Battery Replacement - Saabnet.com Bulletin Board
I also thought about the battery replacement issue. The only real world, long-term experience that I have seen available is for a Toyota Prius (Prii?), which has now been in production for 20 years. DISCLAIMER: I acknowledge that the Prius battery is much smaller than a Tesla, Volt or Bolt battery.
A Toyota dealer will charge you something like $3500+ to replace the battery in a Prius; the prices are reduced by a $1,350 "core credit" for the old battery pack being replaced, which the dealer then recycles. Many non-dealer mechanics don't want to touch them, which forces the point.
Seeing as an expensive problem can present a business opportunity, some enterprising people have developed solutions for much lower cost battery replacement, which includes coming to your house and installing a refurbished (not all-new) battery there for less than $750 (see link) - there is even an ad for a similar service in Sacramento for $599. The Toyota batteries are made of cells, and dead individual cells can be replaced with new ones for something like $25 each.
I am not sure how this is going to play out on the more sophisticated water-cooled batteries found in Teslas, Volts or Bolts, but I do know that there are many of these cars already in junkyards due to collision damage, and used battery packs are readily available; I have also seen new battery packs on Ebay for hobbyists that want to create something.
On purely electric car, this is probably the largest expense waiting to occur. Contrast this to my experience with German cars with timing belts that require a $1800+ timing belt service every five or so years, brakes much more frequently, oil changes, etc.
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Posts in this Thread:
- OT: Irrational Exurbance?, MI-Roger , Wed, 12 Jul 2017 08:32:56
- Re: another interesting discussion n/m, Tom g , Tue, 18 Jul 2017 13:01:20
- Amazing ownership experience, vvk, Fri, 14 Jul 2017 16:19:27
- I still don't understand all of the attraction, MI-Roger , Sat, 15 Jul 2017 14:40:18
- Let me explain, vvk, Mon, 17 Jul 2017 05:54:35
- OK, now I understand your position, MI-Roger , Tue, 18 Jul 2017 04:55:16
- Re: Let me explain, Tom g , Mon, 17 Jul 2017 19:29:11
- I know it is difficult to believe, I was in the same boat, vvk, Tue, 18 Jul 2017 07:44:41
- Man, spot on., Justin VanAbrahams, Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:15:00
- Re: thanks for the info, Tom g , Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:56:10
- Not me, vvk, Wed, 19 Jul 2017 04:04:29
- Electric vehicle recharging is shockingly inexpensive, MI-Roger , Tue, 18 Jul 2017 05:07:52
- Re: I still don't understand all of the attraction, JerseySaab , Sat, 15 Jul 2017 18:58:28
- Re: OT: Irrational Exurbance?, Dean, Fri, 14 Jul 2017 09:29:47
- Why I buy used cars... and never first model years!, Snowmobile , Wed, 12 Jul 2017 09:03:51
- Re: OT: Irrational Exurbance?, JerseySaab , Wed, 12 Jul 2017 08:53:42
- Electric car fee, Finch, Thu, 13 Jul 2017 11:39:11
- Re: OT: Irrational Exurbance?, Bill Homer, Wed, 12 Jul 2017 09:38:52
- Re: OT: Irrational Exurbance?, JerseySaab , Wed, 12 Jul 2017 15:46:57
- Re: OT: Irrational Exurbance?, Bill Homer, Thu, 13 Jul 2017 08:44:22
- Substantial??, A1-turbo, Thu, 13 Jul 2017 11:54:31
- EPA mileage vs real world, vvk, Fri, 14 Jul 2017 16:28:23
- Skewed comparisons, Bill Homer, Thu, 13 Jul 2017 21:54:59
- Re: volt, Tom g , Tue, 18 Jul 2017 13:00:09
- Re: volt, Bill Homer, Tue, 18 Jul 2017 22:10:44
- Re: Skewed comparisons, Snowmobile , Fri, 14 Jul 2017 06:53:11
- Fuel cost savings changes by around $10, A1-turbo, Fri, 14 Jul 2017 06:28:26
- Re: OT: Irrational Exurbance?, JerseySaab , Thu, 13 Jul 2017 11:46:12
- Re: OT: Irrational Exurbance?, A1-turbo, Wed, 12 Jul 2017 12:05:39
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