26 Mar '12, 1am

RETHINKING ELECTRIC CARS -- PART 4.

Electric car builders, which now include most major car companies, are hoping that lithium-ion batteries will drop in cost during the next few years. In these hopes they're relying on the assumption that seems to be true for nearly all electronics: Cost always falls over time. Yes, the cost of computers, flat screen TV's, cell phones and you name it, have plummeted dramatically. But why? One reason is the steady refinement in factory production methods. Assembly lines are tweaked for efficiency, output, cost cutting and profits. Another way (and obviously the most common) is make the products in countries with low labor and other operating costs. Economies of scale play a role as well. Big plants with big output can make cheaper goods. The last is a combination of the other three: Sophisticated production techniques in big plants using cheap labor.

Full article: http://www.green-energy-news.com/arch/nrgs2012/20120033.html

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