I’m not a car guy by any stretch, but I still love the idea of a hybrid or fully electric car parked in my garage… until I see the sticker prices. Yes, I’m dedicated to keeping my environmental footprint in check, but the current prices of vehicles like the Volt, Prius, and LEAF will keep me in gas-powered cars for the foreseeable future.
Or will they? Apparently, the makers of two of the most well-known EV models – Nissan and GM – are considering price reductions. Could that change the market for hybrids and EVs? Could they create situations where EV drivers are actually saving money even though they’ve bought a more expensive car? This week at Hangin’ with sustainablog, we’ll toss those questions and more at Zachary Shahan, site director at Cleantechnica (and total electric vehicle gearhead). Got questions or thoughts about what reduced prices on the Volt and LEAF might do for the EV market? Then join us…
The party starts at 10am Central on Friday, January 25. Join us for the live broadcast – either as a participant or a viewer – or catch up later with video and/or audio recordings.
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The way I see it is, at present an electric car merely moves the hydrocarbon from he roadway to the powerplant.
If you are served by a nonpoluting power supply, eg water or wind or solar, you are ahead.
The Ideal setup would be a solar cell and battery system at your home to
store electricity to charge the car overnight. It could be automatically be suplimented by the grid if necessary.
With micro cell technology arising, the entire car could be a solar cell, charging the car while driving or parked.
The only way any of this is going to work is if the major portion of the driving public can afford to own the car.
Batteries and motors must get better and cheaper.
Solar charging stations could be made from roofs of businesses or government buildings. A meter provided would sell the energy to pay for the equipment.
Our Government makes contributions to researchers as well as having reseachers on their payroll. We are paying for these advances through taxes and the manufacturers are given it and charge way too much to purchasers.
If the price were lower, the demand would be greater and production cost would go down, further lowering the price.
Someone in the chain has to take a loss to get this into more hands. It would logically be the manufacturers. They could make their loss back as production costs drop and the number of units sold go up.
Replacement batteries would also go down in price as more units were intigrated.
There should be s standardizatiom of batteries so there would easier and cheaper replacement. It would be expensive and inconvenient to stock a hundred or more battery packs, essenially the engine of the car, at a business.
Homemade builders use banks of standard batteries. Why can’t manufactures do the same, using the new batteries they develope?
We’ll definitely discuss many of these issues tomorrow, Charles – thanks for chiming in.