redLEAF wrote:Perhaps this will be a change where you'll get MORE than the advertised EV use as you say but most of the range estimates that have been provided by car mfg's have been disappointing (i.e., 'ideal' conditions, etc.)
Really? Manufacturers just cite EPA, from what I can tell. Chevy said 35 miles for the Volt forever, but people routinely got low 40s. Chevy is saying the Bolt will do 200, but with 60 kWh it should be dead easy to get 220. Audi says 16 for the E-Tron, which seems pretty spot on. I'd wager the final EPA range will be 30-32.
They cite EPA now. A few years back, they cited the much easier LA4 cycle results. It sort of makes sense in that LA4 is the cycle against which the CARB credits are calculated. But it is much farther from real world than EPA 5-cycle results. It was on the LA4 cycle that the 2011-2015 Leafs got a range of 100 miles.
That said, I would be surprised if Chrysler backtracked and quoted anything other than EPA. That would really bite them when they have to print out the Monroney stickers. And with a 16kWh battery, it's likely to get 30 EPA miles.