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Battery Prices for Electric Vehicles Fall 14%, BNEF Says

Bloomberg -- The average price of lithium-ion battery packs for electric vehicles fell 14 percent in the past year as production capacity exceeded demand, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said.

Batteries cost $689 a kilowatt-hour in the first quarter of 2012, compared with $800 a year earlier, the London-based research company said today in a statement.

Prices for batteries have dropped 30 percent since 2009, making electric vehicles less expensive.

“Batteries are one of the biggest drivers of the cost of electric vehicles,” New Energy Finance Chief Executive Officer Michael Liebreich said in the statement. “A sharp decline in price may be unwelcome for battery manufacturers, but it is essential for the long-term health of the sector.”


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Submitted Apr 17, 2012 By: Mudsprings
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sparky808
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Thank you for posting.
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ok
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 5:19:04 AM

Wow, great news! Another example of American innovation!
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 5:10:47 AM

I still don't want one.
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 12:49:50 AM



At least some relief for some folks
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 11:12:30 PM

Must be EV day???
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 11:05:13 PM

Good but still not enough
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 11:03:36 PM

a lot of good news?
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 11:00:29 PM

That's fantastic. Is the price going to be passed on to the buyers?
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 10:58:17 PM

a bit of good news?
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 10:57:50 PM

Drop the price AND increase the range!
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 10:56:23 PM

I wonder what the lifespan is for a lithium battery for one of those electric cars?
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 10:55:28 PM

who cares! how is this going green??? where is the energy coming from to recharge those over priced junk cars
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 10:54:00 PM

Now that's a real shocker!!!!!!!!!.I thought that the demand for electric hybrid vehicles would increase the demand for that particular commodity.
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 10:51:54 PM

Good news.
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ok
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At least some relief for some folks
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 10:47:12 PM

Moving forward, one step at a time.
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 10:46:37 PM

still too rich for me.
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 10:44:22 PM

Electric is sill expensive it just switching who you pay gas to damm high
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 10:44:20 PM

Good things are looking up for EVs.
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 10:41:22 PM

however, they are still very expensive
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 10:37:20 PM


Most electronic devices have followed Moore’s Law to a reasonable degree.
Is it possible that EVs could do the same? It seems unlikely.
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 10:35:19 PM

glad to see something going down in price
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 10:30:34 PM

Wow...I thought they would cost way more..
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 10:29:53 PM

The cost is still way too expensive.
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 10:29:03 PM

...now the hybrid and electric vehicles must drop 14+%...
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 10:28:56 PM

Need battery manufacturers to stay in business or alternative energy falls.
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 10:26:24 PM

Yes, but neither electric cars nor batteries are anything new. To think that either will follow the prices trends of calculators is ludicrous.
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 10:26:06 PM

They may be cheaper but they are still far too expensive.
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 10:24:19 PM

The Ford Model T was $850 when introduced in 1914. It had dropped to $260 by 1927 for a similarly equipped vehicle, the last year Ford built the Model T.

The same thing will happen with batteries. In fact, with high tech devices (like batteries) the drop will be more substantial. In 1970 you could buy a handheld electronic calculator for $70 (it was also 4 by 7 inches and 1 inch thick). It was a very basic calculator - the scientific calculator was still almost a decade away. The same type of calculator today can be had for $1, its the size of a credit card, and you never have to replace batteries or plug it in. This has been true at least since 1990.

The potential is there for electric cars to be as cheap as any other car in just 10 or 15 years. Hopefully it will be that soon. However, with the state of affairs today, it may never happen. But the potential is there.

I choose to be hopeful.
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 10:23:37 PM

The batteries will improve and will become cost effective with time....
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 10:22:02 PM

Prices have to still go down a long ways for this to work. Souding better - now drop the prices on the electric vehicles and that might help.
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Prices only fell because of insufficient demand
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 10:14:22 PM

Still a major expense. and where to put all the old batteries. Let's do nuclear cars
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Nice
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Better and better news
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Ok
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If they keep raising the price of gas, electric cars are going to catch on very quickly.
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I dont know....
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How 'bout a really long extension cord?
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 9:56:57 PM

Keep bringing down the price so we can stop using gas.
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 9:55:59 PM

omg 2012
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Good,good!
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 9:50:49 PM

Good news.
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CNG
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 9:49:57 PM

Wait till nobama and his cronnies get their hands on this, price will go back up!
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 9:47:34 PM

i can wait
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Starting to fall into place?
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thats great news
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