Here’s when you’ll be able to drive an affordable EV

November 14, 2017 4:12 pm


Electric cars (EVs) are recharged by batteries, so how pricey could they be?

We have an idea of this, but EVs are still suffering poor sales today, as CNBC just reported: “The biggest problem with electrified cars may be car buyers.”

“In the US, out of 16 million unique users every month, fewer than five per cent of searches on car-buying site KBB.com are for electric or hybrid vehicles,” Kelley Blue Book’s Analyst, Rebecca Lindland, told CNBC.

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As the official automotive partner of Expo 2020 Dubai, Nissan just revealed a premiere video of its BladeGlider electric concept car that will be exhibited at the Nissan booth at Dubai International Motor Show, taking place in November 14-18, 2017 at Dubai World Trade Centre. (see video below)

According to Handi.Tech, a car review site, the 4,300 mm long, 1,850 mm wide and 1,300 mm high BladeGlider concept car is equipped with 220 kW of Lithium-ion battery pack to provide power to two electric engines that generate 130 kW and produce up to 268 hp of power output, enabling it to reach up to 118 mph of top speed.

Its price is still unknown, but can we take a guess?

Sweet, but no cheap

Did you know that Nissan exactly had a debut electric 70 years ago?

Shocking but true, Nissan’s EV story began in 1947 with the launch of the Tama, a four-seater with a range of 65km on a full charge.

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According to Nissan, in 2010, the company launched a mass-market 100 per cent electric passenger car, the LEAF2.ZERO, with 40KWH providing up to 235-mile range. Prices started from £26,490 ($34,702).

Nissan also provides an e-nv200 Combi 100% electric people carrier costing £19,403 ($25,404) and EV van e-nv200 van, reaching £17,256.33 ($22,600).

When will the price be right?

CNBC said that younger buyers were attracted to EVs, especially that battery (electric) stations are installing the infrastructure needed, aided by the fact that car manufacturers are designing new models, increasing the choices car buyers can make.

“And some analysts expect battery costs to drop over the next several years to the point where electric cars are less expensive than internal combustion engines,” CNBC said.

Bloomberg New Energy Finance sees that electric cars will be cheaper than conventional vehicles by 2030.

Falling battery costs will mean electric vehicles will also be cheaper to buy in the U.S. and Europe as soon as 2025. Batteries currently account for about half the cost of EVs and their prices will fall by about 77 percent between 2016 and 2030, Bloomberg reported.

Renault’s Gilles Normand, the French company’s senior vice president for electric vehicles, predicted that total ownership costs of EVs would equal conventional internal combustion engine vehicles by the early 2020s.

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By Hadi Khatib
Hadi Khatib is a business editor with more than 15 years' experience delivering news and copy of relevance to a wide range of audiences. If newsworthy and actionable, you will find this editor interested in hearing about your sector developments and writing about it.



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