28 Oct '17, 11am

@realDonaldTrump Americans shouldn't be forced to buy electric cars. The replacement batteries are unaffordable!

@realDonaldTrump Americans shouldn't be forced to buy electric cars. The replacement batteries are unaffordable!

There are questions about the life of the LEAF's 24-kilowatt-hour battery pack. (Jim Motavalli photo) Yes, electric cars are selling slowly, and one central reason for that is consumers' fear that the battery packs won’t last, and then will cost a fortune to replace—or dramatically lower the value of the car. Is that a false fear? I’d love to be able to dispel the whole question right here and now, but there simply isn’t enough information to do that with confidence. The questions need to be addressed, because battery replacement costs is one of three key considerations why 57 percent of Americans cited in a USA Today/Gallup Poll say they wouldn’t buy an EV. The other two are range per charge and recharge time, both things that will probably get satisfactorily addressed before battery replacement cost is laid to rest as a concern. (The poll might have been more objective i...

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