Submitted by SHY on Thu, 2013-09-26 04:19
I've not seen anyone yet talk about this! But in case you didn't know rust on cars is a HUGE problem up here in northern europe!
Why? We have proper winters, and the government puts salt on the roads to take away the icy top surface. All this humidity and salt is a real killer for standard cars with steel body and chassis. All the cars I've ever owned eventually died firstly because of rust :-) And it's just such a horrible feeling to see your car "get cancer" :-(
Keep in mind that a Tesla Model S is approximately the same weight as that tiny Nissan Leaf EV! But it's aluminium all the way! Chassis and all bodywork, beams - the lots! This is something that should help these cars maintain their value for a LONG time! I guess alu was mainly used in order to keep the weight down. But it for sure has more qualities!
The only thing that could go wrong is the battery. But I strongly doubt it! For instance the Toyota Prius has been videly used up here for a decade now, and I've not heard any horror stories. They're still going strong! :-)
Plus battery technology will take huge leaps in the years to come :-D