alozzy wrote:It's so frustrating that more people haven't chosen to take a leap of faith and purchase a BEV. We would be seeing way more R&D on battery technology if more consumers would purchase shorter range BEVs, rather than hybrids. I know not everyone can switch to a BEV due to range considerations for work related trips, but that's a small minority. Most people could drive a BEV for all but longer holiday trips and then simply rent an ICE car for those holidays when they need more range.
Some of the reasons:
1. Added cost over an equivalent ICEV. Yes there is the Federal tax credit, and possibly state/local incentives. But in most cases you have to front the money first, particularly with non-Federal incentives. California's $2500 rebate sometimes has a waiting list if funding runs out. Some folks also won't qualify for the full $7500 Federal tax credit (though leasing, then buying out the lease, is a way around this).
2. Some folks don't want to bother having to retain a second car (when one is otherwise not needed) or having to rent. Personally I prefer to rent for road trips, and put the miles on someone else's car. But not everybody is me.
3. With the advent of the Bolt, Tesla Model 3, and soon the Hyundai Kona EV, range is less of an issue, but recharging speed remains. Some folks feel sitting around for 30 minutes at a DCFC is too much. You also have situations that affect any public charging station: occupied, broken, ICE'd. For many people, charging at home is simply not feasible, due to living in rental accommodation, or even not having off-street parking. So they have to rely on charging at work, or using a public EVSE that may not be available for them to use when they want it.
4. Unless you have Tesla money, you're pretty much limited to hatchbacks (and soon small CUVs).
Blue Ocean 2012 Leaf SV, lost that 1st bar at 34 months/26,435 miles. Lease returned 2 months later. Final LeafStat figures: 225 Gids, 17.44 kWH, SOC 91.89%, SOH 82.36%, 69.49% HX, 54.57 Ahr, battery temp 61.8 F.
Now driving a 2015 VW eGolf SEL.