Some people have asked if they will save more money with reconditioned electric batteries over hybrid batteries.
At this point, I don’t know how much the battery pack comparison is. I’m pretty sure it’s similar, because you’re still dealing with 350 or 400-volt battery packs. I don’t think there’s going to be a substantial cost saving between hybrid versus electric, so the cost savings should be right there about the same. It is still 70-75 percent cheaper than replacing that battery. You’re saving the environment and saving money. I suggest that you repair your car instead of just throwing parts away.
Another question is whether electric vehicles have less power than hybrids.
It’s a funny phenomenon. An electric motor instantly gets full power. What I mean by that is when you step on the gas in a gasoline engine, the engine has got to kind of wind up or rev up to get to its sweet spot of power, so to speak. With an electric motor, as soon as you hit that accelerator, it’s on and ready to go. They feel like they accelerate very rapidly and they don’t have that power loss sensation. It’s a really cool feeling to hit that pedal and the car just launches.
People also wonder about long-distances and electric power.
Power can be defined two different ways: How fast you get up to speed, and when you’re moving along.
The Teslas can go 75 mph and even faster. Some of the other electrics are limited in their speed because of range issues. The smaller the battery pack, the battery technology, the battery cooling technology all play a role in range and acceleration. The harder you drive, the faster you go, the faster you deplete your energy source. But it’s the same exact thing as a gasoline engine. One is electricity, and the other one is gasoline.
There are gauges on electric vehicles that tell you range to empty, or how many miles you need to go before you need to recharge. What’s really cool is the worst thing you can do to a battery in an electric vehicle is run it down to zero volts — but the computers protect that from happening. They really keep the battery from getting overly damaged. If you were to run your battery all the way down, you don’t have to worry about damaging it. The computer is going to shut it off before that happens.
A stop at most recharging stations takes about 30 minutes. That’s a typical amount of time with the superchargers, and it’s longer without the supercharger. In other words, conventional charging actually takes longer. But that technology is changing.
Tesla did something amazing. They opened their patent for their supercharger and suggested that the manufacturers let whoever wanted to use it on their electric vehicles to feel free, and just charge a small fee to help charge the supercharger network. It’s kind of like an option on your car. If you get the supercharger option, that’s $2,000 that helps support the supercharger network.
So, you’re going to see more of that. As battery technology improves, we’re going to see lower charge times. We’re going to see longer ranges too. As the technology improves, cars will be able to go further. It won’t be uncommon to be able to go 350 or 450 miles on a single charge, which in most cases will get you to your destination.
The current range distance changes, because there are so many variables. For example, if you bought a Tesla, there are two or three battery pack options for different power ratings and ranges. When you buy the vehicle, they’ll tell you that at that time what works for you, and you’ll find it on our Website too…probably on the hybrid service page.