Ease up on the lead foot.
Hey hey now!! I totally drive like a grandma!
Srsly, the vehicle I'm replacing is by no means an economy car. Not in the gas guzzler category either, but not great. So my own reference point could be higher than others for that reason. Drive to work (40 km round trip) most days and fairly frequent trips to job sites for inspections and commissioning, so it adds up. Then add in weekends faffing around doing family chores and shit.
Anyone that subs in a good amount of cycling or transit to work, or has the option to spend a few days working from home would not see the same benefit.
So it roughly speaking, it would take me 12-15ish years to break even with the battery replacement cost (if I use my article's 12K price tag).
That's true now, but there is some pretty amazing research in battery tech right now. Have a look at what's going on with Lithium-air and Sodium-ion batteries. They're knocking down the big three barriers of cost, charging rate and weight and damn fast. Hell, just this week they've announced a new breakthrough to make Li-Ion batteries cheaper and hold more charge -[HTML_REMOVED] http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140331144143.htm
I don't see batteries costing anything like today's prices in 8 years. Just my WAG.
Not knocking the EV choice, I'm actually very interested in the SUV they're bringing to market, but I find the price comparison to not be as straightforward as the marketing would have me think it is.
For sure … at the end of the day, they have a product and they want to sell it. Grain of salt required.
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