One of the auto industry's most closely guarded secrets - the big cost of batteries for electric...

One of the auto industry's most closely guarded secrets - the big cost of batteries for electric cars - has spilled out, as Ford (F) CEO Alan Mulally indicates battery packs for its Focus electric car costs $12K-$15K apiece. Ford is currently promoting its new $39,200 Focus EV, with a 23 kilowatt-hour battery pack.

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  • emburns
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    Old news.
    17 Apr 2012, 04:53 PM Reply Like
  • Epictetus
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    as they say, "there's a sucker born every minute".
    17 Apr 2012, 04:56 PM Reply Like
  • triplejck
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    ... and they are failing in the hybrids that are already out there. Warranty replacements!!
    17 Apr 2012, 06:04 PM Reply Like
  • acesfull
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    And so if we buy a Focus EV, we are buying a $24M car and a $15M battery pack. And for that, we get a tiny car to drive around in and recharge a battery on a regular basis. And then hope after warranty, that we never have to replace the battery. I don't think so. I just wonder who are these powerful forces that are determined to change things to their liking and use taxpayer funded incentives to accomplish them. Even if that money is simply wasted. Does'nt make sense. I don't think there's going to be a Focus EV in my future for a long time, unless the government forces me to buy one.
    18 Apr 2012, 07:07 AM Reply Like
  • jimbo1653
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    Just the communist way!
    18 Apr 2012, 08:24 AM Reply Like
  • Ryandan
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    15k battery - yeah that's what i paid for the new battery for my new john deere lawnmower battery. so what's the big deal? wait a minute - what does the k stand for?
    18 Apr 2012, 08:19 AM Reply Like
  • dneedle1
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    Ouch. I'm on the left and an environmentalist, but I can't help but agree with the commentors above.
    18 Apr 2012, 08:28 AM Reply Like
  • emburns
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    Wait til TSLA rolls out the model s this summer.
    18 Apr 2012, 09:22 AM Reply Like
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