SageBrush wrote:The CCS network is improving at a snails pace and the pricing is sure to be a barrier to widespread use.
As for cars, I'm not holding my breath. E.g. the much hyped by media for hire i-Pace from Jag gets "up to 240 miles range" on the European WLTP. Anyone care to guess what that will be at normative USA driving speeds ? It *starts* at $70k and is currently outfitted with a 50 kW DC fast charging capability. The per mile consumption at travel speeds will be at least ~ 1.6x that of the Model 3, so the travel speed will equate to 32 kW DC fast charging or about 1/4 that of the Model 3.
Meh. Double Meh. Triple Meh
It ends up being a local car for the mink coat crowd.
The CCS network WAS improving at a snail's pace, but that's no longer the case, as EA must build the stations on time or be penalized.
Which reminds me, EA has opened the Breaux Bridge, LA QC, #10. That gives them two along I-10 east of Houston (Gulfport, MS is the other) with 5 others 'coming soon', so that's moving along nicely. Breaux Bridge is 224 miles east of Houston so maybe reachable, although there's another QC on the 'Coming soon' list (currently #15) between those two points in Sulphur, LA. (135 miles from Houston), which should eliminate any worries about not making it. Gulfport is 180 miles from B.B.
As for U.S. range, Jaguar is saying about 240 EPA (WLTP is 298; some earlier EPA estimates were 220), and one journalist managed 291 in the U.K. with constraints:
Here’s How Far The Jaguar I-Pace Can Go On Single Charge
As for being a local car for the mink coat crowd, so was the Model S when it was introduced sans any SCs. To quote Don Ameche, "Things-a change." Its range is certainly less than desirable for road trips, but then there's people like dgpcolorado who are taking long trips in degraded S60s, so the range is obviously acceptable to some (not me) given an adequate high-rate QC infrastructure.