My friend put his name down a while back to be able to be one of the first to order, he received the brochure and order package a couple of days ago. A quick scan of the options list suggests to me you might want to add a few things to that £30k price which will bump it up a bit...No, but it's a step. It's £5k less than my Ampera was... And for fleet customers (50% of new vehicles?) that's a really good price point. My last A3 was about £32k.
I don't necessarily disagree with you! I've had loads of conversations with people at work who love my Ampera, but have badge snobbery.Sorry to Audi fans but they and BMW charge ludicrous amounts of money to people who are suckers for badge snobbery.
Then they're not too expensive, then.Too expensive simple as that.
I can see these cars selling though...
Totally agree with you Julian. Your usage pattern suits a PHEV perfectly.I think so too... It's not a silver bullet, or as revolutionary as Tesla, but I think the low BIK and familiar car and badge will appeal to a section of the commercial fleet market - and then, as you say, once they're used to plugging a car in, they'll clamour for more.
I was really nervous about making the EV leap - I have a really erratic diary, some weeks I cover no more than 10 miles a day all week. Other weeks I cover 1-1.5k miles. PHEV works really well for people without set routines - I can get called away without notice, so wouldn't always be fully charged. PHEV has got me used to plugging in, and shown me how many miles I can actually cover using electric charge.
I reckon my next one will be the e-Tron, or the Tesla Model 3 if it's as good as I'm hoping - and the supercharger network is robust...
Have you seen the sales figures of the current range of EV's. The leaf is clearly the highest selling EV. For one main reason, it's affordable.Then they're not too expensive, then.
The 30k Outlander isn't too expensive, as Mitsubishi will sell every single one they build. The 30k i3 isn't too expensive, because BMW can't build them quick enough. The Golf and the A3 will also sell themselves.
The Leaf, however, is too expensive because the supply chain isn't maxed out and so the vehicle is clearly not desirable enough at it's given price point.
But "affordable" is not the antonym of "too expensive". Nor is "top seller" a synonym of "cheap enough". Faberge Eggs aren't too expensive. 38 million dollar classic Ferraris are cheap enough - both of those sell out immediately.Have you seen the sales figures of the current range of EV's. The leaf is clearly the highest selling EV. For one main reason, it's affordable.
Let's all remember the leaf is the best part of 4 years old. Will be interesting to see where Nissan goes now that they have 4 years advantage of producing EVs over other manufacturers.
Quite.Interesting listening to potential new car customers at my local Nissan dealership today....interested in the Leaf for their son....but not for them unless it could be made "to look like that" they said, pointing at the Qashqai....