Evoforce wrote: SparkEVPilot wrote:
Evoforce wrote:Why do you drive a car that has practically no charging stations away from home to quickly charge at? What good is it to have a longer range EV when there is no quick/fast charging available on moderate to long trips from home?
I asked myself this same question when I first started driving Spark EVs. To answer the question, each individual driver needs to determine how he / she is going to use the car 85% of the time. For me, it is local driving and, where DCFC chargers are available, travel to locations outside of the safe round trip range of my Spark EV. The Spark EV easily meets 85 - 90% of my daily driving needs. The other 10 - 15% is being covered by driving my pickup truck or renting a car. This has been working for me for 3 years now.
You are correct! However a Bolt has a much larger battery pack than a Spark and it is restricted from using this advantage because of the poor DCFC infrastructure whether it is within larger cities or passing from city to city or state to state. ChargePoint and other providers need to get on the stick! A car with 238 mile range should be able to be used 99% of the time (think truck 1-5%) and be the only car for long or short trips consequently not having to rely on renting or using a secondary vehicle.
Your concern reminded me of similar events in past history. When I-5 in California was first opened to travel, gasoline stations were few and far between along the new I-5 highway. In the early 1970s, the Gasoline Crisis in America caused restrictions on the amount of gasoline you could buy at a gasoline station. Put both of these events together and you have a similar problem now facing EVs - the availability of DCFC charging locations and the time required to charge sufficiently in order to get your next charging location. You also have to plan for what you are going to do if you find the DCFC you planned to use at your next charging stop is broken. During the Gasoline Crisis, it was not unusual for a gasoline station to run out of gas and close until their next delivery. To me, it looks like history is repeating itself.
As for the rental car idea? It is much less expensive to rent a vehicle for short periods of time than to be paying for a vehicle and/or all associated expenses just to sit in your driveway collecting dust. My pickup truck is 19 years old and is an example of what I mean. Occasionally, I need to haul something that will not fit in my EV so I use the truck. However, most of the time, the truck just sits in the driveway collecting dust while we run around in our EVs. I still have to pay for registration, insurance, maintenance, etc. for the truck even if I seldom use it. That money could be used to rent a vehicle; even a truck!