abasile wrote:... the 2017 LEAF is rated at 112 MPGe compared to 99 MPGe on the 2011 LEAF. That's only 13% better, but still significant. Much of that comes from having a more efficient charging system, of course...
I don't think so. ... See my reply here: ...viewtopic.php?p=509359#p509359
That's interesting, as it challenges one of my long-help assumptions. However, if it's true that the 2013+ gains actually had more to do with drivetrain improvements, etc., and less to do with charging, that doesn't change my overall point. That is, overall EV efficiency has improved and should continue to improve, so efficiency and fuel savings should continue to be good reasons to drive EVs even with uptrending ICE vehicle efficiency.
SageBrush wrote:My rule of thumb for generic Americans is this:
20 mpg for $2 a gallon fuel
30 mpg for $3 a gallon fuel
40 mpg for $4 a gallon fuel
So long as fuel costs meet these constraints, the consumer prioritizes things like looks, convenience and power.
I agree that this is the bigger hurdle for EVs. Many drivers will stick with what they're used to, unless/until it brings them significant discomfort.
This is one reason that I am a fan of Tesla, their product delays and glitches notwithstanding. Beautiful and fast cars that happen to be EVs while enabling full ICE replacement. I'm pretty sure that LEAF sales have benefited significantly from Tesla's existence.