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  •  I only need a short range (0+ / 0-)

    don't need to pay for more battery than I can use...lease batteries, or options as to capacity...build in the capacity in the car, leave the batteries out, the car itself would be less than 10k probably, much less.

    I guess we can look for Chinese batteries made from maple sugar any day now...and providing the options and low price consumers will demand.

    Seriously Keith, making these not for consumer cars is not gonna last if they are as cheap as lead acid...somethings not adding up here, you can convert your gas powered car, for popular models there are motor/battery/controller kits available, that's recycling, not crushing useful car hulks when basically bolt up EV options exist.

    Making these with LIthium batteries gets the cost near new EV prices, lots of converters still use lead waiting for the price to go down, as this will.

    There was an experimental preproduction battery called the Firefly iirc that tried niche marketing like this at first, with the same rationale about consume...no wait ...'consumer' batteries.

    Firefly was spun out of construction and mining equipment maker Caterpillar in 2003 to develop lead-acid battery technology for commercial and military use that the company says are lighter, cheaper, more rugged and more powerful than traditional lead acid batteries.

    Firefly filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy

    At the end of the day manufacturing battery technology requires a lot of capital. And in particular significant capital to move a startup through the so-called valley of death — the gap between proving the technology and scaling. Firefly Energy, like many others, just couldn’t make it through that expensive phase.

    ..squinting all the while in the glare of a culture that radiates ultraviolet consumerism and infrared celebrity...Russell Brand

    by KenBee on Sat Nov 12, 2011 at 08:30:19 PM PST

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