jumpjack wrote:I do not own an iMiev. But I'm trying to figure out if purchasing a second-hand one with exhausted battery could be an option. Of course it would not if battery alone costs 25000$....
jumpjack, the only forum participant who had a battery that he felt had significantly lost capacity is malm
I incorrectly said that Malm was getting a replacement pack.
jumpjack, have you seen any i-MiEVs with an 'exhausted battery' but otherwise in good condition? If you do find one, I bet you could pick it up for a bargain price, even if the current crop of used i-MiEVs don't meet your cost constraints.
For myself, I purchased an insurance policy in the form of a battery that just happens to have a lovely SE Premium wrapped around it.
My battery now is at 33,7 Ah. I would like to remember all that one user from Las Vegas saw its range significantly reduced after two years, and received a new pack (that was not because a faulty cell, just battery degradation). That is described somewhere in this forum. I also would like to say that are some i-MiEVs from Australia that have now lower capacity then my car. My I-MiEV is not the worst case. We can see it easily in the database of the EvBatMon app, where my degradation curve appears over the media (astonishing, I was not expecting that, but surely the fact that there aren´t to many cars yet and some of them are Australian, took a roll in this).
A new battery was purchased from Mitsubishi, in Australia, for 5700 Aus dollars. In USA dollars that is 4390$ (and even less in euros). I think Mitsubishi would sell me a new one for 4000 € if I asked for one in two months, when my warranty will be over. But with 70% of capacity and 85% of the inicial range, I don´t need to replace it, because 350 days of an year I don´t do more then 30 miles.
Riding an i-Miev since 4/2011 in Portugal, 100.000 kms.