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Battery Replacement

Posted by Bill Homer [Email] (more from Bill Homer) on Sat, 15 Jul 2017 09:30:24 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Re: OT: Irrational Exurbance?, Dean, Fri, 14 Jul 2017 09:29:47
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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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