Nissan LEAF: Instead of Engine Choices, People Might Have Battery Choices
Bigger Battery Optional, Instead of Bigger Engine
With gasoline and diesel powered vehicles, one of the biggest option choices facing buyers is engine size. 4 cylinders? A V6 maybe? Or even a V8? That's an important decision since the engine is at the heart of a vehicle. But when it comes to electric vehicles, the heart is no doubt the battery. This is why Tesla has announced battery options for its upcoming Model S electric sedan, and it is why Nissan is suggesting that it might eventually offer different battery options with its LEAF electric car.
The Detroit Bureau writes:
ut a senior Nissan planner tells TheDetroitBureau.com that the company eventually give [sic] BEV buyers the electric vehicle's equivalent of choosing engines, offering an array of different battery packs. That would allow a motorist to choose between a lower-range, lower-cost pack, or batteries delivering perhaps twice the mileage, at a higher price, of course. And, as battery technology improves, eco-minded motorists might also be offered batteries that would add a bit more muscle to their green machines.
This makes a lot of sense because batteries will no doubt change a lot over the next few years. Big breakthroughs could happen, costs could go down faster (or slower) than expected because of mass-production, fast-charging stations could pop up everywhere, auto makers could be misjudging demand for EV, etc. A lot of things could happen, and the best way to be prepared is to plan electric cars that are customizable and modular.
I hope that other auto makers working on electric cars are taking notes and planning to offer different battery options. No everybody has the same needs, and one-size fits all could compromise the success of EVs.
Via The Detroit Bureau, Autoblog Green
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