Their Lithium pack is multipurpose: it not only charges but it also discharges.... Remember the $400 hammer hearings?Where did the US Govt get their $30,000.00 price tag for a 100 mile battery pack?
Tell the truth the price has dropped down to 2.2 million yenThe i-MiEV was launched for fleet customers in Japan in July 2009, and on April, 1, 2010 sales to the public began in the Japanese market at a price of 4 million yen (~USD43,000). After government incentives the sale price drops to 2.8 million yen (~$30,500).http://www.diyelectriccar.com/forums/#cite_note-NYT042010-6
Yeah, $299,000,000/99 = $3,322,222. So apparently it takes $3 million dollars to make 1 job. No wonder why unemployment is so high...Dunno... When I did the math on buying A123 cells, $33K would buy me just enough cells to go a little over 100 miles. That was a 35kWh pack I think.
I definitely think that it should be a HELL of a lot cheaper, though. The article states that the stimulus could make the pack $10K by 2015... Um, that's 4 years down the line. Not to mention that the factory employs 90 people. WTF?!
So a brand new factory.... FACTORY... for a green technology... GREEN TECH!.. during this time of recession where we're supposed to be opening up lots of new businesses in green tech industries to employ more people only employs - making sure I get this right - 90 people?!?!?!