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nissan leaf, chevy volt

 
 
xris
 
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Reply Thu 24 Jun, 2010 03:25 am
@roger,
gas aint gas here in the UK its gas.
roger
 
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Reply Thu 24 Jun, 2010 03:32 am
@xris,
I know. Just wasn't thinking.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Thu 24 Jun, 2010 04:04 am
@Rockhead,
The hybrid battery packs for the Ford Escape are about 7500!! not just 1K$. Thats sorta why the car becomes a hunk of scrap. The car will only drive around in whats called a "limp mode". You can have the entire battery assembly disconnected to give you a 4 cylinder SUV (believe me, it aint a super peppy car in gas mode, but it takes off like a rocket in battery mode)
roger
 
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Reply Thu 24 Jun, 2010 11:50 am
@farmerman,
I tried to track down the replacement costs for the battery and came up with everything from $2500 to $10000. That was for the Prius, I believe. Anyhow, not a reassuring spread for some who doesn't appreciate uncertainty. Maybe the low numbers are optimistic projections based on economy of scale, and disregarding increases from scarcity of materials.

Oh, and some of these critters require a separate charging station at another grand or two.
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xris
 
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Reply Tue 29 Jun, 2010 04:17 am
Justhttp://www.greenbang.com/a-new-way-to-charge-electric-cars-fill-er-up-with-electrolytes_12100.html managed to find this article again, you might find it interesting.... It might eventual extend the life of batteries as well , the plates do not suffer the same with charging in this manner.

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xris
 
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Reply Tue 29 Jun, 2010 04:19 am
Justhttp://www.greenbang.com/a-new-way-to-charge-electric-cars-fill-er-up-with-electrolytes_12100.html managed to find this article again, you might find it interesting.... It might eventual extend the life of batteries as well , the plates do not suffer the same with charging in this manner.

http://www.greenbang.com/a-new-way-to-charge-electric-cars-fill-er-up-with-electrolytes_12100.html
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aimmobile
 
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Reply Tue 14 Sep, 2010 03:33 am
@dyslexia,
I love Hummer too. But for sure even for a used one it will still cost too much.
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chai2
 
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Reply Thu 15 Aug, 2013 12:15 pm
bump

I would so buy a Volt if the after incentive price came down to 20K

http://www.autoweek.com/article/20130812/CARNEWS/130819973

On the heels of the recently announced price cut for the 2014 Volt, General Motors chief executive Dan Akerson is suggesting that we may see a Volt with 60-mile electric range in three or four years.

In an interview with Bloomberg, Akerson suggests that GM is hoping for a "significant" improvement in the extended-range Chevy's ability to run solely on electric power. “For something to be significant to me, I gotta get at least 20 percent improvement in performance," the CEO asserted. "If we can get it up to 50-60 miles or more, we will, but that's gonna be another three to four years out.”

As we reported previously, GM also suggests that the cost to produce the Volt will drop $5000-$10,0000 over the next few years, allowing them to offer the current car's successor at a lower price point -- it could even drop below $20,000 once various tax incentives are included. Akerson's "three-to-four years" timeline doesn't quite square with the expected 2015 debut of the next Volt, however. We may see a one-two punch on that front, with the next car rolling out featuring specs similar to the current vehicle's at a lower price; the extra range could be saved for a refresh.

We love the current EV price war. The $139/month lease on the Smart Electric Drive suddenly makes that little city runabout a compelling proposition. Nissan's seen a big spike in sales since cutting prices on the Leaf. The 2014 Volt's $5,000 cut (placing it at $27,495 after the Federal tax credit) puts it firmly into the territory of the mainline family sedan. There's still quite a way to go before EVs outnumber internal-combustion-powered vehicles, but battery advancements and lower prices are making electric cars and plug-in hybrids/extended-range EVs a real choice for a broader segment of the population.

The next decade is going to be very, very interesting.



Read more: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20130812/carnews/130819973#ixzz2c3x41Lvq
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