$29,000 to replace EV’s battery, and that’s just the latest problem.


 

First note the mileage, 70K.

To drive 70K in my Camry would, at today’s Biden gasoline prices, cost me $10,700.

And my Camry is larger, more comfortable, and has more cargo space.

Now at the current cost per kWh from my latest bill the additional cost of the electricity to drive 70K miles is $5,460. Again the EV is a smaller car with much less cargo space.  This model is also a hybrid so that would be travelling on plug-in power only.

So to drive those 70k miles in ten years the owner used up a $29,800 battery pack and at least an additional $5,460 +:  Or $35,300.   By the way, the gas tank on my Camry is doing just fine, at 97K miles.

But to get the model year of the car I used the VIN printed on the bill to look up the service history.

https://www.chevyvindecoder.com/VOLT/2012/1G1RB6E4XCU113962/

The first entry in the service history for the car was in 2012:

DRIVER HAD RETURNED HOME, STOPPED CAR, DEPRESSED GEAR SHIFTER BUTTON TO PUT GEAR IN PARK, AND WAS ELECTROCUTED FROM THE POINT OF GEAR SHIFTER.

Not fatally.   But also not the last time the car tried to kill him. Read the whole thing.

The battery pack on a Hybrid is naturally smaller (and less expensive to replace?) than the battery pack on a full EV.   Food for thought.

 

About On the North River

Forty years toiled in the Tel-com industry, married for 36 years widowed at sixty-one. New girlfriend at sixty-five. Was a Tea Party supporter. Today a follower of the Last American President to be honestly elected, Donald J. Trump.
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2 Responses to $29,000 to replace EV’s battery, and that’s just the latest problem.

  1. buckeyebob says:

    I just got back from a trip into town in my wifes new Kia Rio 5 door Hatchback . The average fuel economy on this trip was 51.2 mpg . We’re old and drive like we have a brain cell or two and why would I even want an electric car ?

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    • You wanting the EV isn’t the point. “They” don’t want you to have an ICE vehicle. It gives you too much freedom.
      If you live in Cali and live long enough you won’t have the choice. ICE will be banned.
      But the end game isn’t for everyone with an regular car today to have an EV in some ‘tomorrow’. There isn’t enough electric power, or lithium or rare earths.
      You will ride the bus or the train.

      But the same “They” will still have their private cars. Because they’re special.

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