LeftieBiker wrote: ↑
Sat Nov 28, 2020 11:57 am
This $5000 figure for 40kwh packs seems to be quoted to make it impossible.
No ... it's the amount I think I would agree to pay. A higher amount would push me to car replacement. My wife and I chatted about it a little this morning. Despite her tendency to want to stay with what she knows, and our preference in general to re-use rather than add to the garbage heap, we both recognize that newer cars have warranty, improved safety, improved reliability, additional features and conveniences, and newer car improved performance. The newer car also does not carry the risk of the replacement pack having un-warrantied problems or a sunk cost if a repair pops up that is too expensive to pay.
Our hyper-consumer, throw-away society can be pretty miserable but it can be rational. LEAF battery replacement suffers from being a one-off, custom item. It tends to make it a poor value compared to selling the car and buying new. If inexpensive used LEAF battery packs are in over-supply then it may be reasonable to take on the costs of logistics and custom labor and the risks of an unsupported, un-warrantied service.