Critics repeatedly cite the potentially short life-span of electric cars’ lithium ion batteries as the limiting factor in the life of the car. However, recent developments in battery technology have produced a lithium ion battery capable of lasting up to 180,000 miles with no significant deterioration. So depending on your annual mileage, your electric car could potentially last quite a long time–the average U.S. family drives 15000 miles a year.
This article (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6VH8-4HTBMB3-1&_user=4429&_coverDate=03%2F31%2F2006&_rdoc=1&_fmt=full&_orig=search&_cdi=6060&_sort=d&_docanchor=&view=c&_searchStrId=1024593846&_rerunOrigin=scholar.google&_acct=C000059602&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=4429&md5=dde7504ab430fbe0d3e76f192dfeefbf#SECX7) which studies the lifecycle costs of electric vehicles, assumed a 7.5 year battery life for plug in vehicles.
The battery swap program is amazing and you should really look into this. The program allows people to change there depleted batteries for new fully recharged batteries at a gas station type place. Better Place has actually created an automated, robot run system.
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