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Inside employee info at Gm states the new Camaro Body with tires and interior without the drive train cost GM $8900.00 to make.

Car body $8900 estimated
Electric motor and pwr electronics $5000 estimated
Battery Pack 16kwh $10000 estimated

Total $23900.00 estimated

I dont see why they cant make a profit selling a BEV Camaro

at $30k and stay in business, just how much overhead do they
have to support through sales and manufacturing.

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Inside employee info at Gm states the new Camaro Body with tires and interior without the drive train cost GM $8900.00 to make.

Car body $8900 estimated
Electric motor and pwr electronics $5000 estimated
Battery Pack 16kwh $10000 estimated

Total $23900.00 estimated

I dont see why they cant make a profit selling a BEV Camaro

at $30k and stay in business, just how much overhead do they
have to support through sales and manufacturing.

Opinions Please
There are several problems with your numbers. Part of the added Volt estimate is that they can't get the battery price that low. They are still around $16,000.

They will also have to add a larger electric motor and generator to get the kind of performance people who would want to buy a Camaro would expect. Add another 5K there and then figure it would have to sell for about $40,000.
 

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Part of the reason for a high sticker price is that they have to try to recoup the R&D investment and special tooling. There is way more to the cost of a car than the total of materials and labor. They are saying that it's going to cost them 1 billion dollars to develop the Volt. It's not easy to do and it doesn't come cheap. People at home in their garages can fairly easily rip out drive trains and replace them with whatever, but a world class car company can not. However, the after market can sell kits and conversions all they want. Who knows? An EV Camaro might become a reality one day.
 

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Part of the reason for a high sticker price is that they have to try to recoup the R&D investment and special tooling. There is way more to the cost of a car than the total of materials and labor. They are saying that it's going to cost them 1 billion dollars to develop the Volt. It's not easy to do and it doesn't come cheap. People at home in their garages can fairly easily rip out drive trains and replace them with whatever, but a world class car company can not. However, the after market can sell kits and conversions all they want. Who knows? An EV Camaro might become a reality one day.

Yeah, I'm for the electric car conversion plan. If you really want an electric Camaro why mess with a retro version? You can get a real 1970 ish one in mint condition for almost nothing. Nobody can afford the gas! Note, please don't convert a rare model. That would be a sin. Anyway, get one that is already fixed up, rip out the motor and sell it, do a conversion using lead acid batteries with intent to switch to lithium-on when the price becomes resonable in 5 years or so. There you go! The conversion will only take you about 6 months and you would enjoy the process.
 
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