d2170 wrote:With Chevy Bolt's range of 238 miles, how could the Leaf possibly compete if they don't at least have range of 200 miles. Same with the VW e-Golf.
Myself, personally, I don't need
to carry around 60 kWh batteries. But that is for *my* usage. A guy parked his Bolt in front of my house yesterday (party down the street) and I struck up a conversation with him. A little awkward at first, because he had parked and left, and was coming back to his car when I walked out of my house to put a note on his windshield which started with "you parked in front of my house...".
He was a little "oh my sorry about..." and I said "no, NO, read the rest of the note!" which was "...not a problem (really
) but if you have two minutes I'd like to talk to you about EVs". (he laughed). We talked for 10-15 minutes about how much he LOVED his Bolt (and I love EVs in general). HE lives in an apartment, and the 240+ mile range was important to him, because he only charges at other places (no dedicated charge spots in his complex) so he can
go an entire week without *having* to charge.
At any rate, having 200+ miles is *A
* talking point, but isn't a deal-maker for everybody. I personally believe that many *families* (my situation) can easily get by with one 80-mile-range EV and a gas-o-mobile. At least 10% (and probably closer to 60%) of U.S. families with multiple cars would not be inconvenienced in the slightest by having one 80-mile EV and one gas car. Sure, more range is better, but I don't plan on using my EV to drive 800 miles. "Pick the right tool for the job". It is *possible* (and will be even easier 2 years from now, IMHO) but until there is a BETTER fast-charging network than Tesla's network (faster AND more hoses) I wouldn't consider it - I'd take a gasmobile because of ease and ubiquity and speed of refueling. Five minutes refueling during a 12-14 hour trip. And 55 mph is about the perfect use of a gasoline engine (no stop-and-go, set cruise control, just pay attention to all the morons on the road in order to avoid an accident).
I am considering the purchase of a LEAF-2 (150-ish miles range), *and/or* a Hyundai Ionic EV (125 miles range) *and/or* a Bolt *and/or* any 120+-miles-range EV. I won't *have* to decide for another 18 months or so. I may end up buying a 3-year-old just-off-lease EV for $6000, and deferring my purchase of new for another few years. (My gas-mobile is a high efficiency PZEV that is *only* 12 years old, and is only driven about 3000 miles/yr these days, almost exclusively on the freeway for long distances). For *me* an EV doesn't have to have a range of 200+ miles. I have multiple vehicles, AND I live in the SF Bay area, which is *engorged* with fast chargers and level-2 chargers. (NASA-Ames just installed *eight* DCFCs right off of US-101 in Mountain View!) So 80 miles works fine, 100 would be better, and 120-140 would be a nice cushion - for ME
. IMHO, "not having a 200-mile range" does not mean that an EV will not sell well.