Just_a_fan wrote: ↑
Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:08 am
Tim.Wright wrote: ↑
Sun Jul 08, 2018 2:46 pm
EV's simply don't suit 97-98% of the car buying population.
I disagree: they are suitable for the majority of the car buying population. It's just that they're choosing not to buy them. Big difference.
Based on recent personal experience I think you're both correct (and by extension, both wrong
). Allow me to elaborate.
I live in the UK & am in the process of replacing my current diesel car. Last week I had a BMW i3 on 24hr test drive. After a normal day's commute to & fro from work, plus running some errands in the evening it was down to about 30% charge. So it would fill my requirements most of the time.
However, this weekend (back in my diesel car) we traveled on Saturday to a historic house where we spent 3-4 hrs, before going on to a country house hotel. Neither had EV charging points. On Sunday we traveled on to another country event - no charging point - before traveling home in the evening. Total mileage for the weekend about 230 miles. Due to lack of available charging points the i3 could not have done that journey.
So for me, whilst the i3 is probably suitable for me 97-98% of the time, because it would not be suitable all
of the time, I have concluded that it is not suitable/viable as our only vehicle.
So it is a combination of range, charging time & public charging point availability that are the key factors.