mlab

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  1. The hydro electricity part, I agree with entirely. The 8k incentive, however, is another story. lol
  2. Hi, I'm interested in buying a used i-Miev or Smart and I'm wondering how prices are going to change in the next 2 to 3 years. As I understand it, up to 2/3 of the price on small cars like these is coming from the expensive battery. As car companies start producing their own batteries, or as battery suppliers get better equipped to manufacture huge quantities of better, cheaper battery technologies and Giga battery factories start being built around the world (Tesla in the US, Daimler in Germany, CATL in China), lithium-ion batteries are expected to drop in price (perhaps faster than the expected 7% annually) and that would have a huge effect on the price of both new and used cars. Of course, there are other factors affecting used EV prices such as the number of lease returns, new offerings from new companies entering the market (most have promised to get in the game by 2020), ICE car prices, gas prices... If I get into EVs now, and start saving fuel, I could be losing these savings to the higher price I'll pay. Oversimplified example : I buy an 8000$, 2014 ED and save 2000$ in fuel over the next 2 years. Total spent : 6000$. OR, I wait 2 years and, MAYBE, can get a 2016 for 5000-6000$. How do you think the market prices for EVs are going to change in the next 3 years?
  3. Good point on reliability not always being as high as one might expect from an EV. I will try to find one with some residual powertrain and battery warranty. I was wondering about the price for 4-5 year old EVs now VS in a few years. I'm not, however, interested in waiting to buy the 4-5 yr old car when it's 7 or 8 years old. Simply put : buy now and start saving, or wait and save just as much on the sticker price. Thanks for your input.