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Electric cars: many models, few buyers
17 points by osrechttps://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-12-19/the-near-futu...
codeulike - 9 minutes ago
I thought this article would annoy me but its actually quite
interesting. Basic premise is: Tesla has the rest of the industry
scared, so they're all rushing to announce electric models so they
don't get left behind. But if we assume the switchover to electric
is coming in the next decade or two, how do big automakers decide
how fast to transfer? Too fast is a risk due to capital expenditure
on battery factories etc. Too slow is a risk due to being left
behind.Perhaps this explains why traditional auto manufacturers
seem to be constantly announcing exciting electric models that are
still 3 to 5 years away - they can appear to be staying in the game
without doing too much.
gnicholas - 6 minutes ago
How much of this can be explained by regulations by CA and other
states that require (or strongly incentivize) manufacturers to have
electric models?I recall reading that Fiat loses $10k in every
electric Fiat they sell, but that they do so to appease CA
nkkollaw - 6 minutes ago
Personally, I would love an electric car but they all seem to be
too expensive (I'm in Europe).I bought a 2005 Opel Corsa that I use
to drive ~3000km/mo. and it runs great. Paid 3,500 for it.
codeulike - moments ago
They are expensive because of the batteries, but battery price
per kWh is dropping in a moores-law kind of way. Give it a few
more years and there wont be any compelling reason to buy a
dinosaur juice car. I suppose the cheap second hand car market
might take a bit longer.
imglorp - 3 minutes ago
I'm pretty sure Bloomberg has a pro-fossil slant: watch yourself.