minispeed wrote:Still not enough AER for me but for someone who does less than what's quoted I think it's nicer than any of the other choices and much roomier than the volt!!!
I agree GM is more in tune with the minimum AER people will find useful and satisfying, but they really should be smarter when it comes to the size and form factor of the car just by looking at their own market segment stats.
There's a variety of minimum AERs that are 'useful and satisfying'. I'd say that the PiP's six miles continuous (with care) is too short to be useful for most people, but I believe that 20-25 miles is a good minimum, as it can be fully charged overnight on L1, which is all most renters have, will cover a considerable % of commutes, and at least allow most if not all urban and stop-and-go driving to be electric, which is where the best efficiency and most pollution reductions are. Given workplace L1 also, it will cover 80% or so.
The primary need to make PHEVs (and BEVs) mainstream is to get the prices down, and the way to do that at the moment is with the smallest battery that large numbers of people find useful. This also boosts the range when running on the ICE, and shouldn't encroach on interior room much if at all, if done right (i.e. like VW, not the Energis). The ability to use a standard platform with a variety of power trains will also help cut the costs.