Price Shock: Mercedes Hybrid Driver Stunned After Learning New Replacement Battery Costs More Than Value of Car



By P Gosselin on 11. February 2022


Electric cars have a host of technical disadvantages associated with them, among them: range, weight, a general lack of charging infrastructure and the huge demand for materials to build their batteries.


Sticker Shock


Another is cost, as one British owner of a used hybrid Mercedes experienced when he got a price shock after taking his car in for repairs, reports the online


Leicester resident Ranjit Singh had bought the 8-year old hybrid car from a Mercedes-Benz dealership 4 years ago, paying some £27,000. At the time it had 80,000 km on it.


Four years later, last month, the pensioner took it in for repair work and was “horrified” after learning the replacement battery would come with the hefty price tag of £15,000  plus the hourly wage of £200!


To make matters worse, the pensioner researched to check the vehicle’s value: the Mercedes hybrid was only worth £12,850 according to Auto Trader .


Singh told LeicestershireLive: “I’m horrified by what has happened. I feel I now have just two options – scrap the eight-year-old car or spend more than it is worth.”


Singh is not alone with this unpleasant experience. A search in Internet forums revealed many customers had the same problem. After 8 years the batteries are spent, and it makes little economic sense to replace them.


When equipped with conventional fossil fuel engines, running a Mercedes 20 years is not uncommon.


Hybrid and all-electric vehicles are no match at all when it comes to vehicle lifetime economy.


EV Subsidies are for the Wealthiest 20 per cent


Danish economist Björn Lomborg noted on Facebook electric vehicles are not cost-effective and are turning out to be second vehicles for the rich.

According to the UK’s online Daily Mail here, citing a study by the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research, “almost all electric car subsidies go to the wealthiest 20 per cent, for whom the purchase of an extra car is no great sacrifice. In addition, 90 per cent of electric car owners also have a fossil-fuel vehicle they use for longer journeys.”


EVs are More Dangerous


Another drawback: the journal Nature suggests electric cars “will likely kill more occupants of other vehicles in traffic accidents” because of their higher weight.


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Comment by arthur qwenk on February 15, 2022 at 3:34pm

Pieces of crap.

Rapid depreciation, subsidy supported non-road tax paying perpetual mottion dream machines that rip the environment up for Lithium mining, and are pain to dispose of. Then that expense if you buy used and need a new battery system.

It takes over ten years of depreciation/use  to be competitive with a good high efficiency ICE.

But if you are a "Greenie "and want to feel good, buy the thing thinking you are doing something to save the earth, when you are really a stooge to a fad.

I'll fill up a Civic in 4 minutes , get  45 mpg easily at 70 mph and go 500 miles non-stop if I wish.

Tesla, I like to watch them lining up to get recharged for an hour plus whilst the driver plays with his ipad after they  went an amazing 275 miles on a normal temp day, if he was lucky.

Such a joke.


Comment by Willem Post on February 14, 2022 at 9:21pm

Bjorn Lomborg is right about EVs.

I have written several EV articles, posted on this site, that prove it.

The same with air source heat pumps

They are useless at 15F or below, cost more to operate per hour than my efficient propane furnace 

You HAVE to use GROUND SOURCE heat pumps in cold climates, because they do not lose efficiency at low temperatures.

My Norwegian brother in law has them in his house, and he is toasty toasty, plus has great air conditioning in summer.

Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on February 14, 2022 at 7:04pm

Bjorn Lomborg:
Are electric cars the new 'diesel scandal' waiting to happen? They generate polluting particles just like petrol vehicles, are not even that cost-effective and, as one expert finds, will not save the planet

Comment by Lynn Oleum on February 14, 2022 at 4:33pm

Willem Post Sure, the quality of batteries in EV's and utility storage are better than what you buy at the hardware store for home use. But those batteries are still composed of thousands of small cells. But their connections are welded. They're not in little spring-loaded containers that allow you to replace them one at a time.

Comment by Willem Post on February 14, 2022 at 4:27pm


The quality of household batteries from Big Box stores is absolute junk

They last only a short while under benign conditions.

The quality of EV batteries is very high, because they are warranted for 8 years of driving under all weather and road conditions, with diversity of drivers

The quality of batteries for utility- grade storage systems is also very high; they need to operate 24/7/365, and could last as much as 15 years.

Comment by Lynn Oleum on February 14, 2022 at 3:52pm

Kenneth CapronThe insides of hybrid or full-electric car batteries are composed of thousands of small cells -- maybe AA, maybe D, maybe F (who remembers F-cell flashlight batteries?).

Comment by Willem Post on February 14, 2022 at 6:25am


Dem/Progs grabbed hold of the powers of the federal government, after a very divisive, corrupt, 2020 Election.

Open borders to remake US demographics, excessive federal cash donations to nearly everyone to “fight COVID”, resulted in 1) social unrest, excessive crime, and disaffection, 2) too much money chasing scarcely available goods, because of production bottlenecks, and 3) inflation at 7.5%, a 40-y high.

All this was done to have “DIVIDE AND CONQUER” conditions to establish centralized command/control by Dem/Progs career politicians, working behind closed doors, with Dem/Prog career bureaucrats in government.


Federal money is used by academias/think-tanks to subvert US critical thinking, to create a George Orwell world, where up is down and down is up.

The US traditional media, financially on the ropes, because of internet-based, more relevant, more real-time, social media, is whoring around, i.e., writing fake news articles, denying there was widespread election fraud, etc., to augment its access to various exclusive government sources to maintain its relevance and revenues.

Wind and solar would not exist without federal subsidies.

Wall Street lobbyists, schmoozing with politicians in Washington, shaped the subsidies along the lines of traditional Wall Street tax shelters for high income folks, with up-front accelerated depreciation, up-front tax credits, guaranteed above-market prices for decades, and low-cost, federal-guaranteed loans. 

The combined effects of these subsidies is to reduce the project costs of Owners, by about 45%, and, more importantly, SHIFT THESE COSTS TO RATEPAYERS, TAXPAYERS AND TO GOVERNMENT DEBTS, AND ONTO FOLKS IN RURAL AREAS WHO ARE COERCED CO-EXIST WITH THE WIND AND SOLAR MONSTROSITIES 

Dem/Progs politicians and career Dem/Prog bureaucrats have grabbed onto wind and solar to cement their importance.

They use government power to please wind and solar system Owners, who in turn wine and dine them, employ their relatives, and provide getaway perks and bribes, aka campaign contributions 

If that gravy train requires global warming scare-mongerring, lying, cheating, coercion, obfuscation, misrepresentation, sowing CRT, BLM, ANTIFA, etc., divisions, force people to wear useless blue-rag masks, so be it

Comment by Long Islander on February 14, 2022 at 12:27am

Spread the truth. Don't censor ourselves. Speak up.

Comment by Kenneth Capron on February 13, 2022 at 8:09pm

What temperature does lithium and other battery contents burn at - versus gasoline? I assume it is hotter than gas and thus produces more global warming as it melts the car.

What will it take to enlighten legislators to rethink these EV - solar - wind Myths?

It would be cute if they just used thousands of rechargeable D cell batteries and we could swap out bad batteries on the fly.

Comment by Monique Aniel Thurston on February 13, 2022 at 7:08pm

Little by little, Willem, our job is to spread the truth . Thank you. 


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