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What are the costs of prototyping?

Discussion in 'Cars and Transportation' started by voyager, Sep 16, 2016.

  1. voyager

    voyager Member

    Apr 28, 2009
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    All sorts of estimates circulate on the internet.
    Depends obviously on the state the demo is to presented. Largely there are three kinds:

    1. Non-drivable one-off meant to put on display at shows to draw crowd
    2. Drivable prototype, to be used for testing purposes
    3. Pre-production model that can be driven by journalists

    Kelley Blue Book’s DeLorenzo said concept and prototype cars generally cost from $5 million to $10 million to develop as one-offs, and even more for those earmarked for later production. (In that case it’s notoriously difficult to quantify the price of just the concept, since that cost is wrapped into the sum involved with the entire making of the vehicle.)
  2. McRat

    McRat Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2016
    The most recent redesign of the Chevy truck was tested for 12,500,000 miles prior to release.

    I would say the Stage 3 level is a lot more than $10,000,000 dollars. That wouldn't cover all the testing costs.

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