Don wrote:With the 8 year, 100K warranty, the purchase of a new or remanufactured pack for any of us is still more than 5 years away and by then prices will certainly fall well below what they are now, especially if we replace our worn out pack with a factory remanufactured one
Not something to worry over at this point - I suspect many of us will still be running around on our original packs well beyond 100,000 miles
Although I agree and I know you are correct, one issue that is possible is damage to the battery caused by running over something in the road. Insurance would come into play, however in my case I purchased my wife's I for $10,500 (gently used) and if the battery is more than that (which is possible) the Insurance company would total the car! It would be nice to have some idea.
Additionally, One of our jobs as EV Enthusiasts is to educate those within our spheres of influence so that we can help sell these cars. Nobody knows more about EV's than we do. We must win new converts to the EV ranks or else when our machines wear out, we will not be able to replace them. Manufacturers will decide it's not in their best interests to make them if they don't see steady growth.
I always stress the positives about EV ownership to any ear that will listen -- Low operating costs, low maintenance costs, 8 year/100,000 mile battery warranty. Friends that I talk to are excited about these benefits, but of course there are always negative aspects that must be answered. One of those is "How much would the battery cost if it was out of warranty"? and the best answer so far is "no one really knows?" I for one feel uneasy not knowing the answer to that question. It wasn't enough to stop me from owning two EV's, but it likely stops others. We should know "worst case" what a battery replacement would cost if we somehow had to replace it out of warranty and delight in the knowledge that these prices will come down.