Future cars may live a lot longer, analysts believe – Roadshow

Vehicle lifecycles are typically about five years with updates sprinkled in, but the lifespan could double to 10

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Couple the zero-emissions powertrain with the emergence of over-the-air updates, and the idea of a 10-year vehicle life cycle doesn’t seem incredibly outrageous.

A new vehicle arrives, it undergoes some typically mild changes after a couple years and then a new generation arrives after five years or so.

Vehicle lifecycles are typically about five years with updates sprinkled in, but the lifespan could double to 10 years.

The longer life cycles analysts forecast will also likely save automaker money and reserve resources for other areas, such as self-driving technology.

Meanwhile, owners still receive numerous new features via over-the-air updates to keep the car feeling fresh.

Yes, the car’s received a succession of new battery technology along the way, but the Model S on sale today looks a lot like the Model S sold years back.

The Model S continues to soldier on with few substantial changes to the interior and exterior after eight years.

Plenty of cars need attention more often than others, such as sports cars, to keep them feeling fresh in such a niche segment.

WardsAuto reported on how things could shift in the years to come, especially as more electric cars hit the roads.

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