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WILD: Crazy Cost of Replacing EV Battery Goes Viral, Shows Hidden Cost of Electric Vehicles

There’s no such thing as a free lunch, something as true as it is when a person offers you a “free” cigarette in prison as when EV acolytes promise you lower driving costs because electricity is cheaper than gas.

In the EV example, it certainly is true that, per fill up, charging a Tesla costs less than filling up a car with gas or diesel. That’s generally true, and is a benefit that certainly makes buying an EV make sense for a large number of people that just commute to and from work in their car.

But there is no free lunch; there are costs.

They can’t drive as far as many combustion-powered vehicles, even electric trucks have trouble towing compared to their combustion-powered counterparts, long fill-up times can be dangerous and make road trips a pain, and during something like a hurricane or flood, the charging stations are a major net negative.

Oh, and the cost of replacing one of those batteries, if one happens to wear out, is positively horrendous.

Such was shown not only by a recent story about a young woman in Florida and her new car, but also by a now-viral tweet of a car dealership’s quote for replacing a Chevy Volt battery. At the cost they’re claiming, you might as well just buy a new car:

There is a caveat to the quote, which is that the model that needs a replacement battery is old and parts for it are no longer made, making finding a replacement battery highly expensive. NBC2, reporting on that after talking to the dealership, said:

The car was a Hybrid Chevy Volt and needed a full battery replacement at Roger Dean Chevrolet in Cape Coral.

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On Monday, the dealership confirmed that it was true, but the quote to replace the battery was so high was because the model was 12 years old and out-of-warranty.

The dealership declined an interview, but on Facebook explained that the Volt is a discontinued hybrid vehicle. That made finding replacement parts difficult and expensive.

NBC 2 also quoted a man named Ian who rents a Chevy Bolt (not Volt), as saying that the added cost of dealing with an EV replacement part could be particularly painful. In his words:

I feel like electric vehicle space is innovating a lot. It’s moving on past the initial if something goes wrong with your battery, you hit a rock or something and you need to spend the entire amount you spent on your car to fix it.

“I’m like ‘well that’s gotta suck for that person’. Now that might not be as much of an issue for people with newer cars and stuff like that.

There are benefits to EVs,  particularly some of the newer Tesla models that, even if expensive to buy, are cheap to recharge and can almost drive themselves. Those benefits shouldn’t be forgotten.

But neither should the costs of EVs, whether being unable to painlessly take a road trip or replace a dead battery, be forgotten. Those are just as real, and potentially outweigh the benefits for many American consumers.

By: Gen Z Conservative, editor of Follow me on Facebook and Subscribe to My Email List

12 thoughts on “WILD: Crazy Cost of Replacing EV Battery Goes Viral, Shows Hidden Cost of Electric Vehicles”

  1. This is just climate denier propaganda- they need to offset the $29,000
    cost of the battery with the $4000 in fuel savings over the years she drove it. See what a great deal it is then? Oh- wait….
    If she lives in California there is not enough electricity to charge it either.

  2. The thing is, it’s not cheaper per mile. You have to think of the battery–a very exotic conglomeration of materials continuously used up–as fuel in order to get an accurate perception. When the time comes for a ‘fill-up’ the cost is ludicrously overwhelming.

  3. Don’t overlook the part of the estimate that states the car has just over 70,000 miles. That’s not a lot of distance to need a full battery replacement. Imagine if you had to replace your engine every 70k miles. Even if you did, it would be hella cheaper.

    1. My work truck is 17 years old has 150,000 miles and still purrs along, my other truck pulls my 7350 pound camper for 350 miles before fill up on which takes 5 minutes…cram your batteries somewhere.

  4. No mention of the origin of the raw earth minerals, nor the polution resulting from the mining of same, nor the slave labor obstracting them, nor the probable supply chain control by the CCP. Nothing to see here.

    1. Well that’s a whole different issue. The CCP rare earth control is a problem for everything from smoke alarms to guided missiles, but isn’t something that increases the cost of these batteries

  5. The batteries are made with rare earth minerals. They are called RARE earth minerals for a reason. There is ZERO intention of allowing all people who own fuel cars to own electric vehicles, they will be tightly rationed, the average American will be using public trans.

  6. Those laughable wimpy EVs are nothing more than a slightly updated version of the Flintstone car. lol

  7. Battery powered cars are not a viable solution. They are being pushed on us because many of our politicians are heavily invested in offshore battery manufacturing. Just the making of the battery is an environmental disaster. Something like 5,000 tons of earth are mined just to build one EV battery. That battery goes bad before long and becomes toxic waste. Now this article shows another reason never to buy into this. At only 12 years old, the cost of replacement is prohibitive. A couple of my hobby cars are around 80 years old and can STILL be repaired easily.

  8. Drive and electrical car and save the planet, right? Think again.
    Tesla said it best when they called it an Energy Storage System. That’s importat.
    So we can save the environment and get rid of fossil fuels by driving electric cars, right?
    Read this.
    Tesla said it best when they called it an Energy Storage System. That’s important.
    They do not make electricity– they store electricity produced elsewhere, primarily by coal, uranium, natural gas-powered plants, diesel-fueled generators or minerals. So, to say an Electric Vehicle (EV)
    is a zero-emission vehicle is not at all valid.
    Also, since twenty percent of the electricity generated in the U.S. is from coal-fired plants, it follows that forty percent of the EVs on the road are coal-powered, do you see? If not, read on.
    Einstein’s formula, E=MC2, tells us it takes the same amount of energy to move a five-thousand-pound gasoline-driven automobile a mile as it does an electric one. The only question again is what produces the power? To reiterate, it does not come from the battery; the battery is only the storage device, like a gas tank in a car.

    There are two orders of batteries, rechargeable, and single-use. The most common single-use batteries are A, AA, AAA, C, D. 9V, and lantern types. Those dry-cell species use zinc, manganese, lithium, silver oxide, or zinc. Rechargeable batteries only differ in their internal materials, usually lithium-ion, nickel-metal oxide, and nickel-cadmium. The United States uses three billion of these two battery types a year, and most are not recycled; they end up in landfills. California is the only state which requires all batteries be recycled. If you throw your small, used batteries in the trash, here is what happens to them.
    All batteries are self-discharging. That means even when not in use, they leak tiny amounts of energy. You have likely ruined a flashlight or two from an old, ruptured battery. When a battery runs down and can no longer power a toy or light, you think of it as dead; well, it is not. It continues to leak small amounts of electricity. As the chemicals inside it run out, pressure builds inside the battery’s metal casing, and eventually, it cracks. The metals left inside then ooze out. The ooze in your ruined flashlight is toxic, and so is the ooze that will inevitably leak from every battery in a landfill. All batteries eventually rupture; it just takes rechargeable batteries longer to end up in the landfill.
    In addition to dry cell batteries, there are also wet cell ones used in automobiles, boats, and motorcycles. The good thing about those is, ninety percent of them are recycled. Unfortunately, we do not yet know how to recycle single-use ones properly.
    But that is not half of it. For those of you excited about electric cars and a green revolution, I want you to take a closer look at batteries and also windmills and solar panels. These three technologies share what we call environmentally destructive embedded costs.
    Everything manufactured has two costs associated with it, embedded costs and operating costs. I will explain embedded costs using a can of baked beans as my subject. In this scenario, baked beans are on sale, so you jump in your car and head for the grocery store. Sure enough, there they are on the shelf for $1.75 a can. As you head to the checkout, you begin to think about the embedded costs in the can of beans.
    The first cost is the diesel fuel the farmer used to plow the field, till the ground, harvest the beans, and transport them to the food processor. Not only is his diesel fuel an embedded cost, so are the
    costs to build the tractors, combines, and trucks. In addition, the farmer might use a nitrogen fertilizer made from natural gas.
    Next is the energy costs of cooking the beans, heating the building, transporting the workers, and paying for the vast amounts of electricity used to run the plant. The steel can holding the beans is
    also an embedded cost. Making the steel can requires mining taconite, shipping it by boat, extracting the iron, placing it in a coal-fired blast furnace, and adding carbon. Then it’s back on another truck to
    take the beans to the grocery store. Finally, add in the cost of the gasoline for your car.
    A typical EV battery weighs one thousand pounds, about the size of a travel trunk. It contains twenty-five pounds of lithium, sixty pounds of nickel, 44 pounds of manganese, 30 pounds cobalt, 200 pounds of copper, and 400 pounds of aluminum, steel, and plastic. Inside are over 6,000 individual lithium-ion cells.
    It should concern you that all those toxic components come from mining. For instance, to manufacture each EV auto battery, you must process 25,000 pounds of brine for the lithium, 30,000 pounds of ore for the cobalt, 5,000 pounds of ore for the nickel, and 25,000 pounds of ore for copper. All told, you dig up 500,000 pounds of the earth’s crust for just one battery.”
    Sixty-eight percent of the world’s cobalt, a significant part of a battery, comes from the Congo. Their mines have no pollution controls, and they employ children who die from handling this toxic material. Should we factor in these diseased kids as part of the cost of driving an electric car?” And the Chinese just bought most of these mines!
    I’d like to leave you with these thoughts. California is building the largest battery in the world near San Francisco, and they intend to power it from solar panels and windmills. They claim this is the ultimate in being ‘green,’ but it is not! This construction project is creating an environmental disaster. Let me tell you why.
    The main problem with solar arrays is the chemicals needed to process silicate into the silicon used in the panels. To make pure enough silicon requires processing it with hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid, nitric acid, hydrogen fluoride, trichloroethane, and acetone. In addition, they also need gallium, arsenide, copper-indium-gallium-diselenide, and cadmium-telluride, which also are highly toxic. Silicone dust is a hazard to the workers, and the panels cannot be recycled.
    Windmills are the ultimate in embedded costs and environmental destruction. Each weighs 1688 tons (the equivalent of 23 houses) and contains 1300 tons of concrete, 295 tons of steel, 48 tons of iron, 24 tons of fiberglass, and the hard to extract rare earths neodymium, praseodymium, and dysprosium. Each blade weighs 81,000 pounds and will last 15 to 20 years, at which time it must be replaced. We cannot recycle used blades. Sadly, both solar arrays and windmills kill birds, bats, sea life, and migratory insects.
    There may be a place for these technologies, but you must look beyond the myth of zero emissions. I predict EVs and windmills will be abandoned once the embedded environmental costs of making and replacing them become apparent. “Going Green” may sound like the Utopian ideal and are easily espoused, catchy buzzwords, but when you look at the hidden and embedded costs realistically with an open mind, you can see that Going Green is more destructive to the Earth’s environment than meets the eye, for sure. We have been lied to and hoodwinked all through two years of this so-called pandemic. A lot of people, like the supreme liar Fauci and others should be in jail.

  9. silicon not silicone. Silicon is a glass like element, actually makes up glass, I believe it’s silicon dioxide.
    silicone is a plastic!
    Silicon, used in solar panels should be able to be recycled just like a glass jar. the other elemental products should be able to be extracted electrically similar to reverse plating/or getting aluminum from bauxite.

    As far as batteries are concerned, most of them are shipped overseas and in the process of reclaiming the lead in the sulfuric acid you mentioned the production of solar panels is known to contaminate Third World countries who try to recycle the stuff.

    With a little effort, solar panels both in their production and possible recycling should be a very profitable if designed properly.

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