GRA wrote:edatoakrun wrote:evnow wrote:Looks like our choices for replacing current Leaf this year would be
- Multiple 110 mile EVs (Leaf, Ioniq, i3)
- 200 mile Bolt at the end of the year (may be Q1 next year)...
With ~10%-15% greater battery capacity and also greater efficiency, the actual range of the i3 BEV will likely be considerably longer than that of the Ioniq or LEAF, especially at lower speeds or in mountain driving.
And the i3 BEVx version will not only have significantly longer total range between fueling stops than the Bolt, but also the capability to get another ~100+ miles of range in ~5 minutes, for ~$5, at any gas station.
I expect both versions of the 2017 i3 will find a market.
It would be even better if they increased the tankage of the REx to provide 2 hours of freeway driving, to 4-4.5 gallons, along with uncrippling hold mode.
I would guess that the ioniq may be better highway car than the i3 due to the aero and Hyundai(Kia)'s history of reporting usable vs actual capacity. If so the ioniq is 30.5-31 kWh to the i3s 33.
If you're just going to go with low speed city driving then the advantage prob. goes to the i3. Come winter time when it's dense air that takes range away the ioniq has the advantage but if it's slow speeds and prolonged heater use the larger battery has the advantage in the i3. Consider the price difference that we can assume without MSRPs even out yet and I think it would be worth it to try and push the ioniq. Even after saying that I think the BEVx if it comes out at 100 miles will be better still. I'd still rather have worry free driving and use a REX for what it really is intended for. I'd even be happy if they gave a single cylinder REX with a 50mph top speed for less money. At least then no one would be complaining that it doesn't perform like the volt.