Posted by: arnegrim | September 13, 2010

Batteries made in America

Good news for jobs… (although its provided very few so far, it’s better than none)


“The Energy Department estimates that the 48 advanced battery and electric drive projects announced last year under the $2.4 billion program could lead to the production of about 75,000 batteries by next year and 500,000 batteries annually by 2014. Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and South Carolina are the states with the largest share of the projects.

Despite the fanfare, the battery industry faces many hurdles. Gas-electric hybrid vehicles represent about 1 percent of new vehicle sales, and many plug-in hybrids and battery electric cars are just entering the market.

Costs are high. The government has estimated that a battery with a 100-mile range costs about $33,000, although stimulus money could bring that down to $10,000 by the end of 2015.”

$33,000 for a BATTERY with a 100 mile range… that doesn’t include the vehicle it’s supposed to power…

“Regular car batteries will generally need replacing on average about every three or four years. Hybrid car battery packs, on the other hand, are commonly warranted to last for about eight to 10 years. Testing indicates that they may eventually actually outlast the car itself.

If figures in years don’t do it for you, let’s say the batteries are designed to last between 150,000 and 200,000 miles.”

Let’s do a little quick math… If you had a vehicle that got 25 mpg you would need approximately 8,000 gallons to travel 200,000 miles.  Now, assuming the cost of gas was $4.00/gallon… you would spend $32,000 to travel that 200,000 miles… vs $33,000 for a battery at 100 miles/charge.  (That cost doesn’t include charging said battery… which should be minimal in comparison)

There need to be some major advances and huge cost reductions to make this anywhere near affordable for the average consumer.


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