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February 26, 2012 at 11:39 am
Lithium Game Changer: Battery cost dropping below $200 per kWh soon, says Tesla Elon Musk.
We have another report on dramatic Lithium Game Changer for the Electric Cars mass market applications. This time it is from Elon Musk and as reported by AutoBlogGreen, who confirms previous estimations that prices for Lithium Batteries can drop to $200 per kWh in the nearest future. How significant is it? Coupled with rumors about potential breakthrough in Lithium Batteries technology for the mass market electric cars from Renault, it means that Renault Zoe with 220 miles range can have 35 kWh battery at a cost price of $7,000. With Renault leasing scheme this cost can be translated into monthly payments of $73 dollars, assuming 8 years warranty on the battery. Now the scheme for Renault ZE electric cars starts at just under $100 dollars payment per month for 100 mile range battery and depends of your mileage per year. Economically now we can talk about electric cars like Renault Zoe or Nissan Leaf at the entry cost level of $20,000 dollars and battery lease payments of $100 per month. If they can deliver 220 miles range we can talk about mass market for electric cars.
February 27, 2012 at 11:08 pm
More political favors? The taxpayer kickbacks weren't enough? My car has a range that exceeds that by 50 miles...can I drive in those lanes?
February 29, 2012 at 12:00 am
Misleading article. The Volt's 435 pound battery provides 10.4 kW of usable energy, less than a half of a gallon of gasoline (one gallon of gasoline has 36.6 kW of energy).