I still get surprised by what some find imprtant, and what they don't care as much about when selecting a vehicle (or many things, actually).
The OEVA had a Showcase at the Portland Auto Show last week where we were there to talk about EV's. We explain the pro's and cons, and had ~ 14 different BEV's and PHEV's on display.
Had a fun discussion with a very nice lady looking to make the move to something with a plug. Probably environmental/efficiency reasons, but the specific reasons never came up - it was decision she'd already made. She was looking for her 3rd car - not in her "stable", but third car in her life! 1st one she had for 21 years. Her current car for 28 years (1990 Subaru). 100% electric would be a stretch and too far out of her comfort zone for the uses she described. Could she have made it work? Of course. People make it work without a car at all.
Big "must have" was hatchback with room for stuff - no sedans. She lamented the complicated cabin layout, buttons, knobs and screens (a "feature" of almost all new vehicles with dubious "benefit" to some). She also liked the boxy style and room it provided in her old car. Four or AWD would be a plus. She wanted ground clearance. She actually had what looked to be a multi-page spreadsheet she was filling in to compare.
Narrowed the PHEV list to 3 she was interested in: Kia Niro, Audi A3 e-Tron, and the Outlander PHEV. Outlander seemed to be the closest fit. We didn't have all the specs/options/pricing info she wanted on all the vehicles, so she went off to the manufacturers displays to continue gathering info.
Saw her back in the showcase a while later. Turned out she had eliminated the Outlander for a reason I had never heard. Was not available without
window tinting. Something that she would not compromise on even if the rest of the vehicle just what she was looking for.
So she was down to the A3 and the Niro. Two very, very different vehicles that I normally wouldn't consider to be compared and cross shopped. If the Audi had more than 16 miles AER, it would have been the hands down winner. Turns out price was not a major barrier in either.
Gave her my card and hope to hear from her what she winds up with. She (of course) wanted to test drive them both. Was dreading the dealership experience more than a little - it had been nearly 3 decades since her last go-round. I did mention that services like Costco Auto might be an option to remove the negotiation anxiety.
Long story for a short lesson - the "best" car for you is unlikely to be the "best" car for many (or most) other people. Take a random group of 10 people, and I doubt any 2 would settle on the same vehicle as ideal - or even the best set of compromises (price, looks, comfort, utility, etc).
Happy EV shopping!
P.S. Anyone interested in our display can take a virtual tour here:
Still adding some tags to different things like the ICE and Electric motor comparison display