• RobSays

    Congrats on overall balanced and we’ll written answers. As someone who has been driving an EV since 2011 I can say from experience this is rare. I do want to add some missing relevant information to your answer about battery cost.

    Unless there is some kind of freak catastrophic battery failure, or an accident where battery cells are ejected from the car, there is never any need to replace the entire battery pack on an EV. Yes, if you want to, Nissan’s Leaf replacement battery pack is $5,500 (actually about $6k including mounting parts & labor). But you don’t have to pay that. Individual weak or bad cells can be replaced as needed. A friend of ours got his Leaf in November 2011. He drives so far to and from work every day that he fully charges twice a day most days. I think he said he has a little over 70,000 miles. Recently he’s noticed he can only charge to 97%-98% instead of 100%. This hasn’t been a problem, but he talked with a tech who told him to just replace what he needs when he’s ready.

    A few years ago I read somewhere replacement cells were around $450 installed. At that time though a full Leaf battery pack was $8,500. I don’t know how much individual cells cost now. The ‘Lizard’ batteries now are much better anyway. Hope this helps.

  • Padamson

    Jordan and Amber, great article and touches on the key areas around EVs, large format rechargeable batteries, and some thoughts on the future (solar cell cars). I would like to add some color around the End of Life options for batteries used in autos (including green buses, industrial equipment, and motive). The future of sustainability in the near term is reuse, not recycling. While I am not typically a fan of “kicking the can down the road” for future folks to deal with, in this case it makes sense. Several auto makers, beyond BMW, including GM and Toyota, are looking at ways to incorporate “spent” (i.e. less than 90% of charge capacity) batteries into consumer and small commercial energy storage. This second life will allow for the recycling community to improve collection, transportation, and recycling processes in order to monetize these was products safely.
    On a national front, the folks at Call2Recycle have key initiatives to manage these products and several commercial groups are working hard to tackle the matter through a hierarchal approach – repair, refurbishment, recovery, reutilization and finally recycling.
    Keep up the good reporting!
    #Call2Recycle #Sustainability #MonetizeWaste #GetSpinnegrated