JoeS wrote:Pity that the way our society is structured that the world's experts on the subject (outside the academic lab environment) are captive to corporations and, of necessity, tight-lipped, so it is difficult to find out what indeed would be the best practice in this example. Wouldn't it be wonderful if a battery expert from LG Chem or GM would be allowed to directly answer this question?
What they disclose to the public is all marketing - They'll say whatever they think will help sell their product
For example, my gas burning Ford Transit Connect has a 6 speed automatic that Ford says is 'maintenance free' for the first 100K, despite the fact that many owners have found out the hard way that a significant number of those transmissions will need either a replacement or a major repair well before the 100K mark - They'll likely make it to the end of the factory warranty period, but that's about it. The really sad part? They didn't even bother to fill it with synthetic at the factory . . . . . synthetic lube in the engine, but not in the '100K transmission'
The wise consumer had better either pay a big bundle for the extended warranty or do some research about common sense solutions before they have to pony up $3K or more for a new transmission
EV owners on the other hand seem to be a more educated bunch and are keeping up with the latest info available on their product . . . . and we understand that much of the marketing on our cars was done in an attempt to make the car seem as 'normal' in everyday use as the gassers most of us grew up driving. Why this is being done, I'm not sure. Many of us were looking to buy something as different from the traditional ICE's as we could find and really, really wish more common sense explaining why 'different' in this case is actually 'better'