I can't imagine how Tesla can get the price down to 200.00 per KWH. Right now, the cost for me to build a comparable 1 KWH pack using lithium 26650 cells exceeds 1500.00. This cost does not include labor and expertise. Plus, I have to take on considerable risk in acquiring the cells from China despite using USA manufactured cells. Apparently it is illegal for USA retailers to sell lithium cells to the public. Lithium cells are not protected by the Second Amendment.
To manufacture a 200.00/KWH battery pack would put Tesla on the map in other applications - home and grid storage. Go ahead and price a 1 KWH lithium battery pack. Count on 1000.00-2000.00 if you shop hard and fierce, and a whole lot more if you want branded. If Tesla could build 200.00/KWH packs, then John Peterson and his ceaseless cheer leading for lead acid would finally be doomed. Reason enough to be hopeful for lithium.
The financial press continues to perseverate on the idea that Tesla is saving money by using notebook computer cells. The 18650 and 26650 packaging yields a cylindrical cell that is faster than prismatic or planar cells. This is in keeping with Tesla's charge for pursuing performance. That notebooks use these cells coincidental. The Nissan planar cells, based on cell phone batteries, are not performance based in the same spirit as Tesla.
I told them I loved Toyota, but had no information about Tesla and to do their own DD.
Said I would not personally own an electric car unless they found a foolproof way to keep me from electrocuting myself.
In a crash, yes. I'd definitely be more at risk in a gasoline fueled vehicle.
I'm always last to jump into anything new, but the twenty-something crowd really
likes the idea of these vehicles. I can understand the allure.)