Chevy's Ultium platform allowes for replacement of individual modules on the battery, which means you don't need to worry about that. The EQ EV will have 8-10 of these modules.Well I will join this conversation and throw out my concerns - which I'm sure many future EV buyers might have. On a lot of smaller boats your motor (Mercury or what ever) can cost half of what the boat is worth. Pay $20,000 for a boat and the motor is worth $10,000 or so. Now with some of these new EV's i"m wondering what' will be the cost to replace EV battery? Could a large EV battery be worth 1/3 of new car value? Do car manufacturers tell you replacement cost when you buy new EV? Then what is the typical warranty for a given EV battery. In the case of Chevy Equinox EV - how long does GM guarantee battery life? And once you exceed the warranty, are you risking things putting say another couple years on battery without replacing? As in stranded some where before AAA tow.
Then I wonder about reselling an EV in excellent shape but say the battery is five, six, seven years old. On an ICE you just tell the buyer go to Pep Boys, Advanced Auto, Napa auto parts, etc., and pick up a new battery if needed. But on an older EV is buyer going to say "not buying because you EV battery is old and will cost me $XXXX", to replace? Or more likely buying but at a lower price because battery warranty has expired and who wants to spend $XXXX a year later if battery dies. Lastly (and sorry if this is so pessimistic) but I've read where insurance carriers are jacking up EV insurance coverage because if a EV is damaged and it impact battery, repair costs are going to be really high to repair or replace battery.
Seems to me you save some serious money not buy gasoline when driving an EV but you also run a risk of paying some serious money if you have to replace battery or its damaged in an accident. This also might hold true for some Plug-in hybrids since they have two batteries. The only solution to all the above is to produce batteries at a way lower price which will probably happen five to eight years from now. But until then battery replacement might bite EV buyers in the behind or shall we say in the pocket book