auto industry is doing better today than it has in months past, but
they still have a way to go before things are back to the point they
were before the economy tanked. Many automakers are betting on
electric vehicles (EVs) as the next big thing in the automotive
industry along with hybrids. Many automakers are rushing to get full
electric vehicles on the market to meet what they expect to be a big
consumer push.Renault Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has given up a
few details on the plans
for EVs from Nissan and according to Ghosn, Nissan and
Renault plan to jointly build 500,000 EVs each year by the end of
2013. He stated that Nissan plans to sell 20,000 electric Leaf
vehicles in the US over the next year. He further predicts that
Nissan will be "capacity constrained" for the Leaf for the
next three years.Nissan and Renault will each have four EVs
in their respective lines by 2013. The four
EV Nissan models will include the Leaf and will include one
EV luxury car branded with the Infiniti badge. Nissan also has plans
to produce 200,000 battery packs annually and 150,000 vehicles in the
U.S. alone by 2014 in its Leaf factory in Tennessee.Ghosn
also stated that he expected EVs to account for 10% of all vehicles
sold globally by 2020 claiming that the 10% figure is "very
that Ghosn also expects global auto sales to increase 3% in 2011 by
about 2.5 million units sold.At the same time Renault Nissan
are talking up EVs that are coming, there are calls by EV advocates
for businesses to use more EVs. The group is made up to retired
military and business leaders and is asking Congress to do more
EV use for business around the nation. The group is called
the Electrification Coalition and wants 150,000 more EVs in business
fleets by 2015.Big companies like FedEx that do huge amounts
of driving are some of the main targets by groups looking to improve
EV use in businesses. FedEx CEO Fred Smith said, "The case is
very strong for a number of fleet applications over the next five
years. Fleet electrification alone will not solve our pressing energy
security challenges, but by bringing costs down, it will provide a
critical boost to the consumer electric vehicle market."
quote: "The case is very strong for a number of fleet applications over the next five years. Fleet electrification alone will not solve our pressing energy security challenges, but by bringing costs down, it will provide a critical boost to the consumer electric vehicle market."
quote: I bet that it really never does make much of an impact on the standard consumer market
quote: I bet that it really never does make much of an impact on the standard consumer market.
quote: Long range drivers should stop every 2-3 hours and rest for 15-30 minutes for safety reasons.
quote: The impact of this is huge on the consumer market.
quote: Once you scale up production on EVs (and all of the required parts), the costs should start going down very quickly.
quote: Lower costs will also mean better range, and that's on top of the advancements that will (most likely) already happen with the extra research in this field.
quote: Don't think so, mainly because of limited range
quote: Also remember that just because something is cheap, does not mean that it will sell like hotcakes
quote: While more sales will mean more private R&D into batteries, just pouring money on a project does not mean there will be huge advances in technology. Right now huge sums of money around the world are going into battery R&D to get a decent range out of a pure EV and the best that we see now is about 100 miles?
quote: Talk to me when they can get 300 and then we have a workable EV for the masses.
quote: I'm not even sure how to answer this, honestly. I just don't see how you can think that producing 500k EVs will not have any benefits for the consumer market, even if the initial 500k aren't really targetted at the consumer.
quote: At this point, price is probably the biggest issue with EVs. Most people do not need a car that travels more than the range of "current" EVs.
quote: Being able to build 500k EV's is not the same as being able to SELL them. What's the market demand for EV's? That's the real question.
quote: That's what YOU need, that is not necessarily what everyone else needs. Are planning to buy a Leaf or other EV?
quote: I'm not sure why you want to tell me what I need or don't need. Its funny how some people can take a general statement of fact and try to apply it to individual cases.
quote: Or are you trying to argue that most people in the world need a car that travels more than 50km between charges?
quote: Actually, isn't it possible that, given appropriate financial motivation, consumers will change their driving habits? .....what happens when gas prices go up significantly (double or triple)?