@ anandvy . You are right. infact the major catalyst that will speed up the sales of EV is definately increase in fuel price every where right now. And because of this , It is normal for people to start thinking on how to cut down expenses especially on anything that burn fuel.This move will then lead to decrease in price and use in the other types of vechicles and increase in Ev and decrease in the price.
So true .... indeed I believe also that the key that will move people to buy EV cars is the price of the product (electric car) and the availability of the product. For example, the average income in the E.U is about 34.000 euros per annum so easily we can realize that car with price from 30.000 euros is difficult to be sold. The price must be as much as close to price of a regular car.
JLS, anandvy - interesting model proposals. Not clear to me, though, what happens to all these batteries when they outlive their usefulness. Any one know what sort of recycling efforts are being built around the EV-battery niche?
anandvy - shocking isn't it, the constant rising price of oil and our ongoing dependency on it? There has to be a point at which people say "that's just not affordable any more, and I have to find an alternative."
Problem, though, is that the cost of electricity also rises every year (at least here in Europe...in Barcelona, we're still still digesting the pretty steep percentage increase for public transportation, natural gas, electricity). So, while I think it's still considerable less than filling up at a gas stations, the charging costs for EVs also has to be factored in.
JLS - Good point. The durability of these batteries probably will factor into at least some consumers' thought process. A car is a big investment, and it makes sense that folks will want to amortize the cost over at least 7-10 years. But even with "regular" cars, I don't most people are hanging on to them beyond 10 years.
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