LeftieBiker wrote:There has been a (aftermarket) plug-in hybrid version of GM's Sierra (IIRC) available for years, and it isn't exactly a big hit.
Because it costs twice as much and only results in a 2 mpg improvement. You're still burning a lot of gas. It's not worth it.
A $60,000 all-electric pickup with supercharging will sell like crazy.
To compare a BEV pickup/cargo van to that joke Sierra is well, a joke. I also wouldn't compare it to the misguided BEV Ford Transit Connect, extremely limited production, quite expensive and very limited range, nothing
like something Tesla would make(well except for possibly the price but time will tell). It's one thing I don't understand about BEVs here, Americans don't want
cars, a far less number of cars are sold in N. America vs trucks/SUVs or vans. If mfgs. want BEVs to take off in N. America offer them in vehicles that we actually want, not small cars which may sell well in Asia or other countries but not so much here. Heck even in Europe where gas is $5+/gallon the Mitsubishi Outlander with it's smallish battery is the number 1 selling PHEV, even with it's shortfalls.
In the US other than the larger Tesla mfgs. seem intent on pushing the distance thing above all other things, look at the design of the then new Prius
sacrificing space and usability over everything else, as one reporter said, something to the effect of trying to get every drop of power out of a gallon of gas at the expense of almost everything else. The majority
of people don't care! they just want a vehicle that meets their perceived needs and is comfortable for their ever increasing size, and in that respect I predict if Tesla offered such a vehicle it would be a hit(unless the price was near the Model X, maybe between the new model 3 and model S).