evnow wrote:One more important thing.
Let us say I want to take a week's holiday in SanFrancisco, like we have done before. The route from Seattle, through highway 1/101 is scenic - almost a "must see". I'd like to go in my EV since I can use that as an EV in SFO. My total emissions using EV + generator would be less than if I rent a prius for my trip.
We have to decide what is the ultimate aim - EV for the sake of it or emission/oil use reduction.
You are assuming that the genset is as efficient and as clean as a Prius. I strongly doubt this would be the case. The genset would have none of the technological sophistication of the Prius.
But my real question is this: Is an EV with a genset trailer really an EV at all? Or is it just a serial hybrid?
Bottom line for me: I just don't like gasoline, so I dislike the idea of trying to make an EV run on gasoline. I really don't think of the Leaf as the car for extended road trips, and given how bigger batteries are going to come on line, and fast charging is going to come on line (probably 10 to 15 minutes, rather than 30) I see the trailer as addressing a problem that is going to be with us only a few more years.