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Chevy Volt: It's Not Time to Panic

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J. Williams
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Re: The chevy volt is important
J. Williams   9/17/2012 12:50:01 PM
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High volumes only serve to make things less expensive when the labor costs dominate.  I'm not able to say one way or the other at this point, but I rather suspect the material costs will tend to keep large batteries expensive.  All the automation and process improvement will only help reduce the labor costs of assembling these cells.  High volumes may in fact raise prices on batteries as the demand for limited resources goes higher.

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Battery prices
Charles Murray   9/17/2012 6:52:22 PM
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Engineers and industry analysts predict the prices will drop with economies of scale, but not as much as all of us hope. Two engineers -- both with major auto companies that are building electric cars -- have told me that they foresee battery PACK (not cell) costs coming down to between $250 and $300/kWh between 2020 and 2025. Several analysts have made similar predictions of $300/kWh - $400/kWh by 2020. Today, the figure is said to be closer to $800/kWh, according to automakers, analysts and the National Academy of Engineering. At $300/kWh, a big 85-kWh lithium-ion battery like the one in the Tesla Model S would run $25K, so much work remains.

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Mydesign   9/17/2012 11:28:42 PM
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3drob, you calculations are correct, if they are going for mass production. In mass production the cost per vehicle comes down to bottom level. But here the news is GM is selling each Volt for a loss of approximately $30,000.

Charles Murray
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Re: The chevy volt is important
Charles Murray   10/1/2012 9:51:17 PM
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I agree, J. Williams.  The other cost contributor is cooling systems. The National Academy of Engineering estimates that half the cost of a battery pack lies in the cooling system.

rohvemula
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Re: The chevy volt is important
rohvemula   12/14/2012 1:16:28 PM
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Mr. McDermott:
You said right, at present technical conditions VOLT is the right vehicle. I use it. But the price should come down to max . and the tax rebate should be rollover or upfornt . These are some economical issue with this car.

Also this car should make as FIVESEATER to make this attaractive and pleasant to look inside ( the back seating.

 

Thanks

Roh Vemula

 

rohvemula
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Re: Economic Feasibility
rohvemula   12/14/2012 1:20:30 PM
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It is ecnomically feasable, until the price of these vehicles are down. The rebates should be retolled/reworked to make use it by all. This is a luxary vehcile in looks and ride. It is one a kind and this is the just begingin. Let us not kill the concept. Or look for the time to pay $10 per gallon and become economical slaves to oil producing countires.

tekochip
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tekochip   12/14/2012 5:21:04 PM
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I almost bought the diesel rabbit truck! The performance was so poor that the gas pedal was really nothing more than an "on/off" switch.

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