How Could Electric Vehicles Be Made More Affordable?

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Last week in Tokyo, Nissan unveiled the new 2018 Nissan LEAF electric car. With a real-world range of around 150 miles per charge and a starting price tag of around $29,990 U.S. before incentives, the 2018 Nissan LEAF is slightly cheaper than its predecessor while offering a decent increase in range.

But while it’s a mid-range electric car, it’s also a mid-price electric car, putting it out of the price bracket for many. Which got me thinking: what exactly would an affordable electric vehicle look like? How could electric vehicles be made more affordable? And most importantly, how can we make sure that electric cars trickle down in the used car market to make excellent value second-hand cars?

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  • Jeff Songster

    Correct on so many levels… hoping that if enough LEAFs are sold… an aftermarket refurbished or higher range compatible replacement part might be viable as a business. Seems logical too that if the density of packs and prices come down… smaller lighter packs could do the same work as older less dense ones. Lighter and more energetic. I also agree that the charger infrastructure is the key to this approach. Looks like for Nissan the density of DCQC is approaching this in Japan… working on it on the west coast of the US where we hang our hats. If CA would just finish the West Coast Electric Highway and then improve the density of the highways that feed to and from it we would be far better able to utilize the lower range cars. We have made incremental infrastructure changes since I got my first LEAF in 2013 but we still need to keep pushing hard to finish this job. Just last night I made a trip to a part of the bay area where recently there was one twitchy old CHAdeMO unit and one at a VW dealer and now there are 4 new units spaced between 8 parking spaces in a lovely new garage with multiple food options within the block.