JohnBysinger wrote:...As mentioned by others, there's no such thing as a cell that doesn't degrade, so between service events, there will be some minor loss, but we expect that it will never exceed a single bar on the GOM....
...if a percent number is what you're looking for in this answer, we don't expect the pack as a whole to ever get to 5% loss, and will likely at most get to 3-4%.
Those are 2 vastly different representations. The first bar drops around 15% and the second is after 21% loss. So what are you aming at, 5% or 21%?
I'm certainly willing evaluate the product once it's finalized but the last decade of EV watching has taught me that press releases don't mean much. Good luck!
We're aiming for 5%, but if for some reason more than one module disables itself, you may see a single bar drop on the GOM. But under normal circumstances you should never see a bar lost.
joeriv wrote:Terrific concept and I hope it succeeds. However, what happens if after 2-3 years they go bankrupt?
I'd assume you get to keep the battery for better or worse - I would imagine it would be difficult for them to go out and try to round up all the batteries from people.
That said - for Fenix, how do you plan on installing these packs nationwide? I had read where you plan on supporting all 50 states, so how would you do installation? Contract with third party vendors or install centers?
As confident as we are about our success, we do have a plan for customers if something happens down the road. This is two-fold. First, our modules will be using commodity cells, and are designed to be rebuildable. Without us, a skilled EV servicing business could repair them, and possibly a technically and mechanically inclined customer could. The monitoring portion is largely passive, a module out of communication from us will still function as needed for the car.
For servicing, we're talking to both dedicated EV businesses and national automotive repair chains that will likely lose business as ICE use drops and EV adoption grows. Contracts aren't in place yet but think companies like Midas, AAMCO, etc. At launch, we will have a partner in each major metro area where we have customers, with the goal of having at least 2 different servicers to give customers choice.