Battery and drive systems for new EV
I have been looking at some of the easily available PR info on the different EVs that are approaching road readiness in the next 5 years. It looks like each manufacturer (BMW, MB, Volvo, Jaguar, etc) is developing their own systems for storage and charging. Is this true? I would think that they might want to team up or just buy from another established source (Tesla) the basics of the battery/charge system. At some point they are going to have to standardize nationwide battery stations. They can always add special feature to the software or a better subcomponent to set them apart. This multiple design scenario is much like the ClassB world where each brand tries to make its own battery system that results in a large variation in quality and a servicing nightmare at dealers. If the future is going to consist of people leasing if they even drive a car or just Ubering, then standardize now.
My wish is that a standardized, reliable, powerful and low price point system comes to market soon that could be easily implemented in a classB. In my opinion, currently Volta is such a system except for greatly missing the low price point. Right now, how many people are eager to go to a dealer to have them work on your battery system, even if they originally installed it?