150 miles really is the sweet spot. This would then cover 99% of my journeys.Just spotted this and worth digging up. Just to remind everyone the next big thing is always around the corner. 3 years on, no sign. Don't get too excited about low cost 300mile range EVs any time soon.
Our best bet in my view is reliable 150mile EVs.
Just like back in the day 640 Kilobytes of RAM was thought to be 'enough for anyone.' - As apparently said by a chap called Bill Gates.6 years ago, the sweet spot was considered to be 80 miles. In 6 years time the sweet spot will be 250 miles. Moving target. Irrelevant?
What your reasoning for that?6 years ago, the sweet spot was considered to be 80 miles. In 6 years time the sweet spot will be 250 miles. Moving target. Irrelevant?
I think everything above is perfectly sensible. I suspect storage systems (battery, supercaps etc) will get better & cheaper over time..but I think plugging in at home & at work is the way to go. Not every journey has to be done with an EV & there is no reason why an EV can not be the second car in a family or why people can not use initiative for the occasional long journey they make. EV are not good for people who regularly drive 300/ 500 miles a day. Anyone who drives these distances would also not buy a host of ICEs because a lot of cars simply are not built for things like this. You eill not buy a city car if you spend your like on a highway..150 miles would we be the sweet spot for me in my personal situation....
I don't need an EV that can do 300 miles.
1. I recharge my car every night and leave my home with 100% every morning.
2. Why lug around a 100kWh battery when a 50kWh would suit me just fine.
3. An EV with a 300 mile range is going to cost me £10k+ over a 150 miles range EV.
4. On that three or four times a year that I travel further than 150 miles I can recharge in half hour.
Don't get me wrong as technology improves and the cost difference between a 150 and 300 mile range EV is a few thousand. Then yes I would go for the 300 mile range. But I'm talking about the technology in the present day.
A 150 miles range EV is a realistic purchase and range for the majority of the public.
I used to do 100miles a day and that was crap enough, its 2 hours a day of your life you don't get back.I'm having a hard time visualising what kind of life that might be. I'd be wiped out inside a week!
500miles in a day is minimum 7hours on the motorway. So its not like they'll get much actual work done lol. I suppose if you could get away with it in an EV you get at least 2 1/2 hours time on the books doing sod all but watching your car charge.people who regularly drive 300/ 500 miles a day
Salesmen do do it - big corporate "account manager" types. The thing is, they may only have a half hour "relationship building" meeting. But they will drive to the other side of the country for it. Some of them have a "problem" with public transport - I knew one who insisted on driving even into central London (and the more commercial salesmen may be lugging samples or whatever, although much less so these days as who sells physical product).Seriously - 500 miles every day?
I somewhat doubt that he would be commenting on the commercial merits of a device that was top secret at the time and only started operating in December of that year."I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
Thomas Watson, president of IBM, 1943