Electric cars keep getting cheaper and cheaper, fast. Of course, one easy way to drop the purchase price of an electric car is to drop its battery pack. Naturally, an electric car needs batteries to run, but if the batteries are leased rather than bought, the market opens up to a lot of people who simply don’t like shelling out a lot of cash up front (even if doing so means big savings down the road – no pun intended).
Bollore, which feeds carsharing service Autolib its Bluecar electric cars, is apparently going that battery leasing route. It’s going to start selling cars for €12,000 (US$15,695) and will rent or lease out the battery €80 ($105) per month. By the way, that’s for unlimited mileage.
The Bollore electric car undercuts the price of the Renault Zoe, which comes in at €13,650.
Other notable details regarding the Bollore include that it:
- has four seats
- has a range of 155 miles! (on a full charge)
- can travel up to 75 mph.
Not bad, not bad at all.
I know that battery leasing hasn’t exactly taken off. However, it seems odd that people would have any significant aversion to it. We have a similar payment system for:
- homes (whether we rent them or pay a monthly mortgage)
- cell phone service/plans
- satellite TV
- and other things.
But hey, I’m just the blogger. What do you think?
Image Credits: Bluecar
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