If we drove around in EVs, million mile cars would be the norm, rather than the exception.
A series DC motor can last 500,000-1,000,000 miles in an automotive application with no maintenance except for brush changes(every 100,000 miles or so costing $15 and taking 20 minutes to do yourself), and no repairs in a normal application.
An AC motor can in theory last 2 million+ miles with zero maintenance at all. Alan Cocconi of AC Propulsion uses one for his electric Honda CRX, and it is rated for 1 million miles...
I thought it was sad when on the radio the other day the DJ's were saying something about "old cars" haveing 130,000 miles.
the most I've had on a car was 250,000 and it was in perfect condition, to me 100,000 miles is just braking it in, but then again, amarican compenies design their cars to only last 120,000 on average, 6.5 years is their goal.
I just today sold my vw rabbit diesel to a family who was shocked that it was such a low mile vehicle, 153,000 miles, "it's almost new!"