The replacement cost of all those batteries is prohibitively high. The Tesla Roadster is powered by 6,831 lithium-ion batteries, the total replacement cost of which is around $25,000. And the world’s supply of lithium is limited to the Andes and Tibet (with minor reserves in Nevada and Australia); Meridian International Research speculates that we may simply not have enough raw materials to satisfy an electric vehicle boom.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Electric Car Challenges...
...while many (including Daily Sprawl) believe that electric vehicles pose reasonable options for future transit, they are not a silver bullet. This article discusses several of the challenges--with batteries being the primary problem: