Die as in the car battery, I mean.
Of course, stalling in the middle of the highway with the nearest charging station far, far away might make you literally die too, when a vehicle doing 110kmh says hi.
Excerpts from The Star 15 Sept 2011:
Proton delivers first batch of electric cars to Government
By ZUHRIN AZAM AHMAD
PUTRAJAYA: Proton has handed over the first batch of electric vehicles (EV) to the Government for testing and expects to mass produce them in two years.
The cars three Saga EVs and five Exora REEV or Range Extender Electric Vehicle will be used by the Prime Minister’s Department and four other ministries.
Proton Group managing director Datuk Seri Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir said the group was targeting to offer the vehicles to the public in 2013.
“We are looking at RM100,000 or lower for the Exora REEV and RM70,000 for the Saga EV.
“Yes, the price is 30% to 40% higher than conventional vehicles but users get to save on fuel and road tax,” Syed Zainal Abidin said.
He added that on a full tank of petrol, the Exora REEV could cover up to 700km while the Saga EV could travel up to 130km before it needed to be recharged.
So let’s do some math, and see how much driving around an electric model will save you.
Very generously assuming a conventional petrol-running RM30,000-priced car’s mileage costs of RM1.00 per kilometre against RM0.00 for the electric. Tack in RM70.00 for a 1,300cc car’s road tax against RM0.00 again for the electric. It would take, lessee… Just four years to break even on your fancy electric model’s price tag! And that’s not counting how long it takes for a full recharge (which is conveniently not mentioned) and assuming the battery doesn’t go kaput every four years and needs replacing, thus wiping out your precious, precious savings.
From Real Clear Markets:
Electric and hybrid-electric vehicles are more expensive to make and bring in less profit than other cars. They cost more to finance, more to repair, and more to insure. Their sales depend heavily on tax incentives, which means that selling more of them will require more taxpayer dollars.
Several crash tests have suggested that the plug-in hybrid Volt, the flagship vehicle at Government Motors, has a bit of a problem: when hit or badly disturbed in accident tests, the Volt’s Lithium-Ion (Li-ion) battery packs have been seen to spark, or burst into flames afterward.
While few may remember it now, GM’s EV-1 also had battery-related problems. In the case of the EV-1, fires, euphemistically known as “thermal incidents” were happening when people plugged the cars in to recharge. GM had to recall 600 of its first-generation electric cars after 16 such “thermal incidents” including one where the vehicle was engulfed in fire.
From Associated Press:
2nd electric car battery fire involving Chevy Volt
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday that three Volt battery packs were crash-tested last week. In one instance, the battery caught fire afterward, and in another the battery emitted smoke and sparks.
Last May, a fire erupted in the battery of a Chevy Volt that had been damaged during a government crash test three weeks earlier. Last week’s tests were an attempt to replicate the May fire.
For comparison: $40,000 gets you an American GM Volt with a max range of maybe 80km per full charge (which takes 10 plus hours plugged in) – so the PROTON Saga EV wins on both counts of affordability and performance! Go PROTON! The GM Volt sells maybe 100 units a month (and Ford sells zero. Surely the far superior Saga EV will sell TEN TIMES as many units – which is like, I dunno, 1000 a month. At RM70,000 that means RM70 million for PROTON!!! That’s gotta be some record broken there somewhere, right? /sarc
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Above from Malaysian Politics Motivational Posters