Anonymous asked in EnvironmentAlternative Fuel Vehicles · 1 decade ago

Battery Electric Vehicles - Facts and Forecasts?


i´m interested in battery electric vehicles and searching for current sales figures, market analysis, sales forecasts etc...



Thanks for your answers so far, but what im looking for are any credible forecasts as to how many electric vehicles will be sold in 2030 for example.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Available in California in October 2008, the Aptera typ-1e will cost about $27,000 with a top speed of 95 mph and range of 120 miles per charge.

    Soon thereafter Aptera will introduce the typ-1h, a plug-in hybrid version of the typ-1e with a 40-60 mile range on purely electrical energy, and a range of over 600 miles total when in electric/gas hybrid mode, for around $30,000. On a 120 mile trip, the typ-1h will get 300 miles per gallon. The shorter the trip, the higher the efficiency.

    Available in late 2009, the ZAP Alias will cost $30,000, have a top speed of 100 mph, and a range of 100 miles per charge.

    Soon thereafter the ZAP-X will be available at a cost of $60,000 with a top speed of 155 mph and a range of 350 miles per charge.

    Available in 2009, the Miles Javlon will cost $30-35,000 with a top speed of 80 mph and a range of 120 miles per charge.

    Phoenix Motorcars will start selling their SUT to individuals in late 2008 or early 2009. It will cost $45,000 and have a top speed of 100 mph with a range of 100+ miles per charge.

    Available in Fall 2009, the cityZenn will have a top speed of 80 mph and range of 250 miles per charge. No price has yet been established.

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  • Dr. C
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    1 decade ago

    Hmm.... It appears there are no forecasts for this.

    It seems that energy futures analysis is being complicated, mostly by transitory geo-political issues, and overly hyped environmental issues.

    The things we are fairly certain will happen:

    1) Petroleum will still exist, and should be near current values.

    2) Biofuels will see an increased use, with additional farmland being pressed into service.

    3) Despite government efforts to push hydrogen fueled vehicles, the technology has already reached its maximum potential, and will fail for various economic, environmental, and physical reasons. The idea of a hydrogen fueled car will become something of a throw-back, just like personal air vehicles and the robotic kitchen.

    4) Additional research, and the trials of time, will show that the hysteria over global warming was largely unjustified. Some policies may be in place to limit CO2, but they will not be as extreme as what currently exists. New oil sources will be opened to drilling, and formerly "depleted" sources will be revisited.

    5) With lighter body materials and slightly more advanced batteries, electric (battery) vehicles may see an increase in range towards 200 miles, with a recharge time of a few hours. However, they will still cost about the same, in comparison to combustion vehicles.

    The problems are that we have no ideas when the public opinions and government policies will change. We know they will change, but the number of electric cars will be influenced by when, which will be influenced by who wins elections and what-not.

    For example, if Republicans maintain a strong presence in Congress and keep the Presidency, then it is likely that government will have a largely "hands-off" approach. This will leave the industry at the will of market forces, which will favor the continued use of combustion vehicles, well into 2030, although many multi-car families may start buying electric commuting cars.

    If Democrats gain control of Congress and the Presidency, they will move government to being much more intrusive. Large sums of money will be spent on a hydrogen infrastructure (which will ultimately go unused), and new oil finds will remain untapped, drastically increasing the price of oil. In an attempt to reduce the price, they will drain the strategic reserve, setting the United States up for an energy catastrophe. They will also implement a carbon credit trading scheme which will further increase the cost of energy. The end result is that gasoline will reach roughly $6 per gallon by 2012, and $10 per gallon by 2016. People will rapidly adopt electric cars at that time. Inevitably, people are not stupid, and will recognize the failures of the Democrat Congress and President, and they will be replaced with Republicans who will counter many of the destructive policies. Gasoline will rapidly drop back to $4 - $5 per gallon. However, people will probably continue to use electric cars for their normal commuting, although the number on the road will decline starting from 2018.

    So you see, there are two scenarios which have drastically different outcomes. In one scenario, market forces cause a gradual adoption, while in the other scenario, government interference will cause a rapid adoption followed by a decline as market forces are reasserted.

    The thing you really need to focus on though, is that in 2030 the energy sources will be pretty much the same as they are today, but with more potential for biofuels. Battery powered vehicles will also have the same disadvantages as they have today. Similar market forces usually mean a similar outcome.

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  • 4 years ago

    Yes the are recyclable, even the current day car batteries are recyclable, there is a place just down the street from me that buys used car batteries, and most auto wrecker sell the used batteries from cars that they take out of cars to a recycle plant. When you buy a new battery, they give you a discount for turning in your old battery. many of these are taken apart and the internal parts cleaned and reuse, with only the casing having to be recycled into is base material.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The number will be low as the battery range is too small and it will decrease with the age of the battery.

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  • 1 decade ago

    All I'm sure of is Tesla Motors and Phoenix Motorcars. But I think there are other companies on the horizon.

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