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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-13-2018, 10:16 AM Thread Starter
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Nissan sells its battery business

For future models of the Leaf, Nissan will no longer be manufacturing its car batteries in house. They have recently sold their battery subsidiary to Automotive Energy Supply Corporation, a Chinese renewable energy company. Moving forward, starting with the upcoming E Plus model, Nissan will be replaying on 60kWh batteries suppled by LG Chem.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-14-2018, 09:42 AM
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With so many battery manufacturers in Asia, it probably doesn't make sense from a cost standpoint for automakers to produce them in house anymore. Competitors like BMW and VW have made huge billion dollar investments with battery companies for their upcoming EV lineups.
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-14-2018, 03:20 PM
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Saudi's have a lot of money and are planning for a massive shift to electric vehicles. Already they're getting involved with Tesla.

What are the odds we might see them get a piece of Nissan's action?
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-15-2018, 09:40 AM
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Have to admit that I was surprised to hear that Saudi Arabia had interest in purchasing more of Tesla. I don't know if you guys saw the recent reports of bumpers falling off during mild rainfall. Obviously they aren't quite ready for mass production, without a sacrifice to build quality.
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I think that Elon may be in a bit of trouble here, as I feel like those tweets may been a little early in the negotiation process. Though I doubt he'll get more than a slap on the wrist, even though stock manipulation is a serious offense.
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-18-2018, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
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Their quality control also seems to have gone out the window as of late, and I've seen come pretty alarming issues from Model 3 owners already. It doesn't really seem like there were quite ready to ramp up production. Long term I think we'll be seeing more people lean towards Nissan and Chevy.
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-21-2018, 09:49 AM
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What they have done as a relatively new company is impressive, but I don't know how long they are going to last once the big automakers start releasing EV's in mass volumes. It's going to be hard to stay competitive with so many cheaper alternatives from well established brands.
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The brand new Kona EV has been EPA rated at 258miles, which is the highest we've seen in any non premium (Tesla) EV. I think its safe to say that vehicles like that are really going to disrupt the current EV market, and force automakers to develop cheaper and more efficient entry level models.
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-23-2018, 09:47 AM Thread Starter
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I think the Kona EV has been estimated to have a starting price of +$35k, which to me isn't exactly a cheaper entry level model. While the range is very impressive, that really just puts it on par with the Bolt.
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I think the Kona EV has been estimated to have a starting price of +$35k, which to me isn't exactly a cheaper entry level model. While the range is very impressive, that really just puts it on par with the Bolt.
Its reasonable and when potential owners look at the numbers. EV's pay off in the long run, when you add up all the fuel savings and reduced cost of maintenance.
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