Re: Battery Life
I guess you don't drive an Ev or PHEV then?
I do and with my PHEV I can change individual cells and not the whole battery. Far cheaper. That should be the way things go IMHO. But in 2.5years my battery is still at around 96% of the original capacity.
Tesla generally put in more cells than is needed. One older Model S variant could be 'upgraded' with a sofware update (and $$$$) to the next higher capacity version.
Battery costs are coming down rapidly and will soon be the same price as a recon Engine for an ICE vehicle. The technology is improving all the time so for me, battery life is not the prime issue.
The biggest problem I have with EV's is Charging Points. At the moment, there are enough in place but just a fraction of the numbers that will be needed in the future.
That means I charge my PHEV at home. The power for this is mostly sourced from my own PV array (when the sun is shining).
I drive around 15K miles a year. Pretty well all my local driving is on Battery. My overall costs for that 15K miles is around 50% of what it would cost for a similar petrol powered version of my car.
What's not to like eh?
You can't look at EV's in Isolation. If you have space then put in some PV panels and even a Battery (mine is being installed tomorrow morning long with my Type 2 charging point).
Since I had the PV System (After the car) my Electricity consumption from the Grid is less than half what it was before.
So less hydrocarbons burnt and less leccy that I have to pay for and the PV system has put £10K on the value of my house so what's not to like eh?
So why do I use a PHEV and not a pure EV?
That's because I tow a trailer 2-3 times a month. The PHEV can tow 1.5Tonnes. Towing hammers the range of pure EV's. and I can't afford a Tesla that works like my Outlander PHEV. The Model X starts around £65K...
That's my worthless views on the topic. Take them or leave them but they are based upon my own experiences.