• Damien Posted: 4/4/2011 10:44am PDT

    I agree with all of the above points, but would like to differ a little on the first. I understand the rationale of stating 200 vs. 300 miles on a charge, bbut if you're asking what it will take to make a greate FAMILY car, it will have to be something like 300. Families take vacations, on stops are not part of the fun. Also, if charging stations only reach 80% in 30 minutes, that is cut shorter. Better drink alot to fill the time!

  • suzannekane avatar suzannekane Posted: 4/4/2011 1:01pm PDT

    @Damien - Thanks for the comment. I actually debated whether to put 300 miles on a charge in the story as I agree with you that the 300-mark is kind of the magic number. We will get there, and the automaker that builds family EVs that go 300+ on a charge should really wind up in the catbird spot.

  • John Sweriduk Posted: 4/27/2011 11:59am PDT

    There are issues with getting more miles from an electric vehicle. An electric motor is close to 100% efficient as it is. In order to get 200 versus 100 miles from your Nissan Leaf would be to have a battery that’s twice as big and take twice as long to charge. The amount of power that today’s plug in chargers consume is about as much as a space heater. If you put in a charging system that drew more power in order to charge the battery faster, you may have to modify your home’s wiring to accommodate the increased load. Unfortunately, there is no getting around basic physics, you can’t get more energy out of a battery then how much that you put into it.

  • suzannekane avatar suzannekane Posted: 4/28/2011 10:03am PDT

    @John - Good points, although technology does continue to improve in battery development. That, along with aerodynamic enhancements and a few other tweaks may result in better range for EVs. We'll just have to wait and see. Thanks for your perspective.

  • USAFANG67 avatar USAFANG67 Posted: 8/3/2012 2:46pm PDT

    Range anxiety of EV's is the primary concern.
    Me personally I would not even consider buying an EV for a number of reasons:
    -It's a shotgun wedding when ya buy an EV(ya stuck with dealer for repairs). I've seen too many dealears even try to weasel their way into not paying for items that should be covered under warranty. So not only are you dealing with EV Range Anxiety but Dealer Anxiety.
    -EV's and Hybrids will always be worth less after the warranty is over. This especially applies to the battery pack.
    -LPG/Propane IMHO will be a better alternative to EV's & Hybrids.