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To: SmokingJoe

“Both the industry and government are betting that a quick takeoff in electric-car sales will drive down the battery prices”

That was the bet for solar panels, too. That’s why every roof in America is covered with cheap solar panels today.


12 posted on 10/19/2010 7:30:32 AM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: ModelBreaker

“That’s why every roof in America is covered with cheap solar panels today.”

You should get a gig in stand-up, you’re that good!


14 posted on 10/19/2010 7:35:05 AM PDT by DBrow
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To: ModelBreaker

“Both the industry and government are betting that a quick takeoff in electric-car sales will drive down the battery prices”

“That was the bet for solar panels, too. That’s why every roof in America is covered with cheap solar panels today.”

The cost of solar panels actually has decreased (especially when you factor in dollar inflation), but not to the degree that most consumer electronics have. I don’t see battery prices dropping as fast. I have been studying the economics of photovoltaics for an off-the-grid cabin. Batteries unfortunately constitute half the cost and won’t last long enough to ever pay for themselves, whereas the panels themselves can.


46 posted on 10/19/2010 11:08:33 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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