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Old 12-28-2012, 08:26 AM
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It seems the real unknown for EV adoption is battery pack replacement cost. Tesla seems to be showing that long (~260 mile) range battery packs can be built. Prices should drop as volume increases, but there will be a battery pack replacement somewhere along the way. Everything else (brakes, tires, etc.) seems to be comparable between EVs and non-EV cars.

If BMW provides a 96 month/100,000 mile battery pack warranty similar to what Nissan is doing, EVs could become viable alternatives to the internal combustion engine power option. I suspect extended battery pack warranty will become a requirement for any manufacturer wanting to offer EVs. Given the requirement to boost CAFE ratings to 50+ mpg, EVs appear to be destined to be a significant part of the solution. I suspect part of the sales price of larger, non-EV cars will include a subsidy for the EV owners battery pack replacement.
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