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Chevy Volt a Failure - GM to Layoff 1,300

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Evil Bastard (aka Chris_L), Mar 2, 2012.

  1. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

  2. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    The batteries lose capacity over time. If you had access to a swappable battery at all times, it means that after 8, 10, 15 years, you would still have access to a fresh battery with full capacity. But by then, the battery that would have come with your car would have been only at 50, 60, 70 percent capacity. Who is going to subsidize the extra cost to keep new batteries in rotation to service all the cars with access to one of those stations? As it stands now, at some point you are going to have to pony up more money for a new battery when the capacity is degraded enough. There'd have to be something in place with that system that only gives you access to the station for a fixed number of years.

    One logistical problem I can foresee also, you are SOL if you are in an area where all the swappable battery stations are out of freshly charged batteries.
  3. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

    A subscription model could probably make that work, and it would bring with it the added benefit to the consumer of knowing what your "fuel" costs will be on a monthly basis. ExxonMobil, for instance, could add battery swaps to their SpeedPass system, and users could pull up, swap out a battery and be back on the road with a ration of jerky and lotto tickets from the convenience store in similar time as the folks pumping gas.

    It would probably take a bit of time for them to figure out how much stock of fully-charged batteries they'd need to have on hand, but if they have a couple of charging stations onsite as backup, that would ensure that any customer who pulls in will be able to get some juice.

    Obviously, as you rightfully always point out, all of this needs to become cost effective for consumers, but I really don't think it's that far fetched.
  4. Scout

    Scout Active Member

    You know, they never really committed electric vehicles to trucks, so I guess it’s not that viable or the future of the automotive industry.
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