications such as The Sydney Morning Herald and CarAdvice/Drive. With his vast experience in the industry, Dowling brings valuable insights to the world of automobiles.
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